We traveled to Amalfi Italy in September 2012 for one week and stayed at the Excelsior Grand Hotel. We arrived in the evening after a gruelling 5 hour bus ride from Rome. The minute we walked into the lobby, we were met by wonderful staff that speedily checked us in. We were in time for a late dinner and enjoyed a scrumptious 3 course dinner on the balcony. The views can not be described! Every where you looked it was spectacular.
The meals were outstanding! Yes, breakfast was European with meats, cheeses, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, buns and pastries, but we found it to be all very good quality, and quantity. Plenty of beverage choice too, juices, coffees, teas, water. The evening meals were excellent with 3 choices of appetizer, main course and dessert. We found that the portions were more then enough and the pasta dishes were unique to what we have in Canada and we loved them all! The service is undeniably outstanding! Antonio reserved a table every evening for us which was very special. We traveled with good friends and they could not understand the negative comments we saw on Trip Advisor about the food. Giovonni, Maria and all the wait staff were pleasant and efficient.
Our room was on the 3rd floor over looking the north and it was wonderful. We loved the decor... we were in Italy after all and it was furnished with beautiful Italian antiques. We also appreciated the fact that the hotel was quiet. After touring during the day it was a pleasure to get back up to the hotel and sit in peace on our balcony far away from traffic. Listening to the sounds of roosters, church bells and the occasional dog bark was lovely.
We did not mind that there was not entertainment in the evening. We quite enjoyed sitting on the balcony after dinner for a night cap or two. We met some very lovely people to chat with.
The shuttle bus was a very nice bonus. We used it quite a few times. The Sita bus stopped right outside the hotel and was a reasonable 2.40 euros. We walked down to Amalfi twice on a path that goes from behind the hotel. Once just to do it and it took us 40 minutes as we kept stopping to enjoy the views and the sights along the way. The second time was because they were 'cleaning' the mountains and traffic was very slow. That time it only took 20 minutes!
We walked up the hill to Gerry's Bar one afternoon and the valley views there are amazing and the service and food was perfect.
We would highly recommend this hotel for those who want real authentic Italy, not a Hilton hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tranquil Hotel set in cliffside enclave surrounded by trees, directly above hotel's private beach on the rugged coast far below. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Excelsior Grand Amalfi
- Hotel Excelsior Amalfi
- Hotel Excelsior Grand