From the moment we arrived at this hotel (and what a drive from Naples airport!) the staff were helpful, friendly and welcoming.
Yes - it looks like a throw back from a later 1960s/early1970s Bond film, but its spotlessly clean and the old fashioned style of the hotel is part of the charm.
The hotel is way up a huge hill, which has the advantage of the most amazing views over amalfi, but the disadvantage of not really being in walking distance of anywhere other than Pegorela, the local village (which has some nice bars btw - recommend Gerrys, Gerry is a star). The hotel does run an excellent free bus down to Amalfi however, and there is a service bus stop just accross the road, so as long as you are organised you are OK.
Amalfi is gorgeous, and there is so much to see and do on the Amalfi coast we didnt seem to stop. We werent expecting much of the food in the hotel, having read some of these reviews, but found it quite superb. After busy days out it was lovely to come back to the hotel and just relax in the evening over a really nice meal and a drink in the bar.
We were told by some seasoned visitors that the food in the hotel wasnt so good a couple of years ago, but has improved massively. This may explain some of the older negative reviews but how anyone can describe the food we ate earlier this month there as "sub standard" i don't know.
The food is all local, the ingredients used are local and sometimes quite basic (eg pasta course followed by fresh fish or meat, followed by local cake or icecream or a huge bowl of fresh fruit) but I found the quality of the ingredients, and the quality of the cooking second to none, and I am a keen cook. One of our neighbours was a gentleman from Amalfi who had worked for many years as a chef in the UK - and he was also of the opinion that the food was v good. You wont get a huge choice, and it wont be international cuisine, but what you get will be v good.
The room was lovely, a little old fashioned but such a nice change from the cloned feel of a modern hotel room, with "real" old bits of furniture, it was cleaned every day, the balcony was HUGE with an amazing view and it was comfortable, which is good enough for me.
I would love to go back to the beautiful Amalfi coast, and if I do, I would be happy to return to this hotel.
Finally, Mauritsio in the Bar, and Antonio the head waiter deserve a special mention for being so very good at their jobs and making our holiday even more enjoyable
- 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