Stayed at the Excelisor, the last week of May 2010,just as the holiday season was starting to get busy. Hotel decor is a bit tired, but for the price, is good value. The room was clean, and spacious, and all rooms come with air conditioning, which although we did not need to use, is essential when it gets hot. Hotel is situated on the hill overlooking Amalfi, which can be reached by the hotel bus, or by using the Sita bus . Views from all the bedrooms are stunning, as all overlook Amalfi. Food was not too fancy, with dinner consisting of 3 courses, a choice of 3 for each course. Included pasta starter, with for example fish or steak as a main course, followed by simple desert. Hotel very keen on pushing diners to have wine with dinner, which can be quite expensive, as the markup is high for the quality of some of the wine available. Breakfast is reasonable museli and cornflakses available. Ham, cheese,salami with choice of break rolls, as well as reconstituted scrambled egg. If you want ot sausage, or fried eggs, that will cost you extra. If you wnat to get to Amalfi your need to use the hotel mini bus, the last trip down in the morning is 10.30 ( which gets packed), then a break until 14.30. Last bus back is at 18.45 from the sea front, so you will need to catch the Sita bus back if you miss it, which run until 23.30. If feeling energetic there is aa very steep walk down from the hotel garden, down to Amalfi, which takes 45 mins.
Overall a nice hotel, good value, not too fancy food, but the service was pretty good, and the view is stunning. The reception staff were fairly helpfull most of the time. Would defintely stay there again, as good value, and a good base to explore the area, or just relax on the terrace. The brochures don't do justice to the location.
If going by a package holiday such as TUI or Thomson, don't be seduced into going on their expensive day trips, as it is very easy to plan most of the trips yourself. The ferry from Amalfi harbour will take you to Positano, then onto to Capri for a nice day out. Pickup the Sita bus from the sea front, after buying your bus ticket (Eur 2.4) from the tobacconist on the corner of the square to take you up to Ravello. There is a fantastic walk back from Ravello to Amalfi, winding down the lemon and olive groves groves.
It is easy to get Pompeii, just hop on the ferry to Salerno, then a 5 minute walk up to station, and catch the slow train to Pompeii ( Eur 1.90 each way!). Then catch the evening Sita bus back from Salerno to Amalfi, wining its way along the coast. The bus service is very reliable, if sometimes chaotic, but everthing seems to run very smootly.
- 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