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Hotel Il Nido
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Salvatore Quasimodo 30, 84011 Amalfi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 30 hotels in Amalfi
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“"Our hotel is your home"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

"Our hotel is your home", said Francesca to my wife on our first morning after asking for a cappuccino in place of the regular (and good) coffee at breakfast.
Family owned hotel with Francesca, the daughter, taking care of the breakfast served in a nice dining room overlooking the sea and Amalfi. The breakfast was the best we got in a 3 star hotel in Italy, the room was good with balcony (geraniums) with side view on Amalfi and the blue open sea from high above. Very friendly and helpful staff. Real value for money.
Some tips:
- We stayed 3 nights, not really enough for Costiera Amalfitana.
- At arrival (luggage), take the lift at the left side of the hotel.
- There is a bus stop in front of the hotel, but we always walked down to the town, enjoying the beautiful views. The buses might be sometimes full and not stop (the Italians didn't realize yet they've got a lot of tourists…).
- When walking down to Amalfi, take the path around the cliff in front of the tunnel. After the tunnel, take the stairs down before hotel la Bussola and you get on the promenade. If you stay on the road, you get at the gate of Amalfi.
- There is a fair restaurant near the hotel (la Favoritta) viewing the sea, with a charming old waiter.
- The road between Positano, Amalfi and Ravello is spectacular, with stunning views. Just take the regular bus from Amalfi and stop in different places and try to walk along the narrow road to view special panoramas. If you ride in a car, you can hardly stop or see anything and meet frequently the threatening buses.
- When in Ravello, get to Villa Cimberone for the spectacular view at the edge of the garden.
- Visit hotel S. Caterina (leading hotels of the world) 100 m up the road. Walk 100 m more and view their location.
- If you go back to Napoli (or Positano), take the hydrofoil from Amalfi (best tip of Francesca). It's relatively cheap, rapid and beautiful.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2010

This is a great hotel. The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. The rooms are big with balcony view of sea. Great breakfast.
We had a very good time. Amalfi is a short walk away, about 10 minutes. Excellent. We might well go back.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

Lovely little hotel, stunning views of the coastline from the balcony. Comfortable, spacious rooms. We had the scooter and were able to pull into the secured parking and come and go as and when we pleased. Had a lovely dinner in the town and watched the fireworks for the festival. We just did an over-night stop but would imagine it to be as good for longer stays.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2009

From our first-floor room (in Italy, the first floor is one up from the entrance), our balcony overlooked the Mediterranean and Amalfi, off to the left. Sunsets and views of the sea and coast were spectacular. We stayed at the suggestion of our daughter and her husband, who had stayed several years before, and who recommended the hotel, the view, the breakfasts (included in price of room), and the balcony.

They were right about all of those positives. The innkeeper and staff were very courteous and helpful, the accommodations were satisfactory, and the view was not to be beat. But the climb up the hill from Amalfi would have been easier for the younger generation than for us.

We found that there were no services close by--only one or two places to get a meal, no coffee shop or store, so that anything one wished to do meant travelling down the hill about 10-15 minutes to Amalfi. This involves a descent along a very busy stretch of extremely narrow highway, which not only does not have any walking allowance, but often has cars parked in what ought to be one of the lanes, so that one has to venture into the single remaining lane, with the hazard of blind corners and crazy drivers. Alternatively, part-way down the hill, there is a very steep set of steps, which entails a very steep and ill-lit climb on the return journey. Particularly at night the whole trip is a deterrent. The final alternative is a taxi ride, for 10 Euros each way, which seems exorbitant for a journey that takes the car less than 5 minutes.

It would help to know, however, that you can get a drink from the bar / front-desk, and could probably also get a cup of coffee or tea, if you asked. There was also a laptop computer with internet available for guests, but such services are not advertised and not obvious.

But the breakfast is, as other reviewers have said, very good, in a sun-room overlooking the Med, and the staff will provide a custom-prepared breakfast if you ask, although there are no menus and it would appear that one is expected simply to serve oneself from the buffet.

The view from the roomy balconies is not to be beat. In fact, I think that one could not do an y better by staying in the town, which is lower down and from which most rooms would not overlook the Mediterranean. Our double room with breakfast seemed a very good deal at 90 Euros per night (though our sense of a bargain may have been warped by just having stayed in outrageously expensive Venice). If you're on a much more generous budget, consider the Santa Caterina, which is just a few steps further up the hill and across the street, at 335 Euros per night for the same period.

Someone wrote about the parking difficulty. It's true, but I think if you bring a car to the costiera amalfitana, you're just asking for trouble. Don't! I can't imagine a worse place to drive. Even the bus rides were hair-raising.

Our room was narrow and had only the French doors onto the balcony for windows. That was a bit confining on the day that it rained hard all day and we spent half the day reading in our room.

The hotel will arrange a reservation (pick-up by bus at the front door) for a tour of Pompeii, which we found very worthwhile.

Il Nido is a good deal, but it has the disadvantages of being a bit of a distance from the town and its amenities. It's good bargain, if you don't mind the hike several times a day.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

A small attractive hotel with spacious rooms and lots of convenient surfaces for luggage. Our room was sunny and well decorated with reproductions of classical art. The deck had a clothesline--also chairs and an ocean view. (We opted not to have the best view on the 3rd floor because the elevator stopped at the 2nd. ) We found several things broken in the room, but the owner brought in repairmen who fixed them within 24 hours. The breakfast was wonderful, with the finest fresh fruit cup I've ever eaten. I heard people at the next table order eggs and bacon, so it was possible, though not offered on the buffet.

The bathroom had enough space to move around and little cabinets for toiletries. The one terrifying feature was the tub/shower, which was concave, not flat on the bottom. Your feet were on two opposing separate slippery hillsides. If you moved from the shower stream to reach for the soap dish, you were in peril. Even worse was taking a bath, as the tub was deep and very narrow. If you can stand up from a sitting position without using your hands to balance, you'll be OK. Instead I waited for the next hotel to shower.

The other dicey part was the free parking, which was on the opposite side of the main highway entering Amalfi. You had to go down a steep narrow gravel driveway and upon leaving, you had to have someone stand in the road to signal when you could turn into both lanes in order to negotiate the sharp turn. Getting across the road with luggage was tricky, though the owner sent his daughter (!) down to carry our bags.

The walk to Amalfi was long and treacherous, as you have to go partway in the traffic lane, though I saw mothers with baby carriages also doing so. I would recommend taking a bus back to avoid all the uphill steps.
If you don't mind all these rough edges of this hotel, you will have a pretty place to stay for a modest fee. I would look further next time.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

We stayed in June 2006 (apologies for the late review Don Michele) and absolutely loved it- charming well mannered staff, good size clean rooms, good bed, room with a fantastic view, generous simple breakfast, and basic bathroom- so not the place to stay if you want a luxury experience- we used the place as a base to explore around the area with our hire car (well worth a visit are Positano, Ravello, Pompeii and Capri- free car parking a big plus over the stay and also as we left our car for 4 days to catch the ferry from Amalfi-stay away from Sorrento if you don't particularly like the tourist scene), but found Amalfi itself and the surrounding towns had plenty to offer. During our time at Il Nido -10 days- we enjoyed superb meals out at various restaurants in and around the town, lots of ice-cream and some fantastic beaches and scenery. We personally loved the 10 minute walk up the incline from the town in the evening back to the hotel, helping us to digest our food, which was peaceful and set enough away from the town to be restful- though need to be careful if walking with children as no footpath in parts meaning you have to walk on the road- some decent restaurants to eat at just down from the hotel though on the road into town and some very nice restaurants in the town itself.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2008

This hotel was a disappointment. Although the Amalfi coast is certainly worth a visit, this hotel failed to deliver. It is not within the town of Amalfi itself but along a road that snakes up from it. The walk down to town is a tad long and precarious, as it requires walking along a road without sidewalks with cars and scooters brushing past, and then requires climbing a tall staircase down to the coast. The hotel seems old and not very well maintained. We were given a triple room on the top floor, which is not reachable by elevator. The only good thing about the room was the large terrace, which indeed offered a terrific view of the Amalfi town and the sea. But there were quite a few problems which detracted from the experience. The fridge did not work at all. And worse, there was no hot water. It was lukewarm at best. This was inexcusable, and the owner expressed surprise but did not rectify the problem before we decided to end our stay early and look for another hotel. As seems to be common with other hotels we stayed at, the owners seem to try to minimize their costs wherever possible, including turning off all lighting in the halls so that it is hard not to trip when carrying luggage, and turning down the water temperature to uncomfortable levels, and this was the case here. There were other problems, too. For instance, the bathroom smelled funny, the door latch did not work, the TV was really tiny, and so on. The breakfast was okay, with huge croissants, but eggs and fruits were missing. In the end, for the same money, we ended up finding nicer accommodation in a nearby town on the Amalfi coast.

  • Liked — The amazing view from the balcony.
  • Disliked — No hot water and fridge out of order.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Via Salvatore Quasimodo 30, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service
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#11 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Il Nido 3*
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