I stayed at Hotel Fontana with a friend of mine in June 2010 for four nights. The hotel is in a great location, if you take the SITA bus from Sorrento, when the bus pulls into the main bus stop by the water in Amalfi, you can see Hotel Fontana from there. I was looking for it as we pulled it and saw it straight away.
Rooms: we had the most basic room, and perhaps that was our mistake....we faced the church, not the water, and paid for it with the incessant ringing of the church bells...I think it was 15 minutely until about 11pm at night, then started again at 7am. Definitely bring ear plugs!
Breakfast was included: they would make you a cappucino, or you could have tea or juice. There was cereal, oddly enough provided in cups (I see other travellers have commented on this too - would be really good if the hotel would get some bowls!!), there was also meat/cheese and bread.
Getting there: we hadn't realised how long the journey from Rome is! DEFINITELY worth it, but good for other travellers to be aware.
We caught a bus in Rome to the main train station, then caught a train for 10.50 euro Rome-Naples. This took two and a half hours (apparently there are express trains though, which are obviously faster but more expensive). At Naples, we then followed the signs for the Circumvesuviana Trains to Sorrento. This took 90 minutes and was about 4 euro. At Sorrento train station, you take the SITA buses to the town of your choice. It is 7.20 euro for a 24 hour bus pass. It is 45 minutes from Sorrento-Positano, and another 45 minutes to Amalfi. So all up it was a long day travelling! If I come to the Amalfi Coast again (and I am sure I will, it was so beautiful!), I would probably stay in the town of Positano though, it is a bit bigger and a bit more central.
Amalfi was lovely, but there isn't heaps to do in the town. Might suit some people more though. We definitely weren't bored, there are heaps of great places to eat, and it was still a good spot to be to explore the other coastal towns such as Ravello and the island of Capri.
This hotel was good value for money but the church bells really interrupted sleep! I imagine that would be better if you paid more for a room with a water view. Having said that, if I was going to pay more I might go for a 3 and a half or 4 star hotel...but do your research, Amalfi Coast is expensive in summer so I think we got a great deal!
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