We have just returned from a four night stay at this hotel to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, I can tell you that I have been using trip advisor for the last seven years and must confess that notwithstanding the fantastic guidance it has always provided to me I have never written a review before. This time however our experience was so good I felt it would have been unfair not to comment.
Let me start by telling you that I travel extensively for business and have stayed in hotels all over Europe and North America and never have I come across a hotel quite as unique and remarkable as this one. First of all Amalfi is a beautiful traditional Italian town the life of which centres around the hustle and bustle of the main street and square. The hotel itself is just off the main street up a number of steps. For someone who stays at nothing less that 4 and 5 start hotels I was apprehensive about staying here given its 3 star rating but the reviews were so positive I had to try it. From the outside the hotel looks like any other traditional Italian building in the town but its only when you step in that the experience begins. All I can say is that you immediately feel “at home”. Agnes and Eva are two of the most pleasant people I have ever encountered. Upon our arrival they immediately greeted us by name (first name that is) and offered us refreshments which were most welcome (given it was 30 degrees and we had come down on the boat from Naples (a fabulous experience in itself). Once we had cooled down Eva showed us to our Junior Suite which has to be seen to be believed. Let’s just say that you would never believe such a beautiful room exists in this building and the hotel is spotless and I mean spotless. Large comfortable double bed, loft with Jacuzzi tub, separate shower / bathroom (with automatic violet lights which switch on when entering and don’t wake you up if you need to use the bathroom during the night!) LCD TV, bathrobes, slippers, best priced minibar I have ever seen and all this for the price of a standard hotel room in the general area! The service in the hotel in beyond description – the best thing to say is that you know you are welcome and appreciated as a customer. Each evening Agnes and / or Eva recommended a fabulous restaurant and on the night of our anniversary they had already made a reservation at a fantastic sea front restaurant. Couple this with the fact that when we came home from our day trip to Capri that day we found a complimentary bottle of Prosecco on ice in our room and I think you will start to get a sense of how fantastic this hotel truly is. Finally Angnes helped us with out travel arrangements back to Rome and printed out all the required ferry and train times. As someone who spends more nights in hotel beds than my own bed I can tell you that this was the first time I was truly saddened to have to check out.
Just to ensure some balance to my review I should comment on some of the negative observations in other reviews about the lack of a view from the rooms and the breakfast. It is true that the hotel does not have seafront views but then again it doesn’t advertise itself to have any! If that is what you want then you need to pick another hotel at twice the price and half the service. It is also true that the hotel serves a “light” continental breakfast consisting of cold meats, cheese, cereal, fruit, natural yogurt and some pastries. While the choice could be extended the breakfast is consistent with my experience in several 4 and 5 star continental hotels (with the exception of American branded hotels but then again if that is the experience you are after then you are staying at the wrong hotel anyway). Why not try instead to wake up to a truly Italian experience where you feel part of the community rather than an unwelcome visitor passing through.
Thank you Agnes and Eva for a wonderful experience. You both helped greatly in making our 20th wedding anniversary a truly special occasion for us.
PS. We visited Capri, Positano and Revello while there. Capri and Positano are far more commercialized than Amalfi and very “geared” towards tourists. Revello is beautiful but having consider our options if we had it all again we would stay at the Hotel Floridiana in Amalfi.
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