Finding a good place to stay on the Amalfi Coast might be a difficult task to accomplish. We stubbled upon La Pergola on tripadvisor and decided to give it a try. Most reviews had been very encouraging.
The hotel is situated on the road connecting Amalfi to the neighboring towns such as Positano and Sorrento. The views from the room windows gaze on the sea and forest surrounding the hotel. Indeed, like the other reviewers said, there is a bus picking up guests in front of the hotel. Although it’s a very good way to travel to the other towns, it sometimes can get quite frustrating. We visited the Amalfi Coast during high season and the entire bus system was quite busy and undermanaged. A couple times, we could not even get on the bus because it was packed. We had to wait in Amalfi for an hour for the next bus to the hotel. When we did finally get on the bus, we were squeezed in tight with all the other tourists. Thankfully, La Pergola is only just 10 minutes away from Amalfi.
As for the bus tickets, they can be easily bought at the hotel or at any tabbachi you find in the towns on the coast. It is possible to walk from the hotel to Amalfi, but being an half hour walk, I would never recommend doing so with children or for older people, as sometimes the road can be dangerous.
The rooms were very clean, simple and cosy. We stayed there in the month of August and the air conditionning was included. Although, without the AC, opening the windows keeps the room actually cool. If you plan on sleeping with the windows opened, be aware that the main road is situated right in front of the hotel, you have to be expecting some traffic noise, but nothing to keep a deep sleeper from waking up.
The only problem we encountered with the rooms and the cleanliness was that on one morning, we found a dead bug, that came through the window at night, that was being eaten by an army of ants coming in from the walls. I immediately told the staff and they proceded right away to clean the infestation and after we left, clean the entire room.
The staff was amazing, they translated the menu from italian to english and then to french, helped us plan an excursion to Pompei, gave us advices and directions to getting to the beaches and restaurants in the area and even gave us the bus timetables. As for the restaurant in the hotel, expect simple and tasty homemade Amalfitani food made by who we guessed was the mother.
In overall, a really good value for the services and comfortable rooms but on the other hand, unless you have a car, the location isn't that great. We enjoyed or stay, but next time we plan on staying closer to the main towns or visiting in the low season.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Pergola
- La Pergola Amalfi