We booked 9 nights here for the end of our 1month tour of Italy. I read all these reviews and had high hopes of using this as a base to see the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pompei, Capri etc. from the crazy drive around the coast, to the fact our sat nav could not find the address of the hotel, we started to question! When we parked the car in the car park of the 4star hotel next door and swathe le Palme sign on a tiny gate with no building near by we were very confused. Then Antoinetta arrived and ushered us in to the first of 3 disabled chair lifts down the side of a mountain. These lifts only cover half of the 300 + steep stone steps from the nearest road to the property so be prepared to drag your luggage up and down at least 100 steep steps. When we arrived at the place sweaty and dumbfounded were we so staggered by the journey in we could not even really appreciate the stunning view. When we saw the room things went from bad to worse! The room was tiny and the shower almost too small to function. The first night the air conditioning leaked all over the wardrobe and we realised that it had obviously leaking previously and the owners had simply put a bucket under it which then filled up and splashed all over our things. The area was full of Mosquitos, and had a chicken and birds on a tiny cage that absolutely stank! The pool was pretty, but on the 2nd day were noticed really strong chlorine hurt our eyes, the 3rd day as we were leaving for the daywear noticed an elderly gentleman (it's all family run) just pouring tonnes of chemicals into the pool. Later we realised that our swimwear was completely white -just imagine what that has done to our skin! We have our own pool at home and know how important it is to balance the PH and chemicals -this pool is very unsafe, late at night loads d dead insects were floating in it.
The breakfast was not even average, store bought pastries, cold toast and stale cornflakes. After a day we decided we would stay for the 4 nights we had paid for in the deposit and leave. The people were friendly, especially Salvatore, and the view is beautiful, but this was just too uncomfortable for us with the 600 steps down to town and 300+ up to the car. It's not even in Amalfi but about 15kms away up and almost vertical hill with perilous traffic. We were sooooooo relieved to get out of there. We would never ever stay there again, or even in Amalfi for that reason. Sorrento is a much more comfortable and accessible place. If you want to see beautiful Amalfi and Positano, stay in Sorrento and gets boat trip,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The warm welcome of the Cuomo Family, the comfort of the room, the small swimming pool, the wonderful view on the Amalfi Coast, guarantees you a relaxing stay at very convenient prices.The House is linked with a restaurant situated just 20 meters away from the beach of Atrani, which proposes a traditional and creative cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Palme Amalfi
- Le Palme Hotel Amalfi