I'm really surprised by the long reviewer below who was dissatisfied with the rooms and service. My girlfriend and I actually had the complete opposite experience.
The issues with the location and stairs have been well canvassed and I won't repeat them. Save to say that my girlfriend and I (in our early 30s) both carried our 20kg backpacks on our backs, and smaller packs (probably 10 -ish kgs) on our fronts and made it up the stairs to the bus for our departure. We took it at a slow pace, making sure we had enough time and, while it raised a sweat, was no real drama at all.
That said, both of us were dreadfully sad to have not left ourselves more time to stay in Amalfi, and that was almost solely due to how much charm Le Palme has. To be honest, Amalfi itself is a bit middle of the road (in the context of Italy, admittedly) but it is really brought to life when you stay at Le Palme. The fact that it's so removed from Amalfi is exactly the reason. Certainly the view that the location provides is to die for, but it's more than that. The hills around Amalfi are dotted with little farms and residences of real Italians living their lives - and Le Palme feels exactly like this place (complete with vegetables and lemons growing everywhere on the property). It's real Italy. There are little paths joining up all the houses/farms along the sides of the hills, and there's nothing more joyful than just strolling along them (obviously strolling down them is somewhat more joyful). I would particularly recommend that you catch a bus to Ravello and after you've taken in as much of that beautiful place as you can, walk along these paths back down to Amalfi - as long as you've enough daylight I guarantee you it will be some of the most pleasurable hours you'll have in life. It was for us.
In terms of the accommodation, I absolutely could not fault it. We paid 75 euros (in May) a night on booking.com, and were basically given a mini-house to stay in (it was free-standing with a living room, bedroom and large bathroom). Our host Antoinette told us that she was putting us in the best room so perhaps we lucked out, but for the price we paid and the fact that there were plenty of other people at breakfast, I'm (still) not sure if she was just being nice by saying it, or being nice by giving us such nice digs. Certainly some of the other rooms were not free standing and perhaps smaller, but I never saw in (just walked past them) so can't really comment more than that.
The bed and pillows were VERY comfortable (always an issue in Italy), and there was a TV in both rooms. Hot water and shower pressure both good as well.
The mini-bar prices were very very cheap as well, which is strange for this part of the world. I'd brought a couple of beers and a bottle of wine with me that I'd bought earlier at a shop (back-packing habit) and found that the mini-bar prices were the same. They also do some great little sandwiches for dirt cheap too.
There are massive balconies with sun chairs, and we spent many hours reading and sunbaking while looking down from that amazing view on the azure waters. Usually we're spending days travelling around and trying to see as much of the towns as we possibly can, but Le Palme felt so authentic we didn't want to go anywhere for the day! (Though a trip to Ravello must be encouraged!)
In terms of the service, it couldn't have been better (I'm surprised by an earlier reviewer's disappointment). Antoinette speaks pretty good English. She came and helped us take our bags down the stairs, and the first thing she did was sit us down and make us Amalfi coffee (coffee with a piece of lemon in it, which was beautiful!). We almost felt like old friends with her. She was happy to do anything for us, and took time with all our queries.
Overall - a big yes!
- 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