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“This is one of the treasures of the Amalfi coast...” 4 of 5 stars
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Le Palme
via Salita Dello Spinale, 23, 84011 Amalfi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #13 of 30 Hotels in Amalfi
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“This is one of the treasures of the Amalfi coast...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

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!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

I did a lot of research on hotels before we stayed in Amalfi, so picked this hotel knowing full well about the 300 steps down, etc. I will review the positives and negatives from our perspectives. I was traveling with a friend and we are both fit, active people who were looking for a beautiful location and some adventure..
Positives:
1. We liked the location. Although this hotel is not really in Amalfi--it is in Pogerola, a 15 minute bus ride from Amalfi (or 15 minute run up the 700 steps from Amalfi if you're crazy to run them like us:-)). We liked being a little further from town and a little higher up for beautiful views. We didn't mind the stairs--in fact we enjoyed them, but do not recommend this hotel for you if you are out of shape. It is a lot of up and down stairs all day.

Negatives:
1. It seemed like the rooms were just kind of "thrown" together. Everything on the walls--the light sockets, the paintings, a wall hanging, were crooked.
2. Our hotel room bathroom had glass in the tub. Someone had taken the glass covering off our bulb in our main room and placed it in the tub and it was broken. When we discovered this, it was too late at night and no one was available, so we had to deal with it ourselves and my friend got glass in her finger. When we told the hotel staff about this the next day, they didn't apologize or do much to respond which I thought was strange.
3. The bed mattresses were in bad shape. You could feel the springs in your back and we woke up with back pain and didn't sleep well.
4. The bathroom had a "jacuzzi tub" which meant that the shower was waist level and there was no shower curtain or door. In order to take a shower, you had to sit in the tub and hold the shower. It was impractical and hard to do, and resulted in a very wet bathroom.
5. Positive and negative--the breakfast was mostly pastries which were yummy, and ham and cheese sandwiches. Although we told the woman who made the sandwiches we were vegetarian and didn't eat ham, she kept sneaking a few pieces of ham in our sandwiches.
6. This is the most important reason I would not recommend this place: Our understanding in staying at this place was that we would have help bringing our luggage up and down the stairs. We did have help bringing it down. However, the day before we left, we told the reception staff that we would need help the following morning at 9AM to bring our bags up the 300 stairs so we could catch the bus. We traveled pretty light, which meant we each had a suitcase that weighed about 25-30 pounds, but that it contained all our stuff. The staff told us that there were no porters available int he morning and that we would need to prepare out suitcases by that evening at 6PM, and that they would be taken upstairs, put in their uncle's garage and then left by the roadside (with no supervision) half an hour before we planned to arrive and catch the bus. We were not OK with this arrangement and asked if there were alternate arrangements. We were told repetitively that there were no other possibilities, and so we had to cut our plans short the day before we left to come back and pack our luggage. Again, I inquired about alternate options and told the staff that I did not think it was right for them to not have informed us before our stay that this is how things worked. The woman who was working at the reception (cousin of the owner) said completely unprofessional things like "We've given you a good experience at this hotel so far. We haven't even touched any of your things when we go in and clean the rooms." Interesting, I didn't know that was the definition of a good experience; I thought that was the expectation from even a substandard hotel. Finally after a lot of personal drama on her part, she told us that we could pay 5 Euros per bag if she called in a porter for the morning. I just found it amazingly unprofessional that a hotel that cost 100 Euros per night cannot shell out 5 Euros for a porter to provide a service to bring up baggage the morning of departure. I would've even been OK with it if she had even provided us with that option at the outset before arguing with her for 30 minutes, as in the end we were happy to pay 10 Euros to save our backs (and the man who carried the bags up was quite strong and handsome and fun to watch :-)). I was very very disappointed with the service at this hotel. Come from a family of hotel owners, and have never had poorer customer service at any hotel I've ever stayed at.

Overall, despite the fantastic location, this was a poorly run place with owners who cared more about making a buck than customer satisfaction and service. This was reflected in the poor quality of the materials in their rooms and their uncourteous service.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

Le Palme is not for the unfit, but if you are willing to walk and want an authentic Amalfi experience without paying obscene prices, this is the perfect place for you! The staff were beyond helpful with all of our questions and the view from the perch over Amalfi cannot be topped. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay, walking through the lemon groves to return to the apartment and taking in the beautiful atmosphere.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

I travelled here with my wife; it was the first time we have been abroad together since our children were born some 20 years ago so we were hoping for something special and were not disappointed! We flew into Naples, hired a small car and after visiting Pompeii (awesome, must see!) drove down to Amalfi. First advice point is please make sure you understand that the hotel is situated high up in the Amalfi coastline so there is no vehicle access to the hotel itself. You need to drive through Amalfi then head up the road towards Pogerola. When you reach the Hotel Excelsior on your right you are best advised to stop there and phone the hotel and ask them to come up and meet you as its difficult to find the steps down to the hotel. Try not to have too heavy a suitcase as there are more than 300 steps to go down to reach the hotl itself. Salvatore very kindly met us and carried our suitcase (which unfortunately WAS heavy!) on his shoulder all the way down. The hotel itself was very good; room was clean and spacious with fanatastic views wich made the climb down totally worthwhile. Only minor complaint was that it took a long time to get any hot water for a bath though this could have been because we were there 'out of season' in March. The breakfasts were really good, served by Antonietta; pastries, cheese toasties and coffee which we were able to take in the sunshine on their beautiful terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. After breakfast we would walk down the 600+ steps to Amalfi itself; it is much further down than up so what is a good idea is to arrange your day so that you walk down to the town then get the SITA bus from the harbour in Amalfi back up to the Hotel Excelsior and walk down the steps each time. I have seen some feedback comments complaining about the steps but hey get a life and don't visit the Amalfi coast if you don't want to use your legs! On a more serious note though if you are elderly or infirm this is NOT the place to stay. As with any trip you need to do your research before you go and if you do you will not be disappointed with HH Le Palme Amalfi; it is a most beautiful place and well worth the money and we would certainly stay there again. Oh and by the way we went in March; I'm told that in the height of the season it really is not worth even attempting to drive around Amalfi which I can well believe.
[Robert and Janet Willmot, Dorset, England]

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

We stayed at Le Palme for a week from the 2nd of October. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed warmly and helped whenever possible by Antoniette and Sonia including a delicious breakfast of bread, cheese toasties and cakes every morning.

The bus dropped us off outside the Excelsior Hotel and it was a 10 minute walk down the 300 steps to Le Palme, helpfully aided by the children, which isn't too difficult. To get down to the town, you can either walk up to the hotel and get the bus or walk down 800 steps to the tunnel to the west of Amalfi.

We booked the large room which is on the top of the house, with a bedroom, bathroom and large lounge area, which has views over the Amalfi Coast. Outside the room is a large patio area, with round pool and loungers.

Quiet place high above the Amalfi Coast, with great views and fantastic service it is a brilliant place to base yourself, if you can handle the stairs.

Thanks, Antonietta and Sonia.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

The views are amazing,the staff is friendly and polite. The food is wonderful!
Worth every penny! The walk is fun and makes you feel like your on an adventure every time you go at it. It is just what we needed after travelling from Venice and Tuscany. This is such a unique place, Keep in mind you are on a mountain side overlooking the ocean and Downtown Amalfi marina! You can smell the lemons at night when treking the trail.
Bring a mini flashlight and good walking shoes and you are all set. We did the hike at least twice a day, Great excercise! Thank you for sharing you little slice of paradise!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, VA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2010

We absolutely loved this B&B! Situated on a mountain on Amalfi, this was truly a beautiful experience. It requires a hike on stairs to get here, which can be difficult with luggage. The rooms were really wonderful - spacious. The location was great because it was off the beaten track, but still afforded amazing views of the Mediterranean. The terrace is lovely for breakfast - and the hosts serve a big meal (mostly consisting of breads). The hosts could not have been more friendly or helpful. This was the perfect place for getting engaged, which we did!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: via Salita Dello Spinale, 23, 84011 Amalfi, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Amalfi
#12 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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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