We found the Hotel Pellegrino quite lovely, and the Rispoli family lived up to their friendly reputation, showing great pride in all aspects of the hotel, as well as sincere warmth. The hotel can’t help but have an outstanding view of the quaint town of Praiano, as well as the Mediterranean Sea, since it’s set into the scenic cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. A great setting for a couple’s getaway. The rooms occupied by our party were spacious, compared to our Rome “4-star” hotel, with the Pellegrino offering romantic balconies overlooking the gardens and cliffs below, cascading into the blue Med.
The hotel’s restaurant has a short menu, but extensive offerings, which Luigi, his wife, and sister are proud to share with you. The fresh seafood, prepared in a variety of ways, pleasantly “converted” a few of us that hadn’t been as brave in the past to try new seafood dishes. Luigi is an outstanding, attentive host, altering servings and contents based on your likes and dislikes he’s observed during the stay, all without a word. With a decent variety of local and other regional wines, they paired very well with dinner. Of course, after a long walk, there were always cold beers handy at the bar. We tried different dishes every night, and all were excellent. The lemon cream sponge cake was unbelievably good, even surpassing our expectations from researching the Pellegrino. It’s a must-try dessert. The full, free breakfast is unbeatable.
Praiano offers much less hustle and bustle over Positano, which while beautiful in its own right, seemed more commercial, not delivering the warmth and romantic charm of Praiano. Intuitively, we thought this, which the visit validated. The town is a very short walk away from the Pellegrino, and the terrain not so hilly, as to be a distraction. Even for a week’s stay in Praiano, there are enough good restaurants to spread over the dinners and lunches; however, do take the bus or rented moped to Positano for the day, since parking is scarce. Unlike Naples, we felt safe and welcomed during our visit to Praiano and Positano with the Pellegrino making us feel right at home. Very relaxing. However, paradise always contains a caution…as with all traffic on the Amalfi Coast’s narrow roads, one should take care when walking (or driving!).
Praiano’s church is very beautiful inside, a recommended stop. The beach below requires some planning due to the long walk. If you have trouble getting around, skip it. About half way, the inclines turn to steps, and both up and down on the cobblestones challenge even the physically fit. The summer beach scene is a young one, with lively music and a bar with food, and folks of all ages having fun. Boat rentals are available.
Some planning considerations: 1) The Pellegrino has a complimentary parking garage under the hotel, and when you approach, pull into what appears to be the main entrance to the hotel at street level, and the family will greet you in short order. 2) A variety of buses stop almost directly in front of the hotel, providing rides to Sorrento, Positano, Salerno, Amalfi, and other sights along the southern coastline. Ensure you have Euro change available to save time. There are also day trips to the Isle of Capri, involving boat travel. Ask the front desk for schedule details. 3) Rooms 21 and 28 offer lovely sea views, and it would appear rooms with balconies can’t lose in this category. 4) If you arrive from Rome with large luggage and/or many family members, recommend a car rental from FCO versus train/bus, which can involve a few troublesome dog-leg runs to arrive at Praiano, causing you to spend about as much time/money as you would just driving; further, the latter adds more flexibility to visit sights during the ride (Pompeii, etc.) to or along the coast. 5) Good, free wi-fi with slow but tolerable evening bandwidth, good 3G cell coverage, room A/C, plenty of hot water, and an elevator for luggage.
Rooms 21 and 28 offer lovely sea views, and it would appear rooms with balconies can’t lose in this...
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