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“Best view in Praiano” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Smeraldo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via G. Capriglione N.133, 84010 Praiano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Praiano
London, United Kingdom
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“Best view in Praiano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This hotel has got the best view in Praiano and this is what Amalfi is all about anyway.

Family run, honest hotel...friendly owners and view of the room is amazing. It see amazing Positano and large balcony which you could get a bottle of local wine from the bar for €12 (amazing wine btw) and spend the entire night in peace and tranquality.

There is a beach directly located under the hotel if you go down 300 stairs...it is also unique for Amalfi as not every hotel has direct access to beaches. Once you are in the beach, again it is nice and peaceful...

Hotel is not modern...you will see crack tiles here or there, not proper towels or hair dryer for ladies in the room...rooms are not exactly modern but it has everything you'd need in it apart from a refrigarator. However, if you go to Amalfi, you do not go for the hotel room, you go for view and peace and this hotel is exactly offering that.

Breakfast is weak...actually it is very weak and that what the only down side of the hotel. I eat tomatos and olives in the morning and I asked a single tomato sliced with 6-7 green olives...They did exactly what I have asked for but...this is big but they charged me €10 extra for this per day.

This was little bit upsetting because it is not something you would expect from a family run hotel...single tomato and 7 olives...I therefore did not leave any tip during check-out.

It is a good value hotel and you get exactly what you are paying for which is the view.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We have stayed here for 3 nights in June 2013. This family-own small hotel is nice, clean with absolutely gorgeous view of the sea and Positano. Service is excellent with good food served in one of the most beautiful places on Amalfi Cost.
Thank you !

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We have stayed here for 5 nights during our holiday on Amalfi Coast.

This family run hotel is absolutely great and I will explain you why:

1. Superb location and view in downtown Praiano.

You'll find the back side of the hotel just on the Praiano village main road, and the front of the hotel, where all the rooms are positioned, facing the sea, with gorgeous view of Positano, Capri and the Amalfi coast.

Praiano is just between Positano and Amalfi, their is about 10km to each one, so this is the best position to start exploring the coast.


2. Superior room we had was very large and comfortable, mediteranean style in white and blue, with a splendid view private terrace.


3. Cozy atmosphere upon the lobby and fabulous view restaurant, with delicious food, excellent prices and value and amazing views. And so romantic music ...


Pasquale, Raffaele, Petra and Mama - thank you so much for your great hospitality.

Room Tip: Choose the superior rooms for the great view !
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Although we stayed at a different hotel, we ate here following advice from others and were not disappointed. We actually went back several times. The family-owners are extremely friendly and accommodating. The food is incredible - fresh seafood, varied and changing menu with daily specials. Great wine selection too. Price is more than reasonable.
The atmosphere is very cozy and friendly which prompts interaction with other guests - all of whom we met had only great things to say about their own experience at Smeraldo.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had the superior room, it's a bit more expensive but def worth it. the room itself is great, the shower is ridiculous and the balcony is amazing with a great view of the ocean and Positano to the west. And the most amazing part is there is a bathtub/jacuzi on the balcony and you can even taka shower there!

Room Tip: if you wanna splurge the superior room is def worth the extra bucks
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

A small family run hotel that prides itself on its service. Amazing views towards Positano and over the coast. Wonderful balcony. Walls are a bit too thin. Heard neighbor snoring every night. The beach is a little hard to get to, 460 steps to be precise. Downhill is okay. But the trip back is a killer. Try to go down before 8am - you might meet some hard working donkeys carrying down the beach cafe's supplies. It's like stepping back in time. The beach is pretty nice too, but is less of a beach and more of a ladder-over-cliff sort of thing.

The restaurant is good, just don't try to ask for parmesan with your pasta. They don't take too kindly to garnish!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I don't care about which hotels I stay at on vacation as I don't hang out there anyhow. But this hotel changed my views, it was incredible. Especially if you get the superior room, which was an experience itself. With majestic views over the cliffs, ocean and Positano town in sight, we spent our evening in the hotel to be frank just to enjoy that view. There was a pretty advanced bath tub in the balcony, which made it even better, showering in the morning over that view, and enjoying a glass of wine there at night was an experience. It was quiet and lovely.
the room was quite cosy and beautiful with a southern impressive style.

We ordered some simple food and wine to our room, they didn't even charge us for the room service. The service was great, the people who worked there made you feel special at once you got into the hotel without being naggy. They even knew taxi dirvers that they could fix for us if we wanted to.
The beds were also very good and it was clean.
Breakfast was alright, they could enrich it a bit more.
We ate dinner at the restaurant the hotel posseses and the food was great, everything was perfect in this hotel that i think was run by a family, such a cosy atmosphere. The beach was just underneath us, had to walk down some steps to the beach, over one of the most magnificent surroundings in the Amalfi coast. with the garden terraces reminding us of Inka lands in Peru, while the beach wasn't that impressive though but quiet and relaxing. all in all I would go to Praiano again just to stay in this hotel!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via G. Capriglione N.133, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Praiano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Praiano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Smeraldo 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Smeraldo is a pearl in the hearth of Amalfi Drive. The hotel opened in 1957 in Praiano, at the time, an old fishing village. From its panoramic terraces, in addition to gazing upon the splendour of Li Galli islands, guests can also admire the enchanting view of Positano as well as captivating Capri with its Faraglioni.All rooms overlook the sea and are served by a lift and have private bathroom, heating and air-conditioning system, telephone, TV and terrace.The Hotel also has a parking lot with an automatic gate, where you can safely park your car. An excellent restaurant, specializing in local dishes, overlooks the bay of Positano and Capri.The garden, lobby, bar lounge, and staircase to the beach are all enjoyable and convenient attributes of the Hotel.But it is the warmth and kindness of the owners that make this the perfect vacation spot both during the relaxing winter season as well as the lively summer season. ... more   less 
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