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“First class service amazing views and all on our own.” 5 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 #12 of 20 Hotels in Praiano
Melbourne
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“First class service amazing views and all on our own.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

After 450 steps down and back to the beach, this hotel was a welcome find. Terrace restaurant all to ourselves for an early dinner of the delicious local grilled fish and white wine. Friendly host provided great service. Views with sun setting behind Position breathtaking, We were staying somewhere else so just commenting on the restaurant

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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East Hampton
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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We stumbled on this place after checking in at some of the local big name places, like San Pietro and the likes and were shocked by the prices, and we're not bargain shoppers, but on principle looked further afield and found this gem. Mostly Italians and European guests. A unique spot, upon the bluffs overlooking the Amalfi coast and Portofino. Multi story, built into the hill, so to speak. Very lovely and like home - treated like familia, once cut through the "American" stigma, but not all together, even over the course of a week. The hotel also overlooks a school, with a gorgeous sun-spot mosaic design decorating the playground. With half-board, the experience was amazing. The food, old school southern Italian, was unbelievable. A nice walk down to the beach (rocky) through a bougainvillea lined path was quaint and beautiful. The only nearby "beach" area, just south of the hotel and one of the few public ones, was nice and had amenities and chairs/service, but everything was at a small cost, and I did not bring along my wallet, so we were limited to one chair! The pool, high atop the hotel, provided some of the most amazing views on the planet. None better, just different. A short drive into town and down to other nearby villages, but the drive, on a narrow, bluff-side road frequented by large buses, is not for the meek. This is the more gentile and quite side of Positano, where time has stood still for, well, for quite a while. Highly recommended if not looking for flash, but a great, relaxing time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florianópolis, SC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Family-run hotel, with very friendly and attentive service. Well located in Praiano, which was a good choice of stay for visiting the whole Amalfi Coast. Parking is available, which is crucial in this region. Breakfast with good variety and tasty on the terrace with lovely views. Wi-fi only in lobby.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The breathtaking view of the Costa Amafitana and the intimate atmosphere of the Hotel Smeraldo, create the perfect ambiance for a unique experience. It's run by a family that welcomes you with all the affection and show guests a very special characteristic of the people of this region, the hospitality. The dinner is a chapter apart. Seafood, fish and pasta prepared according to the recipes of the region crowning a journey that fills the eyes, the palate and the heart.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Milton, Canada
1 review
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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Bucharest
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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.

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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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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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