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“Wonderful views, lovely people,great place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Via Roma 21, 84010 Praiano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Praiano
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19 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Wonderful views, lovely people,great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2009

We stayed at the Hotel for 5 nights at the end of Oct 2009 - our first trip to the Amalfi coast. After a flight to Naples and a tiring car journey we were welcomed by the Hotel owner Antonio with those magic words - come, relax sit on the terrace and I'll bring you a drink!
The views are unbelievable! We visisted lots of places along the Amalfi coast but none better than from our balcony - have a look at the web site for the pics - they are 100% accurate!
Antonio and his brother were wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble and we had a fantastic stay. Internet access is freely available, the home style italian cooking was brilliant (especially the pasta fagiole!). and the atmosphere in the Hotel was relaxed and easy going .There was free parking space - which is a big deal on the Amalfi coast. and overall it was a great experience and great value.
Praiano is a picturesque village strung along the coast road. The Hotel is situated on the east side of the town but restaurants like "Le Brace are on the west side of town (approx 1.5 km away along a dark and busy road). I recommend using the very efficient local buses to go to and fro - there is a Tabachi 50m from the hotel where you can get the tickets but get an accurate timetable!
The Hotel is a great base to visit the lovely towns of the Amalfi coast - Positano, Amalfi, Ravello etc and it's a wonderful relaxing place to stay. We'll always remember the early evenings, sipping prosecco on the restaurant terrace - fantastic! - go see for yourself!
We're definitely going back.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Winnipeg, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

I was travelling with my mom and we were at the end of a 3 week trip. I emailed a few hotels on the Amalfi Coast looking for a place to relax for the last few days of our time together. Antonio sent back a very nice, welcoming email with directions to his hotel and a wonderful description of what we would find when we arrived.
A couple weeks before we left home, my mom had broke her foot. When we walked into the lobby/restaurant to check in Antonio listened to the fact my mom had a bad foot and made sure we had the most accessible room in the hotel. When he saw she was cold he boiled water and made her tea (without us asking) and set her up in a chair by the wood stove. (It was unseasonably cold and rainy on the Coast the day we arrived). Antonio, his family and everyone else at the hotel were extremely helpful with giving suggestions of what we could do in the area.
The view from our balcony was spectacular and the dinners, soup and wine were definitely things we could 'write home about.' The hotel is at a SITA bus stop right between Amalfi and Positano.
If you are looking for a quiet place to slow down for a few days, this is the place to be. If you want more action...the bus takes you there in 10-15 minutes for a mere 2 Euro. We are very thankful that Antonio took the time to respond to my email and that we chose to spend our last few days here.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denmark
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

My wife and I stayed 5 nights at Hotel Continental in september 2009.
It is a beatiful place placed on the rocks with a amazing view over the sea.
The restaurant is nice and cosy for breakfast and dinner.
The bus for Sorrento and Amalfi stops right outside this hotel.
We liked this "old" hotel and its sorrounding very much and especially the service given from the owners.
Ole

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey, England
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

My partner and I spent the whole of August 2009 at the Hotel Continental (also known, aptly, as La Tranquillitá). This is a hotel in a million - set beside the sea, easily accessible from the coast road between Sorrento and Amalfi, just outside the district of Vettica (which is the settlement that travel brochures call Praiano village, though the centre of Praiano is actually directly above this hotel). Despite its position near the Sita bus stop, it's quiet, peaceful, totally free from traffic noise because it 's built on terraces on the cliff between the main road and the sea.

We stayed in one of the little bungalows below the main hotel. These are now fully and efficiently air-conditioned and have fridges and hair-dryers. The balconies of this hotel all have sea-views, without exception. We had the choice of staying in the main building of La Tranquillitá, which dates from the mid-700's. In there, we could have had a room with a beautiful old fresco on the wall, obviously an original decoration from the days when this was a family villa. These rooms are cool and dark, with startlingly white balconies facing the sea. We preferred the cabin we chose, with its balcony railings of olive wood and the vines curling around the neighboring walls, because of its total privacy and its particularly beautiful view of rocks out in the sea.

There are also larger apartments run by the same hotel, in the building next door, which are more expensive - they have very large rooms and wide balconies. What we had was just right for a couple who wanted a reasonable rent and plenty of privacy.

We chose not to eat at the hotel restaurant very often because we were finding the euro exchange rate quite tough, but the set menus are good value, and included three courses of home cooked food for the price of two courses elsewhere. Breakfast has been upgraded a lot since the last time we were there and now includes cereal, fruit juice, yoghourt and pastries.

The people who run the Continental have a knack of introducing travellers to each other, and it's a place you could easily enjoy visiting on your own. This time, we chose to keep ourselves to ourselves because we were engrossed in writing and painting. Nevertheless, we met other artists, musicians and writers who choose the Continental for its atmosphere.

As a single traveller also, in the past, I've met friends from all over the world who return to the Continental again and again from Australia, USA and other European countries, as well as many Italian "regulars". The warm welcome we get there explains it all.

The Continental Hotel is unique - it even has its own Facebook fan club - and this year the extensive refurbishments that they have undertaken made it even more comfortable than before. The shower is always hot and strong (like Nello's espressos!), the air-con is super-efficient and easily controlled, the beds are super-comfy - and the rest is location, location, location.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

Looking through the hotels and apartment options we came across Hotel Continental. From the first look it captured our minds and we`d made our choice we didn`t regret a second! I suppose the result of the perfect holidays is the fact that one doesn`t want to leave. So didn`t we and miss our time there very much!
And now come the advantages of Continental:
-perfect location – picturesque seaside, rocks and greenery with emerald-blue sea at the background, bus stop to get to different directions (Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, etc.)
- great service and friendly people – from the very first minute you feel very welcome. Very nice and friendly people, that say hello and smile to you every time you see them. You are answered all the questiones and given necessary recommendations. The visitors are also very positive and it`s pleasure to meet them! The rooms are rather big with all necessary stuff in them, light and clean. Amazing large balcony embraced by grape-vines facing the sea and the rocky Amalfi coast.
- tasty food: light and nutritious breakfast with a tasty compliment and fresh coffee every morning, delicious and multidimensional dinners and suppers (fresh products cooked by the perfect cook) and real Italian wine!
- swimming: to get to swimming area one has to step stone stairs down – and it`s worth making as downstairs there is a private stone ground and ledder into the sea. The place is very quite and peaceful and the water is so clean! An option is a more crowd beach with all the necessary equipment, boats and cafes just 10 minutes walk.
- it`s meant for varied holidays: good for a company of friends, for couples, for family holidays and for camping.
there could be written more...it`s really worth trying ;)

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2009

My partner and I have stayed in the Hotel Continental a couple of times before in one on the idyllic but basic chalets/rooms which overlook the most tranquil part of the Almafi, but since we had a couple of friends with us after a wedding in Rome we thought it was time to upgrade to one of the apartments which they have to offer. We weren't disappointed!
The situation is without equal. It is perfectly situated between Positano and Almafi town, a 15 min bus ride from each and at a much more affordable price. The brothers who own Continental are friendly, welcoming and have a local knowledge to share (if you ask). The apartment sleeps 6 and is huge, with views which are impossible to describe. There is a massive (and I mean massive) balcony with two tables, BBQ, sunloungers and more importantly it's a complete sun trap. Inside it's not lavish, but absolutely perfect... a great kitchen with a dining table in the lounge area which seats 8 comfortably and with two bathrooms (one with bath).
The beach area is a 5 min walk down a fairly steep path (hence a 10 min walk back up!), but the area is ideal for swimming off the rocks which are a feature of this part of the world... and there is a small non sandy beach which has so much character with a few great restaurants and bars.
In short if you want a relaxed stay in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, away from the inflated prices of Positano, this is the place - it's paradise.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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london
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2009

I would recommend this place to everyone - couples/singles/friends/families...
Antonio and Neil were extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms were big and clean and had a big size terrace with ocean views, grapes vines and lemons trees surrounding the terrace which gave it a great deal of privacy.
The breakfast was good (bread, cereal, yoghurt, cake, juices, water, coffees). We ate dinner 2 of the nights on the terrace, the food was the best I had in Italy! It costs EUR 25.00 pp for 3 courses and a bottle of wine (which they make with their own grapes!) only costs EUR 10.00..
We met lots of lovely people whilst we were staying there.
You can walk 5 mins down the cliff face to a spot where you can swim or it is only a 10 minute walk to Praiano beach.
The bus stop to Sorrento/Amalfi/Positano is right outside the hotel and the hotel sell the bus tickets...
It was a beautiful place, very friendly staff, very good location and great value for money!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Roma 21, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Praiano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Praiano
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Continental Hotel Praiano
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