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Hotel Alfonso a Mare
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Marina di Praia 6 | Spiaggia della Praia, 84010 Praiano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 20 hotels in Praiano
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

This is not what we expected for the steep 207 euro's a night after travelling staying in hotels and b&b's half the price for nearly a month. The sea view from the room is very good and Sophia, the big guy serving breakfast and the mother tried but the overall service was patchy at best.
When for instance we asked for some fresh fruit (the breakfast is very basic, the girl at reception referred to it as an 'Italian breakfast' and the hotel being '3star' when we addressed this) or anything else it is a mystery what will show up on your final bill. In any other place you are asked to sign the 'conto' to avoid misunderstandings or worse when the final bill arrives. Furthermore we had to ask for clean bed linen and towels and when we asked if there was a laundry service we were given a vegetable tray from the kitchen to do some laundry instead of a bucket. It was a big contrast with any of the other places we've stayed before and the view really didn't make up for it. The first night we tried the restaurant but the food was quite disappointing and the rest of our stay we had dinner in neighbouring restaurants (there are some nice ones around). We don't expect everyone to smile the whole time, but the foul moods of the owner (6 days in row!), the blond girl at reception and the 'salvataggio' were impossible to ignore. A simple 'Bon giorno' in the morning goes a long way, especially with these room rates. Had we known all this we definitely wouldn't have booked six nights here.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Derby, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

After a lot of searching for the perfect hotel in a picturesque location we found hotel alfonso a mare, we read a couple of okish reviews on t/a and a couple of negative ones but we thought we would take a chance and book it anyway and thank goodness we did, we stay in a lot of hotels with work and we are always on the go, so we arrived at the hotel in need of a relaxing break, it certainly did not disappoint. The locations is absolutely fabulous with the beach just outside the door, the staff were friendly and professional and nothing was too much trouble, they even packed us a breakfast as we left early for our flight. The seafood in the restaraunt is fantastic and fresh and comes in very large portions! The rooms are spacious, very clean and well maintained. If you are looking for the perfect hotel in an amazing location make sure you book this hotel! Brilliant!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It was a pleasure each night and morning to enjoy a little of the Amalfi as it must have once been. Fishing boats coming and going into a glorious little cove with stunningly clear sea. The hotel is simply furnished and all the better for it. The family who run it get on with their own lives and are there to help but do not pander which I liked-it had a genuine feel. The price was very reasonable and our particular rooms very good. If you want to be fawned over and be with the pack go elsewhere-but if you want to be charmed by a glimpse of an earlier , more simple era in a stunning location then this is the spot.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I booked last second this hotel and honestly I did not expect looking to the website to find such a nice place. The location is simply amazing if you are looking for something sorrounded by the nature, simple and quite authentic. The hotel is at sea level, the restaurant hall is basically on the beach and from the rooms you can hear the waves. The building itself is nothing special but the location is superb. On top the restaurant is outstandig (Pls try scialatielli and paccheri with tuna).

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was a last minute reservation and about the last hotel on the Amalfi coast in our budget but boy did we hit the jackpot.
Joseph our waiter/guest relations man greeted us on arrival and helped us with our ridiculous quantities of luggage (2 girls on a 6 week trip have these issues). We then proceeded to the restaurant for a well earnt vino bianco after our extremely stressful drive along the Amalfi coast.... definitely not for the faint hearted. We enjoyed some delicious mussels and breads with out wine then headed for a mid dinner swim. On our return we had our mains and Joseph made us some delicious Strawberry daiquiris. A brilliant start to our stay, the private beach is gorgeous day and night but be aware if you want to sunbath hit the beach early as the hotel is in a wee cove which looses the sun quite early in the afternoon. That evening Joseph was our trusty guide and took us to Africans the cave bar just a short walk from the hotel. We had a brilliant night partying in this wicked spot. During the day the Sophia organised us a trip to the Isle of Capri after we searched high and low because all of the trips were booked out (the joys of travelling Italy in August). During our second day we ventured down the Positano for the evening, the bus was a tiny bit late but thats understandable when you see the roads on the Amalfi Coast and it was a great way to see some different sights along the way, beware when in Positano that the food in the beach front restaurants is well over priced, but definitely a gorgeous place to visit. On our third night we wanted to venture out and try a different restaurant so we were sent across a wee bridge to Salvadors.... and it was an absolute culinary delight. We loved this spot in Praiano sooooooo much that we stayed an extra night, unfortunately we only made it to breakfast once but it was delicious with lots of variety. The rooms had brilliant air conditioning and were quite spacious and clean, our room did lack a view but we were only in our room to sleep so it didn't bother us at all.
Overall an amazing experience with fantastic hospitality! Hope I get back there one day :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

i made a booking true venere.com(reputable company) .i could not be there on the day of booking i asked if would be ok to go to a later day based upon availibility.the owner daugther(sofia) told me that if i want to change the date of stayng i must buy the full pension (diner ,sleep and breakfast.i was not and that would cost me an extra 100.euros =130 dollars i had to accept in order for me not to loose the money for the previouse reservation diner was simply disgusting.
and when i woke up late in the morning, i missed the breakfast ,i asked for an espresso ,and guess what ; they charged me for it.i love where is located ,from there you c an walk to the most beautiful club in the world L`AFRICANA ,but i will never go there again and i dont recomend this place to anybody .

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I don't understand who people enjoyed their experience in this hotel. I've been there in september with one of my friend. Well, ok. when we arrived and saw the place, we were amazed by the place ( beach..) and this moment was until we saw the room. Very tiny and very dirty, especially the shower, they were ants, hundred of dead ants because of the toxic kill-ants they sprayed all over the room. It was discusting. We notice the girl at the frontdesk and she said that they had problems with ants. We wanted to forget this and walked until the praiano village to eat which was sooooooo far by walk, especially for 2 young women, we ran at the return on the dark road because we met very strange men. No bus at 22 pm. We didn't slept that night because of the climatisation noise. The next morning, ants came back in the bathroom, we decide to left and we had to pay for 300 EUROS TO LIVE (we were supposed to stay 5 days) !!! That was the cost we lost to enjoy our stay in the Amalfi cost. We directly check in at IL PINO , for the same price, the standard in the other hotel Alfonso A mare was comparatively way to low. Even in Bangkok the room were better ....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sophia_Elisabetta, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Alfonso a Mare, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear Sir or Madame ,
we are very unhappy about what happened and to read your comment.
but we like to clarify that we have different kind of rooms and maybe you take the one near our beautiful morning glory ( ipomea - Plant ), so is normal to find one or two ants but is impossible to find hundred of dead ants beacuse the rooms are cleaned thoroughly every day and often two times in the same day.
our hotel is directly on the beach and it is far 1.5 km from the Praiano center but there are regular bus in all amalfi cost area until 00:00 that stop just on top of the hotel . Praiano is a very quiet and peaceful village.
in the standard and in the superior room all our climatisation are soundproof.
for the 300 € is the Cancellation Policies that are specify in all reservation document as the follows:
• Cancellations or modified later or in case of no-show and early departures will be charged the100% of the total .
in your case if we suppose the lowest rate applied in September 2012 is 100€ per night .
but the reservation is for 5 nights so the total of the stay is 500€ , we undestand you and we charge only 300€ .
Praiano is full of Hotels and we happy that you spend the rest of Your stay to our friend of the hotel il pino .
sincerely
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Address: Via Marina di Praia 6 | Spiaggia della Praia, 84010 Praiano, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Praiano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Praiano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alfonso a Mare 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel "Alfonso a Mare" is situated in Praiano in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful and characteristic small bays of the area, the picturesque beach of "Praia", an ancient fishing village. Just 7 km from Amalfi and Positano, a few steps from the crystal clear sea. The hotel's spacious, light-filled bedrooms are all stylishly furnished in typical Mediterranean fashion and feature the area's beautiful majolica floor tiles. A number of rooms lead out on to a small terrace overlooking the sea. ... more   less 
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Hotel Alfonso a Mare Praiano, Italy - Amalfi Coast

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