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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
Gothenburg, Sweden
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A hidden paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

This is an amazing hide away for everyone, it's a balanced mix of couples, family's and singles. The location is one of the best places on the Amalfi coast if you looking for smaller resorts. You have everything you need, delicious food directly from the mediterranean sea, cozy rooms and a nice beach. For everyone who wants to avoid the typical tourist places, this is great. And at last if you planning to explore the coast it's close to the bus stop and there are boats who takes you almost everywhere.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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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Rating summary
  • 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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The Hague, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay at the hotel Alfonso a Mare. This little hotel based in this beautiful lagoon was a great place to relax after a long trip, with a very safe swimming environment! We were pleased with our rooms overlooking the sea and the many scenic boats floating off the shoreline.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Sydney, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Poor value for money but quiet, clean and right on the water. Disappointed at first that we did not have a room near the front of the hotel with a view or balcony but thankful later as there were big outdoor renovations going on with concrete cutters etc (obviously they don't warn you of this when you book - can't they do the renovations in winter when there are fewer guests?).

The room was ok but we expected more for the price.

Although the service was great, we were pretty disappointed with the food at the restaurant - Pepe does his best but we think Pepe would benefit from some training as the food was a bit tasteless and way overpriced for the quality (although we did not try the seafood that other reviewers have raved about because we were put off by our first meal and dined elsewhere the rest of our stay).

Buffet breakfast was poor - no fresh fruit, I think the orange juice was actually cordial, no cereal on offer and when we asked for some they got imitation cornflakes which were awful and we ended up buying our own. Croissants were freshly baked, though, and very delicious (although by this time we were so sick of and fat from croissants we just wanted nutritious food).
Most disappointing, because I didn't think the Italians could possibly get it wrong, was the coffee they served with breakfast.

But, if you are looking for somewhere close to the water and quiet then this is it - you should just dine at the other restaurants in the area and don't expect anything fancy from the room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We spent two nights in Amalfi prior and the reason for booking te next two nights at alfonso a mare was because of the quiet location in between positano and Amalfi.
With a small beach just seconds away from the room. You really don't need anything else. The bus picks you up on top of a very steep driveway and will take you both directions to Amalfi or Sorrento and positano. We walked to praiano to see what was there and to be honest don't waste your time because its just a Main Street and the restaurant opposite the hotel is beautiful (petit bare mare). Catch the bus to positano if you want it's beautiful.
You can walk around the cliff face to a few more restaurants that have the best view. And it's good to watch the boats come in as the small dock is just outside the hotel.
I'm only 20 years old so it's for young people looking to relax before we head to Ibiza .
The best thing is that it's a family owned business and the rooms are immaculate and spacious, bed very comfy and good water pressure from the shower, rooms have aircon as well.
Only down side is that it was time to leave :(
If you get the bus to the hotel make sure you get off just before praiano.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Derby, United Kingdom
1 review
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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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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*
Number of rooms: 15
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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Also Known As:
Alfonso a Mare Praiano
Hotel Alfonso a Mare Praiano, Italy - Amalfi Coast

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