My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights at the end of a 10-day trip to Rome, Sorrento, and Amalfi/Atrani. We decided to go for Atrani because we felt we would get more bang for our buck in terms of hotels if we went slightly outside of Amalfi and we were right. For the same money in Amalfi we couldn't have got anything nearly as fabulous. The hotel is quite new and decorated in a modern style with a really boutique-hotel feel. We had a double superior room with sea view that looked out over the sea on one side and the town on the other; the room was huge, spotlessly clean, and with a jacuzzi bath in the corner! Atrani itself is small with not much going on at all; the entire town, much like Amalfi, is built on the steep hillside so to get anywhere you have to walk up and down lots of steps through little narrow alleys which are pretty cool. But we never got properly lost and we did manage to find a nice place to eat in the main square (Mistral restaurant). Service was good and internet was free - though we could only get it to work in the bar area. There is no pool but you are a short walk from a small beach where you can hire sun loungers and swim in the sea. The whole of Atrani loses the sun quite early in the evening though (about 5.30 pm in June) as it moves round behind the cliffs - so although the hotel has a roof terrace we didn't actually use it in the end - it was far too hot during the day but a bit chilly when the sun went in at night.
It's really easy to get around. You can walk to Amalfi in 10-15 minutes - though that will depend on how fit you are as you have to go up about 180 steps and down the other side. The steps were a bit of a nightmare when it came to getting our luggage up to the hotel, though the hotel does have a porter who can help you but we didn't know this till we got there. We got a bus from Amalfi to Atrani (takes about 2 minutes and all the buses going east stop in Atrani) and then managed by ourselves but if you call the hotel from the bus stop I think the porter will come down and get you as the entrance to the hotel is also up quite a lot of steps.
My only complaint was that the breakfast was a bit lacking in choice - there was a lot of very good cake and the pains-au-chocolat were amazing, but there was no cooked option, only cold meat and cheese, and only a small choice of cereal, fruit and yoghurt if you wanted something healthy. There did seem to be a restaurant but it never seemed to be open at all apart from at breakfast.
Apart from those minor gripes overall this was my favourite of the hotels we stayed in in Italy and I would definitely stay here again if we ever went back.
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