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“Room For Improvement” 3 of 5 stars
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L'argine Fiorito
Via Dei Dogi 45, Atrani, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Atrani
Melbourne, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Room For Improvement”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed five nights in this quaint little hotel in July. It was pleasant but didn't feel it was run by natural hospitality people. I'm not sure what the deal was with the couple running it but it felt like they were doing a job because they had to do it, not welcoming people to their home as the best hoteliers do.

We caught the coast bus to Amalfi and after making enquiries were told Atrani was only 500 metres up the road. It was a steep hill and I had read about lots of stairs being involved so I asked a cab driver how much it would be. 20 Euro, he said, which made me laugh. We still had time left on the ticket we had bought in Sorrento, so we caught a local bus instead. It really is a short distance; in hindsight we could have dragged our bags up the hill with some effort,and yes there are stairs but they are also do-able. Don't bother with catching a 20 Euro cab.

The hotel was clean and airy and had (according to the brochure) natural air-conditioning. That is, you have to leave the window open. That's okay because they provide you with insect repellent. Fortunately the insect repellent either worked or there were no mosquitos. Although we did have an ant infestation due to a spilled drink one night.

There was also no refrigerator, although one was provided for an additional charge of 5 Euro a night. Given that this was not the cheapest hotel we had stayed in (115 Euro a night) I think they could have thrown in the refrigerator. Other guests were also unhappy with the additional 20 Euro a night for a parking space.

There are no laundry facilities for guests and there was a sign making it very clear that washing clothing in the bathroom was strictly prohibited and if you disobeyed this rule a surcharge would be added to your bill, because there is a landromat just down the road that charges reasonable rates.

Breakfast was basic but fine... yoghurt, pastries and fruit (bread rolls lasted two days on occasion) and some music would not go astray to add a bit of warmth.

All in all, as quiet and relaxing as it was (aside from the massive festival in Atrani involving fireworks at 8am and music into the night... a lot of fun, actually), five nights was probably too long to stay in this hotel. Good if you want to get away from noise but with a 10 minute walk into Amalfi, still very central.

The best hotels make you feel welcome from the start; this one just felt very much like a small business that looked like a hotel. Not exactly Fawlty Towers, but with an injection of little heart and soul it could live up to its potential and be something pretty special.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Kelowna, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at L'argine Fiorito near the end of June. The room was very clean and our stay was very nice. The owner was very accommodating and the breakfast buffet offered a good selection of fruit, yogurt, sweets and such. Atrani is not a touristy place so, if you want a place that's off the beaten path and friendly, this is the place. L'argine Fiorito is a short walk from the piazza where there are a couple of restaurants and a bar. A few minutes walk away (through the new pedestrian tunnel) is Amalfi with even more choice for food and drink.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redmond, WA, USA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Atrani is a ten minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Amalfi. The hotel is located at the end of the main road in Atrani, approximately 200 meters from the coast road. The hotel is quiet and comfortable. There is a waterfall next to the hotel. Even sleeping with the windows open there is not traffic noise.
The laundromat in town is closed on Sunday. The hotel does not want guests hand washing clothes in the room.

Room Tip: The waterfall room is noisiest.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011 via mobile

Me and my wife went here for a one week stay at our honeymoon. I really cant think of a more romantic place to spend a honeymoon. In the beginning we kept on thinking, whats the catch, whats the catch, but there simply wasn't any!!! Atrani itself was just perfect for a romantic stay as well, really good food, only italian tourists (almost), local fish, beautiful and easy to get to places nearby by boat, feet or bus. Don't even consider Amalfi town, Atrani is much better....

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 3 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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

Elia and Alfonso looked after us so well - attentive to our needs at all times in this family owned and run small hotel. Our spotless, shady, cared for and tastefully decorated room, Rosa, looked out onto a waterfall which provided all the natural airconditioning claimed in the brochure. The "residence" is a restored part of an ancient pasta mill set in a garden next to the mill stream in a secluded spot at the end of Atrani's main street. The local beach is a few hundred metres away for early morning swims - an easy five minutes walk down hill and a mite longer for the walk back.

Huge fresh croissants and seven types of jam are the centrepiece of breakfast. To supplement these, cereals, bread rolls, pieces of cake and ripe fruit and juices are set out a few feet away on a sideboard. We settled for Lipton's tea and green tea so didn't try the coffee but it did smell good! It's a generous breakfast and perfectly adequate to satisfy the biggest of appetites.

Sweet, shy Elia seems to be the maid of all work in this business and never seems to have a day off. Her brother, Alfonso, is the business manager and is the more chatty one. He will be delighted to tell you the local history and show you the shards of pottery, bottles and clay pipes dug up during the mill's restoration. You may also meet others of the family, parents and uncles, either here or in town.

Atrani itself is unusual for the Amalfi Coast in still retaining a local feel. Amongst all the locals, most of the visitors to the restaurants in the village square will be Neapolitan weekenders or regular visitors - the cognoscenti.

Ravello is a must to visit. Amalfi with its bus station and ferry port is only a fifteen minute walk away and has the trappings associated with mass tourism though, thankfully, no theme park yet.

If you are moderately fit and can cope with the steps, do try some of the local walks. Alfonso has a selection of free guides. We love the walk up the Valley dei Mulini from Amalfi with its ruins, flora and fauna, its lizards by the score and even more waterfalls.

L'Argine Fiorito is a special place, a well kept secret. Enjoy it, and keep it that way.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

We have been staying here for three nights (intended to stay for only one or two nights, but the location is a perfect place for multiple trips). It is a beautifull bed&breakfast. Just away from touristic Amalfi. View is perfect and rooms are very clean. We enjoyed the liveliness on the piazza where mainly locals hang around. We have also eaten in two restaurants in Atrani and the food was good.
We were backpacking so no experience with the car. We have made trips to Amalfi, Ravello, Maiory and did some hiking in the area. Service was good and friendly. Breakfast was simple but compared to other bed and breakfasts (we have seen three of them this week in Amalfi coast) the most complete.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Bend, Oregon
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

I stayed at this wonderful private & secluded hotel for 4 nights at the end of March. It was recommended in Rick Steves Italty guidebook, and I felt so lucky to have discovered it. The location is amazing on the torrent of water that comes down from the mountain. As a solo traveler I felt very safe, and was happy to be in a quiet and nature inspired area. The location is perfect - close to Amalfi if you want to see the signts there (the church, paper museum, ceramic shops, bars, cafes, even beauty salons). Great bus connections to the Greek ruins at Paestum or other small villages in the area. The hike up to Ravello along the Via Dragone path is wonderful. The breakfast is simple & adequate. I enjoyed wandering over to Amalfi or up to Ravello for a cappuchino or cocktail, as I browsed the ceramic shops, churches, museums, villas & gardens. It was always so peaceful to come back to this wonderful hotel. The one thing I would recommend is to bring warm slippers or socks because the beautiful tile floors are cold.

Room Tip: Check out "Rick Steves Italy" guidebook.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Dei Dogi 45, Atrani, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Atrani
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Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Atrani
Number of rooms: 5
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