Yes it was oooos and ahhhhs at first sight. It's pretty neat to think about them building a 15th century castle 30 meters down a cliff that looks incredible....from the outside. The gradens and pool/beach grounds are lovely. Neat antiques furnish the reception floor and then deeper and further into the castle it is like the cement basement of the Brady Bunch's house. "oh, how old are the doors?" "30 years old," dunadundunadun! There's a story....of a man named Brady...
I asked where the fitness center was and the staff at the front desk looked at each other and after one said no, the other said, "up and down steps!" ha, ha.
Oh, if you want to go sightseeing and exploring during the daytime, you can't take the hotel shuttle until 5pm and that's if there's not already 8 ppl sitting in it. You can, however walk a dangerous 2.5 miles (I measured it with my running gear) into town, pay 25 Euro for a taxi OR wait for the non puntctual or (non exsistent) SITA bus in the hot sun to pick you up.
It's not the staff's fault that they have the disco basement castle or parked shuttle or lack of routers booming out Internet signal. They're friendly and all, but I feel we were misinformed by my Fellow TripAdvisor reviewers about the five star hotel and the charm of staying In a somewhat lavish castle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il Saraceno Grand Hotel is located on the road from Amalfi to Positano, at 2 miles from Amalfi, on the most spectacular bay of the Amalfi Coast. All rooms with sea view, private beach, swimming pool, private parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Saraceno Grand Amalfi
- Il Saraceno Grand Hotel Italy/Amalfi Coast - Conca Dei Marini