It took us some effort to select a hotel for our August one week trip. Although it was difficult to find good value for money we selected this place. We were recommended to take Superior room but it would cost us 20% more in proportion to the whole package (including airfare). So we decided to stick with the standard room.
Overall we liked the place very much - it is very historical, calm and food is very tasty.
We got standard room 505 that was first from the lift and actually was the lowest and on the ground floor. There was no balcony but there was shared terrace for the whole floor. There were plastic tables and chairs – and we finally moved one set close to our room.
Rooms itself was big with completely renovated huge bathroom. Also it has old small TV (not a flat one) and minibar. Furniture was minimal and it was very old, dashed and ready to fall apart.
There was no view from the room and it was fully covered by the trees.
The room was cleaned every day and there were no concerns what so ever.
Overall: good but not 5* hotel room
Beach: it was a challenge to find the path to the beach for first time. The beach is good but quite challenge to get in and out of water. There are two parts: one on the left with jack-stones and right one that was covered with concrete. It seems that you get the place depending the type of room you have selected. There is another public beach Next to jack stone beach. People are brought there by zodiacs every morning. You are really get unlucky if you get your place near to it. It is very noisy and usually fully packed. The hotel is supposed to have private beach but in reality it is not the case. People from the public one feel free to come to hotel’s beach, fish with the steel hook in the shallow water, make noise with the kids. Hotel’s beach boys do not do good job maintaining the peace for hotel’s guests. When we mentioned this to them it was not taken well but we finally got relocated to the concrete one. That was really calm and relaxing.
Dining: Breakfast - buffet - for the whole week the selection was completely the same. It was quite boring. Couple of times we checked the lunch and dinner at the hotel. The food was good but overpriced. We really liked Risorgimento (we left our review here) that is 5 min sail from the hotel. Usually we asked beach boys to call for zodiac. It got us to/from the restaurant.
The hotel provides shuttle to Amalfi. The latest departures from Amalfi is 8 pm. It is not convenient. You can get a taxi for 25Eur which is rip off. There is a public bus that leaves every hour in the evening for 3 EUR per person. Shuttle is only for 8 people so you may want to come a bit earlier to reserve the seat. The key from the room is quite heavy and we forgot to leave it at the reception. We asked bus driver to give our keys back to the reception. When we came back late evening there was no key on the reception and nobody did really bother about it. Finally it was found in the shuttle.
Overall service is good but definitely 5* standard.
WiFi – free of charge. If you don’t use it for short period of time the system automatically logs you out and doesn’t let you log in. WiFi didn’t work in our room and stable signal was at the reception and evening dining area. Anyway not up to Skype standards.
We loved the place and area. Hotel is good. Price/value barely made it. We may return some time.
- 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