We have just returned from a really lovely week at the Santa Caterina. It's position over-looking Amalfi is superb, clinging impossibly to the cliff face. We arrived from Naples airport in the dark - the journey is a little testing with mile after mile of bends. Arrival was a relief.
We had booked the cheapest room but this turned out to be very nice and I'm not sure that I'd want to pay more for a better view. The furnishings and bedding were of a very good quality - I don't think that I've been to a hotel that used linen sheets. The towels were changed twice a day. The bath was in the bedroom which seemed a little odd, but the shower was and toiletries provided were very good.
The staff were always very helpful and polite. The food was very good, especially if you like fish. Breakfast was a buffet but the selection was huge - we really enjoyed the fresh fruit. Dinner was also very good although one night, Sunday, was a little disappointing.
The access to the pool area was an adventure with the lift. Here again the staff were always very helpful. The Al Mare restaurant was also very nice for lunch and twice the evening meal was served there.
Trips to Amalfi on the regular shuttle bus were a nice touch. Taxi's are expensive at €10 for about half a mile. The walk is OK in daylight but I wouldn't want to do it at night. We enquired about the cost of a taxi to Ravello but was told that it would be around €80 each way - a real rip-off when the red sight-seeing bus is €3 each way. We also took the boat to Positano but there didn't seem much there. We planned to go to Capri but the sea was too rough for the boats to run that particular day.
Santa Caterina is not cheap, but we did think it was worth the money and we would love to go back one day. It's a very special place.
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Caterina Amalfi
- Hotel Santa Caterina