My husband and I, along with our daughter and her boyfriend, just came back from Italy. Four nights at the Santa Caterina in Amalfi were the highlight of the trip. This is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in, perhaps one of the most beautiful on the Amalfi coast. There are other more glamorous hotels in Positano and Ravello, but for sheer charm and beauty, this one is my pick. It's not glitzy, just pristinely beautiful with white tiled floors, white furniture, and flowers everywhere. We had a beautiful balcony room overlooking the sea, and the king-size bed was very comfortable. A plate of fresh fruit and a vase of flowers greeted us when we entered the rooms. The exquisite pool was an elevator ride down, on a large terrace just above the water's edge. The superb breakfast was served on a terrace overlooking the sea - the pastries were often still warm when we got there, and the fresh fruit and other items were of the highest quality. The service was so friendly and helpful with everything - but never, ever intrusive - that you almost felt like you were the only people in the place.
The Santa Caterina is not actually in town (we preferred the slightly out-of-town location as it was quieter and more private.) You can walk into Amalfi, which we did - it's about a 10 minute walk - but there is also a free shuttle back and forth. If you climbed a bit up the passageways in the town, you could avoid the road. This was our second trip to Amalfi (last time we stayed at the Luna Convento, which was also lovely, but not up to the Santa Caterina.) We were there the first week in April, so we qualified for "low season" pricing, although the weather was warm and lovely every day. At those rates and considering the quality of the experience, the Santa Caterina was a bargain. We loved, loved, loved this hotel and we will definitely be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Caterina Amalfi
- Hotel Santa Caterina