This is a lovely hotel. The service is warm, genuine and personal. We arrived, having booked a side-sea view room (all that had been available), but were upgraded to a wonderful room with captivating view of the sea and a large bathroom carved out of the rock. Despite some photos on the hotel website giving something of a 70's impression, our room must have been recently refurbished, because it felt more like something out of the Hip Hotels Guide (Ypma).
The hotel's access to the sea, down a spectular glass lift (elevator) is unbeatable and had a been a kid I suspect I would have been happy going up and down all day. Downsides? Some of the common parts are indeed quite dated; the food in the evening restaurant is good but not outstanding (lunch in the lower-level restaurant is much better), and the extras (mineral water, tea etc) are too expensive (8 Euros for a cup of tea!).
The only other complaint is not about the Hotel at all, but about the Amalfi coast. It is indeed beautiful, but all the towns, in particular Positano, are so over-run with tourists and shops selling tat, that their charm has all but disappeared. But if you stay in the Hotel Santa Caterina, and do mountain walks instead of town tours as your day trips, you will have a lovely time.
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Caterina Amalfi
- Hotel Santa Caterina