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“Perfect Location in Amalfi” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel la Bussola
Ranked #20 of 29 Hotels in Amalfi
Alexandria, VA USA
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72 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Perfect Location in Amalfi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We were here for two nights in three rooms--a triple, a double and a twin. All were superior with water views.

The place is a little quirky--'70s style furnishings. But, the rooms were comfortable and the views were wonderful. More importantly, the location was perfect. In three minutes we could walk to the Amalfi Duomo and main piazza. Two minutes the other direction to meet our chartered boat captain for a day on the water. Plenty of restaurants to choose from.

The only down side to the wonderful views was street noise from vacationers walking the board walk at night. But truly, that didn't really bother us.

I know you get much better views of the coast when you stay out of town on the cliffs, but with a travel group of 7, it was important to us to be walking distance to shops and restaurants so the group could split up at times.

I definitely recommend this hotel and would gladly stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a great hotel. It is very much 1970's but in a cool way. The hotel is very clean and on the waterfront with great views of the marina. The staff was very helpful. We had a few problems with wifi but the staff was quick to help.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stayed here in July. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, especially when my partner had trouble getting WiFi. The location was great and our room on the second floor offered splendid views over the sea. The decor was a little dated, but comfortable bed and adequate storage for cases and clothes. The air-conditioning a little disappointing as it stopped when you left the room, so room took a while to cool when you re-entered. There was a strange shower unit, which took a while to get used to, and we didn't even attempt a bath.The towels were very rough. We were a little cross about the mini bar where a charge would be made on any item that you left in the fridge which you purchased else where such as water etc. And the T.V single was poor. The room/hotel information pack could benefit from updating. Breakfast was sufficient and offered choices and served in an excellent room with sea views. We used the sun terrace and the sea front area, both services were good. On the whole we had an enjoyable stay.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

La Bussola is more than a 4 star hotel; with a friendly staff who goes out of their way to please. Our room #353 had ocean front view. It was on the third floor, I highly recommend it. The hotel includes fast wi fi, free in the rooms and throughout the hotel. Delicious Buffett breakfast is included with the price of the room and free parking. For a modest price you can have a great Italian dinner with wine at their restaurant while enjoying a beautiful ocean view. The hotel has a private swim platform with chairs, towels and a life guard at no extra cost... I highly and without reservations give The Hotel la Bussola the highest ratings.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

After a long day's travelling and a stay in a 3 star hotel, I was looking forward to our 4 star experience at La Bussola. It was easy to find and we were impressed by its location. The receptionist was welcoming and saw us up to our room, arranging for our bags to follow. The view from the balcony is amazing and if one could rate on that alone, this hotel would be 5 star! However, the room is very small, as is the bathroom - it's always irritating when there is nowhere to shelve your things, not even a soap dish in the shower. As for the shower, there was no hot water. I tried to phone down to reception to ask what I could do to sort it out, but the phone didn't work. So after trying everything humanly possible, culminating in a hasty and freezing shower, I went down to speak to the receptionist. There is no denying they are approachable, friendly and polite, but they were not in the least bit apologetic and said the problem couldn't be sorted until Monday. I asked if I could have another room with a shower that worked, but the answer was no, they were full. These things can happen, I accept that, but even just an apology rather than an apparent attitude of that's your lot, accept it, would have been better. The Internet reception is patchy at best. The room we are in could benefit from some soundproofing too. So far I feel I have got a 2/3 star experience with a 5 star view.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Cary,NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had a great family vacation in Italy and stayed at Hotel La Bussola in Amalfi. The entire staff was extremely helpful and pleasant, especially Mena and Vincenzo who I dealt with a lot . The room had a balcony with a great view of the ocean. Amalfi is a great little Italian town with a lot of great restaurants. The town is also centrally located so we took day trips to Capri, Pompeii/Vesuvius, Ravello, and Posintano / Sorrento. Driving the Amalfi coast was an experience and not for the lite hearted. :-) The scenery was beautiful. We were there during the Festival of St. Andrew (Festa di Sant’Andrea) in Amalfi, which was a great experience. At midnight they had one of the best fireworks shows I have ever seen that we could watch right from our balcony. The roof top terrance also gave a nice view of the area. We only had breakfast at the hotel, but that was good. It was a great vacation !!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The seafront view of this hotel is stunning. Most rooms offer a balcony opening onto a picture perfect ocean view. There is a rooftop terrace where the guests can relax. The rooms are clean and pleasant. The breakfast buffet offers good variety and quality. The hotel is located within walking distance of everything in Amalfi.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel la Bussola
Address: Lungomare Dei Cavalieri di Gerusalemme 16, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#9 Family Hotel in Amalfi
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Amalfi
#18 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel la Bussola 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rooms with balcony front sea view, air conditioning, parking, good restaurant, Meeting Rooms, American bar, lifts, roof-garden solarium. Well-positioned, in centre of Amalfi, on the Promenade, along the sea. In a quiet, panoramic location, few yards from the Cathedral Square, and the harbour from where every morning several steamers leave to Positano, Capri, Naples and Salerno. Open all year round. ... more   less 
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