First of all, I want to point out that I grew up in Italy. My family is from Rome and so I am used to the Italian culture. That being said, I did think that the staff at La Bussola was a bit on the rude side. My parents, however, always stay at this hotel when visiting Amalfi, so we took their suggestion and booked a room here for three days during our honeymoon. The staff seemed very frustrated with the American travelers (my husband and I flew in from California). No niceties from the staff. Especially the men who run the free breakfast buffet every morning. Very gruff, almost to the point that you feel as though you are intruding in their home -- how dare us! The breakfast is just so-so, with cornetti (Italian croisants), some ham, cheese, cereal and cookies. The rooms are nice enough, but don't expect posh. Marble floors with basic bedding -- and very, very firm bedding. One small TV on the desk, with a small fridge. The bathrooms are updated and pretty -- but be prepared for the European style: small, small shower located on one end of the tub, with a rounded, closed-in door that will make even the average sized man feel very claustrophobic. We have a shower like this at our house outside of Rome, so I was used to this style, but even so, it felt smaller and tighter. The hotel is a very short walk to Amalfi's main downtown square, where you can find local shops and restaurants. It is also just a few minutes from the pier where you can catch a ferry to Capri, etc. The hotel is on the water, so most rooms, I believe, have a balcony. It's a nice central location, just go prepared that the staff isn't going to be overtly friendly. They have one computer that you may use, for two euro for 20 minutes.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Bussola Amalfi
- La Bussola Hotel