A mixed bag of good and bad. First the good. The views are superb from the hotel and pool area. The staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast is good as is the evening meals. The transport links are reliable. The pool bar is fine. Prices are a little high for drinks but comparable for Amalfi. Rooms are cleans and bathrooms OK.
The bad: Beds are terrible and not what I would expect in a hotel of this type or ranking. Air conditioning was substandard and could not cope with the heatwave we experienced. The hotel location means excellent views but it does mean that you have an extra 20 plus mins each way to travel to the hotel from Amalifi The walk from the hotel to Amalfi is only for the fit and even then is a bit of a struggle. I would recommend trips to Ravello, Positano, Vesuvius Pompei. The Pompei trip is worthwhile but does involve a long journey there and back. Amalfi is a lovely location but its location means that the travel to and from can be long and difficult. The pool is OK but there is limited seated so get there early. Bathroom towels are a little on the thin side. The meal associated with the Pompey Thomson trip is a tourist trap (14E per head) is substandard and overpriced and should be avoided.
Overall we enjoyed the holiday but there are flaws in the hotel that you have to accept and overcome. You need to be a little patient with some of the trips in terms of the amount of travelling involved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tranquil Hotel set in cliffside enclave surrounded by trees, directly above hotel's private beach on the rugged coast far below. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Excelsior Grand Amalfi
- Hotel Excelsior Amalfi
- Hotel Excelsior Grand