Let me start out by saying that I had found this hotel on one of the travel websites and was intrigued with the idea of the view over Amalfi and hopeful that I was making a good choice when I did go ahead and book it. After watching Tripadvisor for the past few months I had to wonder about the range of reviews. We loved it and were very pleased with the hotel once we arrived after a very long 4 1/2 hour transfer from Rome. The views are spectacular and the hotel had all the services we could hope for. The shuttle service made the location ideal. We could wander around crowded Amalfi, or any of the other villages nearby and soon we would long for the peace and tranquility of our "home away from home" on the mountainside. The sounds of the morning were roosters and churchbells....what more could you ask for.
We were impressed with the staff and a special thanks to Antonio the head waiter whose outstanding service and attention to detail were appreciated. The food was exceptional and we enjoyed dining for breakfast or dinner on the dining terrace with the stunning view of Amalfi and the entire bay of Salerno below....truly memorable and very romantic.
Be sure to take a walk up the mountainside to nearby Pogerola and enjoy the views from Gerry's Pub and be sure to say hello to the charming Benito who runs the outdoor cafe at the entrance to the village. We found this a nice change from the touristy villages which were crowded at times. We didn't use the beach service while we were there but many others did via the shuttle. We would definitely return and met many guests who were repeat visitors.
A true Italian holiday....stunning scenery, delicious cuisine, fresh mountain air and lots of charming spots to visit in the area....Ravello, Positano, Sorrento, Capri; all easily reached by Sita Bus (and/or ferry) ....don't miss this experience and the harrowing rides around the mountain roads...its all part of the experience....
A truly memorable trip.....thanks Grand Excelsior!!!
- 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