Beautiful, cozy, bed-and-breakfast atmosphere nestled high in the gorgeous Amalfi cliffs. Before I write anything further, I will preface this review by saying that my husband and I found the location of Le Palme to be exciting, adventurous, and not at all bothersome. For those looking for ease of entrance or who may be, in any way, limited in physical mobility, you may want to search elsewhere for accommodations.
First: Getting here isn't intuitive. After arriving at the bus depot in Amalfi, you'll need to purchase a ticket for a bus to Pogerola. The bus tickets can be purchased from the tourist traps in the area just near to the depot. Exit the bus at the Hotel Excelsior stop and Antonietta will meet you and guide you to the lift that will take you down to the hotel. If you leave the luggage on the lift and walk down, it's not so bad, however, going up is a different story! If you wish, there are stairs just outside the property that will take you all the way back down to the heart of Amalfi which is a very nice walk in the morning.
The scenery was gorgeous, we were generously welcomed, and arrangements were made for us to visit Gerry's Pub for dinner a bit higher up the hill where we had one of the best meals in all of Italy (we were actually picked up and dropped off by Gerry himself). The Cuomo family was very warm, served us a wonderful breakfast complete with warm, homemade pastries, wonderful coffee, and lots of fresh fruit. Antoinetta actually left breakfast for us in our room the night before we departed since we had to leave very early in the morning!
The rooms themselves, at least on the "main floor," were small and the bathrooms were VERY tiny. They were, however, tastefully decorated and very clean. The doors are French style and opened up onto a shared veranda overlooking gorgeous views. In retrospect, I might have asked for a larger room, however, we were only there for 2 nights so didn't feel it necessary. Besides, when you're in Amalfi, you should NOT be staying in the room! For extended stays, however, a larger space would be a MUST! My husband enjoyed a dip in the pool but I didn't partake because the water was a bit too chilly for my liking.
My only complaint with our stay was that on the morning of our departure, the lift (which we heard was functional in the early morning without the room key) did not work without the key and we had to haul all of our extremely heavy baggage up the 300+ stairs. I was not particularly happy about that and would recommend that the family make arrangements for guests to transport themselves and their luggage appropriately regardless of the time. Perhaps a locked room key dropbox at the top of the hill that could be accessed periodically so that the keys are kept safe?
All in all, highly recommended! Would definitely stay again if/when we return to the area! Grazie!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The warm welcome of the Cuomo Family, the comfort of the room, the small swimming pool, the wonderful view on the Amalfi Coast, guarantees you a relaxing stay at very convenient prices.The House is linked with a restaurant situated just 20 meters away from the beach of Atrani, which proposes a traditional and creative cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Palme Amalfi
- Le Palme Hotel Amalfi