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Grand Hotel Ambasciatori
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Reviewed July 13, 2006

We are two very seasoned travellers in our 50s and we stayed at the Hotel Ambasciatori for 7 nights (half board) from 30/6 -7/7/06. We have stayed in 3 star recently and 4 and 5 star deluxe many times worldwide - all have been superb. We booked this one in preference to others based on the excellent feedback.

It would be kind to describe this hotel as ordinary. OK it has nice views, Ok the interior is decorated in the style of a pseudo-renaissance italian middle class home. What it doesn't do is service or good food. Our room safe didn't work on arrival and still remained unfixed after 4 days and reception were totally unconcerned. The menus are interesting, but the reality is indifferent luke-warm, basic and unappetising in the extreme. Waiting times for tables we understand, but to be seated and then forgotten for 40 minutes and then have the wrong wines brought to table is outrageous. This was'nt the forst time service had been extremely slow. However many people were repeat guests and were content with this, unbelievably. We dined in excellent, but expensive, restaurants for 4 of the 7 nights, thus paying twice for our food.

We voiced our views to reception and to our rep - nada, naturally. The manager came to ask about the problems while we waited for the return taxi to the airport in the last minute of our last day!

By all means stay here if you are prepared to accept these major flaws, but don't forget there are loads and loads of good alternative places on the Amalfi coast. As for us it was so bad its almost put us off Italy altogether.

Hope this helps and apologies for the negativity but it may stop you wasting a couple of grand. Did I say grand? This hotel certainly doesn't live up to that adjective.

4  Thank MIdastouch
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Reviewed July 13, 2006

Great Hotel - would go back any time. The room was immaculate. Plenty of space for the three of us.
Great breakfasts. My son especially loved the made to order crepes.
Lunches were pretty good as well - didn't try the dinners.

A couple of tips.
The island of Capri is well worth a visit. Get the hydrofoil from Marina Piccola. Try to get an early departure and come back as late as possible as there's plenty to see. The little busses which go round the island are good fun.
Take the train to both Pompeii and Herculaneum. You will get there much quicker and it will save you loads of money. If you are a teacher from the E.U. take proof e.g. your union membership card - you will get it for half price. Children from the E.U. get in free.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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5  Thank KES3003
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Reviewed July 10, 2006

Yes the reviews on this site really can be believed. Here is a 4 star hotel that deserves more. Decor; service;staff;entertainment and above all food, were of a consistently high standard throughout our weeks' stay through Magic of Italy.

The pool area is excellent, but the private lift down to the bathing "jetty" was like something out of 007 and pure luxury, complete with bar.

If I had to temper all this enthusiasm, it would be with a couple of minor points - yes it does cost 5euros a day to hire a sun bed, but hotels in much of the Med and Canaries do the same. But there are plenty of other chairs!

Our room although palatial, was on the front of the hotel and the busy road meant that the balcony was not really a place to sit and relax. ( Excellent sound insulation and air con though meant no sleep lost)

Secondly, this hotel is just far enough from the town centre to make a walk in the heat of the day a bit of an irritation and the traffic/noise fumes can be wearing.

Do try the service bus to Amalfi via Positano - super trip - get the boat back to calm down!
Also try the strange little cafe/bar at the sports field almost opposite the hotel for a snack lunch and a litre of local wine for just 4.50 Euros!

Super place.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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5  Thank lbrccso
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Reviewed July 8, 2006

We stayed four nights at the Ambasciatori and could not have asked for a more beautiful location. The rooms are nice, on the large size for Europe, and everything was spotless. The staff was unfailingly helpful and solicitious. I was very disappointed in the food, especially the two dinners we had in the relatively pricey restaurant. The only really good food we had was the pizza in the poolside restaurant. I would recommend staying, just not eating, on the property.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed July 5, 2006

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