A family run hotel perched high on the cliffs of Praiano, the Hotel Margherita was everything we could have asked for when staying on the Amalfi Coast. Located between the tourist spots of Positano and Amalfi, the hotel was well appointed, clean and comfortable, as should be expected. The surprises came in the quality of the food. Normally, I am one to give hotel restaurants a pass, or if it looks decent, I will eat there out of convenience. However, of the three nights we spent in the hotel, we ate at the hotel restaurant EVERY night - it was that good! There is nothing I would not recommend among the menu - which as befits a good restaurant has daily specials that really do change daily. It made for many difficult choices, as I would have loved to try more. The wine list was an additional surprise, with bottles ranging from 18 Euro for local Amalfi wines to hundreds of euros for St Emillion Grand Crus. The wine list was at least 8 pages long with representatives from throughout Italy, France and a handful from Spain. Truly impressive, and very unexpected.
The service was impeccable throughout - I was unable to carry my son's stroller up any steps if one of the staff was within eyesight. The staff was always ready to answer questions, and seemed to truly enjoy helping and hosting, while not being overbearing. Additionally, the hotel has a van which they will dispatch to take you to the "main square" in Praiano where local busses can be caught to Amalfi or Positano; they will also pick you up again if you call.
There is a small pool and sun deck (unheated, unfortunately), and dinner is served on an open-air terrace overlooking the Mediterranean during warmer weather (which we sadly couldn't experience this trip). A quaint lemon garden just off the terrace offers charm, and I suspect a source of lemon peel for what I am fairly certain was home-made limoncello. The inside dining room offered impressive views, and the view from our room's balcony was to die for. I would recommend this hotel to any friends, and would gladly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hospitality and friendliness of a family. A warm and friendly welcome. The terrace with swimming pool, solarium and the restaurant on the roof garden. The enchanting view of Praiano, the heart of the Amalfi Coast. Only the guests of Hotel Margherita have the privilege of living these atmospheres, beauty, comforts and services in one of the most appreciated 3 star hotels of Praiano.With free garage, free wi-fi, free shuttle to the beach... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Margherita Hotel Praiano
- Hotel Margherita Praiano, Italy - Amalfi Coast