We stayed at Casa Angelina at the end of our 11-day holiday in Italy. As our trip was a last minute decision (relatively speaking), the hotel pickings in Positano were slim. I came across CA on a website for the Amalfi Coast and was drawn to the modern, minimalist style of the hotel. I was a bit worried about staying in Praiano and the inconvenience of having to arrange transportation for our sightseeing expeditions, but I can assure you that it was not much trouble at all.
We'd arranged with the hotel to have a driver pick us up at Napoli Centrale and were quoted the standard 120 euros. Our driver, Vittorio (from Positano Limousines) met us in front of the left luggage area at the train station and lead us to an S class Mercedes Benz sedan. After giving us half an hour of peace and quiet, he began to point out certain points of interest along the way and was kind enough to stop for photographs in Sorrento and Positano (this was done unsolicited). He was a wealth of information as he'd grown up in Sorrento and had been driving for tourists for the past four years. (I digress.)
Upon arrival at CA, we were promptly greeted by two women at the reception area (one of them was the sister of Mara Mosca, the reservation manager, and the other's name escapes me - I wish the staff members wore name tags). We were both given a refreshing drink, which was an almond-flavored milk. The younger woman gave us a brief, but detailed, tour of the hotel and showed us to our room, #301, a lateral side view room. If we were wowed the moment we stepped into the hotel, we were absolutely blown away when we got to our room. The clean white lines and chic minimalist furniture was definitely right up our alley. Our room was very spacious and it is my understanding that our room type is larger than some of the rooms with sea views. Our bathroom wrapped around the side of the hotel and had both a bathtub and separate shower. The windows in our room and bathroom were gigantic rectangles of glass, giving us panoromic views of the mountainside, as well as Positano in the distance. Awaiting us on the desk/counter was a bottle of prosecco, chilling in an ice bucket, and a plate of bagel crisps, compliments of the hotel.
The L'Occitane toiletries were a nice touch, as well as the turndown service every night, complete with chocolates and bottles of water on each side of the bed.
The hotel restaurant, Un Piano Nel Cielo, was lovely, yet expensive. We had dinner there on our first and last nights. We ordered the seven-course tasting menu (fish) the first night, which was outstanding and well worth the nearly 200 euros spent. One gripe is that the menu presented to you at the restaurant does not have prices listed next to each selection. However, the menu in the hotel room does feature the same selections with prices listed, which is why we didn't have sticker shock when the check came at the end of the night. We had the American breakfast buffet for 21 euros each on our first morning. It was explained to us that the regular continental breakfast was 20 euros and included everything but the hot scrambled eggs and sausage and bacon, so it was a no brainer to select the American breakfast for one euro extra. Someone else has mentioned that the cost of the continental was only 12 euros, so either they raised the cost subsequently or something was lost in translation. On our last morning, we had coffee and croissants at Bar Del Sole, which was a far economical (and equally filling) option.
Transportation - We used the hotel's free shuttle to Positano on our second day. The schedule of drop-offs and pick-ups to and from Positano is included in the miscellaneous brochures provided in the hotel room. Contrary to other reviewers' experiences, we were not driven in a luxury vehicle, but a mini shuttle van, which had seats in such a condition that made me worry that I would get lint on my black dress. We had planned on taking a Sita bus back to CA that evening, but ended up grabbing a taxi at the taxi stand near the church (and Max's). The ride cost 25 euros. For our trip to Amalfi/Ravello, we had planned on taking the Sita bus, but rockslides the night before made road travel difficult. We ended up taking a water taxi from La Gavitella (the name refers to both the restaurant below the hotel, as well as a water taxi stop) to Positano at a cost of 15 euros. The driver (not sure if that is the correct term to use for one who operates a boat) was nice enough to come to a complete stop a couple of times to give my husband an opportunity to take photographs of Positano (again, unsolicited). From Positano, we took a hydrofoil to Amalfi, which was 7 euros apiece one-way. We took the ferry back to Positano, which was 6 euros one-way, and were fortunate to immediately catch another water taxi from La Gavitella (the restaurant) to La Gavitella (the stop). We found the ferry ride much more enjoyable than the hydrofoil.
We did lounge by the pool for about an hour on our first full day at the hotel. I would've liked to stay longer, but grew tired of having to constantly flay my arms around to get the gynormous, pesky flies away from me. We headed out to the beach area and had a much more pleasant experience down there. We knew not to expect a sandy beach, so were not disappointed in what awaited us after the 200 some steps down to the beach area. Afterwards, we had a great plate of calamari at La Gavitella.
We loved the featured art displayed throughout the common areas, as well as in our room. The twinkling lights that changed colors in the elevator and the indoor pool created a romantic ambience at night. My husband and I attempted to enjoy the indoor pool around 10 pm one night, but found the water lukewarm and the hydrotherapy jets apparently shut off at 8pm.
The only negative aspect of our stay was the noise level. The walls aren't exactly the most soundproof, and you can hear every person that passes by your room. It probably didn't help that there was a wedding reception held at the hotel during our last night, with several attendees no doubt staying at CA. Nevertheless, I must say that I did get my best sleep in Italy at CA.
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- Barefoot Luxury on Italy's Amalfi Coast ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Angelina Hotel Praiano
- Casa Angelina Praiano, Italy - Amalfi Coast
- Hotel Casa Angelina