Arriving after a stunning two-day visit to Rome and a transatlantic flight from New York, the welcome at Casa Privata was singularly disappointing. Our driver was told porters would come to carry our bags down to "Ca Pa" so we waited...and waited...and waited. No porters. They go off duty at 5pm (despite CaPa's knowledge of our arrival at 7pm). Had it not been for the other guests (note, not staff), we would not have been able to get our bags down the (many more than?) 150 very steep steps--in the dark.
While the location of this villa may be lovely, it was difficult to fully appreciate it with the poorly maintained gardens, rickety furniture, wobbly breakfast tables, filthy swimming pool and raw sewage dripping down the pathway to the "beach". This latter is a series of sometimes very narrow platforms carved out of the cliff, which is the beautiful norm in this area. However, the paths were narrow and poorly maintained (bushes overgrowing them, cracked steps), there was no hand railing in sight, the shower was faulty, and the ladder into the water would never pass any kind of health and safety inspection. The flimsy hand rail at the top seemed ready to part company with the ladder at any moment, the steps were slimy and slippery and only those with a head for heights and marathon training fitness should attempt the entry into the water. There is no service at the beach area so you have to lug your own bottles of water down the hundreds of perilous steps. The view, however, is stunning, especially in the evening. But good luck getting back up the (unlit) steps after sundown.
As noted by other guests, breakfast was mediocre at best, the rooms were not clean and linens were worn. There is no air conditioning, which would be fine with the sea breeze except you couldn't open the windows at night because of the mozzies--the screens were torn and missing. No ceiling fans, only old metal floor fans that sound like B52s taxiing for takeoff.
In the evening, returning after dinner in the small town the entire hotel was in darkness. No staff anywhere, the living areas were dark, pathways dark. Steps dark. Wifi only in the tiny indoor dining room was intermittent at best.
It is such a shame because this place could be really idyllic if only someone bothered to take care of it, maintain it appropriately and provide the kind of service one would expect for 450 Euros a night. We left feeling that somehow we had been monumentally ripped off. On the positive side, the other guests were fun and friendly, there are good restaurants in the little village (which make up for lack of dinner service in the hotel unless booked 12 hours in advance) and easily available boat charters that make it less dangerous to enter the crystal clear waters.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Privata Hotel Praiano
- Casa Privata Praiano, Italy - Amalfi Coast