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Il Saraceno Grand Hotel
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We loved the Il Saraceno. It was beautiful and situated right on the water. The staff were really helpful and new their stuff. The setting was absolutely incredible - flowers, pristine pool, the beach was rocky but beautiful sunbeds and staff.
One suggestion - if you arrive by train in Salerno, take the short walk to the ferry and arrive by boat to Amalfi. Scenery is breathtaking, and the taxi/van from Amalfi is a lot less expensive!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

The front desk staff at Il Saraceno were friendly and professional on my phone calls tasking for directions to the hotel. When we arrived the wait staff were aloof which is perhaps cultural but eventually warmed to us.
Rooms were clean and comfortable, though dated. Views were amazing.
The hotel itself was an adventure to explore and provided for many of our requests between set operating hours.
Overall a wonderful experience but perhaps not exactly worth the money.

Room Tip: You pay for what you get; I requested and paid for a sea view room but I'm not sure if you asked...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Let me start with the positive.

The hotel is situated on the hillside as most Amalfi coast hotels. They offer great ocean views and from the public spaces, the views are amazing. They also have a private beach, which is something rare in the coast. The grounds a nicely kept and the architecture and landscape is the property is unique for the area.

Now the areas for improvement. Since they advertise themselves as a 5 star resort, I would have to recommend they need to invest in a major renovation of their rooms and facilities. The rooms are very dated and the furniture is quite old. The tables and beds were furniture quality that you would find in a "garage sale" or second hand store. In addition, the tiles and walls are showing wear and tear.

As far as amenities, if you need wi-fi, it does not exist in the hotel rooms and only work in the main lobby floor. We stayed for 3 nights and had two rooms on both end of the facility and there we could not connect to the server.

On the services side, the hotel lacks any facility for any off-hour cafe or any in-hotel shop, where you can purchase items. They also do not offer any room service, so if you arrive late or early, you are going to starve.

For a hotel that bills itself as 5-star, its truly a disappointment. Their website is a misrepresentation of their services, especially Concierge service, it does not exist.

i do not know how other 5 star hotels compare in the Amalfi Coast, as I have not stayed at other 5 star properties in the area, but have stayed in others in Rome, Paris, and the US and they do not measure up.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Il Saraceno is about 4km out of Amalfi Town. It has a stunning position over the water and sensational views of the Amalfi Coast. It has its own lovely beach. The hotel is quiet old, and very expensive - but I guess you are paying for the views - which are are spectacular.

The staff are very grumpy though!

Room Tip: Make sure you have a room with front facing big window. our friends had a nice little balcony - but...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We checked into the hotel after some amazing days at the wonderful Capri Hotel Della Piccola Marina. What a contrast. This hotel is old, run down furniture, poor wifi access, standard is not close to five stars. 3 km from Amalfi city. We were so disappointed. Sure the location is beautiful, but so are all locations at the Amalfi Coast. We will never come back.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Just back from spending 9 nights in the hotel for our honeymoon. We loved it there. The rooms are lovely with air con. Sliding doors are a bit heavy though... The staff were nice and friendly and loved having the private beach and pool. Beware getting in and our of the sea though with the stony beach. It can be very hard. Only small complaint is that the cleaners are quite late servicing the room and they could dust a bit better.
All in all though it was an excellent stay in a lovely hotel. Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

7 days of real relaxation !
Plus : Great staff , great food , very clean, pretty quiet in the afternoon, amazing views !
Minus : just breakfast is poor and the door of the balcony pretty heavy ;-)! If you want to go on the balcony , you wake up all your neighbours :-))
But all those minus are compensated by the PLUS .
Most of the rooms are in the shadow in the afternoon, so dont worry ;-)! A/C is functioning anyway :-)
I recommend you the lunch on the beach by the neighbour ( Zefiro )
Dont miss a visit to Capri by renting a boat from a touristic agency in downtown Amalfi ! Cost for a 10 m lenght is around 800 euro ( by the hotel is 1100 euro )!
Hope all these will help you !

Room Tip: Chose minimum double room with sea view !
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Il Saraceno Grand Hotel

Address: Via Giovanni Augustariccio 33, 84011 Conca dei Marini, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Conca dei Marini
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Conca dei Marini
Price Range: $235 - $394 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Il Saraceno Grand Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Il Saraceno Grand Hotel is located on the road from Amalfi to Positano, at 2 miles from Amalfi, on the most spectacular bay of the Amalfi Coast. All rooms with sea view, private beach, swimming pool, private parking. ... more   less 
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Il Saraceno Grand Amalfi
Il Saraceno Grand Hotel Italy/Amalfi Coast - Conca Dei Marini

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