Conca Dei Marini is a great place to be to experience the Amalfi Coast. Whilst no part of the coast is really free from the impact of tourism, Conca has a very authentic feel and is much less of a tourist trap than say Positano, and boasts exceptional views, fantastic food and friendly locals. It is a small fishing village, which extends up the hillside and includes many excellent restaurants and picturesque little churches.
The Hotel Le Terrazze is an excellent place to stay, and will provide you with everything you need to get the best out of your holiday. As the name suggests, there is a large communal terrace which looks out over the Amalfi Coast. This can be seen in the photos. To the left you can see towards the town of Amalfi, to the right towards Positano, etc. Weather permitting, this is a great place to enjoy a drink, and if you ask at the reception the hotel will provide you with pretty much whatever you are after. The prices are very reasonable compared with the rest of the coast. 4 euros for a large 66cl Peroni, and 2 euros for a Coke.
The hotel has access to a small and intimate beach, which boasts 3 great restaurants. You simply walk down the steps from the hotel, and within a few minutes can be enjoying an evening meal on the beach, watching local fishing boats bob about and enjoying some good food. The Restaurants are: La Tonnarella, Ristorante Risorgimento, and L'Ippocampo. Ristorante Risorgimento is recommended if you enjoy tasty seafood dishes, and the house wine is inexpensive, local and very good indeed. We were staying on the 4th floor, and next to our room was a door out on to the steps to the beach.
Due to the geography of the area (narrow, winding coastal roads) there are not that many concentrations of restaurants, bars, etc. besides the beach area. However, The hotel works with nearby restaurants to provide a free taxi service to many of the great places to eat in the area. The Hotel provides you with a map of the area which includes a list of local restaurants, and if you tell reception where you want to go, a car will usually arrive for you within around 5 minutes and take you to your chosen restaurant. They will also bring you back at the end of your meal, and you do not pay for this service at all. Even if you don't know which restaurant you want to go to, the reception will suggest somewhere and ring them for you. On our first night, we wanted to visit a good pizzeria, and were recommend Pesce D'Oro, which is mid way between Conca and Amalfi (Amalfi is around 10-15 mins away by bus). The food was excellent and we decided to go back on our last night. Also recommended is Bonta Del Capo (up the hill a little), which does an excellent Ricotta e Pera dessert, and is again reachable by transport from the hotel within minutes.
The Sita buses are likely to be your main mode of transport for getting around the Amalfi Coast. If you have your own car, the hotel has a private car park, but if not, there is a Sita bus stop across the road from the hotel. The bus stops can be a little confusing, as there is usually only one sign (no bus shelter, usually just a sign sticking out of a roadside wall) for both directions of travel. If you know which direction you are going in, remember that Italians drive on the right, and stand on the side of the road where the driver's door will be when the bus reaches the stop. Most bus stops do not have a timetable, so you will probably rely heavily on the hotel staff for advice on how to get around. Luckily they are extremely knowledgeable about the bus transport in the area, and will be able to help wherever you intend to visit. There are up to date Sita bus timetables in reception at all times. We found these invaluable during our stay. You can also buy the Sita bus tickets from the hotel reception at any time (they cannot be bought on the bus). If you tell the staff where you want to go, they will advise you of the bus times, and which ticket is best for you. The location of the hotel is very good for using the Sita buses, also. It is only one stop (on the timetable) away from Amalfi (10-15 mins). This means that any buses going away from Amalfi (towards Praiano, Positano, Sorrento, etc.) are not likely to be as full by the time they get to Hotel Le Terazze, so you might actually get a seat. If you are getting on a Sita bus at Positano for example, you are very unlikely to get a seat, and they really cram people onto them. We found that travelling to Positano or Sorrento, we managed to get seats because the stop was early on in the route.
The rooms are very clean and tidy, and feature balconies which look out on to the sea. You can choose from a side sea view or a front sea view. We chose the side sea view, as it was cheaper, but on arriving the owner told us that he had upgraded us to the front sea view. Each balcony has a couple of deck chairs for lounging/sunning if that is your sort of thing. There are electronic safes provided for valuables. The bathrooms are nice and clean, with a shower and bidet. Each room has a tv with about 5 channels. The hotel also has a free wifi service if you need to use the internet while in any of the communal areas. If you ask at reception they will give you the password.
Breakfast is a self service buffet, which was very good. When you sit down the staff will ask you what you would like to drink (they can provide pretty much whatever - Cappucino, a pot of coffee, tea, etc). You can then just help yourself to the buffet. The food changes slightly each day, but usually consists of bread rolls, croissants, pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, biscuits, tomatoes, cheese, ham/cold meats, eggs, etc. There is usually a large cake of some sort, too.
Overall, this is an excellent hotel, with extremely helpful staff, and Conca Dei Marini is a great place to stay in the Amalfi Coast. If you are planning to visit the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, or Vesuvious, it may be best to stay a couple of nights in Naples first, then move down towards Conca Dei Marini to explore the Coast. The reason for this is that reaching the ruins from Conca takes around 2 1/4 hours (1 1/2 hours Conca to Sorrento on the Sita bus, the 45 mins Sorrento to Pompeii Scavi on the train). However, for exploring the Amalfoi Coast itself (Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, etc) Conca Dei Marini is a great place to be and Hotel Le Terrazze is a fantastic choice.
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- Hotel Le Terrazze is perfectly located in an extraordinary position, built right on the sea with an enchanting view of the Amalfi Coast. The coast is one of the marvellous points of interest in Italy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Terrazze Hotel
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