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Don Alfonso 1890 Boutique Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Disclaimer....this was by far the best experience I've had in a hotel and as a result this review may sound too good to be true. I thought the same thing before my visit to the Don Alfonso. I'm now a believer.

This hotel ranks among the best in the world. You will be greeted by the most welcoming and warm member of staff when you come through the gates. We were offered chilled house made sparkling lemonade and a sweet while the details of check in were handled flawlessly.

Our room was the Salvia suite located on the top floor of the main lodge. It had a perfect terrace with a view over the Bay of Naples along with the gardens and the pool. The bed was perfectly made with crisp linens and the bath was done in charming tones of purple and yellow with modern fixtures, full sized toiletries and every amenity one could imagine. The room also features free wifi, fresh cut hydrangeas from the gardens and little daily treats of dried fruit, sweets, fruit from the family farms and large bottles of mineral water.

Breakfast each day was heavenly, served in the gardens among the roses and lavender, with ample choices of both hot dishes and freshly baked pastries, jams, honey from the family farm, fresh juices and perfectly prepared espresso or coffee drinks. The service provided by Giuseppe and Rafaele each morning was flawless and it felt as if we were being cared for by the best of family friends.

The location in San Agata is perfect for visiting all the Amalfi coast highlights while at the same time enjoying quiet and seclusion each evening only broken by lovely church bells tolling in the town square.

The cooking school is a must do, especially when the classes are led by Niccolo. We had a private class where we learned to prepare fresh pastas, bread, clams and vegetables in a kitchen that reminds one of a Food Network episode of Iron Chef.

Finally, dinner in the restaurant is a once in a life time experience. You'll be cared for by a most professional staff and wowed with delicacies that come from local purveyors and/or the families own farm located a few miles away on the shore of the peninsula. Your dinner will be paired with a most amazing selection of wines by the expert sommelier, Maurizio, from the family cellar that contains thousands of appellations deserving of the title "Best in Europe".

Special thanks to Mario, Ernesto, Fortunato and the entire team at Don Alfonso. If you are looking for a superlative experience in a picturesque setting chose Relais Don Alfonso. You will be in good hands!

We will be back, hopefully soon.

Room Tip: Salvia was perfect. For even a bit more privacy chose the private cottage named "The House of...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed in the "house of the poet" (a junior suite on 2 floors with a lovely tiny garden). The whole Relais consists of two houses (one including the fantastic restaurant, the other one the reception, a cigar lounge and an outdoor bar), a small swimming pool (sufficient for a refreshing dip) and an outdoor restaurant. Everything is furnished with love to detail and makes you feel welcomed and relaxing from the first moment. The family does everything to increase this feeling during your stay.
Value for money is really good and it´s fun to taste the regional breakfast near the pool.
Sant'Agata isn´t the most charming village ever near the Amalfi coast (especially as it is not near the coast), but the possibilities the family offers (going by boat to the Sirene islands or discovering their farm opposite Capri) makes up for it.
We will be back as soon as possible !

Room Tip: For a romantic stay choose the small house !
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed for only 1 night, but could have spent our entire vacation here! This place is amazing in every way - from the food, to the hotel, to the grounds and the staff. Truly a gem that words cannot adequately describe!! If you have the chance you absolutely MUST stay and/or eat here!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Engred
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

If you like to eat an excellent and nice food and drink a good wine, with requinte and charm, this is a perfect place. The hotel is i a quiet village, not in the beach, with excellent accommodation. The restaurant is sublime, you have options of sophisticated and simple food.The owners, a friendly family with Alfonso, wife and two sons, are excellent hostess, and work very hard and supervisione all the (big) staff. It is a perfect place to stay in a romantic scene. They have a wonderful cellar, 35ms down the floor. They have an organic farm, and they cook with their organic food. The pasticerie is fantastic. They also run a cook schol at the place.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

We were just on our honeymoon and found the hotel thru a blog mentioning the famous restaurant and i saw that they also have guest rooms as well, we are foodies so took a chance and made a booking. Pictures and the web-site can't even do this place justice. My husband and i were blown away in every way for every moment of our stay. we never wanted to leave, wish we could live here. the service was impeccable, you meet the charming family, the owner his wife and chef son. The family is so passionate, hospitable and kind, they put their heart and soul into their restaurant, hotel and farm. we did a farm tour, saw the fresh lemon groves and where all the produce and eggs came from with an incredible view of the water and of capri. we had the best meal of our lives and did the full tasting dinner, i am vegetarian and they accommodated me beautifully, everything is farm fresh perfection. the breakfast was definitely a highlight, we sleep late and love that there was no time limit or cutoff, it was a 2 hour ordeal that we savored and enjoyed. the kitchen has windows all around it is so fun to see the chefs at work. we stayed in the romantic stone house casa del poete it was so charming but modern, the tiles that are locally handmade are gorgeous, the bathroom was amazing, awesome shower and tub. the pool was beautiful and serene. we were so sad to leave here and will definitely come back! Thank you Alfonoso, Livia, Fortunato, Paolo, Antonio and most especially above all Ernesto!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

My wife and I have just returned from an Amalfi Coast holiday including 4 nights at Don Alfonso hotel. We chose this hotel because of its convenience to the superb restaurant (separately reviewed). It was great to have a world class meal and to then retire to a beautiful room nearby.

We really loved the hotel. It’s not just about staying in lovely bright rooms, with all the features you would expect. It’s much more than that. Like the restaurant, the hotel creates a magical experience. The facilities are wonderful; elegant and classy but not exaggerated. Charming is a good word and the staff make you feel as if it is all there for you but without being all over you; very professional.

We have luckily stayed in many beautiful hotels but this is one of those rare places where the owners have been able to impress warmth, class and refinement into the whole operation. Without question we will stay here on our next trip to this area.

We loved our experience so much that …can you believe it…. we were happy to pay our bill so the owners could put more money back into the wonderful operation that they have created. How did they manage that!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Greg M
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

We spent a night here on Easter weekend and found the hotel to be very charming, service wonderful and personal, food (dinner and breakfast) of course excellent and savory, and all in all a very memorable experience.

Let me caveat out by saying that if you are coming to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento for the wonderful sea view and endless touristy shops selling lemon products, you will not find any of that in the little town of St Agata where Don Alfonso is. In place of which, it is a short drive away from Sorrento, tucked in a town where there are more Italians who seem to be actually living there than tourists. And it is also close to the quiet town of Nerano which has a couple wonderful restaurants. This tip of the Sorrento Peninsula is serene and charming, and is off the beaten path enough to feel quiet.

Now back to the hotel - charming and elegant would be the perfect words. We stayed in a junior suite in a little brick villa next to the hotel proper - request that if you want maximum privacy but mind you that it has two floors and may be inconvenient to some. The decor is colorful and cute, and is very detail-oriented. The room is comfortable but wouldn't say it's luxurious.

The service is excellent - from check-in to check-out and of course during breakfast and dinner. Every wish of yours is attended to with care. I had the pleasure to also meet the Iaccarino family (Alfonso, Ernesto and Livia) and they are warm and friendly and had a brief conversation with Ernesto about his ambitions, and he gave us a tour of the kitchen and another staff gave us a tour of the wine cellar (which was amazing by the way). So when you come here, it's not just for the food or a bed to sleep in, but you get to talk to the staff and the Iaccarino family, understand a bit about their respect for the land and traditions and how a restaurant comes to represent what it is.

We love the food here and everything is as expected from a Michelin-star restaurant at this price point. But I got away with something more than a good night's sleep and a good meal and hope you will too in your experience.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Corso Sant'Agata 11/13, 80061 Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, Massa Lubrense, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Massa Lubrense > Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi
Price Range: $362 - $533 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Don Alfonso 1890 Boutique Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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