28 Oct Hotel Santa Caterina Amalfi
Once a humble guesthouse, this place has evolved over the last century into one of the area’s most delightful hotels. Though its cliffside perch affords spectacular views of the sparkling sea and the coastline, the property itself is nothing to sniff at. The hotel has a prime spot close to the center of Amalfi, and while many guests while away their days at the beach, the hotel offers free daily shuttles to town. The historic center is chockablock with gorgeous buildings that house museums along with a 9th-century cathedral that’s stunning inside and out.
There are 54 rooms at the hotel and 16 suites with various layouts and room categories. Each individually unique, rooms are decorated simply, with traditional Italian furnishings and hand-painted ceramic tile floors. Modern comforts such as USB ports (If I never had to carry a converter again, I would be very happy), flat screen TVs, and blowdryers are provided in every room as are Bulgari toiletries.Rooms and suites are spread throughout the property – some in the main building, others in an annex a few minutes walk away while other specialty suites are tucked away in the groves.
Food & Drinks
There are two restaurants at the hotel. Restaurant Il Glicine is the main restaurant for breakfast and dinner and most guests opt to eat on the terrace overlooking the sea during the evenings. The restaurant serves creative and delicious Italian dishes. While appealing mostly to adults with its elegant atmosphere, the other diners and staff could not have been more welcoming and friendly when we dined there one night. Al Mare is a more casual restaurant located on a shaded terrace overlooking the pool and sea serving yummy fresh pasta, fish and brick oven pizzas during lunch. Breakfast, included in our rate, is a standout with many buffet options and hot items to please anyone.
Services and Facilities
The first-rate facilities include a spa and one of the best ‘beaches’ of any of the hotels in the area; a lift plunges vertiginously down the cliffside to a series of concrete terraces and bathing platforms built over the rocks where sunbeds are laid out under large white umbrellas. There is a heated, saltwater pool down there plus small gym, bar and the excellent Al Mare restaurant. Service is old school, with many staff members having clocked up decades at the hotel. Starting with the owners, they are all unfailingly kind and courteous, and repeat guests (of which there are many) are greeted like old friends, often with kisses and hugs – this is southern Italy after all. The wonderful concierge team can arrange drivers to whisk you off to Pompeii or Herculaneum, visits to local wineries and cooking lessons.
Telephone:+39 089 871012 (Amalfi)