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I arrived a couple of days ago after a long train trip from Venice, followed by a scarey bus trip from Salerno! Amalfi is beautiful. It has towering cliff faces that sweep right down to the greeny blue sea. It is a pretty impressive place. Imagine the Great Ocean Road, but with houses built up the cliff faces, pine trees, terraced grape vines and …
Oh my dream- come true lol awesome swimming all day- even ole white legs here !!! love the place its like positane only- flat yip MY dream told ya !!! hotel top floor(lift tho,) yey and views of marina !! hills behind And privacy - 12.00 for us to use beach with brolly and 2 deck chairs, thought steep but once in your own little patch ov beach- …
... behind us. Fifteen minutes later a bus arrived and we all filed on; Rob was smart (and quick) enough to snag us the last two seats together on the right side of the bus: this would be the side with the good views. The bus departed more or less on time, at about 11am. We would arrive in Praiano at 11:45. We were immediately stunned by the views. The postcards and guidebooks do not do justice to the magnificent vistas or the perfect palate of blues, greens, whites, and ...
... We are literally only inches away from it backing up and I am sure it will not stop the bus from plummeting should we hit it. All is well as we do not test the strength of the barrier and the other bus squeezes by. We make it to Amalfi in a mere two hours on the 90 minute scheduled drive. Getting off the bus, we are plunged into a hectic area of buses, tourists, and the main highway through here full of cars and motorcycles. I stop in the bus information office to look into buses ...
There were 3 parts to our tour. The first was Sorrento Coast, the the Amalfi Coast with stops in Positano, Amalfi and Revello, then loop through the back mountains to Naples. The roads were narrow and scary!! Our driver was amazing!
I think the pictures speak for themselves.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Aurora Amalfi
Great Patio-Nice Hotel
The Hotel Aurora was in a nice location in Amalfi. It was at the end of the road so it was a little quieter. But it was certainly walking distance from all the activity. The patio was great (for the superior room). It was huge--maybe more than 8 feet by 5 feet. It over looked the sea and "beach." Looking up from the patio were mountains. It also had a table and chairs and lawn chairs to tan on. The service was quite friendly (the hot chocolate in the morning was great). The room itself was very nice--ceramic floors. A very small TV. Nice size bathroom. The food was fair. Did I mention the hot ciocolate? Mmm. The "beach" as was most of the coast (except Positano was a little better) was all rocks. Very uncomfortable. And honestly, the beach itself wasn't all that pretty. If you want to stay in Amalfi, this is a great place. I might stay either on Capri (or Anacapri) or Positano or Ravello (which is way up in the mountains and very expensive). Early June was a little too cool to be there.
Warm and nice
We arrived without booking and had a warm welcome.The room was 20 meters from the sea but the place is at the end of the street so it's very quite.The room was clean and relativly big with all the facilitys.The location is great-few minuits walk from the town center and the beach.Staff was very polite and helpfull.Great breakfast on the lovely terrace.Good value for money.
Beware of Problem Resolution
The hotel was very nice and what we expected. Due to my error, I booked three rooms instead of two (I thought I had cleared this up with the hotel several months before arriving). Upon arrival, Domenico, the reception manager, said I still had reservations for three rooms but that he'd take care of it. Which meant, I'd never see a bill for the third room until I returned to the States. After months trying to resolve the charge, I finally spoke to Daniela the manager/owner. She would not listed to my explanation, she yelled at me and finally hung up on me. She never had any intention of listening to me. If you have a problem with your bill, get their resolution in writing.
We had rented this hotel from our travel agent. What a disappointment!
First, when we arrived, we were sure we had air conditionned. Not. We asked how much more it would be - 10 Euros more - but of course not available! The rooms they show you on the web is just not the one you get unless you ask for the superior rooms! Make sure you do! Our sea view? I had a huge tree right in front of it.... the breakfast buffet? Disgusting croissant, canned fruits, old cereals, cold bread and yogourt. Wow.... One good thing: the coffee was excellent!!! And the pergola is a nice thing. Beware if you go to the private beach: they will hit you with 12 Euros for the long chairs....
Would I go back there?
Aurora Does Not Deserve The Praise
We read good reviews of the Hotel Aurora in Amalfi, both on your site and others, so booked a room there on 2/27/04 for arrival on 8/18...yes, six months in advance. We booked the best room in the house with private terrace.
We arrived mid afternoon on 8/18...and were told by the owner that he was very sorry but he had no room for us. He made up a story that someone was sick and would not leave....the best room in the house. He showed us a back room with no windows (perfect for a sick person!), but that was it.
Our take.....he had someone who wanted our room for the whole weekend and he gave it to them. We were a one night reservation so dispensible. The owner referred us only to inferior hotels and made no effort to compensate us for the inconvenience and upset he caused us. And, tho he had our email, he NEVER contacted us to let us know in advance.
This is unprofessional behavior and also not industry standard for Europe. A week later we were in a hotel in Paris where they moved people out of a room they would not vacate because those with a reservation for the room had arrived. We have travelled and lived in Europe for 25 years and never been treated as badly as the Aurora management. This is supposedly a nice "family-run" hotel. We wouldn't want to be in this family! This hotel deserves nothing but bad...or no.. reviews from the travel press.
Gem of Amalfi
We have just returned from our second visit to the Aurora.
Four of our friends joined us this time.
All were very pleased!
The quiet location, the view, charming rooms, reasonable rates, private beach,
& wonderful staff make this the perfect choice in Amalfi.
Boats, busses, restaurants & town are all within easy walking distance...yet, in the quiet end of town.
Daniela, the owner, is delightful.
Domenico (front desk) is extremely helpful & entertaining.
Gaetano is always pleasant & ready to attend to your needs.
The air conditioned rooms & bathrooms are spacious & beautifully decorated with Amalfi tiles.
Make sure to book a SEAVIEW room with a private terrace!
Magnificent panorama of all of Amalfi!
We loved our stay at the Aurora!
Grazie Daniela, Domenico & Gaetano!
DANA & TIM
Loved the Aurora! Charming and gracious hospitalty. Tucked away, yet close to all the shopping and restaurants. Excellent breakfast buffet included, served on terrace with gorgeous view. Situated in front of a pivate beach, with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Recommend the ocean view rooms- the garden view doesn't provide any view and little breeze.
Rooms are clean and bright, in cool and simple mediterranean tile and decor. There was a TV, but who goes to Amalfi to watch TV? Didn't need or want A/C (mid-July). Mosquito repellant is a must.
Beautiful, quiet, charming with fabulous view!
Within walking distance (5 minutes) to Amalfi center, buses, boats, restaurants, etc.
Daniela & staff are wonderful!
Returning this year...as are our friends!
Here is a short and useful review of the hotel Aurora in Amalfi:
price: we paid 160 euros per night for a room with sea view. Too much, as the rooms neither have air con nor tv (although the hotel claims to be a three star).
service: bad service. The staff is unfriendly and the director is rude.
hotel: good location (next to the beach), but ugly. The place is quite messy.