Excelsior Grand Hotel

Via Papa Leone X, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Campania, 84011, Italy | 3 star hotel
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Amalfi.....where dreams come true.

A travel blog entry by carolesuecook

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Day 4

OK I am getting behind because time is moving fast. (This is my official apology to Misty for bugging her daily for her travel blog entry. It's hard when the internet is bad and every moment you have is filled. I am so sorry Misty….I love you.) Today we boarded a bus to the Amalfi Coast. We will be staying in Almalfi for 4 days …

Sailing the Amalfi coast

A travel blog entry by blonde_abroad

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... change as I easily found the transfer shuttle bus from Naples to Sorrento and then Sorrento to Amalfi...even if it take over 5 hours to reach Amalfi harbour however it was a beautifully sunny day and driving along the Amalfi Drive admiring the picturesque towns built into the cliff faces and stunning panoramic blue sea views, I thought it wasn't all that bad! Although, I found the whole experience very challenging not to mention very expensive, it wouldn't be a true travel ...

Amalfi: Big miles on our feet-Big points for Italy

A travel blog entry by hartmangoseedo

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... he was on the cliff side of the bus and was thankful we survived! Of course many people ride this route daily and yes they survive. But this is an adventure in itself. The bus drivers rule the road and if a horn was only good for say 1000 honks, they would use them up on their first trip on the Amalfi Coast. One would be crazy to own a car and drive this route. The buses do not care what or who they hit, side-swipe or run over. Mike and I joked that if we lived here and were to own ...

Last day in Amalfi

A travel blog entry by bug23

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... our order, the table was set by a young Italian man, who purely by accident, I'm sure, managed to brush the back of his hand against my breast whilst placing the plate down in front of me. So smooth was his action that Hugh missed it and I was left to have a chuckle to myself whilst explaining to Hugh what just happened.
Hugh then threatened to glass the young punk but thought better of wasting a good drop of red and waited until he at least had finished ...

Day 17 Ferry to Amalfi

A travel blog entry by masters2013

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... stayed with Rena's aunties and uncles on their first trip to Amalfi, browsing and posing in front of shops. It was soon time to make our way back to the wharf and meet the return ferry to Positano.

Sailing back into Positano with the sun shining on the town provided the opportunity for some zoom lens close-up photos of our Villa, Torre dei Quattroventi. ...

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    TravelPod Member ReviewsExcelsior Grand Hotel Amalfi

    Reviewed by carolesuecook

    Awesome hotel

    Reviewed May 9, 2011
    by (1 review) Pearland Texas , United States Flag of United States

    Loved loved loved

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Excelsior Grand Hotel Amalfi

    Great View..pity about the food

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    This hotel is located spectacularly, its staff are pleasant and efficient, and the facilities are good. However, the big let-down is the food.

    Breakfast consists of bad quality yogurt and breads, with tastless scrambled eggs which are never available at the start. The meats are "plastic" with one type of very poor processed cheese.

    Dinner is no better. Poor quality food served in a beautiful location.

    My conclusion is that the Excelsior is in the business of selling scenery but not food.

    The hotel lives up to its 4 star rating in many ways, but for food, I would say 2 star.

    Disappointing hotel but lovely Scenery

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    We visited here the first week of June never having been to Italy before. Hotel is very remote in the hillside/mountains. We were put in the Garden Room which was away from the main hotel but nice and quiet and surrounded by lovely lemon groves with a cracking view out to the sea and very clean. The food was poor - portions are minature and we couldn't even cut the steak it was so tough!. Breakfast isn't great - runny scrambled egg, ham and cheese and stale bread, the coco pops were about the best thing. Some of the restaurant staff very sour faced. The drinks are expensive and there is hardly any entertainment except on a Saturday night which consists of an Italian woman singer and chap on a keyboard. Entertainment seems to focus around the bar/lounge every night but most people had gone to bed by 11pm - not for the young and lively!! Amalfi itself can be accessed by courtesy bus from the hotel but they do not run that frequently and get very busy so you can get a local SITA bus but you need to buy your ticket before you get on the bus. Tickets and timetables available from hotel reception. We had originally hired a car but cancelled this when we read the internet reviews for driving in Amalfi and believe me thank god we did - they are mad drivers and there is nothing but hairpin bends and blind corners so I would think twice about driving there. The pool area is nice but very cold and very very deep - not good for young kids. If you tire of the poor quality food there is a cracking local restaurant in the village above - Pogerola called La Carcara. They do a fantastic pizza, fresh fish, pasta and lovely home made wine and its really cheap. Amalfi itself is truly beautiful and there are some stunning views. I would go back to Amalfi again because we had a lovely holiday and met some fantastic people but would not stop at the Excelsior as in my opinion I do not believe this should be rated as a 4* hotel even though the views are truly breathtaking.

    Dreadful

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    What a disappointment, the food is inedible the staff or surley and unhelpful and the room we were given had no view. When I queried it I was told we "had specifically asked not to have a sea view" - Thomson did nothing to rectify the problem either. If you want to go to Amalfi- which is beautiful dont ruin your holiday by going to the Excelsior

    Horrible

    from

    Hotel overbooks and then puts you in spare rooms 10 minutes away from the original hotel. Spare rooms are not similar to what they show online. We met some other people also who were put in the garden room because the hotel was overbooked.

    Fabulous views, wonderful service

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    This was only our third package holiday in 37 years of marriage, and we feared the worst - sloppy service, skimpy meals and shoddy service.How wrong we were on all counts. The views from the rooms and - in particular - from the various levels of public balconies - are simply stunning and totally unforgettable. We also found the service from every member of the hotel staff to strike exactly the right balance between professionalism and friendliness. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and we were made to feel genuinely special and welcome (even though they must see thousands of different guests in a year).Yes, the price of drinks was high-ish, but the pleasure of drinking them overlooking such wonderful scenery was priceless. We enjoyed the food, and always had sufficient choice. The gala dinner in particular was truly excellent. We'll definitely go back, although hopefully in slightly cooler weather!

    Hot views. Phew!

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    The Excelsior Hotel is well situated to get some of the most beautiful views in the area. In our travels around the region, we didn't see another hotel with better views. The architects have taken full advantage of this and all rooms face the view, which is only matched by the view from the pool deck. Despite our reservations, expressed below, we will return in a few years time, at a time of year when the weather is cooler. While we were there, the Med. was experiencing its hottest May and June for about two hundred years.Pros:The view is spectacular, the hotel is nicely laid out and furnished and the staff are both friendly and helpful. I've seen complaints, on some web sites, about the quality of English but we certainly didn't have any problems.Cons:Not all private or public rooms are air conditioned and even when they are, its not reliable. The main dining room doesn't have air conditioning so I would recommend that you get down early for your first evening meal and request a balcony table. Unless you miss an evening, due to trips, you will sit at the same table for the remainder of your stay. When you book your trip, request air conditioning if you want it and back it up by contacting the hotel directly. They can be found on the internet.The hotel is somewhat remote (hence the views!) and you will need to add up to an hour to organised trips, for getting to and from Amalfi by hotel or public bus, as none of the coaches will collect you from the hotel as they do in other resorts. Thomsons and First Choice both use the same local agents.A comment on one of the web sites complains of the price of wine. In fact the price of drinks is high, though comparable with English prices in a similar establishment.

    A lovely holiday on the Amalfi Coast

    from

    June 2003 - We have just returned from a six day stay at the Hotel Excelsior in Amalfi. The plus points were the very friendly service from everyone at the hotel and the views over Amalfi which were fantastic. We had dinner on the terrace each evening overlooking the town and it was quite something. Our room was very good, spacious with a sitting room and terrace, again with a view over the bay. The food was OK but not brilliant, so if you are looking for a la carte dinners it would be best to go down to Amalfi town to eat. The hotel bus service and the local bus service meant that you could travel about quite freely. The coastal area is absolutely lovely, quite the prettiest we have seen for a long time. Capri was a bit disappointing due to the number of visitors and the extreme heat - better to visit in April or May. We would definitely return to the Excelsior, and really enjoyed our holiday. Terry & Corinne White.

    What a View From your Hotel Bed

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    We went to Amalfi Italy in Sept/Oct 2002.The weather was really warm in the day but a little cooler at night. We stayed in the Hotel Grand Excelsior and have never stayed in such a hotel with a view over the Amalfi Coast from your very own room. We did"nt want to leave the hotel because it was so relaxing and lovely views but of course we did to visit the area. Our favourite"s were Ravello, Positano,Amalfi the list could go on and on. We would recommend this hotel to anyone. The food was good, the staff very friendly and very clean. We are very envious of any one going to Amalfi soon, especially at the Excelsior hotel. CIAO.

    Beauty overload

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    We spent a week in the hotel on a package holiday from England. Plus points were the friendly service, the large and individual bedrooms and the decor of the main rooms. The views from the hotel's many balconies and terraces were phenomenal. By day and night there were panoramas of the Amalfi coast, almost every five yards the view changed to an even more beautiful one! There was a good minibus service to town and local buses also. The food was good but only average by Italian standards. Wine was expensive. There was a decent sized pool. No entertainment in the evenings but local buses from town ran till midnight. We would definitely recommend it.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Excelsior Grand Hotel Amalfi

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent