Hotel Marina Riviera
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Marina Riviera Amalfi
Picked this one up from Trip advisor and easy to see why it rates so highly. Situated high over the bay, within 5 minute walk to the centre of town. Our room had great views. The hotel is extremely clean, breakfast wonderful and if you get the chance to eat in the restaurant Eolo you will not be dissapointed.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Marina Riviera Amalfi
Very Good BUT
Based on the high praise found on this site, we went to the Hotel Marina Riviera in Amalfi in early September 2005. All the good reports are correct so I won't repeat them. However there are a few points you may like to ponder before you rush off and book up. Amalfi is a nice place and well worth seeing but it is very very noisy. The many cars and mopeds do stock car racing in the streets including the street outside your window, all day and most of the night. One night there was a very loud rave on the beach. It went on until 3am. The air conditioning will freeze you during the day but only blew warm air at night as it was either inadequate or more likely the coolers were switched off. If you shut the window you roast, if you open it you need to be deaf to sleep. There is very little to do in the evenings in Amalfi so something to lure residents into the pleasant hotel bar would be nice. The Eolo restaurant is superb, can't fault it. sell the house before you go. To eat well and reasonably try the Ristorante Bar Il Chiostro. (Cloister restaurant) up the steps by the cathedral and turn left but watch out for the head waiter. On our last night my wife told him we were leaving. He made a big fuss and kissed her on both cheeks, then he did the same to me! Phew!! He needed a shave too!!
Not cheap, but worth the money
As part of our recent two week trip to the Amalfi coast, we spent three nights here. We had a suite [360 euros a night], with a private terrace, two large flat screen TVs, a jacuzzi bath with a sea view and a luxurious shower room. Breakfast was fantastic. It was my birthday during our stay [passports huh] and the owners sent up champagne and a fruit basket. I wasn't a huge fan of Amalfi, but this hotel was a great place to hang out.
If you want great food try a Restaurant called Maccus.
If you want to feel truely part of Amalfi this hotel is the location for you. Across the road on the northern edge of town almost hanging over the sea with wonderful views along the beach and back to Amalfi just 2 minutes walk. The breakfast terrace is a great place to start the day with delicious food and the lobby is decorated as if it it someones home as indeed it is. The owner is charming and helpful and we loved our stay.
Wonderful Marina Riviera hotel
Can't recommend this hotel highly enough. Wonderful views, beautiful, spacious public apartments and pleasant, clean rooms. Great to have a balcony overlooking the sea. The people who run it couldn't be more helpful, and provided charming and thoughtful service. They also own the restaurant next door, which is pricey but worth every penny. Try the fish in lemon salt crust, or the red mullet, and drink the lachrymae Christi.
We also recommend the lovely wine bar just up the steps off the main street opposite the opticians - the Cantina San Nicola. run by a lovely couple, Gino and Angela. Amazing wine list, friendly service and interesting menu. Take one of their wine tasting sessions.
Amalfi itself is beautiful, but take a trip to Ravello - you'll run out of superlatives.
What a super Hotel to stay at
We stayed at the hotel for 7 Days in September 2004. The owner was a lovely Lady and the Staff were friendly. The Owner found out that it was our anniversary and a Bottle of champers was waiting for us when we came down in the evening. We had a lovely clean/fresh room with Balcony.The view was breathtaking. and we used to sit each evening before going out standing on the Balcony sipping red wine. The hotel owns a restuarant seperate from the Hotel and although it is little pricey, the cuisine was excellent. And they sat us at an open window overlooking the sea. Amalfi is a wonderfull friendly vibrant place. We loved it and would love to return
Like staying with family
We stayed for one night at the Marina Riviera and experienced a magical italian experience. We were travelling without reservations and just happened upon the hotel. We had a large, clean room with a balcony for 130 euro----very reasonable for a 4 star hotel. The bathroom was very large with every amenity. We had a few problems with lighting and heating and every request was met with an immediate response--and visit to the room by snr. judy and her manager to correct the problems. They were really fantastice.
The location is ideal---we sat on the balcony with two chairs and sipped limoncello watching the sunset and slept to the sound of the waves. Beware: roadwork starts and 6 am and the noise is quite load.
But not to worry---go to the patio for a fabulous breakfast--the best we had during our 3 week trip in europe.
On top of all of this, the owners and staff were more than friendly---they treated us like old friends or family. They showed us the third floor which is under renovation and it is gorgeous. All of the furniture will be updated in all of the other newly renovated rooms.
Go there---it is a great experience.
Amalfi: A Romantic Getaway!
After spending 6 days busy days in Rome, my husband and I were ready to escape to the Amalfi Coast and relax! Our concierge phoned our first choice the Santa Caterina in Amalfi, however, there were only rooms available without a view. He recommended Hotel Marina Riviera, which is owned by the same family. It was listed in our guide book as a three star, so I felt comfortable with that. Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted by Sra. Gargona and her husband. They gave us the lay of the land and escorted us to our room. We had stepped into our our little oasis! Room 70 is a suite, not lavish, but roomy and a magnificient view. We had our own private little patio, which overlooked the water and part of the town of Amalfi, a sitting area, jaccuzzi tub. Oh and did I mention the room was extremely clean?! They have an amazing breakfast laid out each morning, a full spread. Sr. Gargona prepares much of this. The people working there are mostly family and friends and you definitely feel it. The Gargonas' are more than happy to recommend places to eat and places to visit. We had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant next door, Eola. Our favorite place however, was a restaraunt called Maccus, that we stumbled upon one evening after hearing the piano playing. The food was OK, but the staff is amazing, a warm and cozy place. We have stayed in many wonderful places, but Hotel Marina Riviera is a warm, quiet place to get away and relax.
Perfect Location, intimate hotel
I spent a long time researching for a hotel and found tripadvisor excellent so I hope this helps!! This is a small intimate hotel. The location is brilliant - smack bang in the town, right beside ferries to visit neighbouring towns & a few steps from the beautiful restaurants in Amalfi town. Our suite was large, very clean with minimal decor & the view was amazing. Only downside was our bathroom was tiny and balcony only fit one chair - however the ups override the downs. We left our large french windows open every night to wake up to the sound of the waves. The buffet breakfasts were very tasty (different every morning) & staff very helpful with advice for trips & restaurants in the area. This hotel is the sister hotel with the beautiful Santa Caterina but is cheaper and I felt more intimate - you can use their pool but it is a good 15mins walk (the beach is on your door step). Great hotel & highly recommend it.
Excellent Marina Riviera
We stayed at the Marina Riviera in September 2004. The rooms were lovely, clean and comfortable with great views. The breakfast was fantastic. Huge selection of fresh delicious food. The breakfast terrace overlooks the sea and is also nice for pre dinner drinks. The staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
There is no restaurant in the hotel but there is a public restaurant underneath the hotel which they own. The meal was excellent but very expensive.
There is an area of private beach 5 minutes away where you can get deckchairs at a reduced rate. This was very relaxing and there are food and drinks available.
We would definitely return to Marina Riviera. Amalfi is beautiful.
Loved the Marina Riviera
We loved this hotel! It is centrally located in Amalfi (between Amalfi and Atrani) and is within easy walking distance to Amalfi and only steps away to the beach. The view from the hotel is fantastic! From our room, we could see the Amalfi coastline as well as the town and the top of the church. The is room is simply decorated in antique furniture. You can hear some road noise, but it was not bothersome, and at night we could predominantly hear the sound of the waves hitting the shore. Their breakfast buffet was the best one we've had in Italy. They had omlettes, pasteries, fruit salad...delicious! The staff was esp nice and helpful and generous. Since we went off season and stopped by last minute to get a room, they gave us a room w/breakfast for only 80euros (a steal!) and they also included the parking. When we told them we used a bottle of water from the minibar, they also told us to forget the charge! I would highly recommend this hotel. It's unlikely the rate will be as cheap again, but it is still a bargain at a higher price.
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