Santa Caterina Hotel
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... to dance with the cars, than risk being blown over the excuse for a safety fence that is used here! Anyway... we digress.... so back to the rust-bucket-excuse for a ferry.....which seemed to have more warning signs than we had ever seen on something that shouldn't need them! We arrived safely (and surprisingly to Bob, who was still expecting any minute to re-enjoy last night's dinner, and share it with the other passengers!). Amalfi, we guess, is like all ...
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... the best possible place for lunch. We would stop at a few and he would look around and then say nope, not this one, but finally he said okay, this is it and it was the perfect spot. Priceless views were included without even having to make advanced reservations for that special seaside/cliff side table. Location, location, location! When we finally reached Positano it started to rain. We grabbed that reward, a gelato and inquired about a bus back to Amalfi. We found the ...
... functional and made in Italia. How have these people figure out how to keep a few foundries to keep making good products?
Cigarettes - Italians from Napoli to Sorrento and Amalfi smoke up a storm. 3 out of 4 adults light up. Women have thick voices. Men, grave voices. Empty packs of Marlboros found in remote trails as people smoke even in steep and demanding grades. I wonder what the lung disease
rate is in this part of the ...
... buses, turned around and waited while 20 other cars did the same thing and drove straight back down the mountain. There was absolutely no way I was going to park a klm or two down the mountain and add that onto the 40 minute climb to the summit and it was HOT... so a tad disappointed that we didn't get to climb the mountain, we headed back for Rome and the airport for our flight to Beijing. Again, crazy drivers!!! I used indicators to change lanes and tried to keep ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Caterina Hotel Amalfi
Lovely hotel perched on the cliff
We stayed in the Santa Caterina back at the beginning of April and I have to say it was a lovely experience. Our room was in the annexe which you have to walk to through the gardens full of oranges and lemons (but be warned, it is a good 5 minute walk down lots of steps so you don't want to keep popping back to reception for anything!). The room had an absolutely stunning view over the sea and across to Amalfi and was nicely done out in cool white and tiles.
When we were there (early April) it was on the chilly side so we didn't mind that the pool and seating area right by the ocean wasn't open - but they'd be fabulous to sit by on a hot summers day.
We ate in the restaurant a couple of times - the food was nice, but VERY expensive, so you're probably better off heading into Amalfi to eat. We found some nice little cafes to eat in, but (as others have said on this site) it was very quiet in Amalfi in the evenings - although it was heaving with tourists during the day, so god knows how busy it must get in the high season!!
We had flown into Naples and hired a car, but I have to say that we didn't really need it. It's a nightmare parking anywhere along the amalfi coast so we ended up using the local bus service, the free shuttle service into Amalfi laid on by the hotel or taxis.
The staff at the hotel were lovely, very helpful and friendly. I think in the high season the hotel is pretty expensive, but when we went it was good value for the quality of service you got - so I'd definitely recommend going.
Fantastic Small Hotel
We stayed at the Santa Caterina for four nights in late March 2004. It is a beautiful small hotel in an ideal setting. Our room had a view of the water and the town of Amalfi and had every luxury amenity. The concierge and restaurant services were excellent and rates were good a week or two before the start of the higher season. We arrived by rental car and were relieved to find ample free parking. The hotel is also on the Amalfi Coast bus line. Breakfast on the waterfront terrace was delightful. Willy's Pub, within walking distance, is available for a casual break.
Though not honeymooning, we stayed in the honeymoon duplex suite. The accomodations were superb. The sea view from the balcony and garden ares were spectacular. The concierge gave good (if expensive) recommendations for restaurants in Amalfi. The staff in the restaurant were very accommodating. We woke up late one morning and they were still able to provide a nice breakfast for us. Amafi was a good place to stay to get to other areas on the Amalfi Coast. The only negative comment I would make is that if you are planning on going during off season, don't expect to be able to go everywhere, as several sights and tours are not available.
Okay but disappointing
We went to the Hotel Santa Caterina in October 2003 for our honeymoon with really high expectations after reading so many excellent reviews of the place beforehand but we were really disappointed! We originally booked the honeymoon suite which we had been promised by the travel agents and the hotel that it did have a direct sea view which is what we wanted. But it was in the depths of a communal garden and there was absolutely no view of the sea whatsoever. So we asked to be moved to a room where we could see the sea which was slightly better except it was a normal room yet we still had to pay honeymoon suite price. This room turned out to be directly under the restaurant which wouldn't have been a problem except I developed food poisoning from a restaurant the Santa Caterina reserved for us and so I lay in bed for 2 days listening to tables constantly being dragged across the tiled floor all day. It was like trying to sleep under a bowling alley. So we moved again! This time to a room by the noisy road with a broken jacuzzi in the bathroom. By then we had given up. We also stopped venturing into the hotel bar after a while as well as it was either always empty or maybe there'd be one table of old women playing bridge.Having completely bad mouthed the place I think I should give it some credit. It is a beautiful hotel, the pool and bar are lovely and if the weather had been better we would have spent a lot of time down there. The rooms are nice and the bar and restaurant are also nice with lovely views.But, if you're in your mid to late twenties and your heading to the Amalfi coast for a holiday or a honeymoon I wouldn't recommend the Santa Caterina or Amalfi, it's too old school and stuffy. I would head to Sorrento or Positano. Much busier (when I say busier I don't mean Costa Del Sol, I mean in Amalfi we were reserved a table in 2 different restaurants on 2 different nights which were both COMPLETELY empty - I just mean some live people walking through the streets in the evening). In Amalfi I felt you were expected to eat your dinner at 7.30 and be in bed by 10pm. All in all, really disappointing and we're glad to be back in rainy old London!
Would go back in a second
We were there for 4 days while on our honeymoon and can't say enough good things about it. Right down to keeping the kitchen open late because our flight was late. The rooms were clean and spacious and the elevator down to the water was spectacular. The food and service were A1!
We stayed at the Santa Caterina for 3 nights. The hotel is beautiful.
We had a jr. suite which was very spacious and had a great view. We did, however have to change rooms because the first was a little close to the road. The staff is incredible and assisted us with every request we made. The proximity to the town of Amalfi is also very appealing.
All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to that part of the world.
One Word: Spectacular
The most beautiful hotel and location we've ever visited (both of us seasoned travelers). We had the honeymoon suite and it was unforgettable. Wood oven pizzas and a bottle of wine overlooking the ocean... Amalfi is a great little town with a lively piazza and cafes.
Will be back!
This thotel is amazing. The staff are superb, the food out of this world, and the views are breathtaking. At first glance the prices look high, however, this was probably the best hotel for value I have been to in Europe. This really is a five star deluxe hotel.
WOW!! Magnificent hotel
My husband and I just got back from spending 3 weeks in Italy, and the best part of our trip was the time we spent in Amalfi Coast and in this fabulous hotel. It's a beautiful hotel set on the backdrop of the mountain. It's surrounded by breath taking views if the Mediterranean Sea and the adjacent towns. The restaurants were amazing. We were treated super nice and were taken well care of. They have a great salt water pool and sun bathing areas, but the best part is the access to the sea. We also satyed at the Quisi in Capri, but if you're looking for sun and relaxation, this is the place to go. I can't say enough of this hotel; it's mind-blowing. I've been wantong to come here since I was little and it was even better than what I expected!! I will definetely go back as many times as I can!
Nice but perhaps overpriced
Santa Caterina hotel is a 5 diamond rating. I loved the authenticity & close to town. Price is 330 euros per night.