Santa Caterina Hotel
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Although the day started with unusual heavy rains for this area and climate, the day was one of the best ever. My dear friend Paolo, who I have worked with in Amalfi for years, arranged for Tim and I to spend the day with his nieces, cooking.
We were picked up from the hotel in the pouring rain by Alessandra and her brother in law …
I do not have anything I want to say about Naples. We walked over to the oldest part of Naples, as this is one of the main tourist places and not to be missed, apparently, and it was disgusting, loud, and full of mafia looking people and black as night Africans, that get up in your business. Get me out of ...
... to Pompeii we wanted to book our train ticket from Naples to Florence whilst here in Sorrento so that we only have to spend minimal time in Naples (for obvious reasons!) That done we can head off to enjoy the history and sites of the area. Arriving at Pompeii train station we had prepurchased tickets to visit Mt Vesuvius. This was an interesting tour and not what I was expecting. Cattle truck (not really but felt like it) up to the National Park and then transfer to a ...
... of his Syracuse Orangeman shirt. We explored the opposite side of the village up to the Hotel Luna Convento, another nice hotel. So far a great relaxing day.
We ate dinner in the hotel and the food was the best so far. Pricey but worth the splurg. The service here is also extraordinary.
To top off a perfect day, there were fireworks over the water at 11:30. Glorious.
... on the right bus, but for 20 minutes, the bus kept circling only in the direction of Napoli. Yikes! Every time I saw the signs for Positano/Amalfi, the bus kept going the other way. However, it ends up that the bus was just circling through the rest of Sorrento to make stops before proceeding on. Once we finally headed in the direction of Positano, I breathed a sigh of relief. If I had ended up in Napoli, it would have been about a four hour bus trip ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Caterina Hotel Amalfi
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.
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.
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.
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.