What We Love
- Great location for touring the Amalfi Coast—the town itself Don’t want to climb the stairs up from the beach? Not to worry, there’s a glass elevator
- The hotel’s been family-run since it opened in 1904
- Taking a dip in the heated saltwater pool on days when it’s too windy for the ocean
- Lunching on freshly grilled fish and spectacular pizza at the Al Mare restaurant overlooking the beach
What To Know
- Ask for a room with a sea-facing view, rather than a side view
- The pool is closed in winter months
- Naples airport is a 90-minute drive away
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Summering on the Amalfi coast? We don’t blame you, not when accommodations mean a stay at Hotel Santa Caterina. Once a humble guesthouse, this place has evolved over the last century into one of the area’s most delightful hotels. Though its cliffside perch affords spectacular views of the sparkling sea and the coastline, the property itself is nothing to sniff at. Small gardens, rocky terraces, and groves of lemon trees are everywhere you turn, while the simple but comfortable rooms are cool, Mediterranean-style retreats from the summer sun. Their tiled floors, vaulted ceilings and occasional antique are elegant, and with the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea visible through the windows, the entire effect is supremely relaxing. Summer is the high season here—the pool and beach bar are closed October through April—but an off-season visit would be the perfect opportunity for a true retreat. Just you, the view, and an occasional wood-fired pizza.
In the Area
The hotel has a prime spot close to the center of Amalfi, and while many guests while away their days at the beach, the hotel offers free daily shuttles to town. The historic center is chockablock with gorgeous buildings that house museums along with a 9th-century cathedral that’s stunning inside and out. It’s also easy to make day trips to Ravello, Positano, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. Exploring the hidden caves, little inlets, and deserted beaches of the Amalfi coast is a must; ask the concierge to help you rent a private boat to take you around for the day. If you’re craving big city life, Naples is less than two hours by car.
How to Get There
My friend and I went on a day trip from Agerola, Furore to Amalfi while on holiday. It was a Sunday and on google the last bus back was at 8pm unfortunately the bus times had just been changed and had not yet been updated online, so the last bus was actually at 7pm which we missed. Our apartment was a 3 hour walk away and a taxi was over €150 which we did not have with us. So we decided we’d walk part way back to see if we could make the taxi any cheaper further on, it was at this point dark and we had gotten lost several times. We stopped at Hotel Santa Caterina, obviously not that much further than before after walking in circles a couple of times - the steps we went up had a few dead ends, hoping that they would have a taxi number that might be a little cheaper. Both our phones had also now almost run out of battery so we couldn’t have followed a map any further. The staff that greeted us were some of the nicest people I’ve met; they went above and beyond to help two strangers out of nothing other than kindness. They called all the services they knew to try and find us something cheaper than the taxi which they thought was too expensive. They spoke to our apartment owner as she didn’t speak much English to see if she could find someone to help us, unfortunately she was stuck in Naples though so she could not. They gave us bottles of water and let us sit down while they sorted things out and were able to find someone who took us back for a much cheaper rate. They did not have to help us, some in amalfi were not so nice, but they did and thanks to them we got back safely to our apartment. So I can not vouch for the food or the rooms although I’m sure the standard is excellent but I can vouch for the concierge staff who work there and am sure their paying guests are just as satisfied with their service as the two distressed people who wandered into their hotel out of pure luck. I wanted to write this review despite not actually staying there as a thank you to them and in doing so I hope that it repays them a little, as me and my friend were truly touched by their help. If you’re considering staying here, please do so!
Gorgeous hotel in Amalfi. Overall we had a lovely time and the service was excellent. The view from breakfast was amazing as was the food! Would definitely recommend and come back to stay again next time we are in Amalfi...
everything fabulous from the atmosphere, service, food, breakfast, rooms, cleaning staff, linens, bathrooms, toiletries, turndown service, shuttle, valet, public areas. You cant get any better. The pool was closing for the season in a few days when we were here. The sea was rough, although some were enjoying it still. I sat with jeans and a sweater an enjoyed being so close to the water. no need to get in pool or sea to enjoy. they will bring your drink right to you as well which is lovely. this is the best property in the area by far.
Simply the best hotel I ever stayed in. Everything about this hotel is first class. Starting with check in by Simone Pepe who treated us like royalty our entire stay. The views were amazing, the hotel was spotless. Breakfast was amazing and the waiters top notch.
The drivers who took you in to town were always ready to take you and were always pleasant and helpful.
There is nothing negative to say about this amazing 5 star hotel.
Premier true 5 star hotel with the most amazing views, the friendliest, courteous and helpful staff and food that is beyond your wildest imagination. For such an upscale hotel the staff from top to bottom made you feel at home. Now that’s some magic. The rooms were beautiful, the grounds impeccable and no matter where you looked the views were amazing. This is TRUE Amalfi.