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
This was a perfect week at the most marvellous Hotel helped by the bright sunshine that enabled us to sit on our lovely balcony with a front uninterrupted view of the Mediterranean Sea and the picturesque town of Amalfi to our left.
Everything at the Hotel was perfect. The staff were wonderful at all levels, The breakfast had a wide selection of hot and cold items and individual cooked meals of whatever we asked for, We enjoyed sitting on our private pool area accessed by a lift carved in the rock that seemed to go down for ever. We were greeted by the pool staff with towels and wherever we wanted to sit with shade or sun. Every so often the staff would come and adjust our umbrellas so we could stay in the shade or get more sun
The inside of the Hotel was very pleasing on the eye especially at night when many candles were lit giving it a marvellous atmosphere The reception staff were always available to give us any help needed and there was a courtesy bus which operated totally on time every half hour which took us to the centre of Amalfi.
Can't think of anything negastive about this splendid hotel
The Santa Caterina Hotel is an outstanding hotel. The staff, especially the concierge is the best of any hotel where we've stayed. My luggage was lost, misdirected by United Airlines, and the concierge (Simone and Gennaro) took on the mission of finding and getting it to me at the hotel. I was so grateful for their courteous and diligent service. Scheduling tours, recommending places to visit, along with their handy shuttle service to and from Amalfi are some of the services the staff does each day making you feel like their most important guest. The rooms at the hotel are well appointed and the housekeeping staff is excellent. The breakfast buffet has everything you could ever want for breakfast and the Mare restaurant above the pool and overlooking the water is exceptional. And, the restaurant staff is very attentive. I can't say enough about how wonderful the Santa Caterina Hotel is. While I selected the type of visit as "couple" because it was my husband and me, the hotel has many families with all ages of children. There's something for everyone. We would definitely stay here again.
My bride and I honeymooned here 30 years ago. We returned last week for our 30th anniversary. We would have returned sooner but life's events took is in a different direction. During the intervening years this hotel, set in one of the most gorgeous locations, just got better. We stayed for one week and it flew by - the beautiful beach club, wonderful dining, incredible room with a terrace overlooking the sea, moon-lit evenings spent sipping wine, it all was so very special. Thanks to the attentive staff and world-class service this hotel is truly one of the best we have experienced in our extensive travels. We will be returning before our 60th!