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
loved this hotel. we stayed four nights from the reception at the port to the final good bye fantastic service...the restaurant by the ocean service is excellent, the food magnificent...the guys by the pool and bar lead by Sergio are totally their for your comfort setting up or following the sun with umbrellas. breakfast delicious with eggs made to order, delicious coffee. definitely back next year!
Exactly what it is! This hotel is spotless. Description are all on superlative degree. Clean grounds and rooms including the shower/ bathroom ( very important to me ). Excellent service. Very attentive staff. Quiet but not stuffy. Restaurant is great as well. It is so amazing that I booked my stay for next year. Ciao!
I stayed here with my husband and two children, ages 12 and 15, for five nights in August. We had connecting rooms with a full sea view, and we loved our stay so much that we cannot wait to return!
Pros: spacious, beautiful immaculate rooms with gorgeous view. Large bathrooms. Excellent, attentive housekeeping. Well-trained staff that is always friendly, courteous and responsive - I felt as if every wish I had would be granted with pleasure. Every staff member greeted us every time we passed by. Staff members make everything feel easy and relaxed, despite the hotel's general feeling of formality. Truly excellent concierge, front desk staff, shuttle drivers and lobby staff. Water bottles supplied in the room each evening. Breakfast excellent, although a bit repetitive. If these aren't enough reasons to stay at Santa Caterina, then the one that should convince you is the unique pool/sea area. The elevator that brings you down from the main hotel through the rock to sea level is amazing. The setting of the pool just by the sea, with ladders to easily access the ocean, the supply of noodles and rafts for guests, the boat dock to make your excursions easier (you can book an excursion off-property and still be picked up/dropped off at the hotel dock), and moreover the staff at the pool/sea area who are always ready to set up a chair (with two towels, one to lie on and one to dry off with, which we loved), adjust an umbrella, bring a drink or help you on/off a boat - this is what makes your stay at Santa Caterina a true vacation. The Amalfi coast is crowded and hot in the summertime, and retreating to the private pool and sea area at the end of each day will put a smile on every tired traveler's face. Or, skip the sights and spend all day here!
Cons: there is a bit of noise from the room above, but not much. Really, the only con is is just the cost. The hotel is expensive, although there are not many places you can stay in this area that give you the sea access that Santa Caterina does, so in many senses, the cost is justified. I do think the lunch and drink prices at the pool are exorbitant, even for this level of property. It costs15 Euros for a gelato - in town, a gelato costs 2 or 3 Euros. My son's ravioli was delicious, but cost 26 Euros for five small ravioli - not enough to fill a small child's stomach let alone an adult's. I think I paid about 11 Euros for my daughter's lemonade. I am already paying a fortune to stay here, and when I have to pay 30 Euros for my two kids to get a gelato by the pool in the afternoon, it feels unnecessary. It would also be nice if the hotel offered family rooms, so a family of four can stay here without needing to get two full-price rooms.
Santa Caterina Hotel is a very special place. It is expensive, but unlike so many other expensive places that I leave feeling like it wasn't worth it, at Santa Caterina, we left yearning to go back. Grazie mille a tutta la gente alla Santa Caterina!