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
As someone who travels extensively, both for work and for pleasure, I give this place a double thumbs up. This is one of the best hotels I have stayed at.
The hotel is beautiful, elegant, and offers a respite from the busy crowd in Amalfi. On top of the wonderful setting, the staff here is incredibly helpful, professional and genuinely kind. My 8-year-old daughter was marveling at the size of lemons in Amalfi, and five minutes later, one of the staff came by to give her a lemon that was just picked from the gardens for her to keep.
We had fabulous meals. We swam. We had wonderful cocktails and wine. We loved the views from the hotel and from our suite. It was difficult to leave.
We will definitely go back.
I have just returned from 5 nights at the Hotel Santa Catarina ("HSC") with my husband and 18 year old twin sons. Our stay was part of a special trip to celebrate graduation and this hotel did not disappoint. The HSC is perched on a cliff just outside of the Amalfi town with amazing views of the sea. They run a Mercedes shuttle back and forth to town so access is no issue at all. HSC has a glass walled elevator that takes guests from hotel level to the pool - gliding down the cliff and offering guests jaw dropping views. The hotel has a nice pool area and a WONDERFUL sea platform that allows direct access for swimming but also allows for pick up by boats directly from the hotel (so no need to travel to a public dock to meet a boat). The service is flawless - everyone is very nice and wants only to understand what guests want and accommodate requests. We needed to change our suite to a bit larger suite (because 2 18 year old boys are not really "children") and Fiorella at the front desk helped us perfectly - she figured everything out for us and our move was painless. We were also constantly changing dinner reservations and other activities as our schedules kept changing and the concierge team was unflappable - they professionally changed with us without ever seeming annoyed or flustered but rather they were always calm and elegant. We typically like very modern hotels like the ONE in Miami or the Baccarat in NYC so I wasn't sure how the "old world charm" would work for us - but it was perfection - it's as iff you've stepped into a beautiful private villa by the sea! The hotel is kept immaculately clean and the beds have luxurious linen sheets that seem like they are ironed everyday. Also, there are 3 restaurants - one has a Michelin star. One of the restaurants (the slightly more casual one) hosted a small wedding one evening and it looked like a fairytale - it was so beautiful. We have a number of friends who travel to the Amalfi Coast and one friend from Capri - in addition to HSC they recommended Le Sirenuse, Il San Pietro and JK Place (Capri) - those are all beautiful places but after having stayed at HSC I honestly can't imagine staying anywhere else on the Amalfi Coast - the location, the direct sea access (this is huge), the staff, the views are to me incomparable and I recommend HSC highly and without hesitation. We would all LOVE to go back!
One of the most beautiful hotels we have ever stayed at! Our suite was incredible and the grounds were so much fun to explore! The service was top notch, no matter what we asked for, they took care of it! I can't say enough wonderful things about our entire stay!
Words cannot describe the beauty of this hotel and the quality of the services it offers. Recently my wife and I along with my two friends stayed at this hotel for two nights on April 28th and 29th. We were both celebrating our wedding anniversaries with a trip to Italy starting in Florence. Last year my wife and I visited Positano and made a brief stop at this hotel. From the moment we walked in we knew that one day we had to stay there and we were fortunate to stay there this year. The hotel itself is simply a five stars “plus” establishment if there is such a rating. The staff, from the porters to the managers is top rate, no exceptions. Everyone who works there is a professional and they cater and satisfy all your needs and desires.
The hotel itself is stunning and the location and the views are simply breathtaking. The rooms are immaculate and exceptionally appointed. The grounds are equally stunning and the terraced gardens astonishing along with the jaw-dropping views of the ocean and the Town of Amalfi. The food at the hotel is superlative. The daily breakfast is not to be missed. The offerings are the most that I have ever seen in Italy and include everything from a omelet station chef to fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, salmon, extensive cheeses, meats, cakes, cereals, breads, yogurt etc. as well as some of the most delicious tarts and pastries I have ever tasted. Breakfast is served buffet style in the stunning main dining area with amazing vies of Amalfi and the sea.
At night there is a piano player in the main restaurant where you can sit and enjoy the music. You can also relax in seating areas near the bar outside the restaurant and just beyond and soak in the views and the music with that special someone and/or friends. The decor of the seating areas near the bar and beyond is exceptional and inviting, mainly in white, and at night this dimmed lighted area comes alive with the sparkle of candles. It is mesmerizing, almost dream-like setting. like sitting in a cloud. The hotel also offers half-hour free shuttles to and back from the Town of Amalfi in their Mercedes van, which is such a great service. They also have a nice exercise room overlooking the sea and a pool area accessed by an elevator. I really cannot say enough about the quality, the views and the location of this hotel. It is truly a wonderful place to stay and something you need to experience once in your lifetime with that special someone.
My husband and I stayed at Santa Caterina for two nights during our honeymoon and it was over the top wonderful. A truly posh experience in a beautiful hotel within a stunningly beautiful area.
You may pay an arm and a leg to stay there - and forfeit your other limbs taking advantage of Santa Caterina’s wonderful restaurants, poolside service, etc - but Santa Caterina delivers. It’s a first rate experience on every level and well worth the splurge.