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About Amalfi

There are so many fantastic places to stay on the Amalfi Coast, and many of them boast spectacular views, but Amalfi, and its incredible approach (along a corniche of road clinging to towering cliffs one side and a sheer drop into sapphire bright sea the other), is something special for many people. The town was once a maritime power, but turned seaside resort in the Edwardian era, when some of the best places to stay in Amalfi were established. Some have been converted from grand palazzos and villas built during the centre’s golden era, but there are also a number of convent conversions, which date from even earlier, plus small, traditional hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs. The hotel options range in price from five star luxury to great value comfort too.

Amalfi’s location makes it an excellent base for exploring the whole of the Amalfi Coast. It's also ideal for anyone looking for a sandy beach: its beach sits just along from the harbour proper, and there’s a second, much larger beach just around the headland under the little town of Atrani. Amalfi’s previous power and grandeur means it has quite a number of historic sites and sights, including a beautiful Duomo and a handful of impressive museums. But one of the great pleasures of Amalfi is losing yourself in the whitewashed-warren of alleyways and courtyards just behind the waterfront. There are lots of fantastic shops and boutiques, including a number selling extremely high quality paper produced locally, and plenty of examples of the local ceramic traditions.

As with all the towns in this region, the best places to stay in Amalfi are incredibly busy during the peak summer months. So if you're planning to visit in July or August, do your homework and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Amalfi

For a Special Occasion

  • There are so many fantastic hotel views on the Amalfi Coast, but Amalfi’s Hotel Santa Caterina is extra specially blessed. The white crescent of 66 rooms and suites is at the top — cut into the cliffside — all with white decor and either a balcony or vast windows overlooking the water. The restaurants, pool and citrus gardens run down the side of the cliff towards a private beach, which can also be reached through a glass lift that travels directly through the cliff. Luxury defined.

For the Views

  • For some of the most dramatic views in town we recommend the Convento di Amalfi which is set into the rock face above town. It's a haven of minimalist design, with its neutral colour scheme, and the best rooms boast a balcony or terrace for soaking up the vistas. The spa facilities are superb, plus there's a relaxed bar and restaurant too. The infinity pool is nothing short of mesmerising.
  • The Luna Convento is similarly named, and spectacularly located, but this convent was Moorish by design, and the detail and atmosphere are very different. The Luna Convento has colourful tiles in many of the 43 rooms and suites, and impressively detailed ceiling frescoes. There are also two restaurants, both with views, plus there’s a salt-water pool and direct access to the sea.

For a relaxed base

  • The Hotel Marina Riviera, is a handy, relaxed base, with fantastic sea views from its terrace and rooftop pool. It’s a good size too, 32 rooms, with facilities just that bit more spacious than the room number suggests. The rooftop pool and terrace have sea views, as do the rooms, which also have tiled floors, patterned linens, domed ceilings, and archways worth looking through. Romantic to the core, but with enough space to welcome families too.

For Romantics

  • La Bambagina is an intimate, four room B&B on one of Amalfi’s prettiest squares, within view of the cathedral. The rooms are small but light, airy and chic, with bold tiles and classic contemporary furnishings. All the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and some have terraces too. Laid back and stylish.

For Great Value

  • The Villa Lara is a charming little property, perched on a cliff just above Amalfi, overlooking both the town and the coastline. Now a hotel, the villa has seven guest rooms, simply decorated and featuring vaulted ceilings and Majolica tiles. Breakfast is served on a lovely terrace overlooking the Bay of Amalfi, and this is a great place to relax at any time of the day.

Best B&Bs

  • The Residenza Luce is ten room B&B, well positioned in the historic centre of town, close to the beach, and to some of Amalfi’s best places to eat and drink. The rooms are large, and elegantly display their original features, including patterned tiles and exposed beams; the best have a private balcony. Breakfast is served on a sunny terrace with sea views.
  • Diecisedici riffs on a similar theme: a six room B&B converted from a medieval building positioned just behind the cathedral. The decor in the sea-facing rooms is Italian in style, with bold, feature fabrics against pastels, and un-fussy furniture.

For a Private apartment or villa

  • If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Amalfi’s closest international airport is Naples Airport, which is about an hour's drive away, or just under two hours by public transport. Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport might be convenient for connections, but it’s about three hours drive, or three and a half hours away by train.
  • If you plan to hire a car, which we would advise if you want to get out and explore further afield, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • As with the rest of the Amalfi Coast, the most popular time to visit Amalfi is during the summer, it’s hot and sunny but busy with it. Daily maximum temperatures in July and August average at 30° C, so if you’re not so good in the heat you might want to opt for May, June or September, which are still bustling periods, with lots of sunshine. Some argue for visiting Ravello in spring, when the flowers are blooming, and many of the local towns are opening up excitedly after the winter — the Italian travel season officially begins at Easter. The Amalfi Coast hosts a couple of festivals and events during spring too.

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Best Hotels in Amalfi

  • Villa Lara, Amalfi Amalfi 7 rooms from £87

    Local exploring  -  Amalfi is a great central base for exploring the entire Amalfi Coast
    Views  -  Stunning views out towards the bay of Amalfi and over the town.
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Ravello, Naples, Salerno and Pompeii are all within easy distances.
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    A charming little villa perched on a cliff just above Amalfi. Contemporary and simple decoration throughout, with vaulted ceilings and Majolica tiles. A lovely breakfast terrace with breathtaking views over the bay of Amalfi. Massages on request & within easy reach of the beach. Excellent value. See More

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  • La Bambagina 84011 Amalfi SA 4 rooms from £113

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the other charming towns of the Amalfi Coast such as Furore, Sorrento, Positano and Praiano
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    A wonderfully intimate B&B with lots of character, looking onto a pretty central square. Expect chic interiors with jazzy printed wallpapers, fun tiling and hip fittings. Rooms are bright and airy with a similar laid back yet stylish feel. Don't miss the charming bistro for breakfast and its snacks. See More

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  • Diecisedici Amalfi 6 rooms from £139

    Local exploring  -  Close by to beaches, historical buildings, monuments and museums
    Value chic  -  Heavy on style, easy on the pocket
    Great walks  -  There are several hikes in the area connecting other enchanting villages
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    A chic B&B in a medieval building renovated with Italian design and furnishings. Rooms are sea facing, decorated in a traditional style and with plenty of creature comforts. Great location just behind the Cathedral. Experience the real Amalfi feel. See More

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  • Residenza Luce Amalfi 10 rooms from £165

    Foodies  -  Traditional dishes from the region. Must try the local mozzarella cheese, fish dishes and the famous Amalfi lemons
    Families  -  Provides family rooms on two levels with a sleeping and living area and a balcony
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of town at the Piazza del Duomo
    Great walks  -  Beautiful walking trails along the coast, connecting surrounding towns as well
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    A charming bed and breakfast with views of the historic centre. Large rooms and bathrooms elegantly decorated with ceramic tiles. Breakfast is served on the terrace with a panoramic view of the ocean. Close to the beach and some of the best restaurants in town. See More

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  • Hotel Marina Riviera Amalfi 32 rooms from £243

    Local exploring  -  A lovely Amalfi hotel by the sea, ideal for exploring the town and coast
    Sights nearby  -  There are a cluster of pretty towns along the coast which are well worth a visit
    Great walks  -  Explore the choice of picturesque coastal trails
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
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    A lovely 19th-century hotel in the town with great sea views from its terrace and rooftop pool. It exudes a timeless elegance with pretty archways, gently domed ceilings and potted plants. Bright rooms are chic and smart, with tiled floors and patterned furnishings. A really handy and relaxing base. See More

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  • Luna Convento Amalfi 43 rooms from £312

    Hideaway  -  A charming converted convent with rooms surrounding the ancient courtyard and wonderful views from the outdoor pool.
    Sailing  -  Guests can book a speedboat to take them on a tour of the Amalfi coast.
    Restaurant  -  There are two restaurants, both with stunning views.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO heritage sight Pompeii.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    Tasteful simplicity in a stunning former convent. The glorious Moorish cloister is the perfect setting for a leisurely breakfast. Both restaurants serve delicious food and have spectacular views from their terraces. A romantic fairytale setting. See More

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  • Convento di Amalfi Amalfi 36 rooms from £477

    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  10 minute walk down hill to Amalfi. Positano is 20 mins by car.
    Views  -  Spectacular views of the Amalfi coastline
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    Beautiful former convent set in the rock face just above the town of Amalfi. Fabulous views of the town and sea from the terraces and the swimming pool. Chic rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings and neutral hues. Spa, restaurant and bar. Stylish minimalism at its best. See More

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  • Hotel Santa Caterina Amalfi 66 rooms from £776

    Beach Life  -  Guests ride an elevator down to a private beach and enjoy stunning seaviews from the property.
    Sailing  -  Book a private motorboat and spend a day exploring the Amalfi Coast by sea.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient towns of Pompei and Herculaneum.
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over the sea.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Michelin Travel

    A luxurious retreat in a stunning location. Beautiful rooms in whites and creams with splashes of colour and private balconies. Fabulous restaurants, private beach (reached by a glass lift through the cliff face) and luscious gardens with citrus groves. A tranquil and romantic spot. See More

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