Hotel Luna Convento
Via P. Comite 33, Amalfi, Campania, 84011, Italy
Founded as a convent in 1222, allegedly by St. Francis of Assisi himself, the hotel has coved ceilings, graceful arches, and marble columns are among the noteworthy design elements, along with Flemish religious artwork, church and convent artifacts, antique furnishings, and mosaic flooring, all of which blend nearly seamlessly with modern comforts. Past guests include Otto van Bismarck, Benito Mussolini, Ingrid Bergman, and Tennessee Williams, among other noted figures. One of the restaurants and its bar are in the 15th-century Saracen tower, perched on a rock over the sea, providing a view that spans from Capo dei Conca to Capo d'Orso. The famed southern Romanesque cloisters and the beautiful baroque chapel form the heart of the hotel, which has been owned by the Barbaro family since 1822. Below the tower is a solarium and seawater pool. Ask for a room in the renovated wing, and try to get one with a balcony over Amalfi's bay.
- staying in a convent: one of <i>the</i> Amalfi experiences, a 270-degree view
- you need to cross the busy road to get to the pool
- the food does not measure up
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–Feb. Breakfast
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