Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Santa Caterina

Strada Amalfitana 9, Amalfi, Campania, 84011, Italy

Owned by the Gargano family for generations, this quietly elegant, supremely comfortable hotel has long been one of the treasures of the coast; indeed, it once served as a romantic escape for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Just outside Amalfi proper, giving it a grand vista of the town, the Santa Caterina takes full advantage of its hillside location. There are vast, terraced gardens and orchards overlooking the sea, and down by the water is a luscious seawater-pool area, complete with an idyllic thatched-roof, open-air café. The lobby is charmingly coved, while decor is unobtrusively traditional, with Belle Époque accents. The luckiest guests are allowed to book the hotel's extraordinary, 19th-century hunting-box chalet, set at water's edge at the far end of the hotel's romantic orchards.

PROS

  • gorgeous terrace gardens with secluded suites
  • wonderful view of the town
  • fab sea-level pool area where you might see staff catching octopus

CONS

  • away from the main town
  • exorbitant priced food and drink
  • formal and rather overattentive service

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
RomanticViews
Sophisticated
On the beach
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 089-871012

HOTEL DETAILS

66 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.

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