My boyfriend and I traveled to Amalfi for a 5 day 4 night vacation in late September 2011. It was a perfect time to go, the weather was not too hot and the coast wasn't crowded with tourists as it is in the summer months. We made most travel and excursion arrangements through the concierge at the hotel. We simply emailed them before arriving. They organized a private car to pick us up from the airport. The gentleman who picked us up was very nice and extremely informative. He made recommendations and explained a lot of things to us during the hour long ride from the airport. The drive to and from Amalfi is on very windy, narrow roads and the experienced Italian drivers know how to navigate these roads so they aren't afraid of driving fast. This can make some people get car or motion sickness so let your driver know if you have these issues. The entrance to the hotel is literally built into the side of the cliff. Its a discrete glass sliding door with the name of the hotel and a small parking area on the opposite side of the road. From the main entrance, you take 2 elevators up to the main check in desk which is also where the restaurant, bar, patio, and pool areas are. The hotel is a beautifully renovated convent that uses modern architecture to respect the historic structure. Our luggage was taken at the main entrance and put in our room later than afternoon. We checked in and had a delicious lunch on the patio under a canopy of bougainvilleas (the mozzarella is to die for) while our room was prepared. The room was a decent size for a European hotel. The bed, although plenty big for the both of us, was quite stiff but I generally find this true of most hotels in Europe. The room also had a desk, two night stands, and wardrobe with hangers, etc. The best part of the room is the view from the two windows in the bedroom. Our room looks right out onto the ocean. Every morning we would wake up to the sun shining over the sea. Just breathtaking. And at night, the view of Amalfi from the top of the cliff is like a fairy tale. The street lights dot the main square of the city and the reflection of the moon and the lights from the boats dance off the water. The bathroom was a standard size with a toilet, bidet, tub with shower, large sink, hair dryer, and window with a gorgeous view. The infinity pool is at the very end of the patio area. It's a gorgeous view and has plenty of space for sunning. The best thing about this hotel was definitely the help from the concierge. She booked almost all of our activities. We arrived on day one and talked to her about what we were interested in doing and she made some recommendations and got right on making the reservations and appointments. She also recommended some amazing restaurants (Da Gemma was my favorite). We tipped her for taking care of us the entire time we were there. She was our go to. A couple things to keep in mind: the hotel is not directly in the center of Amalfi but it's only a short 8 minute walk into town. The walk is down a steep stair case that is poorly lit so wear comfortable shoes. To get out of the hotel, you can either take the two elevators or you can walk down a series of descending steps and sidewalks. Another thing to be mindful of is the cost of extra fees, breakfast is not cheap (about 25 euros/person) and laundry service is pretty expensive. Of course, neither of these are necessary so it wasn't a big deal for us.
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