We stayed at the Santa Caterina for 4 days as part of a longer vacation to the Amalfi Coast & Capri. We were picked up at Naples Airport by a chauffered Mercedes (140 euros), arranged by the hotel. A bit over an hour of winding hairpin curves, we arrived at this beautiful hotel.
We stayed in Room 42, direct sea view with balcony. The hotel had known it was our anniversary, and they left a bottle of champagne, fresh baked biscottis and cookies as well as a huge fruit bowl. The room was a bit small, but had beautiful Frette linens. The bathroom was spacious and their shampoo products are really great (so take them with you!) The help is very accomodating, friendly and helpful. We fell into a routine of having their delicious buffet breakfast (meats, cheeses, breads, pasteries, eggs - if you want an omlet, let them know and they will make it to order) and then relaxing on the sun deck. The sea is amazing and it is great to have stairs that lead right into the water from the bathing platform. The lounge chairs are very comfortable, and the staff goes through pains to ensure you get the chairs and view that you want to make you happy. I tiped them well to ensure I got what I wanted!
The restaurants are excellent. The outdoor casual restaurant makes wonderful pizzas
(18 euros) in their brick oven. We had pizza many times there, as well as in other places and I can tell you it is the best at the Santa Caterina.
They run a free shuttle down to Amalfi town for a period of time in the morning and the afternoon. The walk is completely do-able, but it is a bit scary since there are no sidewalks, and the cars and mopeds are going so fast. The shuttle does not run after 6 pm. so to get back to the hotel you must either walk or take a taxi (10 euros).
The hotel also makes amazing fried stuffed zucchini flowers. Stuffed with ricotta, they melt in your mouth - they are unreal. (22 euros). We had them with a bottle of wine for a late night snack overlooking the water.
Highlights include walking through their lemon groves, situated along the sea and also finding little benches and quiet places to sit in their many gardens.
It is truly a wonderful, romantic place I would go back to many, many times.
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Caterina Amalfi
- Hotel Santa Caterina