This is a 6 room b&b that feels more like a tiny hotel in that there is always someone at the front desk, a cleaning crew, and private standard rooms that don't make you feel like you are staying in grandma's house. The write ups in Rick steve's and lonely planet were spot on. We arrived by bus from Sorrento and stayed 3 nights which was lucky because there was a bus strike for the duration of our stay. We hitched a ride to Salerno to catch our train to Sicily with a kiwi couple that we met on the informative free walking tour of amalfi (meets Wednesdays at 530 at the museum).
Breakfast was the best in our Amalfi coast / Sicily trip. It was a good continental served on the beautiful sun deck. You got as many wonderful cappuccinos as you could hold, tasty fresh fruit, and then the typical croissants, toast, yogurt, cereal, salami and cheese. You woke up for this! Breakfast was intimate so we met all the other guests easily and felt like family by the end of our stay.
We stayed in a superior room and paid 100 euro with cash. Credit would have been 10 euro more. This room had a partial view of the water, no deck, but a nice rail balcony and even a cool sunshade you could lower to provide more cover. There was a fridge and free wifi (if you ask for the password). The bathroom was spotless with a jaccuzzi shower (never seen one of those!)
The location was a 3 minute walk from the bus / ferry station, but up about 80 steps. If you call them, they will come get your bags. The room faced plaza del dogi which we called the plaza of the screaming kids but it rolled up at night. Don't miss the view of amalfi valley from the roof. It was unbelievable, especially at night.
Duca's home made limoncello isn't as strong as il molino's but it is very tasty. At 10 euro a bottle it's a bit expensive but it's not watered down like the crap in town. And it's a fantastic experience. But order it ahead of time as mama has to make it!
Amalfi isn't quite as cleaned up as taormina, but is still nicer to wander around. Il molino is a fantastic restaurant just outside the tourist center up the valley just before the paper mill museum (see separate review.) We ate there 3 nights. We recommended it so much that by our third night 10 others showed up and we had to wait for a table! The red bus goes up to ravello which offers an amazingly beautiful 2 hour adventure walk back down to amalfi. Don't miss the tour and the water.
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- Small and friendly family hotel in the historical centre of Amalfi a touch away from the bus-station, the harbour and the beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residenza Del Duca Amalfi
- Hotel Residenza Del Duca