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“Large bright room, friendly staff, great stay.”

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Albergo L'Antico Convitto
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Amalfi
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

This was our 64th hotel stay on an extended around-the-world trip, and amongst our favourite hotel so far. We had a double superior room for 8 nights, for an average of EUR98/night (USD/AUD $122). I found the cheapest prices on Venere.com and booked the day before my stay (had I booked a few days earlier, the rate would have been cheaper). Breakfast included in the rate. The hotel is on the third floor of a complex, with a lift (and stairs also) from the foyer.

What’s good: Our room (#8) was on the same floor as reception (some rooms are on the next floor) was extremely large, light and bright colours with lovely ceramic tiles, and had a desk and partial view of the cathedral tower next door. Two twin beds mounted in one frame also made for a very roomy and comfortable bed. Free wifi in the room (and also accessible on the terrace) worked well. Room was airconditioned (critical in summer), and the large window also opened for fresh air. Windows are double glazed so once closed, there is no street noise from below. You will likely hear the nearby Duomo cathedral bells (they ring from 7am until 10pm), and the tiled floors act as an accoustic amplifier if there are noisy guests in the hallway. We use earplugs at most hotels to ensure a good nights’ sleep.

Staff (including housekeeping) were incredibly friendly, helpful and genuine, and always offered a greeting. Reception is staffed 24 hours a day and staff speak English reasonably well.

A stocked mini bar fridge was in the room at extremely reasonable prices (EUR2 for a beer), and a kettle with tea/coffee making items also in-room (unusual for Europe). The bathroom was large, clean and has a bidet although the shower (a pod type) was quite small. Water was hot with good pressure.

Breakfast included in the rate, was a large range and included several juices, cereals, breads and toast, Italian pastries and cakes, platter of cold meats and cheeses, beautiful fresh fruit and yoghurt and they’ll make a fresh cofee for you (latte, expresso, capucino). Trays are available to take your breakfast from the terrace (the top floor), whilst looking out over lovely views of Amalfi. We spent several lovely evenings on the terrace sipping Limoncello (with Lemonade), often with the Terrace all to ourselves.

The hotel offers a daily program of (free) guided walks around Amalfi and nearby towns. Check at reception.

We liked this hotel so much we wanted to extend for an additional five days. Unfortunately they were fully booked so we had to settle for another hotel in Amalfi (and had a less pleasant experience).

Nearby: There’s a supermarket next to the hotel on the ground floor (they close for siesta time) - ask them to put together an antipasto collection of sliced meat, cheeses (don’t miss the fresh buffaollo mozzarella), and a container of olives. Best with a cold beer on the waterfront as the sun sets.

We found a few good restaurants providing great food and friendly service for reasonable prices, without what unfortunately seems to be a common Amalfi practice of deliberate overcharging. Great places include Maccus, Pizzeria Donna Stella (fantastic pizzas) and the Cafe Duomo was more upmarket with good service and reasonable prices. There’s also a laundrymat with wash and dry service (EUR6/ kilo) off the main Amalfi thoroughfare, although we found they rounded up the weight of washing to the nearest kilo, and were amongst the rudest people we’ve encountered in 10 months of around-the-world-travel. See if you can get them to smile! The delicatessen on the main street, a few shops down from the hotel’s walkway have the cheapest refrigerated drinks in town (EUR1.30 for a soda).

Places to Avoid: Bar ‘Lo Scugnizzo’ - EUR5 for a small toasted ham and (plastic-covered packet slice) cheese sandwhich, and Il Pianeta del Gelato – the gelato shop next to the fruit salad shop - depending on your nationality, you’ll likely be overcharged as I was, with the price of the same gelati increasing from one day to the next.

Transport: I caught a train from Rome to Salerno (EUR36 per person one way – buy the tickets from any Biglietti (ticket) machine (instructions available on the screen in English) and don’t forget to validate them in the yellow boxes at the station before boarding the train. It’s then either a SITA bus from Salerno (crowded buses leave right outside Salerno station), or a more comfortable and scenic ferry ride (EUR7 each person one way, plus EUR1.50 for baggage) to Amalfi (35 minute trip with amazing coastal views). It’s a three block walk from Salerno train station to where the Amalfi coast ferries depart. The hotel is a five minute walk up through the main Amalfi town and cobbled streets from the ferry terminal.

If you’re looking to check out the local area, local buses (SITA) and/or ferries (to Capri and Positano), leave Amalfi from the ferry area, with tickets from an office also down there.

For Pompei or Vesuvius, you’ll either need to book an ‘escorted tour’ – approx. EUR36 per person, or catch several modes of transport from Amalfi. Either take a local SITA bus (reception has a timetable), or the ferry from Amalfi to Salerno. There are several train stations in Pompeii (on different lines), and the train from Amalfi to Pompeii stops a very long way from the Pompeii attraction. As an alternative, take a CTPS bus (#50 or #4) from outside Salerno train station which stops next to the main Pompeii ruins entrance gate. An EVA bus (EUR10 per person) runs from outside there to Vesuvius and return. Staff at the Amalfi bus ticket office had no useful information about how to get from Amalfi to Pompeii.

Sadly Amalfi has become tourist-saturated with hundreds of cruise ship visitors each day, and the general unfriendliness and deliberate tourist price gouging makes me hesitant to recommend it as a place to visit. To minimise disappointment, I’d recommend a stay at this hotel to cast at least cast some pleasantness on what would otherwise have been a disappointing experience.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

A little oasis of calm in a very busy Amalfi, Hotel L'Antico Convitto provided everything we could possibly want. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean and freshly painted. For us, breakfast was perfect with a wide range of food, including a choice of fresh fruit and drinks served by a young man who went about his duties with quiet efficiency. All members of staff, led by Gabriella, the owner, were charming and unfailingly helpful. The free wi-fi was brilliant and didn't fail us once. Our small party occupied four rooms and all of us greatly enjoyed our stay at L'Antico Convitto. We would definitely stay here again when we return to Amalfi. An outstanding place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Jannick18
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Great location right in the center of the old town with minutes of walking to ports, beaches, buses and center square.. Room was very clean, new and everything was in order. Great views and fantastic breakfast on a terrace! Hotel has arrangements with the garage and helps bring baggage to/from luna parking.

Special words reserved for Ferdinando. He is very cheerful and helpful.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank imodlin
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We stayed at the hotel in June, and were pleasantly suprised that such an affordable and lovely hotel would be available in whta i thought was a very expensive area of italy.

The hotel is in prime position – behind the famous Saint Andrews Cathedral and Piazza Duomo, and just off the main street that winds up the hill. Not that you will have to worry about getting there as the lovely hotel staff will pick you up from the bus station in a golf buggy and drive you and your luggage to the hotel door. Very amusing and very handy. Once inside, the hotel staff greet you like long lost relatives, and I immediately WANT to be in their charming Italian family. Detailed guides and explanations for all the local sites and activities, a full run down of breakfast and the upstairs terrace and we are ready to go.

We get upgraded to a family room (not sure why as there were only the two of us?) and the apartments are spacious, with a full lounge and kitchen area and huge windows that open up to views of the hillside villas and apartments. The bedroom is a little dark, but perfect for afternoon naptime, an essential when catching stupid o’clock easyjet flights. So it might not be a designer boutique hotel choice – but it is basic, clean, spacious and all that is needed for a short Italian weekend break. For a family, the room would be perfect, and a longer stay would mean you could take advantage of the full kitchen and dining area.

But the best of the hotel is not the room, but the rooftop terrace where the true beauty of Amalfi is presented before you. Views out to the ocean, the rooftops of multi-coloured houses, the church bells, the mountains….just fabulous. Breakfast can be brought up to the terrace, and sun loungers laid out on the balcony are perfect for breakfast round two (the lemon filled doughnuts are to die for). The breakfast buffet is extensive and provides a good opportunity to try a few of the local delicacies –i.e. lemon everything.

The staff are so wonderful and helpful, organising a last minute taxi for us and helping us out paying in different currencies and being very flexible. Antonella is quite possibly the most lovely front of house staffer i have ever met. Our inability to speak Italian was embarrassing for us, but all the hotel staff spoke english and were gracious when there was a little language barrier.

We have already reccommended the place to friends, and would love to return.

Room Tip: The family room was massive
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank bellapad
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Our time in Amalfi from July 21 to July 27 was incredibly special not only because of the Amalfi coast area, but especially because of the hotel we stayed in. Hotel L'Antico Convitto has it all - perfect location right in the centre of Amalfi, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea; bright and super clean spacious rooms (a luxury in Europe!); a constant "how can we help you" attitude; and finally an owner manager Gabriella who is personally involved in all aspects of hotel service. Not forgetting the delicious breakfast buffets served up each morning, included in the very reasonable high season rate of 115 Euros per night for a double room looking onto the exciting street below (yet somehow the room was absolutely quiet with the windows closed)! From restaurant recommendations to travel arrangements, no request was too much for the people of L'Antico Convitto. There really is no reason to look any further than this hotel. We will definitely return to stay at L'Antico Convitto.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Daryl B
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

we stayed for 6 nights and enjoyed it very very much. everyone at l'anticio convitto was so friendly and eager to help! loved the location, too. no stairclimbing. the duomo, beach and restaurants just around the corner.
the roof terrace is a highlight. i mean that's when you know, you're on holidays, having breakfast (delicious btw) on a terrace like that, under a pergola, overlooking the see ... pure bliss!!

the room was nice, the shower a highlight, the air condition a blessing :)

if i come back to amalfi (and i hope so!) i will definitly stay here again.

grazie gabriella, gennaro, antonella e ferdinando!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank BTvienna
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

I think the most important thing to note when reading my review is that this is my first of 8 accommodation reviews that hasn't scored 'very good' or higher. I'm not hard to please, a serial complainer or anything of the sort. Far from it.
To be fair, I'll start with the positives. The location is fantastic, right in the heart of Amalfi. Its only a short stroll to restaurants, shops and buses to travel along the coastline.
The buffet breakfast is pretty good. Whilst it never changes the options available are pretty generous. You can eat on the roof top terrace with water views which is a must.
The room itself is pretty good. Our only complaint would be the noise from above. We can't quite work out what it is but it sounds like someone is dragging tables and chairs over tiles. It happens regularly and for long periods when it starts. We hear it everyday numerous times and we're not in the room that often. We're on the first floor so it's not from the terrace, a bit of a mystery.
The cons...
The wifi. Paying 110 Euro a night we'd expect to have pretty sufficient wifi as promised. This has not been the case. It worked well enough the first day and a half and then dropped out completely. When we enquired about the problem they said it related to the weather. It rained mildly for one hour. When we enquired on day two, same response. Day 3, same respone. They finally got a technician out to fix it late on the third night. I felt their attention to this issue was poor but forgivable.
Beds. Paying 110 Euro a night, two single beds pushed together. Forgivable.
Cleaning. Our stuff always seemed to have moved or had the look like it had been gone through most days after we had it cleaned. Nothing was ever missing but was still a bit weird. Again, we don't complaint so didn't say anything. One day after coming home at 7pm from a day trip we found our door not only unlocked but open for anyone to enter, presumably from the morning after it had been cleaned, I was pretty fed up at this stage so went and advised reception. They were apologetic and asked me to advise if anything was missing. We dont think anything was but weren't going to trek back up to reception for their peace of mind and instead thought they might check in with us... Wrong. No mention of it at breakfast the next morning, or when we paid on check out... All we wanted was for someone to show they cared about the issue and asked that everything was ok. In Australia for these sorts of issues they'd give you a bottle of wine, voucher or deduct the price. We weren't after this, just some consideration.
The issues I raised above, mainly about poor customer service, not forgivable.
If no issues came up I think our opinion would be different as the staff are all pleasant and nice to deal with. But issues did come up and they had no idea how to handle the issues during or after the fact. For me, it's extremely poor and incompetent service and I can't recommend this hotel as a result.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Percy023
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DirettoreAmalfi, Proprietario at Albergo L'Antico Convitto, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2012

Dear Sir,
First, thank You for writing your report.
I am very sorry that Your experience at our Hotel disappointed your expectations.
I only would clarify a few points :
1) the Wifi problem was caused by an unexpected event (there was a storm and not a slight rain). I understand your disappointment but I remind You that the problem involved only the rooms on 1st floor and not the entire property, therefore the Wifi worked well both in the Hall or on the terrace (where You used it for all the duration of the blackout reassuring us that it was not a big problem). Also, it was always available the free Internet point in the Lobby.
2) About Your complaint that the waitress accidentally forgot to lock the door of your room I just want let you know that the waitress was immediately blamed for this regrettable error. The Hotel promptly assumed his responsibilities asking you to check if something was missing (if so, of course we would reimburse the damage). You answered that nothing was missing and only wanted to do the complaint to the maid (who apologizes for the incident).
Therefore, we believe to have well managed both situations.
About the discount or the bottle of wine, this was not done because we never felt any discomfort in You: until Your departure You reassured us that everything was OK, so we thought we had nothing to be forgiven. We welcome our guests with passion and professionality, so we apologize if Your stay was so unpleasant; we'll try to improve on what we can.

With my kindest wishes,
Gabriella Laudano
Hotel L'Antico Convitto*** - Amalfi

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Address: Via Dei Curiali 4, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Amalfi
#3 Family Hotel in Amalfi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
Price Range: £89 - £298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo L'Antico Convitto 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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