My husband and in-laws stayed here for two nights in July, and from the moment we entered the premises, we were treated like family. Luigi and his family run a very clean and friendly establishment, and can't do enough to make your stay pleasant. Everyone speaks excellent English, so there was never a communication issue. Some items of interest to help plan your trip:
THE ROOMS: The rooms are fairly large and clean, but are basic and simple. The atmosphere is very much like staying with relatives. There was no phone in our room, so if you need a wake-up call, probably best to bring your own alarm, although I suspect the family would be happy to knock on your door. The rooms have spectacular views of the coast which you would probably have to pay double for in other hotels - a great value.
BATHROOMS: Our bathroom was simply equipped and clean, but we were surprised to find little in the way of toiletries provided -- only 2 small packets of shampoo and soap (not replenished). Maybe this is the norm in pensiones, but, having never stayed in one before, I was surprised. There was a wall-mounted hair dryer in our room, but no hair dryer provided in my in-laws' room. Also, the towels were rough (exfoliant and drying in one step?).
THE FAMILY ATMOSPHERE: Enough can't be said about the family's willingness to help make the most out of your stay. Luigi always greeted us when we came back to the hotel and offered cold beverages (no extra charge), and was more than happy to take us in his own car to the beach or out to dinner (also at no charge). One evening, he even took us quite a distance to try a restaurant that my guidebook recommended, and even knew the owners. At night, we all congrated on the upper level, and Luigi and his daughter, Alessia, were happy to chat about themselves. His daughter is an especially sweet 16-year old who is happy to talk and practice her English, and she speaks great!
FOOD: The breakfast provided on the upper level overlooking the sea is ample and good. There was an assortment of fruits, yogurts, home-made jams, toasts, etc., and Luigi makes a mean cappuccino! :) We ate dinner at the pensione one night, and Luigi prepared a fabulous fish dinner (45 Euro / person) consisting of six or seven courses. We were all bursting at the seams, and everything was delicious. It's apparent that he really takes pride in his cooking!
LOCATION: The pensione is an ideal place from which to explore the Amalfi coast -- about 45 minutes on the bus to Amalfi, and 20 minutes to Positano. Luigi makes it easy to get around by providing a bus schedule and tickets at the front desk.
A WORD ON THE ROADS: The roads really are terrible for driving, making the pensione a perfect spot to take advantage of the free parking and take the public buses. Note that the SITA buses are frequently behind schedule (10 - 20 minutes), and were often crowded when we got on with standing room only. The drivers are the utmost professionals, but bring your patience and be prepared to hold on!
I can't wait to make a return trip to the Amalfi coast and stay with Luigi and his family. Don't hesitate to stay at Pensione Pellegrino - you won't be disappointed.
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- Also Known As:
- Pellegrino Pensione Praiano
- Pellegrino Pensione Hotel Praiano
- Hotel Pellegrino Praiano, Amalfi Coast, Italy