The views are awesome - anywhere you can stay will have a wonderful sea view, and the decking where breakfast is held is really rather lovely: nice to get some sea breeze to blow away the cobwebs in the morning. My room was a simple double bed arrangement with a small balcony, and for someone traveling solo it was more than adequate. The room also had air conditioning so it was easy to keep cool despite the boiling hot weather outside. The hotel itself is quirkily arranged over the hillside, but is none-the-less very charming. Make use of the 187 steps down to the private swimming and sunbathing platform - its far easier than heading to the beach if you just want a swim.
Location wise the hotel is at the Amalfi side of Priano, right by the beach. This is rather convenient I think as Priano is small so the centre of town really doesn't have much in the way of anything anyway so its more convenient to be by the beach. During the days I was more interested in walking the donkey trails than sunning myself so for this it was an excellent location. I walked the Path of the Gods directly from Priano to Montepertuso which was an utterly stunning hike. Be warned though, the lead-in from Priano is very, very steep - the walk rises from sea level to 2000 feet in about an hour. I am 26 and in excellent physical shape and under the 36 degree heat was considering abandoning at about 1700 feet from sea level! Fortunately once you hit about 2000 feet above sea level the trail levels and its a cakewalk from there, and one is left to amble the trail and enjoy the scenery.
In summary, and from what I can see of it, the people complaining in other reviews are somewhat unfounded - this is a friendly, warm, local place and sure its a little rough in places where a corporate hotel would be more polished... if you want a corporate hotel experience, then go elsewhere - this is local and I thought it was wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Amalfi Coast ( half way between Amalfi and Positano) the Hotel Torre Saracena is situated in a strategic position in the green landscape of the beautiful coast and directly on the sea. The family management offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The private descent to the sea, the gardens in the shade of lemon and olive trees gives relax and romantic atmosphere. On the Amalfi Coast all is poetry. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Torre Saracena Praiano, Amalfi Coast, Italy