We spent two nights at this stylish boutique hotel on a four-destination tour of the coast. Casa Angelina occupies a gorgeous setting, nestling into the cliffs one bay beyond Positano and accessed via a precarious zigzag driveway below the main road. The position is ideal - there's a regular 5-minute shuttle to and from Positano so you can take full advantage of that town's bustling labyrinth of shops and restaurants but then escape back to the calm tranquility of the hotel. Casa Angelina's design and decor is modishly handsome - stark white minimalist rooms offset by warm wood floors in the common parts and gloriously quirky Murano glass sculptures throughout, even perched on ledges on the outside of the building. Plus a small but funky lift lit by constantly changing multi-coloured bulbs. Staff are all dressed like Thai masseurs, in matching cool grey linen long-shirts and loose trousers. Our corner terrace bedroom was a little smaller than some of the others, but had the advantage of a larger bathroom with its own views of Positano and out over the bay. (Most other rooms have an internal bathroom).
Space is at something of a premium here, so be prepared for the very pleasant but slightly cramped sun terrace and its equally space-challenged pool - three or four strokes will get you from one end to the other. Food was excellent - probably the best overall of any of the four hotels we visited. Don't be put off by the restaurant's low-key decor and pretentious menu (including a separate menu of bottled waters, offering ten or more different choices, including one Swarovski-encrusted bottle priced at E130). Despite slightly nervous service, our dinner was extremely good (my tempura starter was among the best and crispest I've ever tasted, in Japan or anywhere else). Breakfast the following morning was also excellent, with an imaginative and expansive selection of mouth-watering buffet items. A light lunch in the bar was also very good indeed.
When you're not in shopping in Positano or relaxing in the hotel, make sure you take the opportunity to have a wander around Praiano itself. On our second night we had a very pleasant but more rustic meal in local restaurant Il Pino, a short walk from the hotel through an enchanting maze of alleys and steep stairways, accessed via the hotel's back door. (Take a torch and mind your step!). The town was gearing up for the local saint's festival day so on our way back to the hotel after dinner we were able to enjoy an open-air classical concert and fireworks in the charming square in front of Praiano's little church, alongside villagers of all ages from 8 to 80.
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- Barefoot Luxury on Italy's Amalfi Coast ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Angelina Hotel Praiano
- Casa Angelina Praiano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Hotel Casa Angelina