I used Trip Advisor reviews to book this hotel and I agreed with them completely. I asked for a room with a balcony facing the back of the hotel as suggested by other users and I had a great view of the roman ruins. We were on the first floor, room 111. It was kind of noisy - we could hear sounds coming from upstairs and from the hallway, so if you are a light sleeper, I suggest you bring ear plugs. The beds are very small so be prepared! The hotel is very clean and well maintained. The rooms are bright and nicely decorated. The bathroom is very modern but the shower is extremely small. There is wifi available in the rooms for a cost of 5 euros for three hours and 7 euros for 5 hours. I didnt use the whole three hours but my wifi got cut off on my last evening. Not sure why. There is also a computer in the lobby that you can use. You have to pay separately for this (same rates). If you pay for wifi, you still have to pay to use the computer.
Vincenzo on the front desk is very helpful and friendly. He arranged our tours to Capri (34 euro for the boat ride) and Pompeii/Vesuvius (38 euro for the bus and a tour guide - does not include lunch or entrance fees)for us. He also checked the weather forecasts and advised us of the upcoming conditions so we would know how to dress. One night we came back from touring and were extremely tired so Vincenzo made us a pot of tea and brought it up to our room for us. Salvatore and Angelo in the dining room were so accomodating. I asked Salvatore for some Nutella on my first morning and he went and got it for me and made sure that I had it every morning for breakfast. He also introduced us to the cook, Luigi who had a shot of limoncello with us while showing us the kitchen. The food was quite good - more than enough to keep you full. You get the dinner menu each morning at breakfast and you can make your selections for that evening. There are always three choices for the first course, usually a fish, a pasta and a soup. Then two choices for your meat dish, two choices of your side dish and two choices for your dessert.
The town itself is very quiet especially now during low season. But it is close to all of the other great towns along the Amalfi Coast and it is very easy to get around using the SITA buses. The bus stop is right outside the hotel and there is a Tabacchi shop where you can buy your bus tickets. We always bought the one day pass (24 hours) for 7.20 euro. They never seemed to have the three day pass which was a bit cheaper. There are not a lot of buses on Sundays and holidays so you may have trouble getting around. We ended up taking the boat to Positano on Sunday as it was running more frequently than the bus.
If you get a chance, go to Vietri Sul Mare which is a small town on the way to Salerno. It has tons of ceramic stores on the main street and they are way cheaper than Capri, Amalfi or Ravello.
Don't bother going to Naples - it is just a big noisy busy city. There is not many picturesque areas there. The pizza was just as good in the other towns - even though Naples is the birthplace of pizza.
My favourite town was Amalfi and of course Positano. We climbed the steps to the top of Positano - it took us an hour. It is quite a long walk - it is much easier to walk up using the road but it you have the legs for it, take the steps. You get to see the hidden areas of Positano that not many tourists see.
We flew in and out of Rome airport and it is quite a long haul to get ot the hotel. It was about 4 hours straight through. It makes for a real long day of travelling. If you are prone to motion sickness, bring some dramamine or use the wristbands - the roads are deadly. I took the pills but I was still sick all week long.
I really enjoyed the hotel and the whole area. There is a lot ot see and do.
I really loves this area.
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- The hotel Santa Lucia enjoys a fantastic location in the charming town of Minori, amidst the imposing scenery of the Amalfi Coast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Lucia Hotel
- Santa Lucia Minori
- Hotel Santa Lucia Minori, Italy - Amalfi Coast