My family and I used this hotel as a base for vacationing in the Amalfi Coast area, Pompeii and Naples. We chose this location due to being better value for the money, compared to a sorrento and also because it is better connected to the Amalfi towns, Rome, Naples and Pompeii. We were pleased that our room overlooked the sea, with great, expansive views and soothing ocean sounds. The front desk, restaurant and other staff were courteous, but spoke limited English.
We soon found several disadvantages. The location is 15 mins away from Salerno by car, where you have to go to get anywhere. Vietri is supposed to have a train station as well, but we were directed to Salerno as the station was closed. Salerno is 15 mins away by taxi, a 15-25€ ride - radio taxis and luggage at the higher end. Bus service is available but not very accessible. Taxis from Salerno are not easily available at night. Returning from a visit to Naples at 10:00pm, we found it very hard to get a taxi back to the hotel, and the bus service had stopped. There was a line, serviced a lone taxi was driver making repeated trips from the station, each about 20-30 mins long!
The hotel has below average amenities. Wifi barely works or not at all in the room. The breakfast is very bare bones. On one day, we were missing something as basic as bread from the already limited selection. The waiters reason was that his "colleague forgot to order it". The cake was stale, clearly leftover from the prior day. The room TV never worked the 4 days we were there. The bathroom was tiny.
Bottom line, if you plan to spend most of your time in the Vietri-Sul-Mare area and are willing to put up with average service, this hotel may be a relatively inexpensive option. However, if you are looking for a base for nearby attractions as we were, then you are definitely better of at another hotel in a Salerno.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bristol Amalfi Coast/Vietri Sul Mare, Italy