A narrow winding road leads to villages precariously perched along cliffs. The blue Mediterranean dazzles below. Colorful striped parasols dot the tiny inlets that make up the beaches. Easily Italy’s most famous and chicest stretch of coastline, soaking up la dolce vita on the Amalfi Coast is on many a traveler’s bucket list. Stretching for 50-kilometers from behind Sorrento to Salerno on the Sorrentine Peninsula, it can be difficult to pick the perfect base for exploring the Amalfi Coast. Over our seven years of living in Italy, we had more than a few opportunities to visit the famed coastline and have stayed everywhere from Sorrento to Salerno. We’ve narrowed down our favorites for where to stay on the Amalfi Coast to these luxury and mid-range hotels. From a once-in-a-lifetime splurge at some of the world’s best hotels to the best value Amalfi hotels with sea access, we’ve got a hotel pick perfect for your Amalfi Coast vacation.
The Best Luxury Hotels on the Amalfi Coast
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello, Amalfi Coast
Villa Cimbrone (read what TripAdvisors think) offers what many have called the most spectacular view in the world. Even Wonder Woman film creators were taken with the setting and featured the famous panoramic terrace in the movie. In the already quiet village of Ravello, the hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the center of town and a 30-minute drive to the village of Amalfi. It’s best suited for couples looking for a romantic hideaway from the crowds of Amalfi and Positano, which is why Ravello is also our pick for the best town to stay in the Amalfi Coast.
There are just 19 rooms with their original Vietri floors or fireplaces, ensuring guests exclusivity at this Amalfi Coast luxury hotel. Each room is uniquely decorated and guests will find the mementos of Ernest William Beckett, the 2nd Lord Grimthorpe and owner of the villa in the 19th century, that he acquired on his World Tour.
Located high on the cliff above the Amalfi Coast, the swimming pool is perfect for a dip after a hot day touring the sights. There’s also a solarium and private gardens for guest use.
The on-site restaurant also boasts a Michelin star.
Double rooms start from €375 with breakfast, inclusive mini bar and free wifi. Private parking nearby for a daily fee. Pets allowed on request.
Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Amalfi Coast
Palazzo Avino read the TripAdvisor reviews) is another peaceful sanctuary located in Ravello, 1000 meters above the Amalfi Coast, and offers spectacular views. The hotel is set in a 12th century private villa that once was the home of an Italian noble family. It’s a romantic setting perfect for an Amalfi Coast honeymoon.
The hotel has 33 rooms and suites, and the best are definitely the ones with Mediterranean views like the suite we stayed in. Each is uniquely decorated in the posh style of Italian noble homes here, yet manage to be incredibly cozy and welcoming. The staff are impeccable in their service, impressively remembering every guest by name.
There aren’t really any Amalfi Coast resorts on this famous stretch of Italian coastline, but Palazzo Avino comes close to being one with all of its amenities. Palazzo Avino has a private beach club for guests with an additional swimming pool, which is just 15 minutes drive from the hotel with the hotel’s free shuttle service. The villa converted to hotel is one of the Amalfi Coast hotels with a pool, which overlooks the sea below. There’s also an onsite spa with a hammam steam bath and sauna. And if you work out while on vacation, there’s a covered outdoor gym.
The on-site Michelin star restaurant, Rossellinis, is easily one of the most romantic dinner spots on the Amalfi Coast and well worth the splurge. There’s also a lobster bar serving local Mediterranean lobster.
Double rooms start from €470 with breakfast and free wifi. Private parking nearby. Pets allowed, but mention them when booking.
Monastero Santa Rosa, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi Coast
Monastero Santa Rosa (read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor) is set on a rocky outcrop above the Amalfi Coast, offering guests in the converted former monastery turned hotel superb views.
Purchased by an American woman after spotting the clifftop location from her boat, Bianca Sharma spared no expense in transforming the monastery in to one of the top luxury hotels on the Amalfi Coast. The former nuns cells were converted into 20 stylish guest rooms that keep some of the buildings origins. All 20 rooms have coastal views and a bubble bath while watching the sunset is a must.
The stunning infinity pool is heated so that you can enjoy the view from it year round, and the hotel boasts the best spa on the Amalfi Coast.
And this is the place to try the flaky pastry known as sfogliatella, as this is the very place it was invented in the 17th century.
Double rooms start from €400 and include wifi, breakfast and use of the thermal spa. Free parking is available on site. Pets not allowed.
Grand Hotel Cocumella, Sorrento
Steeped in history, the Grand Hotel Cocumella (read the TripAdvisor reviews) was established in 1557 as a Jesuit monastery and Latin grammar school, which the Jesuits called Cocumella. In 1771, the property came under ownership of the crown and the very first Sorrentine naval academy was established here. Finally, the property was purchased by Pietro Antonio Gargiulo in 1789 and his heirs turned it into the Grand Hotel Cocumella in 1822.
The guest rooms are all uniquely decorated with period furniture and rare artworks. The suites are quite romantic with their original marble fireplaces and hydro-massage therapy tubs made for two.
A swimming pool sits among the groves of lemon, orange, banana, and kiwi trees. With the birds chirping and the aromas of citrus, lounging poolside is like a relaxing aroma therapy session. Tennis courts are also located in the gardens and an elevator transports guests to the hotel’s private black sand beach and solarium. The open-air restaurant offers fabulous views over the Gild of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
Should you feel the need to actually leave this oasis near the bustling Sorrento, the Grand Hotel Cocumella’s Vera sailing yacht is at guest’s disposal and transports passengers across the waters to the islands of Capri and Ischia, to the various localities situated along the Amalfi Coast, and to more distant destinations of the Mediterranean sea.
Double rooms start from €345 and include wifi and breakfast. Free private parking is available on site. Pets allowed.
The Best Mid-Range Hotels on the Amalfi Coast
Lloyd’s Baia Hotel, Vietri sul Mare, Amalfi Coast
Lloyd’s Baia Hotel (see what other travelers say on TripAdvisor) is situated in Vietri sul Mare, the first of the 12 “pearls” that officially make up the Amalfi Coast. It’s well located for exploring the Amalfi Coast, as well as nearby Salerno. It’s also one of few Amalfi hotels that can easily be reached by public transportation: there is a bus stop right in front of the hotel, making it a great choice for those not keen on renting a car and driving in Italy.
The mid-range hotel has some of the largest rooms at an affordable price on the Amalfi Coast. The rooms are each unique with vibrant colors, Vietri tiles and sea themes fitting to this area of Italy.
The hotel has a private beach easily accessible by a lift and seasonal beach bar.
Double rooms start from €120 and there is free wifi. Free parking is available on site. Pets not allowed.
Ravello Art Hotel Marmorata, Ravello, Amalfi Coast
Ravello Art Hotel Marmorata (see the TripAdvisor reviews) is actually located on a peaceful little inlet on the Amalfi Coast well below the village of Ravello. The building has been converted from a former paper factory and has all the modern comforts like air conditioning, yet is full of Amalfi Coast character like colorful Vietri tiles. It’s one of the best value Amalfi Coast hotels.
The rooms have sea views and though on the smaller side, are full of charm with nautical themes. Family rooms that accommodate up to two children are available, making this an excellent Amalfi hotel for families.
There’s a free shuttle provided to the nearby villages like Amalfi just 2 kilometers away and an airport shuttle, which is perfect for those that don’t want to rent a car in Italy.
The hotel has its own beach access, as well as a pool, with deck chairs and parasols for guests.
Double rooms start from €170. Private parking is available on site for a daily fee. Pets not allowed.
La Conca Azzurra, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi Coast
La Conca Azzurra (read the TripAdvisor reviews) has been privately owned and family-run for more than 50 years. The entire family works in the hotel, whether that be in the clifftop ceramics shop or at the restaurant. And their friendliness and character is definitely what makes this such a special find. With 5-star service and views and sea access, the slightly off the beaten track location in Conca dei Marini makes the charming 4-star hotel an excellent value and choice for Amalfi Coast accommodation.
There’s 20 spacious ooms and all of them have a sea view. The room decor looks a bit dated, but sometimes that’s part of the Italian charm. But with the views from the rooms that descend down the cliffside toward the sea, you quickly forget that the fabrics look like you’ve been transported back to the ’80s.
The hotel has it’s own sea access with steps leading down to the bathing platform. You can even arrive at the hotel by ferry, as the hotel shares a dock with the Amalfi ferry stop for the Grotta dello Smeralda (which you should definitely visit).
Don’t miss a dinner at the spectacularly set Calajanara Restaurant, featuring simple yet delicious Italian fare from this region like stuffed squid and seafood pastas.
Double rooms start from €140 including breakfast. Free wifi. Free private parking nearby with reservation. Pets allowed.
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