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Amalfi Coast Hotels

$400 or more
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Casa Angelina Lifestyle Hotel
147 Via G. Capriglione
Praiano
Italy 84010
Tel: 39 089 813 1333
reservations@casangelina.com
www.casangelina.com

The Amalfi Coast's first design hotel is no empty style exercise. This boxy, postwar structure that sits in glorious seclusion above a private beach a few miles east of Positano used to harbor an undistinguished package hotel. It's now a cool seaside refuge owned by hotelier Tonino Cappiello, who named it after his late mother. The all-white decor in the 43 rooms and suites (most with terraces) will feel antiseptic to some, but it's softened by fresh flowers and warm teak flooring, while playful glass sculptures jazz up the lounge and cigar room. The panoramic rooftop restaurant, Un Piano nel Cielo, is a serious culinary player that gives the local tradition a creative twist; for everyday dining, there's a good choice of trattorias in the center of Praiano, a five-minute walk away. The lift to the beach still leaves 190 steps to climb down and up; for those who can't face the legwork, there are two pools, one inside the fitness area and the other outside on a decked terrace.—Updated by Lee Marshall

$200-$299
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Casa Privata
Via Rezzola 41
Praiano
Italy
Tel: 39 089 874078
info@casaprivata.it
casaprivata.it

Once a fisherman's home, Ca' P'a, the restored dream house of a family of architects, doubles as a six-room inn saturated with Mediterranean charm and contemporary good taste. Every bedroom has a 14-foot domed ceiling and a glorious sea view, although there's no AC. The simple accommodations are softened with natural colors and lots of pillows, and the two suites have four-poster beds with mosquito netting. There's a small seawater pool, and terraced gardens slope down to the rocky coast. With no on-site restaurant, meals require climbs up to the Amalfi Coast road, but Casa Privata's location ensures serenity and immunity from the summer crowds.

$300-$399
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Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro
25 Via Lazzaro
Maiori
Amalfi Coast
Italy 84010
Tel: 39 089 852 048
reservations@hbsl.it
www.botanicosanlazzaro.it/en.html

The 18-room Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro opened in 2010, in a pale-pink palazzo amidst lemon and olive groves. The hotel's most impressive feature, alongside the warm and personalized service, is its series of terraced gardens, planted with hundreds of cacti, succulents, and exotic plants. But the romantic interiors work very nicely too, their traditional Amalfi upscale decor enriched and varied by Designers Guild fabrics; all guest rooms have hydromassage showers or tubs. The panoramic swimming pool (added in 2011) is delightful, and hotel guests can also use a private section of the beach down in Maiori. The only downside is that it's a testing six- or seven-minute walk up from the town center (your luggage is taken separately, as on Capri). But the lack of easy car access explains why rates here are so reasonable, and unless you have mobility issues, the path is delightful. If you can't face the walk down and back up in the evening, the hotel has a perfectly fine restaurant, Donna Clelia, that serves up tasty Neapolitan cuisine.—Lee Marshall

$400 or more
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Hotel Caruso
2 Piazza San Giovanni del Toro
Ravello
Italy 84010
Tel: 39 089 858 801
reservations@hotelcaruso.net
www.hotelcaruso.com

The legendary Hotel Caruso Belvedere (its fans have included Greta Garbo, Jackie Kennedy, Humphrey Bogart, and Virginia Woolf) was reconstructed and reopened by Orient-Express Hotels as the Hotel Caruso in summer 2005. This hostelry started in 1893 as Pantaleone Caruso's small pensione within the 11th-century D'Afflitto Palace, then grew to occupy the entire place. Now it has 47 rooms—most with terraces featuring Ravello's spectacular hilltop sea vistas, and 15 with private gardens. There's a heated infinity pool worthy of the name, a gym, and a Wellness Centre offering massages and body treatments. The hotel's two restaurants make the best of the views; there's also a poolside snack bar, and a piano bar with 18th-century frescoes. A free shuttle connects with Positano and Amalfi; morning boat excursions are also gratis. But "gratis" is a relative term here: 22 of the rooms have per-night price tags of a thousand euros or more.

$200-$299
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Hotel Marincanto
50 Via Cristoforo Colombo
Positano
Amalfi Coast
Italy 84017
Tel: 39 089 875 130
info@marincanto.it
www.marincanto.it

The best of Positano's sea-view mid-range hotels, the Marincanto is built into the slope (actually more of a cliff) that shelters the bay and main beach to the east. In typical Positano fashion, the entrance is via the rooftop car park—from here you get the elevator down three floors to reception (and there are more floors below). All 25 rooms face the sea, and all except the standard doubles have balconies so you can enjoy the view. They're arranged like a vertical slice of theater boxes, with the azure Mediterranean where the stage should be—except these boxes are bright, roomy, and joyously sunny, done out in an uncluttered antique minimalist style. Other attractions include an infinity pool, a private beach, and a delicious breakfast spread served (weather permitting) on a panoramic terrace under the shade of lemon trees. The Marincanto feels really looked after (its sparkling white walls are repainted scrupulously each year during the winter break), and the attention to detail carries through into the courteous, problem-solving concierge service.—Lee Marshall

$400 or more
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Hotel Santa Caterina
9 S.S. Amalfitana
Amalfi
Italy 84011
Tel: 39 089 871 012
info@hotelsantacaterina.it
www.hotelsantacaterina.it

Built in 1850, this is the oldest of the Amalfi Coast's grand hotels, just outside town on the coast road, and has been run by the same family for four generations. Such continuity pays off in serenity and in service that runs like clockwork. There is also a certain lived-in feel to this gracious 48-room mansion, which Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enjoyed during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Rooms in the main building feature patterned Vietri or white-tiled floors, early 19th-century antiques, and balconies looking over the sea toward Amalfi's yacht harbor. Thirteen other separate accommodations are set around the verdant grounds, including four Garden Suites—our favorites are the Chalet Giulietta e Romeo, a little honeymoon cottage perched at the edge of the cliff amid the orange groves, and the Follia Amalfitana (Amalfi Folly), a romantic refuge with a sunken Jacuzzi on its panoramic terrace. Both these suites also have outside swimming pools. Two rock-cut elevators lead down through the cliff to the rocky bathing area and saltwater pool below. There's also a spa and two restaurants, one more formal, the other beachy and casual, with a wood-fired pizza oven.—Updated by Lee Marshall

$199 or less
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Hotel Villa San Michele
2 Via Carusiello
Castiglione di Ravello
Italy 84010
Tel: 39 089 872 237
smichele@starnet.it
www.hotel-villasanmichele.it

Nestled among stone-walled terraces and gardens full of lemon trees and bougainvillea, this simple, friendly 12-room hotel sits on a cliff between Amalfi and Ravello. A winding staircase carved into the cliffside takes you down to the rocky beach (really more of a swimming platform), from which you can arrange to be whisked away by boat. Almost all of the rooms have balconies for drinking in views of the Gulf of Salerno, and for alfresco breakfasts (the only time of day there's room service). Rates include a meal plan, which is great if you're lazy and/or carless, but the quirky, family-run restaurant is also a treat in its own right. The simple guest rooms have traditional tiled floors, paisley drapes, and bright-blue woodwork. Air-conditioning, satellite TV, and direct-dial phones are also standard. There's no pool.

$400 or more
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Il San Pietro di Positano
2 Via Laurito
Positano
Italy 84017
Tel: 39 089 875 455
reservations@ilsanpietro.it
www.ilsanpietro.it

The most striking thing about the San Pietro is its invisibility. No magic rings here: It's just that the hotel seems to merge with the vertiginous cliffs to which it clings. From the sea, this engineering feat is further disguised by the verdant screen of bougainvillea, hibiscus, and grapevines that seem to cascade from terrace to terrace. The 1971 creation of one man, the late Carlo Cinque, the 62-room tumble is now run by his niece, Virginia Attanasio Cinque, and her two sons. About a mile outside Positano on the Amalfi Drive, the hotel is so secluded that it's easy to drive straight past. The only clue that it's there is a discreet sign by an ancient chapel, which turns out to conceal the elevator that whisks guests down to the lobby. A second elevator continues down to the stone sundeck, small private beach, tennis court, and the hotel's new excursion boat. Back "upstairs," there's a new spa and a small semicircular pool lined with Bisazza mosaic tiles, as well as a much-lauded restaurant where Belgian chef Alois Vanlangenaeker works his mojo. Book one of the "special" rooms if you can: They all have features that set them apart, whether it be the largest windows, the most sumptuous decor, or the most expansive bathroom.

$400 or more
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Le Sirenuse
30 Via Cristoforo Colombo
Positano
Italy 84017
Tel: 39 089 875 066
info@sirenuse.it
www.sirenuse.it

After 50 years of being cherished and polished by its owners, the Marchese Sersale family (now into its second generation, with patriarch Franco's son Antonio and his wife, Carla, at the helm), "The Sirens" still has a glamour and poise few hotels in the world can match. Part of the attraction is the 18th-century palazzo itself: Located halfway up this near-vertical village (hence the magnificent views down the coast), it's stuffed with the Sersale family's own collection of antiques. Then there's the service—Le Sirenuse has 63 rooms and twice as many staff. All of this conspires to maintain the illusion that one is a privileged houseguest—though it is, of course, a privilege you pay for. The Gae Aulenti–designed Aveda spa (Aulenti renovated Paris's Musée d'Orsay), the Champagne bar with its views down to the sea over the rooftops of the town, and the family's vintage Riva speedboat that you can rent for a spin around the coast only add to the grandeur. One important point: If you're shelling out for a room here, go all the way and accept nothing less than a deluxe or above, and preferably on a high floor. If you don't have a balcony with that incredible sweep over the bay, you'll cry.

$300-$399
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Palazzo Murat
23 Via dei Mulini
Positano
Amalfi Coast
Italy 84017
Tel: 39 089 811 419
info@palazzomurat.it
www.palazzomurat.it/index.html?set_lang=en

Step off the busy, boutique-lined lane that heads beachward in Positano into the entrance courtyard of Palazzo Murat, and suddenly you're in another world. Away from the day-trippers and the dubious '60s caftans is the garden of the elegant summer residence that Gioacchino Murat, Napoleon's brother-in-law, bought and renovated after he was crowned King of Naples in 1808. Given the aristocratic setting, it would have been easy for Palazzo Murat to wing it on ambience alone, but this stylish establishment also offers excellent service and attention to detail. It's also good value in comparison to other Positano four-star hotels—if you can put up with the lack of a pool (don't worry, the beach is just a sashay away). Interiors are embellished with period antiques, rare marble, and objets d'art, with 30 bedrooms divided between the antique splendor of those in the 17th-century wing and the lighter, sunnier grace of the newer rooms, most of which overlook the delightful garden—the only proper green space in the center of town. Another plus point is the hotel's Il Palazzo restaurant, which does upscale Neapolitan cuisine in a romantic alfresco setting.—Lee Marshall

$400 or more
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Palazzo Sasso
28 Via San Giovanni del Toro
Ravello
Italy 84010
Tel: 39 089 818 181
info@palazzosasso.com
www.palazzosasso.com

The ruined Renaissance palace that houses this 43-room hotel was given a complete overhaul in 1997, resulting in an opulent pink bonbon that has everything going for it except antique atmosphere. Unlike the revamped Hotel Caruso, Palazzo Sasso makes no attempt to conceal the fact that it is a hotel rather than a princely residence. There are twice as many staff members as rooms and all the amenities to boot (a rooftop sundeck with two plunge pools, hot tubs, satellite TV, Frette linens, Bulgari bath products, and a Moroccan-style spa), however, so no one's complaining. The rooms are lavishly done in handmade Vietri tiles, with precious rugs, antiques of assorted periods, and heavy swag curtains. Unfortunately, only six of them—all of them suites—have balconies or terraces. Still, as long as you don't get stuck with the one entirely viewless internal room, you'll likely be happy (you can always head to the roof terrace or the swimming pool surrounded by gardens to get your fresh-air fix). The gym has a panoramic view, too: The equipment is set high on the mountainside under gazebo tents. The main restaurant, Rossellinis, is among the best in Italy, but there's also a more casual place and a café for your less extravagantly gastronomic moods. If you want to take a dip, the hotel opened Sasso by the Sea in 2009 with a saltwater pool, two cabanas, changing rooms, two "relaxation living rooms", a small restaurant serving pizzas and seafood, and a bar. But be aware that Sasso by the Sea is a bracing 40-minute walk downhill to the coast from Ravello. There's also a free private shuttle from the hotel for those who don't want to exert themselves too much.

$400 or more
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Relais Paradiso
10 Via Nuova Raito
Località Raito
Vietri sul Mare
Amalfi Coast
Italy 84019
Tel: 39 089 763 2301
info@relaisparadiso.it
www.relaisparadiso.it

At the less fashionable eastern edge of the Amalfi Coast, set back from the sea on the leafy slopes above the ceramics town of Vietri sul Mare, this comfortably contemporary mini-resort has a few trump cards to make up for not being in Positano or Amalfi. One is the seclusion of the setting, another is ease of access: Vietri's proximity to the A1 freeway means that you save at least 30 minutes on journey times to Pompeii, Naples airport, and Rome compared to the western resort towns. Then there's the service: While the language skills of some of the staff could be improved, they are unfailingly courteous and helpful. Done out in a clean contemporary style without being coldly minimalist, the 22 rooms and suites all have terraces (some sea-facing, others with a park view) and—a nice touch—complimentary minibars. Spa staff can provide in-room treatments (there's also a single massage room), and the creative southern Italian in-house restaurant, though not cheap, is well worth an evening. One thing to bear in mind is that although there's an hourly shuttle service down to Vietri (five minutes away), you'll have a better experience in this out-of-the-way spot if you have your own wheels—unless of course you're just planning to chill out poolside.—Lee Marshall

$199 or less
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Residenza del Duca
3 Via Mastalo II Duca
Amalfi
Italy 84011
Tel: 39 089 873 6365
info@residencedelduca.it
www.residencedelduca.it

If you can deal with this compact charmer's downside—74 steps up from the street and no elevator (although happily there's a porter service at the bottom of the stairs)—you'll discover what is currently the best budget option in Amalfi. The building that hosts the hotel was once a palace owned by one of this mercantile town's aristocratic families. The upper floor, where the Residenza is located, dates back to the 16th century and still conserves its original chestnut roof beams. The only communal space apart from the tiny lobby is a small, neat breakfast room that spills out onto a plant-lined alfresco terrace area, but it's the rooms themselves that really get our vote: Each is done up in a subtly different color scheme with rich fabrics, stenciled or gilded headboards, and a sapient sprinkling of antique furniture. Four have views over the rooftops of the old town toward the sea, while the remaining three (including a great-value but very small single for $70) look inland. There's AC throughout, and all the showers in the pretty bathrooms—tiled with reproductions of historical Vietri patterns—have massage jets. That the hotel is open year-round, a rarity on the Amalfi Coast, is another plus.

$200-$299
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Villa Lara
1 Via delle Cartiere
Amalfi
Italy 84010
Tel: 39 089 873 6358
info@villalara.it
www.villalara.it

The best budget option in town, this six-room hotel is perched well above the tourist hordes, among the terraced vineyards and orchards that rise above the inland stretch of Via delle Cartiere, Amalfi's main street. From the gate down below, a short path leads past orange gardens and through a short tunnel to the elevator, which carries guests up to the white, 19th-century villa in exactly 50 seconds. Most of the spacious, white-walled, air-conditioned rooms have views across terraced vineyards, a tumble of rooftops, and majolica church domes to the sea, though a couple of the upper rooms are under the eaves and illuminated only by skylights. The decor is typical Amalfi-seaside, with colorful Vietri-tiled floors and baths, beamed ceilings, and king-size beds. Breakfast is served on a pretty terrace overlooking the water, and there's free broadband Internet in the lobby. But it's the warm welcome and helpfulness of the staff (not always a given on the Amalfi Coast) that give Villa Lara an edge over competitors in this price range. Co-owner Nello Rispoli will happily steer you to the best local restaurants, walks, and beaches.

$200-$299
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Villa Rosa
127 Via Cristoforo Colombo
Positano
Italy 84017
Tel: 39 089 811 955
info@villarosapositano.it
www.villarosapositano.it

The same views you get from the premium rooms at Le Sirenuse are available for a song—and from your own bougainvillea-decked terrace—at this superfriendly 20-room hotel in a classic Mediterranean village house. The spotless, air-conditioned rooms are sparsely but comfortably furnished and have whitewashed walls and terrazzo-tiled floors. In addition, each room is equipped with a refrigerator, TV, and phone. There's no restaurant, but cappuccino and pastries are delivered to your terrace for breakfast, and lots of other eating options are just a short stroll away. The rooms on the top two floors have the best views.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.