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Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Amalfi Coast, Italy, Europe
9 S.S. Amalfitana
Italy 84011
Tel: 39 089 871 012's insider take:

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

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 90.0
  • Design: 92.5
  • Food: 90.0
  • Location: 91.3
  • Rooms: 84.0
  • Service: 92.6
There is "nothing too difficult or demanding for staff to deal with" at this cliffside complex built on terraces that cascade down to the sea, with an 1880 villa as its centerpiece. "Spacious and comfortable" rooms in soft blues and greens have balconies overlooking the coast. The restaurant is "always a pleasure, regardless of whether you sit indoors or dine outside." Unwind in the hotel's citrus groves.

(66 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa

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