Concierge.com's insider take:
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.