Concierge.com's insider take:
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
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