Hotel Santa Caterina

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

9 SS Amalfitana, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, 84011, Italy

4 Reviews

Santa Caterina Hotel
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Costs 22% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Families96
  • Couples95
  • Solo50
  • Business100
  • A Magical and Romantic Place to Stay!


    We recently stayed at the Santa Caterina Hotel in Amalfi, Italy and simply put, there are not enough superlatives to describe the experience. The staff took service to a level that we found to be unparalleled. The hotel is a family owned business and the employees act as though they are part of that family. It was common to find personnel who had worked there 15, 20, 30 and more years. The hotel restaurant featured dinners that made us look forward to returning the next evening for another culinary feast. If something was not on the menu, they were very amenable to preparing a meal to our wishes. For example, a day in advance, we requested tiramisu for dessert the next evening, and they were happy to grant my request. It was the best tiramisu we’ve ever had! Bruno, who played the piano during dinner, made two of our nights in the hotel restaurant absolutely unforgettable, as he played American and Italian songs with great talent and interpretation. The waiters also made every meal a special event and were friendly without interfering into the private feel of the dinner.

    The hotel décor was elegant, and the painted ceramic tiles in the lobby were breath-taking. Lemon trees were blossoming during our stay, and their fragrance added to the ambiance. The rooms are clean and well decorated. The suite in which we stayed the final four nights was private, modern, and a welcome retreat from our busy lives. The large square Jacuzzi tub built into the floor of the suite was amazing.

    Two additional comments for prospective guests – if you miss the hotel shuttle service, the 1 km cab ride from Amalfi to the hotel is 10 Euros. Secondly, bring your clothes pressed or bring clothes that travel well, because we were told the hotel cannot provide an iron due to an Italian fire code. To have two shirts and one pair of pants ironed costs 28 Euros.

    Finally, because our wedding took place in the hotel garden, we must add that the hotel staff truly went the extra mile in ensuring that every detail of our wedding plan was executed to perfection. It was an amazing, magical stay at the Hotel Santa Catarina! We look forward to going back someday.

  • What a beautiful place


    We started our honeymoon out at the Santa Caterina for 6 days......what a beautiful place. Everything was absolutely wonderful including the friendly staff. You were addressed by your names every morning. The food was amazing at the restaurant. The views from the room were breathtaking. We are were happy that we chose Italy for our honeymoon. There really was not one thing that we could complain about it. Complete Paradise. Hope to go back eventually.

  • Simply "Paradise"


    The Hotel Santa Caterina is, simply put, Paradise! As an international tour operator I have had the opportunity to stay in many of the top 5-star hotels and resorts throughout the world. Never before have I experienced such beautiful surroundings (the Amalfi coastline, wow!) or such attentive and knowledgeable staff! From the minute we arrived for our 3 night stay celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary, to the moment when we returned 5 days later to pick up our rental car, which the hotel so kindly allowed us to leave there while we spent 4 nights on Capri, the entire staff were wonderful and oh so friendly – the door porter, the shuttle van drivers, the wait staff, the bartender, the front desk staff, and Franco, the best concierge anywhere!

    The décor is lovely, bright, many antiques throughout and beautiful floral arrangements daily. With so many hotels throughout Europe going the ultra-modern high-tech décor route, this was a welcome respite. The gardens are lovely and require a stroll. The location is great as you are just minutes from Amalfi town, about a 20 minute drive to Positano, a little more to Ravello, yet as it is located on the outskirts of town you avoid the crowds of tourists, thus a very relaxing stay.

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    Breathtaking sea views


    Actually, the first room they put me in was old, dark, dinky and shabby. Very disappointing. Since I arrived late (the drive by the way was hair-raising) I decided to crash and deal with it later. I had read in a reputable guidebook that that hotel had partly undergone renovation so I told the front desk and demanded a newly refurbished room. They gave me a beautiful room with a private terrace, superb views, a raised bath/jacuzzi so I can look out into the ocean while bathing. Nice indeed!

    Unique Quality: The new rooms had a mixture of moden appointments, new and antique furniture. Very tastefully done. Great views even from the restaurant. There is an elevator that takes the guests to the rocks below for swimming, snorkelling or sun worshipping.

More about Hotel Santa Caterina

Once a Villa: Now, a Small Hotel in Siena

by deecat about The Hotel Santa Caterina

Our first trip to Italy in 1997 included the lovely town of Siena. We drove from Verona to Siena, and once we arrived, we had a difficult time finding Hotel Santa Caterina. We knew that it was near Porta Romana, and so we parked near there and walked until we found the hotel.

The friendly hotel clerk told us to park in front of the hotel, which we did. This three-star hotel used to be an 18th century patrician villa; today, it is a 22-room hotel, all with private bathrooms. The bathroom in our particular room was fantastic.

Although our room was small, it was located at the backside of the hotel, which overlooks the lovely countryside, and it is ever so quiet. People with rooms on the front side of the hotel, near the street, did complain of noise. So, ask for a room in the back.

I remember that our room was the only one with a small balcony.

The room was decorated in typical ancient Tuscan style, which added to the romantic ambience. The rooms all have direct telephones, Satellite TV, a minibar, and air conditioning. I recall vividly having a delicious breakfast on the glassed-in porch area. The view was just wonderful because this veranda overlooked a wide garden as well as the Sienese countryside.

The Hotel Santa Caterina is such a smart place to stay while visiting Siena because of its priviledged location, its cozy rooms, the splendid bathrooms, and the helpful/friendly staff.

We paid under one hundred dollars in 1997; however, after looking up the price for 2005, I was surprised to find that the price has gone up considerably. Nevertheless, it's still an excellent choice for a hotel in Siena.

An Excellent Choice

by TripAdvisor Member jdwharton

My wife and I started our honeymoon at the Santa Caterina in April and couldn't be more happy with our choice. While it was very pricey, it was worth every penny for our special occasion. We stayed three nights in a junior suite and the views were just stunning. The staff were all very courteous and attentive also. Breakfast every morning on the restaurant terrace was really nice. We didn't try the restaurant itself, but had room service on our own balcony one night. The food was very good with impeccable service. I would highly reccomend this hotel.

The Best

by TripAdvisor Member mikeagm

If I'm totally honest, I'm a hotel obssesive. Just got back from venice/positano and amalfi. Amalfi not nearly as nice as positano but the Santa Caterina was utterly amazing.
Overall, found the service in Italy to be a different class to say France. Shame, love France but tough to want to go there when Italy this good

Excellent hotel with superb service

by TripAdvisor Member CirencesterGlos

I cannot recommend the hotel too highly. A fantastic setting with superb views over the sea. First class service and a good, though not cheap, restaurant. Some excellent restuarants in the town.

fantastic service

by TripAdvisor Member MISS CAPRI

A week ago we stayed for 3 nights in the santa caterina,amalfi.The location is magnificent, the staff the most efficient we ever crossed and a beautiful junior suite set in a villa on a rock terrace.the only inconvenient is that the sun is gone around 4.30pm, she dissapears behind the mountain.

Excellent location

by TripAdvisor Member CPGM

This was our second stay at Caterina in the last two years.

We had a lovely room with a large terrace and amazing views of Amalfi's coastline.

Santa Caterina has to be one of the best located hotels with amazing views from the pool area, restaurant and bar.

We were staying half board and the dinner restaurant was fine. However, we were there ten nights and some of the specials started to come around again.

Our favourite place to eat was the lunch restaurant with excellent pasta and pizza dishes.

The staff as we remembered from our last visit are very good, especially all the waiters.

The only negative experience we had was during dinner on one of our last nights when one of the maitre de asked us to finish our drinks at the bar as they needed the table. This made us feel rushed and and as we were spending ten nights with Caterina half board we did not appreciate being hurried along.

Only Just a five star hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Sackville

There is no doubt about it this IS a fine hotel; but it's NOT a GREAT hotel worthy of the ridiculous prices charged (and clearly paid - the hotel was full during the week of our stay).

Having booked a Junior Suite (don't bother - waste of money) we were ushered halfway down the hilltop to what in England we would call a small block of 'flats'. The hotel called it The Villa. Well whatever it was despite it's excellent cleanliness and space it had a balcony with limited sea-views, (but no privacy) and suffered from the most appaling noise pollution from adjoining rooms.

It took three days to get the front office staff to take us seriously about a move (we found it difficult to get sleep thanks to the loud American family next door) and while I appreciate that the hotel was full, there were people who wanted to swap but the staff just chose to ignore these requests. It was only when I asked to check out of the hotel altogether, that miraculously the next day we were moved to another room. Although technically a downgraded room (Deluxe Double) in the main hotel, it was far better appointed and spotless. HOWEVER, having complained of noise in the previous rooms the room we were relocated to was between two elevators!!!!

The food & beverage pricing is ridulously high at this hotel (the food expecially). Yes - it's a five star hotel (only just) and yes - the service is of the highest standard (with a few exceptions) and yes - the location and views are stunning, but the menu is nothing GREAT or worthy of the stupid prices charged. So why do they insist on charging such high prices? - becasuse they can, and we all sit there handing over the cash like robots thinking wer're getting something special. I'm not too sure it's THAT special.


Breakfast Room at Santa Caterina Hotel, SienaBreakfast Room at Santa Caterina Hotel, Siena


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 Hotel Santa Caterina

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Address: 9 SS Amalfitana, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, 84011, Italy