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Honey are we in Santorini or Positano?
Part of a chain of luxury hotels in Italy, France and the UK, the Casa Angelina is located in Praiano just outside of Positano. This luxury hotel, is more boutique hotel than the San Pietro which you can see across the bay.
This is a very relaxed chilled location, with the white styling seen more often in Santorini or Mykonos. The hotel has rooms with private terraces, an outdoor pool, and indoor pool, gym and sauna overlooking the bay and an excellent restaurant.
While not a spa, it bills itself as a lifestyle hotel, and you can arrange personal trainers for yoga or gym, massages or other beauty treatments.
The staff from reception, to bar to the gym are friendly, helpful and low key. The Marrakesh bar with deep sofas, subdued lighting and a great music mix is a fantsastic way to start off an evening.
The restaurant is at the top of the hotel, with inside and outside dining terrace. The food is excellent with excellent local seafood and fresh pasta and local wines. There is a good wine list as well of Italian and European wines. The hotel has its own private beach (only 276 steps down and back up again!) With sunbeds, umbrellas and there is a small taverna beside for seaside lunches.
Simply amazing is all aspects
Everything about this hotel is well done. From the overly helpful front staff to the maids. The rooms are a bit on the small size but compact and organized all the same. The views are amazingly breathtaking. I am home now and dream of when I can go back...
Quite a gem. Keep up the good work Casa Angelina, your staff is amazing.
Our stay at Casa Angelina was memorable. This is an exquisite property with very attentive staff. The rooms are very clean (cleaned twice daily) with more than adequate air conditioning (important in summer months). The restaurant was very, very nice, serving light and simple dishes using local items (unbelievable rucola). It was the staff, though, that made our stay at this hotel so enjoyable. Whatever we desired, the staff was able to provide. My comment to them on leaving was - they provided a service level equivalent to a Four Seasons property. In my experience, this is about as good as it gets.
Go before everyone finds this little jewel!
Casa Angelina was and is the perfect place to stay on the Amalfi Coast. We were very happy we did not stay in Positano with all the crowds, and traffic. This is the perfect place in a little town that is full of charm. The staff starting with Mara were fabulous. Some the most accomodating people work at this lovely hotel. If you like all white and spare interiors this is the place for you. At first my husband complained that it was a bit sterile, but after a few days (we stayed 6 nights in June) he loved the hotel.
The restaurant was lovely, food excellent, but staff a bit understaffed making for slow service. But we could forgive it looking out at the great view. We found sitting inside was better with a/c and away from the smokers out on the open patio.
If there were any complaints at all, one is that the pool and the decking is very small for the size of the hotel. They really need to do something about adding decking and or maybe another smaller pool and decking. (God knows where since everything is on the vertical!) You really feel almost claustrophobic in the pool and always trying to capture a lounge chair. There is a huge bar area and lounge inside with a/c and then outside tables, maybe they should turn some of this area into lounge chairs for the pool. The drinks were very expensive poolside and in the bar. Did not go with this well priced hotel. And another negative is that during our 6 night stay there were two private functions which shut off certain areas of the hotel to hotel guests (bar, pool area, etc.) The hotel did one night offer aperitives on the roof (several glasses of nice champagne) but the noise later outside until 1am prevented us from enjoying a quiet night on our patio later on.
Take advantage of the free shuttle into Positano every day. That's a huge plus.
Staff was great, after my computer was stolen 2 weeks earlier (from a car service on ride from Rome to Ravello) and I was without communication, the staff let me use a lap top in my room most every day even if it meant one of the staff giving me their personal computer.
La Gavatella, the resturant down by the "rock" beach is a real find. Inexpensive, very, very fresh fish and the desserts! Try the fruit gelatos. All served the the shell of the fruit! Lovely. Brace the grill restuarant (up 103 stairs into the little town of Praiano) was fantastic and inexpensive and very local.
I am glad we did not rent a car since it is impossible to park in Amalfi, Positano or most any town. Although Casa Angelina did have lots of parking which was great.
We would go back to Casa Angelina in a heartbeat and have recommended this to our friends wholeheartedly. We are sure that this new hotel will figure out the pool and lounge situation soon and maybe reduce the price of their drinks a bit. Go before this hotel is found by everyone!!!
Great views of the coastline
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in July which, although is peak season, did not mean that this hotel was overly busy.
The rooms are incredible - providing you like white - the beds are very comfortable and are frequently cleaned and maintained.
The breakfast selection was good - quite pricey at 21 Euros each - but lots of choice.
We also had dinner in the restaurant which was superb.
The views from the terrace and most of the rooms are incredible. You can never bore of the views of the Amalfi coast.
I would certainly re-visit the hotel but if I had to make a gripe, it would be that the service in the bar and at breakfast time was not great. Waiting times for coffee or aperitifs could be quite lengthy at times. Maybe I am comparing this to the standards you get in the far east but if this hotel wants to raise its game, this is where it needs focus.
We also looked at The Sireneuse and San Pietro in Positano but were not impressed with the decor.
If you appreciate clean, modern lines in good taste, Casa Angelina is for you. The fact that the hotel isn't in Positano is a bonus as far as I'm concerned.
Delighting the Guest
The welcome and service afforded to guests at Casa Angelina outshines even the sparkling views of the Amalfi Coast. At every twist and turn, the hotel staff exceed guests' expectations without fuss. From the extremely helpful reception staff, who always rise to greet guests from behind the desk, to the waiters, porters, and cleaning staff, there is always a smiling Buon Giorno as you pass. When the strap on my partner's leather handbag broke, the hotel arranged for it to be mended in nearby Positano free of charge including fetching and carrying. Everything about this hotel suggests that the designer has been frustrated by many hotel stays and has gone out of the way to pay minute attention to every detail. The whole hotel glitters with stunning modern art, white decor, and spacious public rooms. Overall, you find in Casa Angelia what you will rarely find in the world's best 5-star hotels (and I have stayed in most) - a genuine enthusiasm and love for the job that no training program can deliver. This is a hotel whose values come from the heart. What a Gem!
Great Hotel, Great Staff
We stayed at Casa Angelina in July and thought the quality of the furnishings and the standard of the hotel generally was superb. All of the staff we met were exceptionally friendly and helpful at all times and it was a bit like staying in a very upmarket contemporary home or club. It was so good that it seems unfair to make any criticism but the following points should be noted. The pool and surrounding area is tiny and at times its difficult to find a place to lie outside. There are about 250 steep steps down to the beach and the walk back up is not for the elderly or infirm. We went with our 2 teenage kids and there wasn't much for them to do - as some others have commented the majority of guests when we stayed were starry eyed newlyweds and honeymooners etc. Finally although we had one of the best rooms it was still very small indeed - and if you don't like white don't go ! Apart from all of that for a few days (not more) stay in the area this is a really great contemporary boutique style hotel and I could not recommend it highly enough.
Hidden little Gem
My husband and I stayed at this stylish and contemporary hotel for 3 days for a portion of our honeymoon this past June. This hotel is located 15-20 mins outside of Positano in Praiano [a much more quiet and more quaint little town--less tourists]. It has great decor and a great friendly staff. The entire hotel is decorated in white w/splashes of color from the art pieces [not for sale!] done by a cuban artist. Our room was great..it was overlooking Positano so that at night we could be on our balcony and enjoy the beautiful night time view of the lights shining in Positano. Though the hotel is pricey, I would recommend this hotel for those seeking a less noisy place [Positano is full of tourists!!] and willing to splurge on your stay.
They have great service. They provided a driver to take us to Positano at designated times [or you can take a bus..which is very cheap!] and you can walk down to their rocky beach. Just to clarify, it's not much of a beach..but decent enough to enjoy a soak in the mediterranean. My hubby and I enjoyed one of our more romantic evenings here wherein we ordered pizza to go at La Brace [great little restaurant just a minute walk from the hotel..do go here if you stay at Angelina--but first you have to go through several little alleys and uphill steps to get outside to top of hotel] and bought bottles of wine at the local supermarket and ate outside on our balcony. Also very close to the church and Bar del Sol [you can get a simple breakfast..a brioche and cappucino] and get other snacks and water..and more importantly to the bus stop if you want to make Praiano a home base to visit the other towns of the Amalfi Coast. Transportation by bus is relatively cheap..but can be daunting in high heat and during a very, very busy tourist season [we were there during the World Cup games]. But, in general, getting around by bus is a steal. In retrospect, I'd stay again at Angelina but only for special occasions to celebrate as the price is quite steep. But the town of Praiano is great.
This hotel is magical. It is beautiful, as everyone else has noted. It is located in the middle of a small fishing village - very Italian, not very touristy. The service is impeccable. We were made to feel at home immediately, and any request (including asking for this computer that I am writing on right now!) was met immediately, with grace and ease. This is a romantic, quiet hideaway, perfect for honeymoons or similar vacations. We did see children while we were here, and they were treated fine -- but we left our 4 children at home. It really is not made for kids, but neither is the town of Priano or much of the Amalfi coast. Sure there is gelato, but other than that, my kids would not have been too interested.
The Amalfi Coast
"Positano and the Amalfi Coast"
About three years ago, my husband I visited the island of Capri on a day trip, taking the ferry from Naples (another story but top tip is to be sure to book the return ticket immediately upon arriving in Capri in the high season!!!). We vowed to return, and return we did this year to spend a long weekend on the Amalfi coast.
We have visited many places in Italy (including the lakes and Tuscany) but this coast "the divine coast" wins hands down for beauty and drama. Our normal pattern is to thoroughly research and to book transfers and accommodations, but we had moved house only last weekend and had no time to do much planning.
We arrived at Naples airport and our hotel was about 1.5 hours away in the small town of Praiano just past Positano. We took the Sorrento bus from the airport (10 €) each and had a glorious drive around the bay of Naples. At Sorrento train station we caught a taxi which took us up over the mountains and along the narrow limestone cliff road the 14km to Positano. Our taxi driver was a 60 year old lady who obviously knew the roads and had nerves of steel as she navigated around blind corners and through narrow spaces that we never would have attempted in London.
Praiano is a small fishing village just 6km past Positano. In fact it is a great place to stay because it has the most spectaular views of both Capri and the famous Faraglione rocks, but also looking back over the vertical village of Positano.
My husband booked the hotel, and we stayed in the Casa Angelina. A luxury hotel but with a relaxed and greek island chilled vibe. The hosts and staff are all very welcoming and helpful. Our room had a small balcony overlooking the bay and the first night we were treated to one of the best sunsets ever. (Lorenzo our barman said that October is the best month for sunsets on this coast).
We walked (I should say climbed) to the town. Lorianna our concierge said that the villagers do not say how far but how many steps. It was only 76 steps up to the town. It has a beautiful church St. Gennaro and a piazza in front of the church which is the biggest flat space of land in the village.
About 500- 600 steps down took us to the town beach with a taverna style restaurant La Gravitella, this is a great place for a evening drink. You can rent water taxis from here to take you to Positano or to Amalfi.
The 276 steps backup to the hotel were a killer and very embarassing when you are passed by elderly women and children.
On our second day we decided to visit the town of Amalfi further down the coast. The weather was overcast but still warm and we took the water taxi. We thought it would be one of the covered boats, but the two young guys down at the harbour went out and brought back one of the rib boats. We then had a high speed trip along the coast. If the views from the cliff tops roads are stunning, I can only say that this is the best way to see the coast and apprieciate how the houses and villages are literally clinging to the rocks.
We passed a tiny little beach with the main road passing overhead through the arch of the bridge you could see a tiny fishing village tucked away in the cleft of the rock. This we found out later is a tiny hamlet at the foot of the village of Furore.
We arrived at the harbour in Amalfi at lunchtime and had a lunch near the piazza of the Cathedral. There was a cruise boat in that day, so a lot of visitors to the port but as this was the end of the season, the shopkeepers were very keen for trade and we got a few good deals on jewelry (murano glass) some of the typical ceramics and a leather briefcase.
You mustn't miss the Cathedral in Amalfi. The Paradise Cloister is Moorish in influence and leads to the old Basilica, where they keep the treasures of the Cathedral, sculptures, jeweled chalices, vestments and silver. You then descend to the Crypt where the bones of St Andrew are kept and then finally ascending to the Cathedral itself, where beautiful Venetian glass chandaliers are suspended over the altar.
It was raining when we were ready to leave, so we decided to take the bus back to Praiano. At 2€ each it is a lot cheaper than taxis and you can relax and take in the view.
I love the old retro Cinquecento Fiat cars, and my husband and I counted more than 20 on the trip back to Praiano. Over 30 years since they stopped making them and they are still running. Quirky and small but perfectly formed, they are the perfect vehicle for this part of Italy. (A good travel idea - travel Southern Italy in an open top Fiat Cinquecento!!
a hearty breakfast where everything is homemade
roads - amalfi coast
praiano - casa alfonso
Casa Angelina or Grand Hotel Tritone
I have been offered a jr. suite at the Hotel Tritone for the same price as a double superior with sea view.
Does anyone have any advice as to which one we should choose? We are staying for 8 days and we will not have a car. "We" are mother and daughter ages 53 and 78. Daughter is very active, Mother is in extremely good condition, but does not like to climb extremely steep hills.
Any advice is appreciated.
RE: Casa Angelina or Grand Hotel Tritone
Casa Angelina is a superb hotel, with excellent cuisine. We`ve just returned from OPraiano & heartily recommend it. Good access to the beach by lift, very tastefully furnished. Don