My wife and I spent 5 days at Palazzo Vingius in late May. We arrived late in the evening and my brother and his family had decided on a spur of the moment to join us on the Amalfi Coast. This last minute decision was no problem for the hotel, who placed them in a nice family room and told them that check-in etc. could wait until the morning - great service for a family with two tired children!
We were impressed by the clean and spacious rooms (and bathrooms!), and the gorgeous view of Minori and it's small promenade/beach as well as the Amalfi Coast itself. Breakfast was quite reasonable - cereals, croissant, toast, honey, jam, juice, cappuchino, and lemon cake(!) - and served with a big smile by the staff in this small, family-run hotel.
If lazing on a sandy beach is not your thing, try the hotels sun deck and jacuzzi with a view! Be early though, as the hotel faces east and shadow creeps in at around 14:00...
The hotel is placed high on a hill which helps with the view, but does mean you have to go up a fair amount of stairs to reach the lobby. If you're in a car, the hassle of getting your luggage in and out can be dealt with by driving up the road towards Amalfi. This will bring you around to the back of the hotel and at level with most of the rooms. Park your car (with warning signals on!), and quickly unload the luggage. Minori is a less touristy than many of the other towns along the coast, and parking space is easily found by the harbour below the hotel - ask for a hotel slip for the windscreen, which let's you park for 10 euro/day vs. the normal 20 euro.
Unique Quality: The hotel is clean and modern, while retaining a nice mediterranean feel. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful - Andrea (the owner) speaks english fairly well, a rarity in southern Italy. The sun deck and jacuzzi are lovely if you're not feeling like taking the 100+ steps down to the beach. The hotel is quite cheap for the pricey Amalfi Coast. Best of all, nearly all rooms have wide terraces with fantastic views of the town, the beach and the Amalfi Coast - a great place to lunch on bread, saussage, cheese and a bottle of wine from the local mini market!
Directions: Hillside by the harbour/beach/promenade
We had booked a room with a terrace, at Palazzo Vingius in Minori, on the Amalfi Coast in Italy through their web site. It states that, “All rooms are front sea view with terraces”.
So in my email I asked for a top floor room, but did not ask for a terrace, as I believed them that every room had one.
When we arrived, we were indeed shown to the top floor, however, the room was much smaller than it appeared on the Internet site & it had no terrace. We asked to speak to the manager. After a few minutes the proprietor, Pisani Trofimena came with another lady. She said that the “porter ” had made a mistake & given our room to someone else. This lady and her friend confronted us with raised voices and were very rude, telling us she’d given us a room on the top floor as we’d requested. Despite our insistence, she refused to rectify the error, until 2 days later. Then she gave us a room with a terrace, on the bottom floor, for our remaining two days.
To add insult to injury, every time we passed by the reception desk, she made comments about the situation.
Minori is a lovely town & the Palazzo Vingius could be a lovely hotel, under better ownership. As it is, we wished we had the time to seek alternative accommodation, but we wanted to spend our limited time enjoying the Amalfi Coast.
Unique Quality: The hotel is in an excellent location on the seafront, hence our request for a terrace.
Directions: On the seafront, on the left as you face the town
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Address: Via S Giovanni a Mare 19, Minori, 84010, Italy