Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
Via Annunziatella 46, Amalfi, Italy, 84011
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
A former 12th-century convent converted into a hotel, which clings to the hill overlooking Amalfi’s bay. The Convento has always been a real destination in itself, but it has been closed for many years while it was being 'done up as a luxury hotel', with no-one quite knowing when, or even if, it would ever re-open again. Happily, in September 2009, the doors re-opened and the results are impressive. While there’s a definite feel of the cloistered building it once was, the hotel has been given a thoroughly modern makeover.
Just outside Amalfi, the hotel is on the main Amalfi coast road, giving it the best views of Amalfi itself. Parking is available at 15 euros per day but for those using taxis back and forth to Amalfi it could rack up. Walking into Amalfi is an option but, as you're on the coast road (always walk the sea side), it can feel a little death-defying as the cars and buses whizz past.
The rooms have been designed to make the most of the fabulous location and each claims a sea view, frequently with a balcony or terrace. The rooms themselves refer back to the old convent days with arched doorways and almost monastically-spare styling. I say 'almost' as you shouldn't get the impression this hotel is anything other than totally luxurious: it's just that the 'designer chic' styling – in muted shades (creams, beige) – isn't overdone. The bathrooms are particularly cool – I'm especially taken with the egg-shaped bath.
The reception area is heavenly… almost entirely white with sculpted furniture, modern chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and arches. You'll want to be dressed for the part before taking a pew.
An excellent breakfast buffet, served on the veranda making use of that unbeatable view, with all the usual pastries and cold meats as well as Champagne and cooked dishes to order – and charming service. If you can't be bothered to leave the hotel you'll appreciate the restaurant and bar (poolside) keeping you afloat (calorifically speaking).
An evening stroll along the panoramic walk Passeggiata dei Monaci is a must, as is a dip in the infinity pool (even though it's unheated, the views are fabulous) – and those with more urgent fitness needs (I don't include myself in this category) can also make use of the Wellness fitness facilities.
Honeymooners, couples, lovers of stylish boutique hotels and anyone celebrating a big event (there are banqueting facilities too). Business folk will also appreciate the meeting rooms.
The hotel will be closed from November 2 2010 to April 1 2011. There are plenty of packages available and room rates drop if you're staying for a few nights. Parking costs 15 euros per day.
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- Via Annunziatella 46, Amalfi, Italy, 84011
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool