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The Amalfi Coast is beloved by tourists the world over for its hillside-strewn villages, turquoise waters that meet the horizon, incredible food, and medieval architecture. After a busy day drinking this all in, you’re going to need somewhere to lay your head at night. Luckily, the region isn’t short on covetable properties. The heart of Amalfi hospitality still rests in family-owned hotels — some dating back hundreds of years — and independent lodging where a stay makes you feel less like a tourist and more a close family friend.
Accommodation isn’t as expensive as you might think, and there are plenty of options to choose from when starting your search. Our tip? Don’t be put off by hotels that are a bit outside of town; many offer free shuttles into the nearest one. We’ve rounded up our favorite picks — from luxe digs to family-friendly accommodations.
Best Overall: Hotel Pellegrino
One definite jewel in Amalfi's crown? Hotel Pellegrino — a family-run Priano property that spills down a hillside overlooking the sea. Decorated in crisp whites, each room is nestled among Amalfi flora and comes with its own furnished sea-view terrace. Thanks to fresh, local ingredients and a seriously talented kitchen staff, there's no reason to go offsite for a good meal. Guests rave about dinner and especially breakfast, which presents homemade pastries and desserts. If you can bear to leave the property, there’s a bus stop right in front of the hotel, and it’s a just a quick five-minute walk to shops and restaurants.
Best Budget: La Pergola Hotel
If you’re looking for a getaway on a budget, try La Pergola on for size. The property offers everything Italophiles love about Amalfi — just without a massive price tag. Open only during the high and shoulder seasons, the hotel is a little on the dated side decor-wise, but it's well-maintained and rates include a continental breakfast spread. Dinner here is also worth having at least one night; the restaurant uses ingredients grown on-site in the hotel garden (which includes lemon groves). From the bus stop just outside the door, it’s about a 10-minute ride to the center of town or a five-minute walk on foot to the sea. Pergola has some surprises up its sleeve for a mid-range hotel, too, like a wine cellar stocked with DOC Italian vinos. If you’re keen on having your own outdoor space, be sure to request it — not all of the 12 rooms come with private access.
Best for Families: Palazzo Murat
If you're planning a family holiday, the Amalfi Coast likely isn't the first destination to come to mind. There are no amusement or waterparks here, after all. But with a crystal-clear pool, pinch-me views, and easy access to the beach, Palazzo Murat, a 17th-century townhouse in Positano, offers diversions for every age. Kids will particularly go crazy for the infinity pool that looks out over the sea (it's just short walk to the beach), and parents will love the property's central location. While you do pay a premium for bedding down in a town center, not only are you close to all the sightseeing, but you don't have to stress about hiring taxis, catching buses, or navigating Amalfi roads yourself just to head out for dinner. Family suites are large here, with gorgeous private terraces offering more stunning views over the sea.
Best Historic: Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Located high up on a cliffside, this dazzling hotel had quite a different life back in the 17th century, when it was a convent famed for its apothecary and its sfogliatelle — exquisite shell-shaped pastries nuns would fill with cream. Alas, it was sold to a Roman in 1924, who converted it into one of Italy’s many castle hotels, retaining the original architecture of the convent. And after his death, it was bought by Biana Sharma, who reopened it in 2012. Today, it’s a gem of a hotel with postcard-perfect views — and you can fill your time with as little or as many excursions as you'd like. Although the property is secluded, there’s a free shuttle into Amalfi. Should you choose to stay put, you can take advantage of the beach (a three-minutes walk away), the soothing spa (with free use of the Turkish bath and tepidarium), or relax with a book and enjoy the view from your room. Guests also rave about one last little detail: the sfogliatelle that's still served each morning at breakfast.
Best Boutique: Villa Magia
This elegant villa was initially built as a watchtower meant to protect Positano’s residents against Saracen pirate invasions. As of 2015, however, it’s been put to more modern use as a boutique hotel with just seven rooms. The exterior of the property looks as if it's been built directly into the cliffside and the rustic charm just continues from there with vine-covered terrace roofs and walls and potted plants that dapple outdoor spaces. The on-site restaurant, Luna, offers up stunning creations using ingredients from the garden and the cocktail bar turns out stiff drinks as well. Rooms are done in white and black with touches of blue and gold, lending the spaces a casually opulent vibe. Guests can take advantage of some of the open-air spa’s facilities for free — including the Swedish shower and Turkish bath — but they should definitely stop by for a treatment during the day. If all that relaxation leaves you feeling mellow, you can order a meal to your room or to the garden for free. Rather take a dip? The largest panoramic pool in Positano offers unrivaled views.
Best for Luxury: Il San Pietro di Positano
There are more than a few five-star-worthy accommodations in Amalfi, but for true relaxation, head to Il San Pietro di Positano. This modern, luxurious property prides itself on a Michelin-starred, regionally focused restaurant, rooms with private sea-view terraces, and a spa that incorporates La Prairie treatments. The hotel also boasts a private beach club with loungers and umbrellas, a pool and tennis court, and shore-side yoga classes. Inside, the hotel is stylish, with playful nautical touches. Ocean colors abound, set against gorgeous geometric tiles and bold pops of turquoise and cobalt. Some times during the year, the hotel offers a free two-hour cruise around the bay — or, you can always play captain and charter yourself a Morgan yacht. If you feel like heading out but staying on land, there's an around-the-clock shuttle that runs to and from Positano.
Best View: Hotel Margherita
Those who dream of the sea should look no further than Hotel Margherita, which offers stunning vistas from every corner of the property. Deluxe sea rooms offer direct lines of sight out to the sea from private terraces (we love the egg chairs hanging on some), while in the mornings and evenings, guests can head up to the rooftop restaurant for a meal facing the coast. Guests enjoy the breakfast buffet — the brioche, served warm, is particularly noteworthy — and eggs made to order. Upon arrival, guests are handed a beach bag with pool towels and refillable water bottles, so you can head right up to the overlook pool (it’s small but only really gets crowded during peak high season). Staff is also all too happy to help arrange activities and tours for guests, like trips to a local limoncello factory and boat rides, and there’s a hotel shuttle that goes to and from hotspots in Praiano.
Best for Romance: Santa Caterina Hotel
Lovebirds looking for an Amalfi home away from home will be swept away by Santa Caterina, a villa-turned-hotel that dates back to the late 19th century. Located on a sharp hillside overlooking azure waters, the property offers up laid-back luxury with 52 guest accommodations, some of which are secluded Garden Suites. Book a special suite for an extra treat: The Follia Amalfitana Suite has a sunken jacuzzi pool that overlooks the sea, and the Giulietta e Romeo Chalet is a must-stay for honeymooners that comes complete with a private garden and infinity pool. The property’s two restaurants alternate serving dinner, each with gorgeous views of the sea below. Take the elevator down to the shore to access the hotel’s oceanside “beach club”: a roped-off part of the ocean and, above it on a platform, a heated saltwater pool surrounded by lounge chairs that look both inward to the pool and out to sea. If you fancy heading into town, there’s a free shuttle every 30 minutes or it’s a 15-minute walk or so down (there are stairs involved).
Best Hostel: Hostel Salerno
Hostel Salerno is located in the city it’s named for, which acts as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast thanks to a network of ferries and buses that make day trips to the region's idyllic towns a cinch. Formerly a convent dating back to 1650, the hostel offers excellent value for money, and there’s 24-hour reception for late arrivals. Rooms are all ensuite simple, with a maximum of eight beds in the dorm rooms and other formats including triple rooms and double rooms with a king-size bed for those looking for a more private stay at a budget price. Although no breakfast is offered, there are plenty of bakeries and grocery stores in town — and they aren’t a far walk, given that the hostel is located in the heart of the historic center. There are gorgeous views from the fourth-floor sundeck that stretch out over the city toward the sea, and the beach is about a five-minute walk away.