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The Amalfi Coast is beloved by tourists the world over for its villages that seem to cling to the hillsides, its turquoise waters that meet the horizon, incredible food, and for medieval architecture. After a busy day drinking this all in, you’re going to need somewhere to put your head at night. Luckily, the region isn’t short on beautiful hotels. And you won’t find many chains here: 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 you’re 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 nine of our favorite picks—read through to find out which of the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast made our list, from luxe digs to family-friendly accommodations.
Best Overall: Hotel Pellegrino
Seeming to spill down a Priano hillside overlooking the sea, the vine-covered, bloom-laden Hotel Pellegrino is a family-run hotel that stands out as one of the jewels in the Amalfi crown. Luigi is the owner, and his adult children each play roles in the hotel’s operation—and there’s plenty of Italian warmth from all of them. Each and every room, decorated in crisp whites and the vibrant turquoise of the water just outside the window, is nestled among Amalfi flora and comes with its own spacious furnished sea-view terrace. Food on site is amazing, thanks to fresh, local ingredients and a seriously talented kitchen staff: Guests rave about great dinners and especially amazing breakfasts, with incredible pastries and desserts made on site. If you can bear to leave the property, there’s a bus stop right in front of the hotel, and it’s a quick walk (five minutes) to shops and restaurants.
Best Budget: La Pergola Hotel
If you’re looking for a getaway on a budget, this is a great hotel that has everything Italophiles love about the Amalfi without a massive price tag. Open only during the high and shoulder seasons, the hotel is a little on the dated sid but well-maintained, and all rates include a great continental breakfast spread. Dinner here is worth having at least one night of the stay: It’s really quite good and uses ingredients grown on-site in the hotel garden (the grounds are also amid gorgeous lemon groves). From the bus stop outside the door, it’s about 10 minutes to the center of town and a five-minutes walk on foot to the sea. It has some amazing surprises for a mid-range hotel, too like a wine cellar stocked with DOC Italian wines. If you’re keen on having an outdoor space for a room, however, be sure to request it: Not all of the 12 rooms come with one.
Best for Families: Palazzo Murat
The Amalfi Coast isn’t where you might think of at first for a holiday kids will love: They’re likely not going to take in the gorgeous architecture and sunsets like their parents will. However, they’ll likely love a hotel that has a great swimming pool with some pinch-me views—as well as easy access to the beach and boat rides. That’s why we love the Palazzo Murat, a restored 17th-century townhouse in Positano. Kids will go crazy for the infinity pool that looks out over the sea and short walk to the beach. We also like the central location: While you do pay a premium for being in a town center, not only are you close to all the sightseeing, but it’ll likely outweigh the stress of getting everyone onto a bus, hiring taxis, or navigating the Amalfi roads yourself just to head out for dinner. The family suites are large, with gorgeous private terraces offering more stunning views over the sea. Fun fact: The hotel was once owned by Napoleon’s brother in law.
Best Historic: Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Located high up on a cliffside, this gorgeous hotel had a different life back in the 17th century, when it was a convent famed for its apothecary and for its sfogliatelle, exquisite shell-shaped pastries nuns would fill with cream. It was sold to a Roman in 1924, who converted it into one of Italy’s castle hotels, retaining the original architecture of the convent; 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 get away as much or as little as you’d like: Although it’s secluded, there’s a free shuttle in to Amalfi—or simply stay put and take advantage of the beach (three minutes’ walk away), incredible spa with free use of the Turkish bath and tepidarium, or incredible views from each room. Guests also rave about one last little detail: the sfogliatelle still served each morning at breakfast.
Best Boutique: Villa Magia
This elegant villa’s heart is as a watchtower built to protect Positano’s residents against Saracen pirate invasions, but as of 2015, it’s an elegant, luxurious boutique hotel with only 7 rooms. The exterior of the hotel looks built into the side of the cliff, and has a rustic charm to it: Vines cover the terrace roofs and walls, and potted plants dapple the outdoor spaces. The on-site restaurant, Luna, offers up stunning creations using ingredients from the garden, and Luna, the cocktail bar, turns out excellent drinks. Rooms are done in white and black with touches of blue and gold, which gives the spacious rooms a casually opulent vibe. Guests can take advantage of some of the open-air spa’s facilities for free (Swedish shower, Turkish bath, etc.), but they should definitely stop by for a treatment during the day. If all that relaxation leaves them feeling mellow, they can order to the room and out to the garden for free—or just take in the views from one of the largest panoramic pools in Positano.
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 can pride itself on a Michelin-starred regionally focused restaurant (and wonderful wine list), allots each room its own furnished private terrace with sea views, and the excellent spa incorporates La Prairie treatments. The hotel boasts a private beach club with loungers and umbrellas for all, and there’s also a swimming pool and tennis court for guests to use—if they’re not taking a yoga class on the beach. Inside, the hotel is stylish, with a playful sense of the nautical: The colors of the oceans abound, set against gorgeous geometric tiles and bold pops of bright great, turquoise, and cobalt. During some times of the year, the hotel also offers a free two-hour cruise in the bay—or play captain yourself and charter a Morgan yacht. If you feel like heading out but staying on land, there’s a shuttle that runs to and from Positano around the clock.
Best View: Hotel Margherita
Those who dream of the sea should look no further than Hotel Margherita, which offers stunning vistas across the property. Deluxe sea rooms offer incredible 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 love the breakfast buffet (the brioche, served warm, is particularly amazing) and eggs made to order but rave about the dinner set menus. We love that 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
Love birds looking for an Amalfi love nest 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 looking out over 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 (there’s a bar down here, too). 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 great network of ferries and busses that run throughout the day to ferry budget-minded travelers on day trips through the coast’s idyllic towns. 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 room at budget prices. Although no breakfast is offered, there are plenty of delicious 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.
Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular hotels on the Amalfi Coast. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 50 different hotels and read over 90 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.