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Floridiana Hotel 3.0

Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Pros

  • In the center of Amalfi, a five-minute walk to the waterfront
  • 12th-century building with beautiful painted ceilings
  • Spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and minibars
  • Free breakfast buffet served in a room with 15th-century frescoes
  • Rooftop terrace offers views of the mountains and city rooftops
  • Small rooftop hot tub with loungers and views
  • Free on-site parking 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Location can be hard to find
  • No sea views 
  • No on-site restaurant or bar
  • Rooms are simply furnished with some dated details

Bottom Line

Floridiana Hotel is a small family-run property with only 13 guest rooms located in the center of scenic Amalfi, a few minutes walk to the seafront and Amalfi Cathedral. Hidden away in a courtyard that can be a challenge to find, the hotel occupies a 12th-century building with spectacularly painted ceilings in the lobby and large breakfast room. There are no sea views at this three-pearl property, but the rooftop terrace, which has a hot tub in a corner, looks out on the city rooftops and nearby mountains. The rooms have simple, at times dated, furnishings, but they come equipped with electric kettles and minibars. Travelers might want to also consider the Excelsior Grand Hotel, which has an outdoor pool, sandy beach, and balconies with sea views, at only slightly higher rates.

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Scene

Romantic, Old World property in a 12th-century building 

The Floridian is tucked away in a courtyard in the center of Amalfi, and it's easy to miss its narrow passageway, which is wedged between a clothing shop and a pizzeria on a busy shopping street. For a 12th-century building that once belonged to an aristocratic family, the exterior is unassuming, but inside guests will find impressive high-vaulted ceilings covered in intricate decorative paintings. A beautifully carved wood reception counter adds to the classical atmosphere, as do the richly upholstered chesterfield sofas. The spacious, next-door breakfast room, which was probably once a grand ballroom, is even more overwhelming, with richly painted ceilings, white-and-gold-painted doors, oil paintings, and gilded mirrors and tables. The romantic, Old World ambience makes this hotel a favorite among vacationing couples, but families and groups find their way here too.

Location

Tucked inside a hidden courtyard in the center of Amalfi

Floridiana Hotel is in the center of Amalfi in a hidden courtyard off a busy shopping street that's home to several cafes, bars, and restaurants. It's about a five-minute walk to the seafront, and a three-minute walk to Amalfi Cathedral. The ferry terminal, where boats can be caught for Positano (a 20-minute ride) and Salerno (a 35-minute ride), is a seven-minute walk from the hotel. The nearest train station is in Salerno, a one-hour drive away. Other popular tourist destinations include Pompei, a 70-minute drive away, and Ravello, a 17-minute drive. Naples International Airport is the closest one, and it's a 90-minute drive. 

Rooms

Bright and spacious, and simply decorated 

The 13 guest rooms at the Floridiana are bright and spacious, but unlike the grand public spaces of the hotel, they are simply decorated, and occasionally furnishings and decor can feel dated, leaning toward an '80s look. Walls are painted a crisp white, and floors are covered in glossy light-blue tiling. Bedspreads and curtains are a cobalt blue, accented with gold pillows to represent the colors of Amalfi. The blue-and-white-tile bathrooms are large, and have bidets, towel warmers, hairdryers, magnifying mirrors, and shower stalls -- which can be a bit cramped in Standard Rooms. In Superior Rooms and the Suite, showers are much bigger, and have rainwater showerheads. The Suite also has an upper level with a hot tub, and a seating area with a small sofa and a table and chairs. All rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, electric kettles, and minibars (including alcoholic drinks). Some rooms have views of the city rooftops and the church bell tower. 

Features

Free buffet breakfast, rooftop terrace, free parking, and free Wi-Fi

The hotel's highlight is its rooftop terrace. It offers views of the nearby mountains, and Amalfi's rooftops and church tower. Guests are welcome to use the hot tub and the many sun loungers. There are also a few tables and chairs where guests can sit and take in the view. A buffet breakfast is served (at no extra cost) in the magnificent ballroom with its beautifully preserved painted ceiling. The Floridiana has a garage where guests can park for free -- a notable plus point in a region where parking is often exorbitantly expensive. Staff will help with airport transfers and booking tours. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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Address

Via Brancia 1, Amalfi 84011, Italy

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