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Fantastic hotels, obtained from old buildings, combine the old charm of the ancient palaces with the maximum comfort of the best hotels in the world.

by Annalisa Russo

The Amalfi Coast was already a popular destination in the past, by the time of noble and rich merchants. Today its villas and historic buildings that have been excellently renovated over the years are a successful example of the great historical, artistic and cultural heritage of this territory. Therefore, some of these historic houses have been turned into fabulous hotels and if you are looking for a unique experience, I suggest you stay in one of them to realize the dream of sleeping in these special places full of history and equipped, at the same time, with everything you need.

Here is our selection for you: 7 historic hotels among the most prestigious on the Amalfi Coast.

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Monastero Santa Rosa - Conca dei Marini

Positano - Le Sirenuse

Centrally located in Positano, Le Sirenuse is one of the most popular luxury hotels in the world. Its name reminds us of the small islands just in front of the bay of Positano, known indeed as Le Sirenuse (the mermaids) or  Li Galli (the roosters), and well visible from the iconic terrace of the hotel from which you can enjoy a stunning view.

This structure, a palace dating back to the 18th century, was the historic residence of the Marquises Sersale that opened its doors to the public in 1951 when the siblings Aldo, Paolo, Franco, and Anna Sersale decided to turn their shore house into a small hotel. At that time, the small fishing town of Positano was establishing itself as a holiday destination, especially appreciated by American people. Among the celebrities who stayed in this hotel, we have to mention the American writer, Nobel Prize in literature, John Steinbeck, who described Le Sirenuse in 1953 with these words: "an old manor house turned into a first-rate hotel, immaculate and fresh, with a pergola above the outdoor tables. From the balcony of every room, you get a wonderful panorama of the blue sea and small Islands, where those ladies, the mermaids, sang so sweetly".

The structure, enlarged during the 20th century saw some important architects in action, such as, the designer Gae Aulenti who planned the amazing luxurious Spa. Nowadays the hotel has 58 rooms and suites and almost all overlook the wonderful bay of Positano. In addition, the rooms are embellished with white walls, vaulted ceilings, floor tiles from Vietri sul Mare, and furnishings treated in every detail. In other words, this is a real little corner of paradise that will make you feel unique emotions!


Ravello - Hotel Villa Cimbrone

The Hotel Villa Cimbrone is located about 10 minutes walking from the center of Ravello, in the homonymous Villa famous all over the world for its Terrace of Infinity and one of the most beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast.
This hotel accommodation, dating back to the 12th century, is one of the most famous charming hotels in the Mediterranean that once was a refuge for politicians and aristocrats and a source of inspiration for many artists and meeting place for the literati of the Bloomsbury Group.
Today this is the perfect place for all people who are looking for an elegant and refined location characterized by an old atmosphere due to its original architectural and decorative elements that have been perfectly preserved over the years: frescoed vaults, stone and marble fireplaces, the ancient majolica floors from Vietri sul Mare and so on.


Ravello - Palazzo Avino

Palazzo Avino, located in Ravello in the historic palace “Palazzo Sasso”, is an ancient noble residence dating back to the 13th century that opened its doors to the public in 1997 after a wise work of redevelopment.
It has 43 rooms, of which 10 suites, and it is characterized by unique and precious furnishings dating back to the 17th and 19th centuries, and the Vietri ceramics that decorate the rooms. All this, combined with the breathtaking view of the Gulf, will make you live a unique and unforgettable experience in the amazing setting of the Amalfi Coast.


Ravello - Hotel Belmond Caruso

The Hotel Belmond Caruso, a luxurious building dating back to the 11th century, is located on the highest point of a cliff, more than 300 meters above sea level.
Therefore, it will make you enjoy a breathtaking view. It has a very old origin and we have the winemaker Pantaleone Caruso to thank for turning this palace into a hotel. In fact, it was him that, in 1893, inaugurated the small hotel Belvedere, with originally 5 rooms for rent, in the wing of the ancient palace. The project grew and when the rooms became twenty, the structure took the name of Caruso Belvedere. In 1903 an article in the New York Times celebrated this place which became the favorite destination of writers and artists such as Virginia Woolf, Humphrey Bogart, Greta Garbo, and Gina Lollobrigida.
Today, its rooms and suites are furnished with important antiques and four-poster beds. In short, this is the perfect combination of history and elegance where nothing is left to chance.


Conca dei Marini - Monastero Santa Rosa

The Monastero Santa Rosa, one of the most exclusive hotels in the world, is a boutique hotel with 20 rooms and suites, which has preserved its ancient charm as a dominican convent. Dating back to the 17th century, it was built at the behest of Sister Rosa Pandolfi, a descendant of a noble family. It has been for several years the home of the cloistered nuns who are also the creators of a classic Neapolitan pastry, the famous sfogliatella Santa Rosa, which was produced for the first time in the kitchens of this monastery.

The hotel, expertly renovated, has become over the years, one of the most renowned hotels on the Amalfi Coast that will surprise the visitors with its sober elegance and authentic charm. The infinity pool with a fantastic view over the coast is amazing and equally impressive is the SPA, obtained from the ancient cellars of the monastery and famous for the large vaulted ceilings and stone walls: a perfect setting for an unforgettable wellness treatment.


Scala - Palazzo Pascal

Suspended between the sea of Amalfi and Villa Cimbrone, the luxurious and exclusive palace Palazzo Pascal, located in the picturesque small town of Scala and more precisely in Minuta, is one of the oldest noble houses on the Amalfi Coast.
If we want to understand its old origins we have to go back to the construction of the Church of Annunziata to which this hotel belonged.
Known as the first 5-star Albergo Diffuso or “Dispersed Hotel” on the Amalfi Coast, Palazzo Pascal thanks to its location and breathtaking views, is the perfect place to relax or organize romantic weddings and anniversaries.
Its rooms are fabulous with great attention to detail and equipped with every comfort you need with fine furnishings, wonderful ceramic floors, mirrors, and unique fabrics. In conclusion, a place where I am sure you will come back to relive good moments.


Amalfi - Villa Alba d'Oro

Villa Alba d'Oro is a historic luxury residence dating back to the Middle Ages, characterized by the perfect combination of elegance due to their beautiful antique furnishings and sophistication, due to its details of contemporary design. Thanks to its military position it is one of the typical "tower houses" of Amalfi, in other words, fortified buildings that have been attested in this area since the 11th century, essential to sight the pirate ships and give the alarm.
Located in the upper part of the "Salita Baglio" this villa has a wonderful view, so it can be considered a real dream place that will give you the possibility to stay in a charming relaxing place, in one of the most evocative locations of the Amalfi Coast.

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