Dreaming of Italy and the gorgeous coastlines of the Mediterranean?
Everywhere you turn, the UNESCO-listed landscape is postcard-worthy. The small towns in soft pastel and rust-hues are precariously perched between the mountains and the sea and truly seem like they’re out of a dream.
No matter if you’re staying in Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Praiano, or any of the charming towns, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most divine destinations.
Whether you’re on a two-week trip to Italy and the Amalfi Coast is a (heavenly) pitstop, you’re planning a luxurious Amalfi Coast honeymoon, or you’re looking to have a romantic Italian getaway on a budget, there are a number of hotels to choose from.
Wondering what the best hotels in the Amalfi Coast are and just where to stay on the Amalfi Coast? Or how far in advance you should book a hotel on the Amalfi Coast?
I’ve rounded up the best hotels and tips for the Amalfi Coast so you can book the perfect Italian getaway!
Rome to Amalfi Coast
First things first, many folks wonder just how to get to the Amalfi Coast.
Keep in mind that there is no direct train from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. Don’t fret as it’s not too terrible to navigate and the journey there is part of the adventure, right?
When traveling from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, you’ll need to take a train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale — a number of trains do this route per day, so there is usually plenty of choice and flexibility on the time you depart.
Once you reach Napoli Centrale, you’ll need to board one of Trenitalia’s regional Circumvesuviana trains.
As a heads up, the Circumvesuviana train line is a bit rough around the edges—as in no air-conditioning, and not a ton of space for luggage. However, the ride is only about an hour and the ticket price is pretty cheap (typically around the single digits).
Take this train to Sorrento, Salerno, or Vietri sul Mare, whichever town is closer to where you’re staying. Upon arrival at any of those three stations, you’ll catch a local SITA bus that will take you to the towns dotting the Amalfi Coast.
All in all, the train and bus ride from Rome to the Amalfi typically takes about three to four hours — depending on the time between your connections. Do keep in mind that sometimes train strikes occur, which can make the route longer.
Yes, getting to the Amalfi Coast from Rome takes a little bit of planning, but it’s definitely a neat way to see Italy and it’s oh-so worth it once you reach your destination.
Flights to the Amalfi Coast
Want to avoid the hubbub of getting from Rome to the Amalfi Coast? The airport closest to the Amalfi Coast is Naples International Airport (NAP).
From Naples, you can do what I listed above (regional train and then bus), or you can opt to arrange a private car transfer.
Of course, there is the option to rent a car and drive, but do be aware that the cliffside roads are seriously winding and narrow — definitely not for the faint of heart.
Private car transfers tend to average a few hundred dollars, but it may be worth it (especially if you’re springing for a luxury vacation). If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, you’ll definitely want to opt for the train and bus route.
Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast
Which Town Should I Stay in on the Amalfi Coast?
This is entirely up to you and what you’re looking for on your trip! Would you rather have a quiet and relaxing trip where you take in the views? High up in the mountains, Ravello may be for you.
Have you dreamt of the iconic cliffsides and dipping your toes in the water, then dressing up for a feast at one of the many incredible restaurants? Positano is where it’s at! Check out my Ultimate Positano Travel Guide.
You truly can’t go wrong with any of the towns, Positano to Praiano, each destination has its own charm. For more, check out the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast!
What Are the Most Reasonably Priced Hotels on the Amalfi Coast?
Do be aware that the Amalfi Coast isn’t typically considered a budget-friendly place. Sure, there are ways to bring down the price point and travel more affordably, but understand that hostels are limited in the area.
That said, there are definitely mid-range options that won’t break the bank. Just make sure to book ahead of time!
If you’re able to visit in the shoulder seasons, you’ll find accommodation prices aren’t at their peak.
How Far in Advance Should I Book a Hotel on the Amalfi Coast?
The Amalfi Coast is extremely popular in the summer months. Some of the top hotels can book up around 12 months in advance, so as soon as you have your dates set — make those reservations.
Other hotels and villas that aren’t as popular will have some flexibility, but if you have your heart set on a certain accommodation, inquire as soon as possible.
When Should I Visit the Amalfi Coast?
The high season for visiting the Amalfi Coast runs between June to August. While the weather is flawless, the crowds (and the prices!) can get a bit overwhelming.
If you can make it happen, the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast for fewer crowds and not-so-high prices is during the spring or autumn. All of Italy is in top form, especially near the coast where waters are the ideal temp.
Positano at Sunset
The Best Hotels in Positano
Positano, oh Positano…so many things could be said about this divine place.
In fact, John Steinbeck once wrote, “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
Le Sirenuse: Le Sirenuse’s crimson facade festooned with jewel-like bougainvillea, flower-filled archways with postcard-perfect ocean views, and fresh-caught seafood make it one of the most romantic hotels in Positano (if not the world).
It’s a fantastic option if you’re planning a luxury getaway or your honeymoon!
Il San Pietro: This hotel is a pricey option, but for good reason. Il San Pietro is known for its gorgeous design, resort-like amenities, and private beach club. You can’t miss its bright orange umbrellas that dot the cliffside!
If you’re looking for the crème de la crème, you won’t be disappointed.
Hotel Palazzo Murat: Can’t decide between a gorgeous garden or a beautiful swimming pool? You don’t have to at Hotel Palazzo Murat! There is a range of rooms on offer here — so you’ll find a range of prices, too.
Hostel Brikette: If you’re looking for a budget option but still want to experience all of the fun of Positano, Hostel Brikette is the answer. It’s conveniently located near public transit and has a lovely outdoor terrace.
An ideal spot for backpackers and college students.
Fiordo di Furore
The Best Hotels in Praiano
Praiano is sometimes considered Positano’s little cousin, and as such, it’s generally a quieter town.
Grand Hotel Tritone: Want private access to Grand Hotel Tritone’s private beach club? Since 1857, GHT has been welcoming guests to experience this gem situated on the heart of the Amalfi Coast.
Hotel Pellegrino: This smaller, family-owned boutique hotel is a great mid-range option, with all the charm. It’s in an ideal spot just minutes from the town’s restaurants and shops, and the hotel offers transfers to Positano as well as the nearest beach.
Hotel Alfonso A Mare: A fantastic budget option in Praiano, this hotel is surrounded by incredibly scenic nature. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s surrounded by natural beauty — it’s located right on La Praia Beach!
Cathedral of St. Andrea
The Best Hotels in Amalfi
Aptly named Amalfi, this charming seaside village is known for its church and the large plaza around it!
Monastero Santa Rosa: This is one of the best places to stay for history lovers. Built in the 17th century, this former monastery features four levels of cascading gardens.
Albergo L’Antico Convitto: Just a stone’s throw away from the Cathedral of Sant’Andrea Apostolo, and a quick walk to sea, this place is a delight.
La Pergola: Want to experience Amalfi without the serious price tag? Look no further than La Pergola — a budget-friendly option nestled in a lemon garden on the coast. While it’s a no-frills sort of place, many of the rooms have private terraces with ocean views.
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
The Best Hotels in Ravello
Ravello is the only town on the Amalfi Coast that is not actually on the water. It’s perched above the cliffs and overlooks the coast (talk about stunning views!).
Belmond Caruso: This hotel may just have the best setting of all time. Set 1,000 feet above sea level, this 11th-century palace has been lovingly restored and is brimming with charm.
Framed by lemon trees and olive vines, there is no shortage of beautiful views here.
Villa Piedimonte: A brand-new property located on the grounds of a 12th-century villa, this hotel is in the heart of Ravello. Walking distance from Piazza Duomo and the main local attractions, you can experience Ravello’s legendary (and musical) magic here.
Palazzo Confalone: This used to be the house of an ancient noble family, and today you can stay within the grounds. The hotel preserved the original medieval structure from the 12th century but updated it with modern amenities.
Your jaw might just drop when you see the Moorish-influenced courtyard!
The Amalfi Coast makes for the most magical getaway and it’s a seriously luxurious place. While a majority of places do come at a pretty penny, if you do a bit of digging, you can experience the Amalfi Coast on a budget.
Those looking for the ultimate romantic getaway or a honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast should seriously consider Le Sirenuse, Monastero Santa Rosa, or Belmond Caruso.
If you’re looking to have a family vacation, the towns of Minori and Maiori tend to be more popular destinations.
Have you stayed in any of these charming coastal towns? Did you have a favorite hotel on the Amalfi Coast? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Make sure to check out my tips for visiting the Amalfi Coast to help you plan out your dream holiday!