The Amalfi Coast is an amazing cluster of cliffside towns on the southern coast of Naples, Italy. Each town is different and we’ll go over the pros and cons of each one, plus hotel, B&B, and apartment rental recommendations. It’s everything you need to plan where to stay on the Amalfi Coast.
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Where To Stay on the Amalfi Coast: Best Hotels and Areas
The Amalfi Coast is a gorgeous stretch of coastline listed by UNESCO for its cultural significance. It’s also easy on the eyes! With crystal-clear water, terraced vineyards, cliff-hugging towns, and warm weather, it’s no wonder the Amalfi Coast is a dream vacation spot for many.
The most difficult part will be deciding where to stay. With a number of towns to choose from, your choice will depend on how you want to spend your time in this beautiful part of the world.
Adventure seeker, water sports fan, or history lover? There’s a spot for everyone on the Amalfi Coast. Here’s a quick look at the towns and areas we’ll cover and their main vibe:
- Capri and Anacapri: A beautiful and isolated island full of views, luxury, and great food
- Positano: The most happening place on the Amalfi Coast with a great beach
- Praiano: One of the most local areas on the coast with beautiful views and great sunsets
- Maiori and Minori: Two small towns with a local feel, great food, and inexpensive accommodation
- Sorrento: The largest town on the coast with an Amalfi Coast feel but still accessible by train
- Ravello: Luxurious landscape on the coast that feels secluded from the crowds
- Amalfi Town: Beautiful little town, full of shops, restaurants, and things to do
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Capri and Anacapri
The island of Capri is easily the most exclusive island in Italy and one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. There’s no airport in Capri, so there are only two ways to reach the island: by boat and by helicopter. It’s this lack of accessibility together with the island’s natural beauty that make Capri such a desired and exclusive destination.
Capri is also a very small island. So small, in fact, that some parts can be crossed on foot in less than 30 minutes. The island is divided into two areas: Capri and Anacapri.
Capri is a village that spans the width of the island’s core from Marina Grande to Marina Piccola. Anacapri is a small town on the island’s most elevated point. There are no beaches but the beautiful unobstructed views attract visitors seeking exclusivity from around the world.
Why I love Capri and Anacapri:
- The island is almost entirely pedestrian
- It is hard to reach, which means it’s exclusive and less crowded.
- The views are unmatched
- Tons of really cool beach-side restaurants
- You’ll likely run into lots of fun people who speak English.
Attractions near Capri and Anacapri:
- Blue Grottoes
- Villa Jovis (Tiberius’ Villa)
- Villa San Michele
- Punta Carena Lighthouse
- Arco Naturale
Best Restaurants in Capri and Anacapri:
Check out our comprehensive article on the best restaurants in Capri and Anacapri. Bookmark it in your browser so you can circle back to it.
Best Hotels in Capri:
Here are our recommendations for the best hotels in Capri. If you’d like to stay in a villa, Booking.com has tons of great options too.
Villa Mariuccia Capri
€€€ | 4 Star | Close to Exclusive Beaches | Kitchenettes
Really great Mediterranean-vibes hotel with incredible views. You’ll find apartments here (most have kitchenettes), so that’s great for guests who need amenities like a fridge.
Suite Belvedere Capri Exclusive Rooms
€€€ | B&B | Great Location
This is a very nice B&B at an amazing price. The great location gets you fantastic views and walking access to many beaches if you’re in good shape.
La Reginella Capri
€€ | 2 Star | Good Location and Value
Laid back hotel in Capri with great views and a cool layout. Very Italian-Mediterranean feel. which makes it a great choice for a conservative budget.
Best Hotels in Anacapri:
Below are what we believe to be the best hotel choices for Anacapri. If you’d like to stay in a villa, Booking.com has tons of great options.
Hotel Caesar Augustus
€€€€ | 5 Star | Amazing Pool w/ Ridiculous View
Hotel Caesar Augustus is another one of the premier and most exclusive hotels in Capri. It is an easy choice if you have a high budget to splurge. The cliffside views are almost indescribable here.
Capri Palace Jumeirah
€€€€ | 5 Star | Very Exclusive | Pool
Situated on what feels like the top of the world, Jumeirah Palace is likely the most luxurious, stylish, and exclusive hotel in Capri, which makes it one of the best on Earth.
Il Giardino dell’Arte
€€ | 4 Star | Quaint and Characteristic | Tiny B&B
Beautiful Anacapri hotel with tons of green space and fresh air to breathe in. The fresh fruit and breakfast make this a coveted place to stay for couples.
Hotel Villa Blu Capri
€€€€ | 5 Star | Capri Look and Feel | Pool
Villa Blu is a super luxurious Anacapri hotel with fantastic restaurants and amazing amenities. A great choice for high-end travelers at a slightly lower price than other luxury hotels.
Relais 2 Pini
€€ | 4 Star | Open Feel | Great Views | Hot Tub | Family Friendly
Quaint hotel in Anacapri with a lot of charms including a hot tub! A lot of room to spread out, which makes it great for families or anyone really.
€€ | 4 Star | Great for Families | Small Pool | Playground
Great family-friendly hotel with epic views and a little pool. The hotel definitely has an Italian style with archways and ancient columns. Super cool!
Hotel San Michele
€€ | 4 Star | Comfortable & Great Views | Pool | Family Friendly
Hotel San Michele is a pretty large property in Capri with a full-sized pool which makes it great for kids or avid swimmers. Plus the perch on the cliff is cool.
Firstly, Positano is the town along the Amalfi Coast that everyone thinks of when you say, “the Amalfi Coast.” And Positano has earned that distinction for good reason. For example, it has an expansive beach, lots of activities, cool restaurants, and lots of things to do.
However, that popularity comes with a price. A B&B could easily run you $300+ per night and hotels can be even more expensive. You can stay in a popular destination like Positano or Capri where all the action is or scroll down to Maiori and pay half the price with half the people and all the Italian vibes. It’s up to you.
Why I love Positano:
- Positano has a great beach and views because of its mountainside location
- Restaurants along the beach have tons of outdoor seating for lunch or dinner, which is ideal for a beach vacation.
- The town is clean and well-kept, making it delightful to walk around
- You’ll likely run into lots of fun people that speak English
Attractions near Positano:
- Da Adolfo Resturant and Beach Club
- Church of Santa Maria Assunta
- Arienzo Beach Club
- Positano Beach (Spiaggia)
Best Restaurants in Positano:
Check out our comprehensive article on the best restaurants in Positano. Bookmark it in your browser so you can circle back to it.
Best Hotels in Positano:
Below are what we believe to be the best hotel choices for Positano. If you’d like to stay in a villa, Booking.com has tons of great options. Also, check out our dedicated post on where to stay in Positano.
Le Sirenuse Positano
€€€€+ | 5 Star | One of the premier hotels on Earth | Pool
Le Sirenuse is one of the world’s greatest hotels since it is located in the most desirable town (Positano), of arguably the world’s most desirable coastlines (the Amalfi Coast), and in the perfect vantage point. Definitely comes with a price tag!
Hotel Eden Roc Suites
€€€€ | 4 Star | Great Views | Comfortable and Beautiful
My wife and I stayed here a few years ago with our first daughter. Our room was beautiful and the balcony was so large we could invite friends over for dinner on it catered by the hotel! Walk to the beach was manageable and would definitely stay here again!
€€€€ | 4 Star | Pool
Great hotel in Positano with epic views from the pool. The hotel is higher up in the town and has a cool location, but be prepared for a longer journey to get down to the beach by foot. T
€€€ | 3 Star | Cool Villa-like Option
Great little hotel with comfortable rooms and a great view. Just look at that terrace looking over the bay! Rooms here are cheaper than many hotel options too.
Hotel Palazzo Murat
€€€€ | 4 Star | Great Pool & Views
This is a “Roman villa” like hotel with ancient features and modern comforts. Easy walk to the beach and down-town Positano makes it an easy choice!
€€€ | 4 Star | Centrally Located
Beautiful hotel full of natural light and vegetation with a truly “Amalfitana” feeling! A bit high up so be prepared to walk to get into the main square.
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Praiano is more of a sleepy town with a very small downtown. So, it’s perfect for families or couples who don’t want to be caught up in crowds. It’s also one of the more flat-terrain towns along the coast, which also makes it great for anyone with limited mobility.
Sometimes when I go to the Amalfi Coast, I’ll stay here or at Maiori (unless I can afford Capri on that trip!). Praiano is also home to Casa Angelina, which is one of the best-priced luxury hotels along the Amalfi Coast.
Why I love Praiano:
- Less expensive than Positano and Capri
- It has arguably the best sunset on the Amalfi Coast
- More local feel and fewer tourists
- Centrally located along the coast for explorers
- No stairs! The entire city is street-level.
Attractions near Praiano:
- Church of San Gennaro (Patron Saint of Naples)
- Marina di Praia Beach
- Fiordo di Furore (top of the Amalfi Coast attractions)
- Grotta dello Smeraldo (Beautiful grotto)
- Il Piratta Resturant & Lounge (Super fun)
Best Restaurants in Praiano:
Check out our comprehensive article on the best restaurants in Praiano. Bookmark it in your browser so you can circle back to it.
Best Hotels in Praiano:
Here are our recommendations for the best hotels in Praiano. If you’d like to stay in a villa, Booking.com has tons of great options too.
€€€€ | 5 Star | Dream Hotel
Casa Angelina is definitely ranked in the top five hotels on my, “one day I will afford that,” list. If you can afford it, stay there for me!
Hotel Onda Verde
€€€ | Villas | Waterfront Location
Great modest hotel choice at a reasonable price with a fantastic pool which makes it very family friendly.
€€ | Great Views & Airy Interior
Epic views of Positano at a great price! This hotel has cozier vibes than some of the hotels on our list, plus you’re only about a 10-minute walk from the beach.
€€€ | 4 Star | Great Location & Amenities
Family-friendly hotel with a pool and a great breakfast. The hotel also offers a free shuttle down to the beach, which is super helpful.
€€ | B&B | Great Location & Cozy
A well-decorated family hotel with a very nice pool, located right in the heart of Praiano. Enjoy those Italian pastries on the terrace each morning.
Albadamare Boutique Hotel
€€ | 3 Star | Cool Outdoor Garden
Love this outdoor garden for children! Seems like a really fun hotel for enjoying an evening outdoors while still being onsite.
Maiori and Minori
Above all, Maiori is the Amalfi Coast town for insiders. So, if you’ve never been to Italy, a town like this may be intimidating. But if you feel comfortable renting a car, scooter, or getting around using buses, it’s the perfect destination.
It’s far away from international tourism and close to the best beaches in the area. You’ll pay much less for your accommodation and find some seriously authentic food. Consequently, this is a top choice for me, and I recommend it to any confident traveler.
Why I love Maiori and Minori:
- Much less expensive than other cities
- Access to Amalfi Coast’s best beaches
- Very cool medieval feel
- Lots of great restaurants
- Gorgeous rock formations along the coast
- Great marina to walk along
- Has its own beaches
Attractions near Maiori and Minori:
- Torre Normanna
- Path of the Lemons
- Spiaggia Cavallo Morto (Beach)
- Spiaggia del Cauco (Beach)
Best Restaurants in Maiori and Minori:
Check out our comprehensive article on the best restaurants in Maiori and Minori. Bookmark it in your browser so you can circle back to it.
Best Hotels in Maiori and Minori:
Choose from any of these awesome hotels. If you’d like to stay in a villa, Booking.com has tons of great options.
Hotel Club Due Torri
€€ | 4 Star | Maiori
This is my number 1 pick for Maiori for the price, location, and amenities. Beautiful hotel at a great price with a very good feel.
Hotel San Francesco
€€ | 4 Star | Maiori | Pool
Larger hotel with a great pool. Located within walking distance to the beach and the town. It isn’t seafront property, but the price is great for what you get.
€ | Guest House | Great Views & Wood Ceilings! | Minori
Quaint and economical guest house with characteristic charms and stunning views.
€ | Guest House | Minori
Simple guest house with great views. There aren’t a ton of rooms here, so you’ll have a chance to get to know your fellow travelers too.
Ravello Art Hotel Marmorata
€€ | 4 Star | Between Maiori & Amalfi | Pool
Reasonably priced, nice cliffside hotel with a hydromassage pool! You can eat all three meals onsite depending on how you spend your day.
Sorrento is not officially part of the Amalfi Coast or Costiera Amalfitana as it is called in Italian. However, it definitely feels and looks like the Amalfi Coast and gets the majority of the tourism traffic.
This is mostly because it’s the only town on the coast connected to Naples and the rest of Italy by train. As a result, it’s easy to get to and great if you want to visit but you’ll have to share it with the crowds.
You’re not likely to see me sleeping in Sorrento, but I have to recommend it since it’s well connected by train and tons of tours leave from here. I understand not every traveler wants to rent a car, take a bus, or pony up for a long and expensive taxi ride to Praiano. I get it!
Why I love Sorrento:
- You can arrive in Sorrento by train
- Lots of hotels, shops, and restaurants
- People are really friendly
- Lots of activities from the port of Sorrento
Attractions near Sorrento:
- Mt. Vesuvius
Best Restaurants in Sorrento:
Check out our comprehensive article on the best restaurants in Sorrento. Bookmark it in your browser so you can circle back to it.
Best Hotels in Sorrento:
Here are the top hotels in Sorrento. If you’d like to stay in a villa, Booking.com has tons of great options.
Grand Hotel La Favorita
€€€€ | 5 Star | Family Hotel | Pool
Massive hotel with a great pool and great views which makes it perfectc for couples or families.
€€€€ | 5 Star | Family Hotel | Pool
Arguably the nicest hotel in Sorrento which would likely be my choice if I did not have a budget. Really nice common spaces and views.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
€€€€ + | 5 Star | Classic Luxury | Pool
Another insanely nice hotel in Sorrento. Some rooms come with fireplaces and victorian decor.
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
€€ | 4 Star | Pool | Family Friendly
Large format hotel with epic pool, comfortable rooms, and a great price which make s it perfect for families.
Hotel Lorelei Londres
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Pool | Family Friendly
Another incredible and luxurious 5-star hotel on a cliff in Sorrento!
Ravello is a really cool town with some very nice hotels. Honestly, I’d stay here for the day and move on. But if you can afford one of the villas, it’s a nice experience. If you’re comfortable renting a car, it is a very good choice as a base to explore the coast. Ravello also has some of the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast.
Why I love Ravello:
- Less tourist foot traffic
- Tons of gorgeous villas and hotels
- Possibly the best views on the coast
- No Stairs!
- This town does not have its own beach, which forces you to explore
Attractions near Ravello:
- Villa Cimbrone and Terrazza dell’Infinito
- Villa Rufolo
Best Restaurants in Ravello:
Check out our comprehensive article on the best restaurants in Ravello. Bookmark it in your browser so you can circle back to it.
Best Hotels in Ravello:
Don’t miss the best hotels in Ravello. If you’d like to stay in a villa, Booking.com has tons of great options.
Hotel Villa Cimbrone
€€€€+ | 5 Star
Villa Cimbrone is not just a hotel, but an attraction in Ravello. It is a gorgeous estate and wonderful hotel. Very expensive but quite the luxury.
Caruso Belmond Hotel
€€€€+ | 5 Star
This hotel will make you feel as if you were the reborn Apollo or Daphne themselves. It’s an original 11th-century building that spares no expense on comfort and luxury.
Ravello Art Hotel Marmorata
€€ | 4 Star | Between Maiori & Amalfi | Pool
Reasonably priced and nice cliffside hotel with a hydromassage pool!
€€€ | 4 Star
Stunning views from way up in the hills of Ravello. This beautifully designed hotel makes for a great place to relax.
Firstly, many people don’t know that Amalfi is actually the name of a town as well. It’s situated along the beach area and doesn’t have many stairs except to see the cathedral, which is beautiful.
Above all, this little town is highly popular with tourists. So, expect it to be quite crowded. For more on the Amalfi Coast, check out our guide to the Amalfi Coast with tons of useful content.
Why I love Amalfi:
- Great views
- Lots of great restaurants
Attractions near Amalfi:
- Amalfi Cathedral
- Piazza Duomo
- Cloister del Paradiso
- Torre del Ziro
- Lido Delle Sirene (small beach with cool rock formations)
Best Restaurants in Amalfi:
Check out our comprehensive article on the best restaurants in Amalfi Town. Bookmark it in your browser so you can circle back to it.
Best Hotels in Amalfi:
We’ve been to Amalfi and here are our favorite properties! If you’d like to stay in a Villa, Booking.com has tons of great options.
Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Luxury
Beautiful large format hotel with a great pool and lots of perks! Amazing views and a cool layout!
Hotel Santa Caterina
€€€€+ | 5 Star | Private Beach
Most luxurious hotel in Amalfi town by far, but not in the center of town. Definitely a top consideration for anyone needing a break from the action.
Grande Hotel Excelsior
€€€ | 4 Star
Larger hotel high up in the hills of Amalfi Town. Expect to walk a bit to get around, but that comes with the territory on the Amalfi Coast.
Hotel Luna Convento
€€€ | 4 Star | Amazing Cloister
Rustic hotel with tons of great amenities in an epic location. Great choice!
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Hi, i am planning a family trip of 5-6 days to the Amalfi coast in September (hopefully Covid 19 restrictions will not change our plans)
we are travelling with teenagers so boat tours/swimming and pool time must be included!
this is our first time in the area. I read your articles thoroughly and and would like to know what you think is better : to rent a car from Rome and stay 3 nights in Sorrento (for capri and pompei) and then 2-3 nights in ravelo or positano or amalfi
to take a private transfer from rome and stay in only in capri and take boat tours from there to the amalfi coast .
what is your opinion? will we be able to take your snorkeling boat tour from capri?