Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast 🇮🇹: My favorite Towns and Best Hotels

Heading to the Amalfi Coast next year? Lucky you. This stretch of cliffside villages and towns in Southern Italy has topped my dream destination list for years. With so many lodging options and towns to visit, I know choosing can feel overwhelming. But here’s a little secret: you can’t really go wrong no matter what you decide.

Oup pick of the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast 🔝

Whether you stay at a cliffside resort in Positano, a historic hotel in Sorrento to explore ancient ruins, or a cozy family-run pension in Minori, the scenery will blow you away. We’re talking stunning mountain views and sparkling waters everywhere you look.

And get ready to feast like royalty on fresh caught seafood, homemade pastas with local lemons, and regional wines. Sound like heaven? Yup. I don’t know about you, but I’m already saving up and crossing off days on my calendar!

Quick Guide to Amalfi Coast Best Places to Stay 📋

1. Positano – Best Place to Stay on the Amalfi Coast for the First Time 🔥

Take it from me – the shots of pretty homes spilling down cliffs to the sea scream Positano! This once fishing spot turned trendy vacation area is nothing short of amazing and it’s famous view.

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Positano
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Positano

☀️ Best Beaches: For beaches on the sparkling sea with mountains in the background, stay at Positano’s Spiaggia Grande, if you prefer a quiet place to swim, Fornillo Beach is even better.

🎵 Cool hangouts at night: Want to dance under the sky? Music on the Rocks is a chic open-air club on the cliffs where DJs play while you watch the sunset. A place for star gazers who want to stay till dawn and enjoy live concerts in summer. While, at La Zagara, gazers enjoy concerts in the gardens of a luxury villa.

🍝 Local flavors: Learn generations-old techniques still used to craft ceramics by hand during workshops. Take home vibrant plates and locally-made limoncello to remember perfect coastal views.

With shopping, hillside stays, popular beaches and legendary vistas around each curve, Positano promises an unforgettable, scenic Amalfi Coast getaway. Trust me, it’s bucket list place!

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Where to Stay in Positano? 🏨

Luxury Hotels (€1000-€8000)

  • Il San Pietro di Positano – 5-star resort offering breathtaking sea views, Michelin-star dining and a beach club carved into the rocks.
  • Villa Magia – a charming boutique hotel in a converted 17th century villa featuring stylish rooms with panoramic views of Positano and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Hotel Le Agavi cliffside haven with elevators to private beach lounges and suites framed by the coast’s stunning beauty through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Medium Price Segment: (€700-€1200)

  • Villa Yiara –  exclusive Ravello boutique hotel set in a restored 11th-century cliffside Moorish tower with infinity pool suspended over phenomenal Mediterranean views.
  • Hotel Conca d'Oro – charming beachfront hotel with majolica floors, iron beds and a panoramic rooftop.
  • La Caravella di Positano - Relais & Beachglitzy hotel with themed suites featuring tiled tub balconies overlooking sublime sea vistas accessed by a panoramic elevator.

Budget Hotels: (up to €700)

  • Casa Marty –  countryside bed and breakfast run bywords after dash owners providing local recommendations and home cooked breakfasts with freshly baked goods.
  • Il Barilotto – family-run hotel in a converted 16th century wine cask factory with unfussy accommodations and a shared terrace.
  • Hotel Villa Gabrisa – charming budget B&B amidst lemon groves with traditional rooms and hearty homemade breakfasts on the sea view terrace.

2. Ravello – Best Place Along the Amalfi Coast for Luxury 💎

Once an elite hideaway for artists and authors, this lovely coastal town now draws luxury travelers seeking top lodgings and great culture. From summer music festivals to Michelin cuisine this is the best spot to escape city chaos for inspiration.

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Ravello
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Ravello gardens
Ravello gardens

🎶 Celeb chef dining: The two restaurants run by Mamma Agata – the local chef who cooked for films like «Under the Tuscan Sun» in her home – fuse family recipes, fresh flavors and high standards for memorable meals.

🌿 Garden beauty: Ravello has beautiful gardens like Villa Cimbrone and Giardini della Principessa di Piemonte. You can pass through bamboo-lined paths and see beautiful flowers, then continue admiring the gleaming waters of Amalfi Coast.

🎼 Musical events: At the open-air Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer theater, audiences enjoy world premieres from new dance to orchestra performances framed by modern architecture revealing the Salerno coastline along the horizon. The Ravello Festival draws famed classical artists every summer.

🍋 Local flavor: Learn old techniques to handcraft ceramics during workshops at Bottega d’Arte e Tradizione. Take home bright plates and local limoncello to make coastal memories over freshly-caught seafood.

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Best Hotels in Ravello 🏨

Luxury Hotels (€500-€1000)

  • Hotel Villa Cimbrone – 5-star cliffside hotel with elegant rooms and private terraces showcasing sublime views from gorgeous seaside gardens.
  • Palazzo Avino – opulent 12th-century palace turned 5-star resort with Michelin-star dining, spa, antiques and captivating coastal vistas from luxurious suites.
  • Caruso, A Belmond Hotel – landmark 11th century hotel delivering old world charm through exquisite gardens, lounges and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Medium price category (€200-€500) 

  • La Dolce Vita Ravello – guesthouse owned by knowledgeable local residents with modestly decorated rooms.
  • Casa Dolce Casa – small family-run bed and breakfast nestled amid the winding cobblestone lanes of cliff-perched Ravello’s historic center offering cozy garden view rooms decorated with family antiques at wallet-friendly prices.
  • Villa Piedimonte – historical Ravello villa transformed into a casual budget hotel by an Italian family with humble rooms featuring traditional furnishings along lemon-tree lined grounds owned by their ancestors for generations with unbelievable views of the stunning Amalfi Coast included.

Budget Hotels (up to €200)

  • Casa Vacanze Vittoria – boutique hotel located steps from the longest beach on the Amalfi Coast offering simple lodgings nestled amidst the family-run property’s beautiful bougainvillea and lemon trees.
  • B&B Ravello Rooms affordable bed and breakfast housed in a restored 14th century noble building in the scenic town’s center near lush gardens.
  • Ravello House – family-owned bed and breakfast amid Ravello’s cobblestone lanes just minutes from the Duomo.

3. Sorrento – Best Place for Nightlife 🍸

Looking over crashing blue waves along the cliffs, Sorrento captivates with its coastal views and citrus tree smells. Once a retreat for wealthy Romans admiring Naples Bay, this sophisticated resort now attracts travelers with great hotels, Michelin-rated food and beautiful sights.

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Sorrento
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🍊 Farm flavors: Sorrento’s sweet lemons make up the menus – from fruity pastas to creamy desserts. Try them at Don Alfonso’s waterside terrace, where the family uses the area’s freshest ingredients at their 3-Michelin star restaurant.

🍸 Lively nights: As sunset becomes moonlight, Sorrento’s nightlife accelerates around charming Piazza Tasso’s blooming trees and bushes. Sip lemon cocktails while dance music plays from clubs and candlelit cafes perfect for meeting fellow travelers.

🛥️ Nearby islands: Hop aboard a speedboat to Capri from Marina Grande port and toast the sunset with an Aperol Spritz as the iconic Faraglioni rocks turn golden. Or visit Ischia’s volcanic thermal baths.

🍋 Local favorites: Find out why different cultures value Sorrento lemons the most when you come here and then have some sugary stuff at Limoné. See craftsmen make wood furniture in Via San Cesareo shops. Lounge at ancient Roman seaside ruins at Bagni Regina Giovanna.

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Where to Stay in Sorrento? 🏨

Luxury Hotels (€700-€1000)

  • Grand Hotel Royal – historical 5-star hotel in the heart of Sorrento with 19th century architecture and sea view rooms along with a scenic rooftop restaurant overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
  • Grand Hotel Ambasciatori – 20th century building housing a luxury spa hotel with bright contemporary-style room and furnished balconies.
  • Grand Hotel La Favorita – majestic 19th century waterfront hotel in Sorrento showcasing elegant décor and Vesuvius views.

Medium price range (€350-€700)

  • Parco dei Principi – elegant 18th century family-run villa hotel in Sorrento featuring fine dining and sea view gardens.
  • Grand Hotel Aminta – majestic luxury cliffside hotel with lavish bay view rooms and Michelin-starred dining.
  • Hotel Continental sophisticated hotel in a citrus orchard villa with bright stylish rooms with coastal views.

Budget Hotels (up to €300)

  • Hotel Central Wellnessmodern hotel offering elegant sea view rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, baths and a spa integrated into a lush cliffside botanical garden.
  • Hotel Michelangelo friendly Sorrento hotel with pleasant contemporary rooms overlooking the shimmering sea or olive groves along with good dining.
  • Vhome – hidden apartments with cozy rooms boasting enviable town and sea views admired from a scenic sun-drenched terrace.

4. Vietri sul Mare – Best Town on the Amalfi Coast for a Local Vibe 📍

Just east of the Amalfi Coast lies Vietri sul Mare, where locally crafted ceramics have been wanted since Roman times for vivid Mediterranean hues. Spend hours with artists in ceramics workshops before lunch at an  trattoria full of sunbeams and chatter.

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Vietri sul Mare
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Vietri sul Mare

🍝 Local flavors: Small, cozy restaurants called trattorias use fresh, local ingredients. At La Contadina trattoria, the owner picks vegetables and fruits from their garden. These become delicious pasta stuffed with cheese and creamy ricotta cake for dessert. It’s an affordable way to enjoy the wonderful flavors of the Amalfi Coast.

🏖️ Laidback beach vibes: The Il Calypso Lido offers an underrated, easygoing beach experience. Lounge under umbrellas as local kids build castles and parents read between dips in the refreshing sea.

🛥️ Boat tours: Companies like Vietri Vacanze rent out boats so you can drive yourself. The boat bobs gently on the glittering waves as you wake up in the morning. You can suddenly decide to drop anchor and wander in hidden coves along the coast. Then pull the boat up to a seaside restaurant for a relaxing lunch. Spend a carefree day on the Mediterranean, toasting the sunset with local wine as the pink sky creates a beautiful scene.

🚇 Moving around: Vietri sul Mare is easily accessible from many Amalfi coast towns and villages by local buses but in case you are a good driver, you can also rent a car. It is an ideal place to trek since it is based around a deep gully. Main attractions like the historic center, ceramics shops, and the long oceanside walkway can be reached on foot. Just ensure that you wear comfortable shoes for the hilly streets.

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Best Amalfi Coast Hotels in Vietri sul Mare 🏨

  • Hotel Raito Wellness & SPA elegant Vietri wellness hotel with an expansive spa featuring pools, treatments and relaxation spaces integrated into a scenic lemon grove.
  • Relais Paradiso – family-owned hotel with panoramic suites for sunset views and traditional décor.
  • BLUE BOUTIQUE – elegant Vietri villa hotel with designer suites having private hot tubs and exclusive Gulf of Salerno vistas amid lush gardens.

Budget Hotels: (up to €200)

  • Hotel Bristol –  family-owned hotel in a historic Amalfi mansion with traditional rooms, charming antiques and pretty views of the sea or surrounding lemon groves.
  • amaMì home – small boutique B&B with cozy rooms accented in marine blues and whites offering a welcoming oasis from busy tourist areas along the coast.
  • Hotel Voce del Mare – pleasant family-run hotel with nice budget rooms along the pedestrian main street by the beach.

5. Minori and Maiori – Best Places to Stay on Amalfi Coast for Families 👪

⛱️ Hidden gems: Tucked between the famous towns of Amalfi and Salerno, Minori and Maiori offer more peaceful and affordable beach vacations along this very beautiful coastline.

🏖️ Maiori beach: 1,000 feet long, Maiori has the Amalfi Coast’s longest beach, which is called Spiaggia di Maiori. There are areas to swim in the sparkling sea or build sandcastles. Closeby are playgrounds and ice cream shops.

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🛥️ Boat tours: At Porto di Maiori, visitors can take mini boat cruises to see offshore caves and picturesque towns like Amalfi and Positano that are only reachable by sea. The Lungomare di Maiori, which is a walkway along the sea lined with palm trees, stretches for over a mile.

🏞️ Scenic eating: The hidden beach clubs Acquachiara Spiaggia provide places to relax under umbrellas overlooking the seaside. For amazing views, Ristorante Torre Normanna is set inside an old guard tower turned restaurant perched on a cliff high above the ocean.

🏛️ Historic sites: In Maiori’s town center, 15th century Palazzo Mezzacapo has peaceful gardens and Arab-Norman architecture. The Baroque Santuario Santa Maria a Mare church from 1583 sits near Maiori’s sweet seaside castle.

🍋 Lemons: In Minori, stroll through lemon groves at Villa Romana to see Roman ruins between lemon trees with bright flowers. Try lemon treats like ice cream, pastries and lemon liqueur at cafes like Sotto i Limoni and Lemon Paradise.

When it comes to visiting at a low cost or for a family swimming holiday, Minori and Maiori are the top places to go.

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Best Amalfi Coast Hotels in Minori & Maiori 🏨

Luxury Hotels (€400-€700)

  • Hotel Club Due Torri – family-run hotel near the main square with freshly renovated rooms to base yourself steps from the bustling harbor.
  • Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro – gorgeous cliffside resort on Amalfi Coast, with fragrant botanical gardens and infinity pool overlooking the Faraglioni rock formations.
  • Reginna Palace Hotel – 14th century aristocratic residence rebuilt as a hotel in Maiori with a towering seafront rooftop pool and swank bistro.

Medium price category (€200-€400)

  • Minori Palacehotel amid lemon groves conveniently on the main street of this less touristy village with apartments around the corner.
  • Palazzo Vingius – quaint Maiori B&B housed in a restored palazzo by the beach with original vaulted ceilings and antique furnishings with shared bathrooms.
  • Hotel Sole Splendid – family-run boutique hotel with classic rooms and a splendid restaurant terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

Budget Hotels (up to €200)

  • La Serenata Luxury – 4-star townhouse hotel with a pool deck, well-located for enjoying attractions.
  • Hotel Miramare  – friendly beachfront hotel with basic rooms along pedestrian streets leading to the sweeping Spiaggia di Maiori beach.
  • Hotel Caporal – simple, family-run Minori budget hotel with in-room fridges and a great location along seaside streets.

6. Praiano – Best Village for a Quiet Stay in Amalfi Coast 🕊

🌄 Magical scenes: Positioned on a high hilltop between Positano and Amalfi, Praiano is a peaceful village with breathtaking views of the magnificent sights found along the Amalfi Coast.

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Praiano
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The Church of St. Januarius
The Church of St. Januarius
The Church of St. Januarius
The Church of St. Januarius

⚓️ Ancient church: Situated in the centre of Praiano is The Church of St. Januarius, which holds a fancy tower and halls that date back to the 11th century.

🛶 Coastal trails: Twisting cobblestone paths like Via Capo Vertica and the famed Path of the Gods lead hikers through olive groves down to tiny hidden beaches and secret coves waiting to be discovered.

🏖️ Cool vibes: Relax at One Fire Beach Club’s pebble beach celebrated for its easygoing mood and breath-taking views.

🛥️Offshore escapades: Praiano has many local companies, like Sun & Sea Boat Charter, which arrange for private boat trips to its rocky creeks and Positano neighbouring beach that can only be entered by sea.

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Where to Stay in Praiano? 🏨

Luxury Hotels: (€800-€2000)

  • Hotel Piccolo Sant’Andrea – luxurious cliffside hideaway overlooking charming Praiano with picturesque rooms, scenic pool deck and renowned restaurant.
  • Casa Angelina – boutique hotel perched high above Positano’s coast with cutting edge interiors, a renowned restaurant and amazing sunset views.
  • Grand Hotel Tritone – friendly family-run hotel with traditional décor, pleasant garden, great pool and sea views.

Medium price range: (€300-€800)

  • Tramonto d’Oro – historic property situated atop cliffs in picturesque Praiano offering delightful rooms with sea view balconies and a beautiful panoramic restaurant.
  • Hotel Margherita – charming hotel in a renovated 17th century noble home complete with lush gardens, and unforgettable view of the coastline.
  • Il Corallo – modern 4-star hotel overlooking the Gulf of Salerno with sea view rooms and access to a private beach club.

Budget Hotels: (up to €300)

  • La Divina Amalfi Coast – simple yet inviting hotel comprised of budget rooms with whitewashed walls and shared bathrooms plus delightful garden and sea view balconies off the common lounge area.
  • Hotel Villa Bellavista –  hotel with modest décor but comfortable rooms situated just below the famous Emerald Grotto with gorgeous views of the whole Amalfi Coast.
  • Hotel Le Fioriere – cozy budget hotel in ancient tower home above Amalfi’s main beach offering basic rooms with great location near shops and ferries.

7. Amalfi Town – Great Place to Stay for Couples 💑

⚓️ Quaint harbor: First of all, there is Amalfi’s adorable harbor with private yachts, ferries, small towns offshore, and companies like Amalfi Boat Tour offering trips to see the beautiful emerald coves and caves along the coast. You can also relax at pretty seaside beach clubs like Lido delle Sirene.

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Amalfi Town
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Amalfi Town
Amalfi Town

🏛️ Famous Cathedral: That black and white striped Amalfi Cathedral on Piazza Duomo square is for sure the star attraction, with its decorated bronze doors and views of red rooftops spilling down to the sea.

🏖️ Hidden beaches: Duoglio is a small fishing village in the north of Amalfi, where you will find a snug beach called Il Duoglio Spiaggia located at the foot of sheer rocks. Enjoy the protected cove or drinks at the small beach bar there.

🍋 Lemons: Lemons have been cultivated in Amalfi since the Romans were there! For instance, you can get at Amalfi Lemon Experience store some lemon flavored sweet and sour things that are out of this world like limoncello liquor, soaps made from local fruit, jellies and candies.

🛍️ The story of paper: This is where we used to make paper and the museum of Amalfi paper shows some old-fashioned tools for producing it and a lot of fancy calligraphy. In town, find good-looking pieces of papers that can be bought as souvenirs.

🔶️ Mind-boggling sights: Take a day trip up twisty mountain roads to Torre di Pogerola which is an ancient stone tower with stunning views over green hillsides down to the Gulf of Salerno.

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Best Hotels in Amalfi 🏨

Luxury Hotels: (€1000-€1800)

  • Hotel Miramalfi – hotel in a restored Liberty-style villa featuring contemporary accommodations with gorgeous sea views steps from the iconic cathedral.
  • Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi – 13th century converted cliffside monastery in Amalfi with opulent rooms, renowned restaurant and stunning sea views.
  • Hotel Santa Caterina – gorgeous seaside resort perched atop the cliffs of Amalfi with lush gardens, luxurious rooms and swimming terraces carved into seaside rockface.

Medium price range: (€500-€1000)

  • Hotel Marina Riviera – charming family-run Amalfi hotel with bright traditional rooms, pleasant courtyard, and scenic seaside breakfast terrace.
  • Terrazza Duomo – boutique B&B with 3 exclusive suites atop the cathedral, showcasing stained glass windows and magnificent panoramic terrace.
  • Hotel Residence – cozy boutique hotel with a beach house vibe and lush patio steps from the longest stretch of sand on the coast.

Budget Hotels: (up to €500)

  • Domus Gaia hotel nestled amidst verdant cliffside gardens overlooking the sea featuring indulgent suites with private jacuzzis and sublime views of the coastline.
  • Core Amalfitano City Suites – modern apartments in the heart of Amalfi featuring elegant contemporary interiors with panoramic views from private balconies.
  • Amalfi Luxury House – compact guesthouse offering simple affordable accommodations and shared patio surrounded by vines and trees just steps from the beach.

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FAQs about Visiting Amalfi Coast❔

Which is the best town to stay in Amalfi Coast?

Positano is often considered the best place to stay in on the Amalfi Coast thanks to its stylish hotels, fashionable shops, picturesque seaside setting and lively atmosphere.

Is it better to stay in Positano or Amalfi?

While smaller Amalfi has old-world charm, Positano typically wins for the best place to stay with its luxurious cliffside resorts and hotels offering breathtaking sea views in a vibrant yet peaceful village setting.

Where is the best place to base yourself on the Amalfi Coast?

The lively town of Sorrento makes a great base with its central location, proximity to ancient ruins, walkable streets lined with cafes and gelato stands, reasonably priced hotels and efficient transportation links.

Which is nicer Amalfi or Positano?

With its colorful cliffside buildings, high-end shopping and resort-style hotels overlooking the sea, Positano edges out Amalfi as the slightly nicer destination for most visitors.

Is Positano cheaper than Amalfi Coast?

No, Positano tends to be more expensive than other towns along the Amalfi Coast due to its popularity, hotels, dining and shopping catering more to upscale travelers.

What is the best town to stay in Amalfi?

As the largest town, Amalfi offers the most lodging options from grand historic properties to smaller family-run hotels at lower prices than Positano while still providing beautiful scenery.