Visiting the Amalfi Coast in Italy feels like you’re stepping into the set of a movie. The ones with the big luxury boats, beaches with perfectly striped beach umbrellas, and streets that say #iwokeuplikethis. It’s stunning. But the Amalfi coast is not one place, but a stretch of coast made up of lots of different towns. One of the questions you will inevitably google when planning a trip is “Where to stay Amalfi Coast”. So we thought we’d let you know what we found when we were there.
- The Towns Of The Amalfi Coast
- Where To Stay Amalfi Coast?
- Booking Accommodation On The Amalfi Coast
- Booking Tips
- Amalfi Coast Accommodation Guide
- Absolute Splurge
- Luxe For Less
- Hotels In Amalfi Coast Under $200/night
- Our Overall Favourites
The Towns Of The Amalfi Coast
So what’s the best town to stay on the Amalfi Coast? When planning a trip to Amalfi Coast, a big decision is deciding where to stay on the Amalfi Coast. It first helps to get to know some of the different towns along the Amalfi Coast.
Positano is probably the town most people picture when they think of the Amalfi Coast. With beautiful flowers in every street, buildings stuck to the side of the cliff and stairs that will give you your daily workout in 5 minutes. It can be a bit more expensive to stay in Positano, but it has a beach, beauty, restaurants and some nightlife options. See our Amalfi Coast accommodation guide below for our picks for Positano Italy hotels.
Amalfi is a central town with a beautiful town square and Duomo, restaurants, beach and a laid-back atmosphere. I think it’s one of the best locations on the Amalfi coast. Its a great choice for where to stay in Amalfi Coast without a car, as it’s located in the middle of the coast. So from here, there are many Amalfi Coast towns to visit that can be easily reached by ferry or bus.
Just next door to Amalfi, Atrani is a smaller town with a beach, great location, and more peaceful than Amalfi. From here you can walk to Amalfi.
Ravello is set high above the ocean, so if you want to stay near a beach, it might not be for you. It’s a pretty town, with stunning views, that’s away from the huge crowds. It also has a classical and jazz music festival every year.
In between Positano and Amalfi, Praiano is more remote and less crowded. You will find more secluded Amalfi Coast beaches and the town is a little spread out. It’s also home to Africana, a popular club on the Amalfi Coast. Staying in Praiano might be a little more difficult to get around than its neighbours, but it’s known to be quite a romantic spot.
Maiori and Minori
Although we didn’t get to see these towns, from what I have read they are great for families. However, they aren’t as central if you are wanting to explore other towns/islands. If coming from Rome and staying in Maiori and Minori, you can reach these villages easier by getting the train to the Province of Salerno rather than the Sorrento end.
Although not technically part of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento can still be a good base and destination in itself. It’s a larger town, set atop the cliffs, so beaches aren’t easily accessible. We found lots of accommodation options, shops and restaurants. Although there’s lots of transport from here, it’s not that central to the Amalfi coast, so if you want to spend most of your time on the Amalfi coast, you might prefer Positano or Amalfi.
How To Decide Where To Stay On The Amalfi Coast
So now that you know a little about the different places along the Amalfi Coast, you might be even more confused because how do you choose just one or two places to stay? So how to choose where to stay Amalfi Coast? I think the main things to think about are:
- Costs of accommodation
- Getting around
- Things to do
- If you plan to stay in one spot or see other towns.
- Length of stay
Only staying for a short time, but want to see a few towns? I’d stay central, perhaps in Amalfi.
If cost isn’t an issue and you dream of the picturesque Amalfi Coast, Positano would be a good option.
Want to stay central but not right in a busy town? Try Atrani.
If you want the beauty and the views, but don’t need the beach every day, try Ravello.
If you want a base in a larger town, and are happy to just visit one or two towns on the Amalfi Coast, than Sorrento might be for you.
For families, I’ve heard great things about Minori and Maiori.
And for romance, it seems to be Praiano that comes out on top.
But in the end it’s a personal choice, and whatever you choose, you’re still on the Amalfi Coast :)
We kept going back and forth before we finally decided on both Sorrento and Amalfi town.
We stayed in Sorrento overnight as we were coming from Naples and Pompeii. Sorrento had a great atmosphere.
The next day we got a ferry to Amalfi Town, which was very easy. We chose Amalfi town as it was in a pretty central location, easy to walk around, had restaurants and beach, you could walk to Atrani, and get a short bus ride to Ravello. We took a short ferry ride to Positano for the day whilst we were there.
At first, we really wanted to stay in Positano, but Positano was quite expensive for what you got. Admittedly, we left booking accommodation too late, so if you want to stay in Positano and get value for money, I’d book earlier rather than later. The same goes for most towns on the Amalfi Coast.
A lot of people try to decide between Positano vs Amalfi Town. The best way I can describe the differences is Positano is quintessential Amalfi Coast. It has beaches, beautiful but very steep streets with lots of steps and lots of restaurants. Amalfi Town is a lot easier to get around and smaller. Amalfi Town also has beaches and restaurants and is quite central.
We were so happy with our choices. Sorrento had a completely different vibe and we really needed to break up our trip after a big day in Naples and Pompeii. Amalfi town was so relaxing and beautiful, with a Duomo and town square and great location. Amalfi Town was the best place to stay on the Amalfi Coast for us on this trip.
Booking Accommodation On The Amalfi Coast
Hotels Combined compares hotel prices across a range of websites, which is especially important on the Amalfi Coast as things can get pretty expensive.
We found booking.com had a large range of options for where to stay Amalfi Coast and prices were competitive. We ended up booking our Amalfi Coast accommodation through them.
We found some great places for excellent options for where to stay Amalfi Coast on Airbnb. We were going to book through Airbnb, but our dates weren’t available for the places we were interested in. Again, book early to find the best Airbnb on the Amalfi Coast and for more availability.
Booking Accommodation on the Amalfi Coast is something that should be done in advance. We booked a few months in advance and a lot of places were booked out or had really high prices. When putting together this guide, we searched for accommodation that was about 8 months in advance, and although prices were cheaper and there was more availability, some hotels were still booked out. So the earlier you book, the more options you will have and you will get much better value.
Amalfi Coast Accommodation Guide
We have put together a guide of our favourite picks for where to stay Amalfi Coast from our experience of our time there and research. We want to save you the many hours it takes to find a great hotel and area to stay in by sharing our knowledge and by doing the research for you. This includes luxury hotels in the Amalfi Coast, boutique hotels in the Amalfi Coast and Hotels in the Amalfi Coast under $200. So here are the best hotels to stay in Amalfi Coast…
Please note: Prices below were based on early peak season, per night and we searched about 8 months in advance of peak season.
Absolute Splurge: Luxury Accommodation on the Amalfi Coast
Photo Credit: All hotel images in this section are credited to the individual hotels.
Luxe For Less
- Capo La Gala Hotel and Resort, Sorrento | $600/night | Check Prices
- Maison La Minervetta, Sorrento | $550/night | Check Prices
- Villa Dei D’Aremiento, Sant’Agnello | $433/night | Check Prices
- Hotel Marincanto, Positano | $362/night | Check Prices
- La Maurella, Praiano | $214/night | Check Prices
Hotels On The Amalfi Coast Under $200 /Night
- Boccaccio B&B, Ravello | $153/night | Check Prices
- Casa Blu Cobalto, Maori | $137/night | Check Prices
- Hotel Pensione Reale, Maori | $145/night | Check Prices
- Hotel Le Fioriere, Praiano | $183/night | Check Prices
- La Casa di Vania, Ravello | $183/night | Check Prices
- B&B II Porticciolo di Amalfi, Amalfi | $137/night | Check Prices
- Alfieri Rooms, Atrani | $145/night | Check Prices
- Condo Hotel Sorrento Flats, Sorrento | $200/night | Check Prices
- Al Parco Verde B&B, Sorrento | $182/night | Check Prices
- Albergo S. Andrea, Amalfi | $200/night | Check Prices
- Pensione II Canneto, Positano | $168/night | Check Prices
Where To Stay Amalfi Coast: Our Overall Favourite Picks
- Casa Angelina, Praiano – love its interior design
- Villa Treville, Positano – absolute luxury
- Albergo S. Andrea, Amalfi – location right above the square
- Hotel Marincanto, Positano – views, balconies and location
- Maison La Minervetta, Sorrento – designs, views and uniqueness
- B&B II Porticciolo di Amalfi, Amalfi – location and under $200
- Boccaccio B&B, Ravello – location, family run, clean design