Amalfi Coast, Italy

Casa Angelina

Rates from (inc tax)$342.29

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Modern Med minimalism

Setting

Rugged Amalfi cliffside

Between soaring pine-covered mountains and a deep sapphire sea sits hotel Casa Angelina, perched majestically on the Amalfi Coast’s cliffs. Inside, the sleek, all-white rooms – save for the wild and whimsical colours of Murano glass sculptures dotted around communal areas – contrast dreamily with the blue sky and water outside.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

43, including four beachside apartments.

Check–Out

12 noon; later check-out is subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $342.29 (€305), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR335.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Room rates include a buffet breakfast.

Also

By far the best way to explore this famed stretch of coastline is by boat – perfect for spotting secluded little beaches nestled into the cliffs. Hop in the hotel's private vessel – the Master Angelina – which can be hired for half-day or full-day tours with your own personal skipper. If you'd rather curl up in the hotel's lounge, be sure to keep an eye out for some strange colourful creatures made out of Murano glass – Cuban artist Sosabravo's sculptures add a quirky touch to the serene decor.

Hotel closed

29 October 2015 to 23 March 2016.

At the hotel

Gym, beauty and massage treatments, DVD library, free WiFi throughout, shuttle bus to Positano. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, L’Occitane toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Although we do love the views of Praiano from the Grand Deluxe Suite, Junior Suite 401 has to be the most reach-for-the-camera impressive, with a vast private terrace offering 180º views of Positano and Capri from the comfort of a luxurious lounger and a unique Duravit Starck bath tub. 200 steps down from the main hotel beside the private beach, Casa Angelina’s four airy apartments come with Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems and a communal honesty bar, and incorporate the natural rock of the cliff face into their whitewashed walls.

Poolside

Casa Angelina has two. Inside the hotel, a heated hydrotherapy pool bubbles away under a constellation of fibre optics on the ceilings. Out on the decked terrace, a sun-warmed counter-current pool is surrounded by white day-beds and parasols.

Spa

The wellness centre has incredible views from its sea-facing treadmills, and the stylish white-walled gym (with Technogym equipment) is a serene working-out spot. Take a break in the sauna, or book a de-stress, relaxing or sports massage, with luxe Moroccan Nectarome products, in one of the all-white sea-view treatment rooms.

Packing tips

Steep steps are everywhere in these parts, so heels will need stowable back-up – pack some handbaggable flats. Pashminas and hairspray will keep your precious tresses in place while speeding along the coast by boat.

Also

Reception can arrange a personal trainer and if you have a room with a terrace you can practice your stretches and sun salutations to inspiring views, with private yoga and pilates classes.

Children

Children over 12 can stay for €154 a night. However, as the hotel's many art-topped plinths and pristine white walls signify, this is very much an adult Amalfi hideaway.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Un Piano nel Cielo (‘a floor in the sky’) is just that – a top-floor terrace with yet more amazing views of the Amalfi coast. The indoor area is fitted with wall-spanning coast-facing windows, so you can still admire the vista. Ingredients sourced from the Sorrentine Peninsula, and some grown on-site, are crafted into inventive Mediterranean dishes by chef Vincenzo Vanacore; and the seasonally updated wine cellar – with more than 3,000 bottles – is overseen by passionate oenophile and sommellier Rosario Landi. Breakfast by the Tyrhennian on the restaurant's terrace; the lavish buffet is something of an event here with freshly baked pastries, home-made cakes and tarts, warm loaves, smoked salmon, cheeses and meats, fresh fruit, pasta salad, an eggs menu and other hot dishes cooked to order. 

At the bar

The small Moroccan-influenced bar has a terrace on the cliff-edge scattered with teak tables and umbrellas – there can be few more romantic spots on the Amalfi coast for enjoying a sundowner. The staff certainly know their way around a mojito.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am. The kitchen closes at 10.20pm, but the bar stays open until 1am.

Room service

24 hours.

Location

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Address
Casa Angelina
147 Via Gennaro Capriglione
84010
Praiano
Italy

Planes

Fly with British Airways, BMI, EasyJet or Alitalia to Naples Airport, which is a 90-minute drive of spectacular coastal views from Casa Angelina. Hire a car, or take one of the public buses from the station to Sorrento, where you can hop on a ‘Sita’ bus to the hotel in Praiano. Alternatively, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service.

Trains

Take the ‘Circumvesuviana’ railway to Sorrento from either Naples or Salerno train station, then the ‘Sita’ bus to Praiano. For Smiths who plan to venture further afield, there are trains from Naples to an assortment of Italian destinations, including Palermo, Pompeii and Salerno as well as the more distant Rome and Florence.

Automobiles

It’s worth hiring a car to explore the postcard-perfect scenery of the Amalfi coastline, but watch out for coaches in high season: there are a lot of them. If you’re driving from Naples, take the A3 (Salerno–Reggio di Calabria) highway and exit at Castellammare di Stabia; then take the SS145 followed by the SS143 to Praiano. The hotel has free valet parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Rent a boat from Noleggio Barche Lucibello (+39 089 875032) and take a jaunt to Capri for the day. En route, stop off at some of the natural cave formations, particularly, La Grotta Bianca, where you can see a reflection of the Virgin Mary in the water from the cave above.

For more landlubberly travel, hire a Vespa and tour the coast in true Italian style. The nearby village of Nerano is famous for its spaghetti con zuchini, so stop there for lunch before heading up to Ravello, the hilltop town famous for its amazing viewpoints. Once you've soaked up the panorama, head back down the hill to Villa Cimbrone (+39 089 857459), to sup a limoncello in its gorgeous gardens that cascade down the mountainside. Those with stamina to spare can tackle the Path of the Gods: a hiking route from Agerola to Positano, which passes by this stretch of coast.

Local restaurants

A two-minute wander from Casa Angelina, La Strada (+39 089 813081) is a very friendly little restaurant, offering fresh fish, good steaks and excellent Italian wines. At night, you can dine on the balcony and see the lights of Positano twinkling across the bay. Nestling in a quiet cove, a short boat ride from the hotel, Armandino, (+39 089 874087) is a family-run trattoria on the seashore with a very local flavour: recipes have been handed down the generations and local musicians frequently come to sweeten the air.

Local bars

Vivaro Wine Bar in Praiano is an intimate venue, which only seats up to 12. The wine flows freely and there's a relaxed approach to dining – the friendly host will ask you if you want meat or fish – but don't be discouraged by the lack of a menu, dishes are reliably good. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Too much work and winter-induced malaise means these Mr Smiths are due a holiday. An empty long weekend and some last-minute flights to the Amalfi Coast present themselves, and we pounce. We’re on that plane faster than you can say ‘Andiamo!’. The second we come soaring into the shimmering haze of Naples Bay, all work stresses dissipate, replaced by thoughts of oranges plucked from the tree, pizzas pulled from the wood-fired oven, and Campari, well, straight from the bottle.

Though we’d planned on renting a car, the prospect of tackling the coast’s notoriously zigzagging roads brings out the scaredy cat in me, and we decide to take a taxi. A little flirt with car sickness and a near miss with a giant lemon (actually a lemonade truck) aside, the journey is smooth and pleasant – thanks mostly to the eye-popping view. Panoramas of this glistening gulp of the Med and its dramatic coastline hit us from every angle as we wend our way round the Gulf of Naples down to the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula.

Positano marks our penultimate pitstop before the tiny village of Praiano. Hanging on the craggy landscape, tiers of pale apricot abodes seem on the brink of tumbling into the crystalline sea beneath (Mr Smith goes as far as describing it as ‘impossibly sapphire’). The first thing that strikes you about this rugged corner of Amalfi is how astonishing it is that people ever came to live here: incredibly steep and impassably rocky, it is mind-boggling to think the Italians made it this far.

A whitewashed stalagmite of minimalist luxury on this rocky edge, Casa Angelina is invisible from the road, thanks to the near vertical cliff-face. To reach it, our taxi twists its way down a road that a limber mountain goat would find challenging. Before we’ve made it out of the car and passed Angelina’s swishing electric doors, we’ve had our bags prised from our dragging fists, replaced by glasses of fresh almond milk straight from an ice-bucket.

On initial inspection, Casa Angelina is how I would imagine Rupert Everett’s house to have looked in the 1990s: all whitewashed walls, clean lines and busts of beautiful women. And this is no bad thing: the Nineties’ look is back, after all (and I imagine Everett’s got impeccable taste). Our celestial casa is an art hotel, and colourful contemporary paintings and sculptures by Tim Cotterill, Gina Nahle Bauer and Sergio Bustamante are bright and intriguing. These fantasy-world bronzes, Murano glass sculptures and papier-mâché figures, if not to everyone’s taste, make for engaging eye-stops between white spaces and cerulean sky-and-sea views beyond.

Our spacious, light-flooded bedroom also has a small, sea-facing balcony, which we quickly take to with glasses of free champagne. Frankly, we are desperate to get our alabaster bodies into the sun – even if it is by now already 5pm. A quick shower in the well-proportioned, very white, beautifully tiled bathroom, and we’re ready for a stroll down to the sea. ‘A hike!’ declares Signor Smith. The walk is worth it. A trip down in the elevator and then we follow the steps down a meandering, olive-tree-lined path to a secluded beach bar. Negronis in hand, we plot up and open the floodgates to some serious awe, inspired by watching the Mediterranean sun sink into that mesmerising sea.

Strolling, and pausing intermittently for a little breath to be stolen, is what mostly fills our time in Praiano. Orange-tree-shaded lanes, an aquamarine-sea-facing church – it’s a landscape that is unspeakably beautiful. We eat our way through Praiano’s handful of restaurants, perhaps peaking with the massive, tasty pizzas from Trattoria San Gennaro. Traveller-beloved tiny towns litter the Amalfi Coast, and Positano, despite being full of Italian tourists and their little pooches, is soul-stirringly pretty and welcoming. Amalfi itself is worth a visit alone for its unparalleled gelato.

When it comes to our last night, our freshly uplifted hearts plummet briefly: it’s too nice here. We’re sad to be departing Casa Angelina, so we savour our stay down to the very last drop by dining at the hotel’s own restaurant, Un Piano nel Cielo. Feeling romantic, full by now with great food, wine and sun, Mr Smith and I plump for the tasting menu and a bottle of delicious local Aglianico. From the off – a meltingly fresh monkfish, juicy pancetta and tasty sautéed broad bean salad – each of the seven dishes is among the best we’ve had on our trip: no small claim in this gourmet’s paradise.

Praiano’s scenery has been some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen, the food is universally faultless and our hotel is a dream. Thinking back to those initial weekend aspirations, we’ve successfully ticked a lot of boxes. At least 20 oranges were devoured straight from the tree; maybe five chewy yet crispy pizzas were wolfed direct from the oven. Campari bottles slugged? Too many to mention. And as for our trip away… it was one in a million.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa Angelina’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The views, they are extraordinary... The room are great, super stylish... Staff are attentive and quick to help. Take the hotel's boat and spend a day pootling down the Amalfi coast, stopping off for food and swimming.

Don’t expect

Too much from the beach area.

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Stayed on 19 Sep 2016

We loved

The hotel is in a wonderful location. The staff are delightful. The rooms are small but very well equipped. The breakfasts are excellent. There is access to the sea and a nice place to spend the day. It certainly meet if not exceeded our expectations. The hotel recommended the 'Walk of the Gods' which my husband did and would recommend. We had one of the best meals I have ever had at Casa Mele in Positano again on the advice of the reception staff. I would also suggest trips to Pompeii, Herculaneam and Ravello are well worth it.

Don’t expect

The Amalfi coast is breathtaking but not appropriate for an invalid. Places by the rather small swimming pool are at a premium.

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Stayed on 12 Jun 2016

We loved

The staff are excellent. The hotel is very peaceful and quiet. The common areas are immaculate. The breakfast is wonderful. Lots of choice. There is a very good pizzeria just up from the hotel.

Don’t expect

A private beach. The hotel shares the the beach with the public. Loud music is played throughout the day.

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Stayed on 8 Jun 2016

We loved

The stunning views, the superb service, beautiful spa, wonderful restaurant

Don’t expect

To find anything unsatisfactory about this hotel!

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Stayed on 15 May 2016

We loved

Being totally pampered without being pressured or bothered. The staff were excellent, as was the food. The hotel gave us great recommendations to suit our mood and requirement.

Don’t expect

Noisy parties

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Stayed on 6 May 2016

We loved

Everything - it's a simply wonderful place. Chic and understated with fantastic staff.

Don’t expect

I wouldn't change a thing.

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Stayed on 29 Mar 2016

We loved

Sea views, contemporary design, service, peace and quiet

Don’t expect

Hard to think of any improvements!

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Stayed on 26 Mar 2016

We loved

The views, the location, the staff, the art. If you're up for a hike walk the Path of the Gods up and over from the hotel to Positano. The views were breathtaking and it certainly keeps you fit! It should take 2.5 hours but that's if you take the bus to Postiano once you arrive at Nocella. We walked the whole way, including 1240 steps!!! down into Positano and it took 4 hours! Rather shattered at the end but just make sure you arrive while the restaurants are open at lunchtime :)

Don’t expect

Free breakfast! It's not included and is very pricey. Ditto dinner. Go out to local cafes and restaurants /pizzeria in Praiano, or spend an evening in Positano.

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Stayed on 10 Oct 2015

We loved

how peaceful it was in comparison to the bustle of Positano. The view of Positano and the sunsets are amazing. Impeccable service. Modern hotel. Definitely use the stairs and go down to the beach, we also loved La Strada restaurant, went back 2x on our trip!

Don’t expect

Old world Italian, tourist attractions, many dining options outside of the hotel.

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Stayed on 2 Oct 2015

We loved

The amazing views and the charming staff, who were incredibly helpful without being obsequious. Laid back and chic.

Don’t expect

A huge pool or to walk straight onto the beach.

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Stayed on 21 Sep 2015

We loved

The location, the interiors, the wonderful staff, the food, the courtesy transfers to Positano.

Don’t expect

Lively nights, a quiet beach.

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Stayed on 3 Sep 2015

We loved

The customer service from the minute you stepped into the hotel until you left was phenomenal. The staff got us last minute reservations at the most popular restaurants with the best tables. They were friendly and were willing to go out of their way to make your stay just perfect. They also surprised us (we were on our honeymoon) and the first night they filled a bubble bath with roses for us. They pay attention to detail for their customers and does not go unnoticed.

Don’t expect

To not walk up lots of stairs! You also are not allowed to have an iron in your room, so the only way to iron clothes is to pay and send it to their laundry service.

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Stayed on 19 Aug 2015

We loved

The spectacular views!! The food was absolutely amazing!! Buffet breakfast was incredible, lunch by the pool was perfect, and the gourmet dinner was one of the best meals we have ever had! The service in the restaurant was impeccable! The staff throughout the hotel couldn't have been more accommodating! Truly excellent service! The private boat excursion on Master Angelina was a highlight of our trip!

Don’t expect

A quiet time at the beach. After walking down over 200 stairs, loud music is playing at the beach club. You have to go down a ladder to swim in the sea. You can walk to the beach on the right for a gradual entrance to the water where you can wade in the sea and swim, but there is no towel service on that beach.

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Stayed on 10 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything about this hotel. We loved that it was not in Positano but there was still a shuttle to go into town. We loved that the pool was quite and calm but we could go down to the beach for fun music and drinks. The details were also incredibly charming, especially the water and hand cream on both night stands at pull down service.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk to much. The restaurants that are within walking distance are underwhelming at best. The beach is also 250 steps down from the hotel's elevator.

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Stayed on 22 Jun 2015

We loved

The hotel is amazing. Everything from the decor to the staff, the views to the rooms are perfect. The hotel is quite modern, all in white with interesting blown glass art providing sources of color. The rooms are very nice, comfortable, and modern. Everything is controlled from a little button pad on the wall, very elegant. The seaview rooms have a view that never fails to astonish. Every morning and every night we sat on our balcony and just watch the sun, water and the town of Positano. The staff at the hotel is wonderful, always willing to help and to go above and beyond the call of duty. The restaurant on the roof is amazing, we went twice for dinner and every day for breakfast!

Don’t expect

The beach in hard to reach, and it is not easily swimmable. Stick with the pools.

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Stayed on 15 Jun 2015

We loved

Attentive service from check-in to check-out, very clean, modern, funky rooms, lunch aperol spritz by the pool, beach club for a different vibe, gourmet restaurant

Don’t expect

Praiano is a small, quiet town -- no night life

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Stayed on 8 Jun 2015

We loved

Everything.

Don’t expect

To want for anything better.

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Stayed on 6 Jun 2015