Where to Stay in Amalfi Coast Italy for first time visitors

Where to Stay in Amalfi Coast for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Are you looking for the perfect combination of beach relaxation and a rich agenda of historical and architectural exploration for your next trip? Then, the Amalfi Coast is a perfect match for you!

How am I so sure? This place presents a postcard-perfect setting with a stunning sea view and surrounding landscape. You’ve probably seen thousands of pictures throughout social media with rugged cliffsides and colourful cities. What you may not know is most of those pictures were taken in Amalfi Coast cities!

One of the main advantages of the Amalfi Coast is that it is easily accessible even by road, only 40 km away from Naples. You will never feel lonely here, and if you wish, you can always climb one of the high rocks and have the most fascinating view just for yourself.

Check also the Where to Stay in Amalfi Coast on a Budget.

And when you have already decided to head here, let’s find out:

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. In this guide include the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Amalfi Coast.

This is the extension of our guide to 7 days in Amalfi Coast.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated March 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Amalfi for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: Positano

Named the best place to visit on the Amalfi Coast, Positano is centrally located and offers something for everyone’s taste. When you first visit it, you will feel like you are in a fairy tale, and the small, narrow streets full of flowers will contribute to this feeling. Positano features the most famous beaches, seaside cafes or nightclubs, and a boutique-lined street for shopping lovers. The city is so easy to get to, and you are a few steps away from all the local attractions:

  • Spiaggia Grande – the most beautiful beach located centrally in Positano, with moments of relaxation after or before a long exploration of the rest of the beauties of the coast.
  • Grotta dello Smeraldo – a natural wonder, a cave that hides green-turquoise sea water and a breathtaking atmosphere.
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta – the most beautiful church in this part of Italy, with Byzantine features. Don’t miss to find out why it has this name.

Why do we recommend these areas?

If you chose this location because of the beaches, you are definitely not wrong. Spiaggia Grande will pamper all your senses with the azure water and peaceful ambience.
On the coastline, you have beautiful cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the Italian cuisine flavours in your chosen company.

When thinking about where to stay on the Amalfi Coast, specifically Positano, aim for a central location – after you explore Piazza dei Mulini, you will be in Spiaggia Grande in 5 minutes. Also, because you’re planning a week-long trip, don’t miss a day trip to Emerald Cave or Grotta dello Smeraldo.

And finally, while walking through Positano, glance at the most beautiful church, Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, bursting with history since the 10th century. Go inside and see the symbol of the Virgin Mary arriving in this beautiful Amalfi Coast city.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Positano
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Hotel Palazzo Murat
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Hotel Poseidon
💎 Best Luxury HotelLe Sirenuse
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Casa Angelina
😎 Best for Groups:Positano Luxury Villas
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Hotel Margherita
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Hotel Torre Saracena
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Villa Isabella
👌 Safest Area: Minori and Maiori

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Amalfi Coast

The fact that all these locations аnd nightlife spots are close to you does not affect the tranquillity of the night that Positano delivers. In other words, your sleep will go uninterrupted! Additionally, Positano also offers accommodation for everyone’s pocket, from small rooms to luxury apartments with sea views.

The prices for overnight stays are high, so I have prepared more options for you in the text below. Private accommodations can be found for prices lower than 200 euros per night, while in hotels, a night ranges from 50-100 euros.

Whichever option you choose, you will be amazed by your surroundings. Lower Positano is where the beaches and all the local attractions are, so it is often crowded. However, I still recommend finding accommodation there, because the best selection of hotels and accommodations is concentrated in this part. Also, the ferry port is close, and you can quickly go on a day trip. For those who find walking and climbing stairs a problem, remember that Positano is hilly. Still, Lower Positano is much easier to navigate, so if you are going with a family or elderly people, definitely choose this area.

Finally, let’s look into where to stay on the Amalfi Coast! Whether travelling alone, with your partner or family, I have a ready solution for you.

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Handpicked accommodations for families

The entire Amalfi Coast is well-suited for your family trip. This place will definitely remain in the memory of your children, especially if you want to enjoy water sports, hiking, and boat tours together or spend the whole day lying on the beach or in a wide-awake expedition gathering new knowledge about the architecture and history of the cities. There are even specialized tours for curious children about history and architecture. Also, all Amalfi Coast cities are quite safe, so you needn’t worry about a thing!

Another advantage is that you can reach the Amalfi Coast by car. These scenic drives from one place to another will never disappear from your memory. Above, we saw Positano as one of the most crowded places, which may not be ideal for a quiet family vacation. Just for that reason, try to find accommodation in one of the following locations:

Minori

  • Small and tranquil;
  • Intimate beaches;
  • Accessible apartments for families;

Amalfi

  • Frequently visited;
  • Has fewer stairs than the central area, making it easier for you to get around with children.

Hotel Palazzo Murat

The first thing you will notice about this Amalfi Coast hotel is the spacious rooms, especially the ones meant for families. The whole family will enjoy a superb breakfast included in the price, with many choices of homemade pastries for your little ones.

You can spend your free time in the outdoor pool or go on a boat tour organized by Hotel Palazzo Murat. If you are coming by plane, don’t worry, you won’t have any additional troubles. The hotel provides transportation from and to the airport, and it also offers babysitting or child services for an additional fee.

Book Hotel Palazzo Murat here

Private room at Hotel Palazzo Murat

Hotel Santa Caterina

Built into a rock, this Hotel Santa Caterina combines luxury and natural beauty. The hotel has a private beach and the possibility of daily entertainment activities, but also an evening program, especially for children and adults.

The food is based on the principle of balanced, healthy Mediterranean cuisine, but also, as a top specialty, the visitors single out the delicious pizza. This luxurious hotel offers family rooms or suites with a sea view.

Book Hotel Santa Caterina here

Outdoor pool at Hotel Santa Caterina 

 1.2 Couples

If you’re still pondering where to stay on the Amalfi Coast with your partner, just google the following 3 locations – the decision will be made for you!

  • Fiordo di Furore – an intimate place with a beautiful beach and a bridge that provides breathtaking views. It’s a great choice to escape the crowds.
  • Еnchanting Villa Rufolo- located in Ravello, the most romantic place in this region, with lush gardens, history and unforgettable views.
  • Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei) – hiking trail with outstanding panoramic views. And let me tell you a secret – it’s a great place to propose.

The best neighbourhoods to choose for a romantic vacation in Amalfi аre:

Positano

  • Picturesque town full of local attractions;
  • Beautiful accommodations with modern amenities like jacuzzis for the ultimate enjoyment;
  • Romantic boat trips;

Ravello

  • Historical town with many castle-turned-hotels;
  • Villa Cimbrone, believed to have the most romantic rooftop garden;
  • Exclusive and intimate restaurant (My suggestion – Rossellinis)

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Palazzo Avino

Couples who have visited this hotel said it’s one of the best places to stay on the Amalfi Coast, crowning it the Jewel of Amalfi. Guests enjoy luxurious suites with garden and sea views and a private beach with an intimate atmosphere. As for the end of the day, the highlight is the well-equipped spa that guarantees relaxation.

Book Palazzo Avino here

Private bedroom at Palazzo Avino Relax and unwind at Palazzo Avino

Hotel Poseidon

Hotel Poseidon is the definition of Italian style, enriched with floral decor and an enchanting garden. For the cooler months, all suites have a fireplace that adds to the romantic ambience. For the evening hours, the staff prepared an entertaining program and dinner on the beautiful terrace.

Book Hotel Poseidon here

Your private room at Hotel Poseidon Enjoy your stay at Hotel Poseidon

1.3 Luxury traveler

Are you ready for the most luxurious aspect of this region? Discover why Amalfi and its towns are frequent destinations of many famous people or travellers who have no problem paying more for their comfort and pleasure.

The most opulent neighbourhoods of Amalfi are:

Amalfi

  • Known as the playground of the rich and famous;
  • Michelin-starred restaurants around every corner;
  • High-end couture boutiques;

Positano

  • Outdoor spa facilities with the most amazing views;
  • Exclusive beach clubs;

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Le Sirenuse

Le Sirenuse captivates with its elegant rooms with private balconies, but also spectacular vibrant exteriors and outstanding sea or garden views. For a truly luxurious trip, visit the hammam and wellness and fitness centre. But let’s not forget the Michelin star restaurant with excellent food.

Book Le Sirenuse here

Personal space at Le SirenuseLe Sirenuse Common Area

Caruso, Belmond Hotel

Are you a lover of history and luxury? Welcome to Caruso, Caruso from the Belmond chain, which explains its splendour. Since the 11th century, this hotel has symbolized elegance and opulence. Today, the additional offer includes an infinity pool and 3 restaurants.

Book Caruso, A Belmond Hotel here

Caruso, A Belmond Hotel Private bedroom at Caruso, A Belmond Hotel

1.4 Design-lovers

If you have a keen taste for fashion, design and refinement, you expect more from your summer destination. Well, Amalfi has a lot to offer you. The place has a modern spirit, and the quiet beaches, brightly coloured panoramic views and narrow streets convey a quiet and intimate atmosphere which will surely pluck some inspirational strings. To feel the magic, look for where to stay on the Amalfi Coast in the following neighbourhoods:

Praiano

  • Neutral-toned buildings perfectly complement the azure waters;
  • Beautiful terraces surrounded by the town’s natural splendour

Positano

  • One look at the La Sirenuse should be more than enough reason to understand why!

Also, check out these hotels we’ve picked out for you, art and refinement lovers:

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Casa Angelina

Casa Angelina is a wonderful boutique hotel in a modern style, with light colours and beautiful colourful ornaments that stand out. The spacious, airy rooms are pretty enough to offer you comfort for creation. Don’t miss the panoramic outdoor pool at sunset for real magic.

Book Casa Angelina here

Outdoor pool at Casa Angelina Casa Angelina for Design Lovers

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is an adult-only Amalfi Coast hotel with beautiful, elegant, refined rooms with a panoramic view of the Gulf of Salerno. The entire interior is carefully selected with maximum focus on aesthetic details.

Book Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa here

Private bedroom at Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa Relax and have fun at Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

1.5 Groups

Planning a group trip? Don’t hesitate to explore one of the many places to visit on the Amalfi Coast. I definitely recommend Positano for group travel, the heart of the coast.

  • A starting point for many guided tours for groups across the Amalfi Coast;
  • Group-friendly accommodations;
  • Easily navigated.

Don’t even worry about accommodation – I have suggestions for you:

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Positano Luxury Villas

Take your group travel to the next level in the Positano Luxury Villas. Enjoy the city view, the shared kitchen or the spacious terrace for gatherings. The location is superb – hilltop villas spread across the resort’s beautiful garden. The villas can house up to 8 guests, and if you’re going fully luxurious like the city itself, you can even opt for a villa with a private pool!

Book Positano Luxury Villas here

Entertainment area at Positano Luxury Villas Private bedroom at Positano Luxury Villas

Villino Prota

Villino Prota is an ideal option for a 6-member group. You can have the entire villa for yourselves, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a beautiful spacious living room with a sea view.

Book Villino Prota here

Beautiful view at Villino Prota Private bedroom at Villino Prota

1.6 Solo-travelers

The entirety of the Amalfi Coast is considered friendly and kind to tourists, making it ideal for solo travellers. And because there’s an abundance of tours across the coast, you’ll be bound to make some new acquaintances! Moreover, because the coastal towns are quite close to each other, backpackers will find this super useful!

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Hotel Margherita

Hotel Margherita is a family-run hotel with affordable prices. The properties are focused on organic and quality cuisine enriched with a comfy atmosphere. The Venetian-styled Amalfi Coast hotel also has a swimming pool and a small garden for relaxation. If you arrive by car, keep in mind that parking is free.

Book Hotel Margherita here

Have a great stay at Hotel Margherita  

Hotel Due Torri

This is the slightly more luxurious option with an elegant setting, but still more affordable than accommodation in Positano. Apart from a comfortable bedroom and bathroom, the offer includes 2 swimming pools and a fitness and wellness centre. Hotel Due Torri also has a sociable vibe, so you’re bound to meet new people along the way.

Book Hotel Due Torri here

Hotel Due Torri Private Bedroom Have a lovely experience at Hotel Due Torri

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

Want to spice up your stay with a bit of nightlife? The Coast boasts exciting opportunities, promising a world of fun. Some Amalfi Coast cities have a vibrant nightlife with unique clubs, such as the Africana Famous Club, with a natural cave setting. To find nightlife, secure accommodation and head to:

Positano

  • Legendary club, Music on the Rocks, located on Spaggia Grande beach;
  • Le Terazze for an excellent dining experience;
  • Diverse options for fun

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Hotel Torre Saracena

Hotel Torre Saracena is just a 5-minute walk from Praiano centre and the city’s nightclubs and bars. And for the following day, you can rest on the sun terrace of the hotel. The hotel is styled in calm colours, and the rooms have a beautiful water view with a calming effect after a hectic night out.

Book Hotel Torre Saracena here

Book your stay at Hotel Torre Saracena Hotel Torre Saracena

Il Giardino Dei Limoni

The location of this Il Giardino Dei Limoni is superb – near the famous clubs. The apartments are large and bright, with a city view. There are also BBQ facilities in the yard, great for gathering company and warming up for the upcoming night out.

Book Il Giardino Dei Limoni here

Il Giardino Dei Limoni Private Bedroom Il Giardino Dei Limoni

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Amalfi’s unique charm lies in its ability to cater to luxury seekers and budget-conscious travellers. My budget-friendly suggestions for where to stay on the Amalfi Coast are:

Maiori & Minori

  • Clean and uncrowded public beaches;
  • The Path of Lemons goes through these small towns;
  • Great way to experience the culture without burning a hole in your pocket

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Villa Isabella

Villa Isabella is next to Minori Beach, in the first row, on the beachfront. The apartment has a bedroom and a private bathroom and can host a maximum of 3 people. For 70-90 euros, you get high-rated comfort and a saved budget for other pleasures.

Book Villa Isabella Minori here

Villa Isabella Bedroom  

La Valle Delle Ferriere

La Valle Delle Ferriere is a 4-star hotel with relatively low prices. In addition to the bedroom and private toilet, guests get a terrace with a beautiful view for their morning coffee. The WIFI connection is excellent, and parking is free if you log in on time.

Book La Valle Delle Ferriere here

Have fun at La Valle Delle Ferriere Breathtaking view at La Valle Delle Ferriere

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Amalfi Coast

Positano

We have already talked about Positano. For those who enjoy the hustle and bustle, famous beaches and popular destinations or are looking for luxury, this is the right place. Let’s mention once again that it is steep, and you need physical conditioning for longer walks.

And now, all the lights are cast on the following best places to stay on the Amalfi Coast:

Ravello

Why is it so magical? This small town tells a historical story with hints of romance, history, and art, making it an ideal retreat for couples. Many years ago, it was a favourite place of many artists, and another proof is the Ravello festival, which you must attend if you are there in the summer.

Amalfi

Keep up with luxury in this bustling coastal town with a vivacious atmosphere. The main advantage over Positano is that in Amalfi, all the spots are easily walkable. In addition to all the attractions, don’t miss the charming cathedral and the famous Arsenale della Republica.

Praiano

And finally, but also alluring because of the rich nightlife and the art that it brings. Although it is less touristy, here are some of the best restaurants in the region with specialties that are magic for all the senses.

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Amalfi Coast?

The best neighborhood to stay in Amalfi Coast is Positano. It is centrally located, offers a fairy-tale-like setting with picturesque streets and flowers, and provides easy access to famous attractions such as Spiaggia Grande, Grotta dello Smeraldo, and Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta.

Where should you not stay in Amalfi Coast?

While there isn't a specific neighborhood to completely avoid in Amalfi Coast, it's essential to consider factors like physical fitness. Positano, for example, is known for its steep terrain, so individuals with mobility issues might find lower Positano more manageable. It's crucial to choose a location that aligns with your preferences and physical capabilities.

What should I avoid in Amalfi Coast?

It's advisable to avoid overpriced accommodations, especially during peak tourist seasons. Additionally, be cautious of accommodations that may not align with your travel preferences. Research and read reviews to ensure you choose the right neighborhood and accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

Where should I stay in Amalfi Coast for the first time?

For a first-time visit to the Amalfi Coast, Positano is recommended. It offers a central location, a variety of attractions, beautiful beaches like Spiaggia Grande, and easy access to day trips such as the Emerald Cave (Grotta dello Smeraldo). Positano provides a quintessential Amalfi Coast experience with its charming streets and iconic landmarks.

4. Map + All Sights

Explore Amalfi Coast with ease using our interactive map, featuring a range of accommodations catering to families, groups, and more. Find your ideal stay amidst the beauty of Amalfi Coast, ensuring a memorable experience for every traveler. Your personalized island retreat begins with the perfect accommodation.

5. Summary where to stay in Amalfi Coast

I’ve provided a wealth of information about where to stay on the Amalfi Coast. Pick your accommodation based on your travelling preferences and prepare for an unforgettable vacation!

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