There are few regions of the world with as many scenically located hotels as you’ll find on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. On that stretch of Mediterranean shoreline from Sorrento to Salerno, dozens of hotels, guesthouses, hostels and inns peer down on sparkling seas, grand gardens, charming churches and other sights that tempt travel writers adopt to alliteration and make other visitors simply exclaim WOW.
On the Amalfi Coast — the whole of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site — selecting the hotel with the best room views is thus a daunting task. Forced to settle on one for this post, we’ll choose the Hotel Caruso Belvedere.
Rooms with a view
This post is part of an ongoing series featuring amazing views from hotel rooms. In each post, we select a country, region or city and find the one hotel there that — in the independent opinion of Spot Cool Stuff’s travel editors — offers the best views from all of its rooms. We give bonus points when guests can enjoy the view from their hotel bed. Factors we do not consider when making our selection include the views from the public areas of the property or the quality of the hotel itself. Check out our other reviews of hotels with the best hotel room views here.
The foremost reason why: Ravello. The town has the best views on the Amalfi Coast (which is really saying something) and is one of our favorite places to visit in the region1. The Hotel Caruso is perched on the highest point in town, 350 meters above the coastline.
The second, third and fourth reasons why the hotel has especially amazing room views are the large windows, private balconies and many terraces.
The windows are especially something. In this part of Italy many of the buildings are old. The Hotel Caruso itself is in a palace that’s some 900 years old. Private rooms with large windows were not common back then. But a renovation of the hotel, completed in 2005, opened up the vistas. So that, today, you can stay at the hotel and get an expansive view right from your room — and sometimes even from your bed:
That renovation, not incidentally, was a meticulous undertaking that closed down the hotel for four years. In that time, local artisans lay tiles, wove textiles and crafted lamps all using traditional methods. Carpenters hand-built exact replicas of the furniture that the palace’s original residents used in the 11th century.
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Unfortunately, the hotel’s desire to spare no expense during their renovation is only cool right up until the moment you are handed your bill. A night at the Hotel Caruso will set you back from €780 to over €3,200, depending on the room2. For the best room views for the money, the Junior Suites are the best deal. Some of the double rooms, in fact, have rather disappointing views. At the other end of the spectrum, the Exclusive Suites come with their own private furnished terrace and private garden.
The Hotel Caruso features a beautiful infinity pool, which boasts some rather grand views of its own (pics below). The hotel also runs all sorts of interesting outings around the Almafi Coast, including a sunset boat cruise and a Vespa riding tour! Of course, to enjoy those you’ll have to first pry yourself from your luxury room and the amazing views it offers.
1 We’re also big fans of the town of Positano, though it is also more crowded.
2 Give the astronomical room rates, it is especially grating that the hotel would tack on an extra €20 for parking. At least in-room wifi, an American-style buffet breakfast and a boat tour are included in the rate.
Planning your stay
When: Hotel Caruso is open year round. We are partial to the shoulder seasons (April and May, September and October) for the combination of generally excellent weather and relatively fewer tourists around Amalfi.
If you go: Bring comfortable walking shoes. On the Amalfi coast in general, and around Ravello in particular, you seemingly can’t go anywhere without navigating narrow paths and hiking up or down a hill.
Family friendly? Surprisingly so. The hotel gives every child a welcome gift and runs special kid-oriented programs. Toys, kids’ bathrobes and PlayStation video game consoles available upon request.
For your bookshelf: The Amalfi Coast: What the Guide Books Don’t Tell You