Well, almost. In fact there is still enough time to book somewhere for that summer break. Italy’s Amalfi coast is a lovely spot.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay, and you are thinking about heading for Italy’s famously fabulous Amalfi coast, then how about the Grande Hotel Tritone down in Praiano, and this hotel is right on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast?
An Idyllic Location
This 60 room hotel enjoys the most marvellous location, as you can see from the photo. It is literally perched right on a coastal cliff top in true Amalfi tradition, and the view from the rooms which all overlook the Med are glorious.
This well located family run four star hotel has all the usual facilities including a pool for lounging by, and maybe dipping into during those hot and lazy Italian summer evenings.
As already mentioned, all rooms have a sea view, but if you go for one of the ‘superior’ quality rooms, or, pamper yourself in a suite, you will get your very own terrace with a view of the Med.
By the Sea and Boat Trips
Should you wish to dip your toes in the sea, you can either walk down the steps to the sea front or there are two lifts which will take you right down to the hotel’s ‘beach’.
No, it’s not really a beach in the traditional sense, rather it is more of a sort of platform on which you can sunbathe, eat, drink, or just laze away a few hours in front of the sea under the sun. Possibly not perfect for small children, but ideal for those who like a bit of a swim and who would like to test the warm clear Mediterranean waters. Children could use the second swimming pool which is located here. This pool stays open until 7pm.
Those feeling suitably lazy after a hard day’s relaxing on the sea front would probably opt for the lift to take them back up to their rooms, I’ve no doubt. I would!
Day trips by boat to Capri (well worth a visit – I’ve been, and I loved it!) are possible and the boat will pick you up directly from the beach area. Very convenient.
Weddings, and Honeymoons – First and Second, or Both!
Perhaps soaking up the seaside sun is not your only reason for selecting such a delectable location as this. In fact, the Grande Hotel Tritone would also make a great place for a honeymoon, or why not tie the knot right on the spot? For just this purpose the hotel has its very own chapel. By no means an everyday chapel, this is a structure which has been created from a natural cave. Not a bad way to make that memorable day even more memorable. The chapel seats 80 people, incidentally.
Those second honeymooners might also like to renew their vows in this charming location. Or how about getting married there, and then returning for your second honeymoon? That would give you both something to look forward to!
Terraces, oh Terraces!
However, one of the best features of this hotel are the terraced areas. There really is nothing nicer than dining while looking out over the sea, as I well know. Once you’ve done this, you’ll really feel on holiday.
Oh, and don’t worry, this hotel has an extensive selection of wines to choose from.
The Lemon Garden
For those wishing to go for a little wander after dinner, there is the Lemon Garden, which certainly looks lovely in the pictures.
Aside from being an attractive place to holiday, the Grande Hotel Tritone looks to be a place that encourages you to explore and discover its hidden, but charming nooks and crannies.
For the Internet addicts among you, wifi is available throughout the hotel, although a fee is payable.
Conference Room in a Cave
The hotel also has a very interesting 100 seat conference room which is in a ‘grotto’ or cave. So I was told when I spoke to the pleasant Carmen Galgiano, who deals with booking of this facility (+393358042210 – mobile phone). Wonderful. It would make an interesting venue for one of those European management meetings, one imagines.
Explore the Area – and Pompeii!
Of course, should you actually tire of the hotel, then there is the small matter of exploring the rest of the Amalfi coastline. Positano is a mere 4km distant, for example. Even Pompeii, which is a must visit place, is only 45kms away. Taxis (and water taxis!) and buses are available, so non-drivers can get by.
Having access to a car while staying in the area will make your life easier, and your stay more rewarding.
Booking is possible on-line, and there is a .pdf brochure which can be downloaded too. However, the brochure is about 95% in Italian! If you visit the hotel’s website, and find everything in Italian – just click on the little Union Jack, and things will become English again.
The Opinions of Others
Any things worth watching out for? Well, this hotel receives generally very good reviews on the various internet sites I’ve visited, although some past guests have found the staff to be a little off hand at times. And others have said that the food in the restaurant is not always fabulous. Both of these criticisms are most probably down to the guests’ characters and a possible lack of familiarity with the cuisine in that area.
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