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“Great view but not a 4 star hotel”
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Hotel la Bussola
Ranked #19 of 29 Hotels in Amalfi
Warwick, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Great view but not a 4 star hotel”
Reviewed 11 November 2011

This hotel has seen better days. Considering this is a 4 star hotel, the standard is not up to an international 4 star rating.

The rooms, which although clean, are very dated with old and shabby furniture. The bathroom was small and old-fashioned with a weak shower and intermittent hot water.

The dining room has the potential for a great view of the harbour had it not been for the overgrown foliage directly in front of the windows.

The breakfast was acceptable but the waiting staff were condescending.

We had emailed and requested a sea view when booking our room. When we arrived, we were shown a room with a partial side sea view which was not acceptable. The receptionist was unsympathetic offering us instead a room with a full sea view at an extra cost of Eur 20 per day but with poorer furniture and a shower not bath. We pointed out that we had requested a sea view on booking but they continued to insist that we pay the extra charge. We accepted the room with the full sea view after negotiation with the management at an eventual extra cost of Eur 10 per day.

To add to our dissatisfaction with this hotel, on checking out they tried to charge us double the advertised rate for the car park.

With updating of the rooms, completely new staff and a tidy up of the exterior, this has the potential to be a great hotel in such a good location.

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Room Tip: The only good feature is the sea view (if you have one)
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

The Hotel la Bussola is a nice family hotel. It is billed as 4*, but the rooms are not really quite up to this standard. The hotel is located just 150 metres outside the old city, overlooking the bay. this is in some way an advantage, as the old city is easily accessible, yet you avoid the usual problems of staying inside a medieval town - lots of stairs, narrow street, noise from the ever-present scooters, etc. I stayed there in the winter, a very quiet tourist season on the Amalfi coast, but there were still quite a few guests, apparently retired Italian pensioners from northern Italy staying for several weeks at the time - obviously a cheap holiday in a warmer climate for them. The room was adequate, and well furnished, but rather small as is so often the case with Italian hotels, with hardly enough space to walk around the bed. The most charming aspect of the hotel was the double doors opening to a wonderful sunny balcony, with views over the fantastic bay of Amalfi. The breakfast was more than adequate, in a very pleasant breakfast room again overlooking the bay. The Hotel La Bussola also has its own undercover parking, right behind the hotel cut into the rock face, a great advantage if you travel by car. In the winter season the prices were also quite reasonable at around 80 euro or so. This would be a perfect hotel for staying a few days or longer, exploring the Amalfi coast.

Room Tip: A great hotel for exploring the Amalfi coast, within easy walking distance to the old city of Amalfi...
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

This hotel was very disappointing - not 4-star quality. The room had no airconditioning so we had to sleep with the shutters open at night. The breakfast was limited and poor - rotten fruit on display and coffee not very nice. The staff were indifferent and failed to pass on information to us from a tour company, almost resulting in us missing our tour. There were ants in the room, the television barely worked, and the telephone was not working. The town of Amalfi though, was lovely, and we did enjoy our time there - nice restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

During our time on the Amalfi Coast we had opportunity to visit other resorts and check out the general locations of other Hotels but none could possibly have suited us better than La Bussola.

The Hotel is such an easy and "FLAT" walk from the harbour, the bus terminus, the town centre and a huge variety of restaurants - unique in itself for this coastline - and the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. They really were prepared to go that extra mile.

The hotel really does have that family run feel and the views of the harbour from the front rooms could not be better. The balconies are small but large enough to sit out on. Admittedly if early to bed the voices of people walking on the road beneath the hotel carry to the room but as there are no bars directly below this noise does not normally go on late. Also you do get some traffic noise from behind the hotel but the way Amalfi lies I cannot imagine this could be avoided when staying at any hotel which does not involve climbing a cliff top get to it! By the way the shutters very efficiently block out any daylight so be prepared to set an alarm if you do have to rise early during your stay!

The breakfasts were perfectly acceptable - some tomatoes and cut up fresh fruit or fresh fruit salad would have been a bonus but there was a large selections of cereal, bread, danish pastries, croissants, meat, cheese, eggs, jams, juices etc.

We can also highly recommend the walking tour the hotel suggested we go on of Amalfi.

I would not hesitate in recommending La Bussola to others.

Room Tip: The harbour views are worth the supplement and will be quieter than rooms on the road side.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Melville, New York
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Very nice family run Hotel across the street from the water, just 5 minutes walk from the center of town. Not as chaotic as if you would be staying in the center of Amalfi. Room was very large with an outside balcony over looking the harbor. Had a pull out couch to accommodate additional people. Breakfast was OK as well as Dinner

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel la Bussola

Property: Hotel la Bussola
Address: Lungomare Dei Cavalieri di Gerusalemme 16, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Amalfi
#9 Family Hotel in Amalfi
#9 Luxury Hotel in Amalfi
#18 Romantic Hotel in Amalfi
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,981 - ₹ 49,092
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel la Bussola 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rooms with balcony front sea view, air conditioning, parking, good restaurant, Meeting Rooms, American bar, lifts, roof-garden solarium. Well-positioned, in centre of Amalfi, on the Promenade, along the sea. In a quiet, panoramic location, few yards from the Cathedral Square, and the harbour from where every morning several steamers leave to Positano, Capri, Naples and Salerno. Open all year round. ... more   less 
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