Grand Hotel Excelsior, Amalfi

  • Neapolitan Riviera, Italy, Amalfi Coast

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The Grand Hotel Excelsior is all about the sea views. It’s about 1,500 feet above the town of Amalfi and on the edge of the cliff, which means you get uninterrupted views from pretty much everywhere in the hotel. Every rooms comes with a private balcony so you can step out each morning and enjoy relaxing sea views before heading to breakfast. We love the restaurant's terrace and it’s hard not to linger over your morning coffee when the views are this good. When you do manage to tear yourself away, it’s quite easy to visit the Amalfi Coast and explore the area. There’s a free shuttle from the hotel that will have you in the centre of Amalfi in less than 15 minutes. There’s lots to see and do in the town and it’s a popular sight for lots of tourists. Buses leave regularly from the centre of town to Ravello, Sorrento and other coastal towns. The best way to travel is by boat though – jump on board and enjoy the views as you sail to Positano or the quieter towns of Maiori and Minori. Boats run frequently and are a cost-effective way to explore the region.

There’s lots of opportunities to relax at the hotel. The pool has lots of loungers and looks out over the town and sea. There’s a private beach club too (you'll need to reserve your spot in advance) with a restaurant for delicious lunches. Make sure you check out the American Bar before dinner. It’s a great spot to watch the sun set and try some local limoncello. The restaurant’s open for dinner if you don’t fancy heading back into town. It’s got a nice terrace that’s a great spot for al fresco dining.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 35 mins by private car from Naples airport.

  • Official rating: 4


Economy Sea View Rooms are located on the first and second floor and have a furnished balcony and sea views. Facilities include a double or twin beds, shower or bathtub, hairdryer, TV, phone, minibar and air conditioning (at fixed times between 15 Jun & 15 Sep). These rooms sleep two adults and baby cots are available on request, free of charge. 

Standard Sea View Rooms are about 25m² have been newly refurbished fresh Mediterranean style with tiled floors and wooden furnishings. They have beautiful sea views and furnished balconies. These rooms sleep two adults.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most recognisable images of Italy – a 50-kilometre-long coastline of plunging cliffs topped with sky-scraping viewpoints. The towns step down the cliffs in a jumble of pastel houses and church domes, before fetching up at tiny harbours.

Although alike in looks, each place has its own forte. Ravello is known for its terraced gardens and clifftop summer music festival. Amalfi has a grand eighth-century cathedral, while Positano offers the Byzantine Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

Amalfi Coast holidays also leave you perfectly poised for exploring the rest of the region – from Sorrento, Ischia and Capri to Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius.


Pompeii & Vesuvius (full day)

Enjoy the views as you're driven along the stunning Amalfi coast to your first stop, Pompeii. The thriving city was buried following the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, which ultimately preserved the buildings, mosaics and frescoes that you'll see as you wander through. The sheer scale of the place is impressive, standing in the streets there you can only imagine what life was like here at that time. But, you'll be accompanied by a guide who will help give you a better insight into its history. After you'll make your way up the flanks of Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano on mainland Europe. You'll be dropped off to make the final accent to the summit on foot. Its worth the climb up the volcanic rock path to the crater, you'll smell the sulphur before you see it! You'll also have the best views of the Bay of Naples and Pompeii below. On the journey back, you'll drop in at a cameo and coral factory where they make beautiful traditional jewelry carved out of shells. The perfect spot to pick up a holiday souvenir! 

Departs: Mon, Wed & Thu from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £45pp, Positano from £63pp or Ravello from £56pp - entrance fees (approx. €26.50pp) and lunch are payable locally

Pompeii & Herculaneum (full day)

Spend a day exploring the UNESCO protected Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You'll have an expert guide who will bring history of these places to life. The towns were buried under a layer of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. In Pompeii you'll be led through the amazingly well preserved remains of the ancient baths, villas and bars. Later in the coastal town of Herculaneum, you'll see its contrast to Pompeii. It was a wealthy residential town and you can still make out the magnificent frescoes in the once-luxurious villas that overlook the sea. Please note that this tour involves a long day of walking so may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. 

Departs: Sundays from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £57pp, Positano from £74pp or Ravello from £67pp - entrance fees (approx. €29.50pp) and lunch are payable locally. 

Pompeii (half day)

Walk through the ancient streets of the once-thriving Roman town of Pompeii. The city was preserved beneath layers of ash after the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Here you'll see the roman baths, forums and villas built by the prosperous Romans and the fabulously-preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the villas at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Departs: Tue & Sat from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £39pp, Positano from £57pp or Ravello from £50pp - entrance fees (approx. €16.50pp) are payable locally

Capri & Anacapri (full day)

You’ll get to enjoy a full day on the glamorous island of Capri on this excursion – a must do for anyone visiting the Neapolitan Riviera. Your day will begin on the gentle ferry crossing before a minibus will drive you to the island’s top sights. You’ll enjoy time in Capri Town where you can relax with a coffee in the piazza, watch the handy work of the sandal makers and shop in the designer boutiques. The next stop is Anacapri where you can admire some of the best views on the island. There's also an optional visit to Villa San Michele and Caesar Augustus Gardens.

Departs: Wednesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi or Positano from £74pp, Ravello from £84pp or Maiori or Minori from £83pp - entrance fees (approx. €9pp) and lunch are payable locally

Cruise to Positano (half day)

On this relaxing cruise you'll take a leisurely tour along the Amalfi Coast, making your way to Positano. On the way you’ll visit Emerald Grotto, where sunlight reflects against the rocks making the water appear a unique and striking green blue colour. Inside the cavern you'll see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites that emerge from the sea like huge columns. Once you reach Positano, with its pretty white washed buildings, you’ll have some free time here to explore the lanes, browse the boutiques, enjoy a drink from one of the little cafés or simply relax on the sandy beach.

Departs: Thursdays from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £39pp - entrance fees (approx. €5pp) are payable locally

Private Excursions

The above excursions are all available on a private basis, meaning you can enjoy visiting the attractions with just your friends or family. Please call our reservations team for more information including prices, and to book.


Pool & Beach

The swimming pool is right on the edge of the hotel with spectacular views of the sea. It's backed by the rugged natural rock face and lined with deckchairs that look out the sea - it's the perfect spot to enjoy the sun. 

The Mare Club is the private beach of the Grand Hotel Excelsior, which is accessible via shuttle bus from the hotel.  The private cove is a lovely place to enjoy the beautiful weather that the Amalfi Coast has to offer. The hotel provide a beach service from around the 29 May - 03 Oct which is included in the hotel price, but subject to availability and needs to be booked in advance. Children up to 12 years can use these facilities free of charge. Facilities include comfortable sun loungers and parasols as well as a snack bar serving appetisers and drinks.

Please note that swimming pool and beach are included in the hotel price but have to be reserved a day in advance and are subject to availability in order to grant maximum safety standards.


The hotel provide a free shuttle service to and from the centre of Amalfi. It takes about 10 - 15 minutes, depending on the traffic. The shuttle service can also drop you off at the lift that goes down to the beach. You'll just need to book the lift in advance, at reception. 

General Facilities

  • WiFi

A buffet breakfast is served each morning and can be enjoyed on the terraces overlooking the sea. Breakfast options include fresh home made croissants, tarts and desserts, fresh fruits, cold cuts and a selection of cheeses. Enjoy fresh fruit juices made using local oranges and lemons or choose from a selection of teas or coffee. 

Tatò Restaurant has a spectacular location on a terrace hanging over the sea. Taste the unforgettable flavours of the region and the traditional recipes that have been creatively re-imagined by the Chef Ermanno Nicolella. The restaurant is open from 7pm - 11pm. 

Grill Garden is the hotel's lunchtime restaurant in the unique location of a natural cave beside the pool. Enjoy light lunches including fresh salads and Neapolitan Pizzas.

American & Pool Bar is the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif and the sunset.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Room Only
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 14.5902137
  • Latitude: 40.6327363

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Grand Hotel Excelsior, Amalfi
Amalfi Coast, Neapolitan Riviera,Bed & Breakfast
04/05/2022 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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