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Amalfi: Hotel Residence Bellevue

Via Nazionale 163

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Reviewed by: Nomad from USA, review #747

When: 2004

Misleading pictures and reviews of this hotel on Internet led to great disappointment. Do NOT recommend. {3 star}

I emailed the photos that were on the website back to this hotel directly to request the room (apartment) shown. I did not quibble over the price although it was higher than shown on several websites. I asked if the air-conditioning, shuttle to town and the kitchette, and breakfast were included. I was told yes to all my questions. Only part of that ended up being true.

When we arrived we were shown to a room (apartment) that did not resemble the pictures. I showed the pictures, and was told you never get what you see on the internet. They showed us one other room, but when I said I wanted the one pictured that was confimed to us, and showed them their e-mail confirming that to me, they told us it was either of the rooms they had just shown, and that they were busy and could rent the room (apartment) easily.

As it turned out, you were not allowed to use the kitchenette facilities at all. They only took us to town once, the first day when we arrived exhausted and wanted lunch, and only after I reminded them they e-mailed me telling me they had transfers to town. The saving point was that this two room apartment which was bare of any nice-ities, did have a large and very nice balcony overlooking the Sea.

We had no choice but to stay as our luggage had been lost by Alitalia and this was the address we gave. After 5 days, we finally got our luggage and left the next day, one day short of our original reservation. Better suggestion would have been to stay at the Luna Convento, which is similarly priced with a better locations and a much nicer atmosphere. The moral of this review is that when in Amalfi, do not think because you asked the questions that the replies are true or that your requests are taken seriously.

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