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Review 4708: Summer in Italy, Casa Arabella
2bed/1bath apartment in Amalfi, Campania
June/July 2010, 2 weeks
Casa Arabella is located in the village of Amalfi. It is situated off Via Truglio and is reached by steps leading to the apartment from the main street. We loved the area and we felt like we were part of the community. The apartment is surrounded by other buildings but is quite private. It is very central to the rest of the village.
You do not need to have a car when you come to Amalfi, as everything is within walking distance. The public transport system (bus & ferry) is also excellent with services running until fairly late in the evening. The nearest restaurant is just down the stairs and the grocery store is across the road. There are coffee shops, restaurants and shops by the dozen, one is actually spoilt for choice and the food and service in all of them, are very good.
The building isn't historical but has loads of character. The apartment is roomy and has air conditioners to keep one cool in the heat of the day. It consists of two bedrooms, a full bathroom, kitchen with gas cooker and a dining room/lounge area. There is also a laundry on the sundeck with a shower facility.
The apartment is modern and is kept very clean and tidy.
You can view the property directly: Casa Arabella.
The outside courtyard is big with sun loungers and and undercover dining area. There is also a washing line for laundry. It has a lovely view of the mountains behind Amalfi.
The main bedroom has a little enclosed courtyard with a view towards the sea and the Duomo San Andrea.
The furniture is modern and in good shape. Everything was very comfortable and clean. The dining room table seats eight with ample space for everyone. There is also a couch that can serve as an extra double bed if required. Shutters on the outside of all windows keep the heat out during the day.
There is a queen size bed in the main bedroom with lots of packing space in the cupboards. The beds were comfy and there were extra pillows and blankets if required. The second bedroom has three beds, two that can be pushed together to form a double bed.
The inside bathroom has a lovely jet bath and big basin with good lighting and enough towels. A shower room is situated outside and also houses the washing machine.
The kitchen is modern and has a gas cooker and big fridge/freezer combination. The kitchen was equipped with all the necessary utensils, cutlery and crockery for any length of stay.
Problems or Bonuses
We had no bad surprises but be prepared to climb several sets of stairs to get to the apartment. We were pleasantly surprised by the size and cleanliness of the accommodation. It also has lovely views across the town and mountain. The owner of the apartment was very friendly and accommodating, I can in all honesty state that he tried to help in any way possible to make our stay a good one.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Summer in Italy (the agency we used for booking) was absolutely fantastic. Their communication with us was professional, very friendly and had all the necessary information. All our info was in English and we did not find anything different in the apartment to what was stated in the documents. The on site personnel were friendly and could communicate easily with us. There is nothing like a bit of sign language and a smile to get things understood, when one gets stuck!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would love to stay at Casa Arabella again and were more that happy that it turned out to be such a good choice. We can honestly recommend it to anybody. We had a lovely stay and enjoyed the village life, the long, lazy days and the friendly people.
Things to do in this area
There are ferries to all the surrounding coastal towns, so exploring the coast line in this way, is highly recommended. There is also a great and inexpensive bus service to the neigbouring towns (Attrani, Minori and Maiori and further) and it is lovely to go to the little places and spend a couple of hours in a different town each evening.
Amalfi's beaches are very clean and will cater to all your needs. One cannot help but fall in love with Amalfi and it is definitely a place one cannot tire of.
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