If you want to visit Amalfi Coast and stay at a hotel with a direct view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and also one that looks great, and offers many facilities without emptying your pocket, then you need to start searching a few months before the actual trip. Otherwise, the options are quite low, especially if you choose to visit the area in full season when prices explode for well-positioned hotels. However, with patience and thorough research, you can find very good options a few weeks ahead. Or, if you prefer to save money to explore the area and the view is not so important to you, then certainly you will love San Nicola B & B, budget accommodation on the Amalfi Coast where I stayed.
The villa is situated right next to San Nicola church, on Via Ponte Street, in an area surrounded by forests and lots of greenery. At your arrival, you will immediately and easily notice the attention to detail of the owners and the way they succeeded in transforming the house into a very welcoming space. From the front, the villa seems to have a single level, but from behind you can see there are two. On the first floor are the rooms for the guests, and on the ground floor is the kitchen, the dining table, and living space. One of them, cus there is one more on the first floor.
The kitchen has everything that you could possibly need. However, you won’t have to do anything because the host, Assunta, is one of the most endeavor persons and she will make sure your breakfast is perfect and complete. She will even take care of preparing your coffee. Your only duty will be sitting and enjoying.
The room is exactly on my taste. Spacious enough, welcoming and equipped with new furniture, extremely tidy in each and every corner. I particularly liked the mix of the modern and vintage look of the wardrobe and nightstands. But also the purple of the flowers on the wall combined with the yellow of the upholstery on the chair and the back of the bed.
Everything has been decorated with good taste, and you can tell the effort put into making a comfortable and lovely place. I also liked the bathroom which is way bigger than expected. Although it doesn’t have a bathtub, they did a great job with the shower. Regarding the stock of white clean towels and blankets, shower gel and soap, you don’t have to worry. Everything is in its place.
Each room is decorated in a similar way, the colors are the ones that vary. Also, each room has a nice terrace overlooking the garden and the forest, where the sunset occurs. It was very pleasant to be able to go out on the terrace each morning, accompanied by the birds chirping, the greenery and the fresh air.
Of the facilities I generally want from a decent accommodation, there is absolutely nothing that I haven’t found here. Especially being a budget accommodation on the Amalfi Coast. Each room has Wifi, TV, air conditioning, nightstands, a wardrobe, a large mirror, a table where I can work on my laptop, and a mega comfortable bed. Bed linen and bed covers have met my expectations as well, both of which are very qualitative.
As already mentioned, Assunta, the owner of our villa and our host over the course of the 3 days, is a wonderful woman, always at your disposal and ready to help you with any advice or suggestion. She is a warm person, keen to know and to get acquainted with every guest who crosses the threshold of the villa no matter where he comes from or what language he speaks. She helped us with tips on the attractions we should visit on the Amalfi Coast, with information about parking, about the bus, driving us to the bus station and making sure we felt great in the three days.
Moreover, on one of the nights spent in San Nicola, she and her family organized a kind of socializing party for us and another couple housed in another room. They prepared a few kinds of home-made pizza with a lot of mozzarella, right in the wood-fired oven on the ground floor of the villa. The pizza was more delicious than any other one tried in Florence, Amalfi, and even Rome, and the family of Assunta made us feel at home. Although they do not even live there. I assure you that you will feel the same if you choose to stay at San Nicola Bed & Breakfast!
How to get to San Nicola Bed & Breakfast
This budget accommodation on the Amalfi Coast is an ideal option for those who choose to rent a car while staying in Amalfi Coast. Bus transport is possible, but most of the time it is crowded and this in combination with the many curves of the road, you may have nausea and can become uncomfortable moving from one town to the other. San Nicola is located in Agerola, a commune in Naples, situated about 600 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The distance from Amalfi to the accommodation is between 40 minutes and one-hour driving, depending on the season and the time of day. The road has very many curves and the descent of the mountain will give you some palpitations. But the scarier it looks, the more splendid is the view. If you choose the bus option, you must know that it goes to Amalfi and you will pay 2 Euro for a one-way ticket.
Little Switzerland, how they also call it, it’s a very peaceful settlement, colorful and very pet-friendly, with a direct view over the peaks of the Lattari Mountains. One that successfully compensates the panorama of the Thyrenien Sea, to which you can get by following a hiking trail in the area. Actually, Agerola is the perfect base for one of the most famous hiking trail on Amalfi Coast, Path of the Gods, with a length of 11 km and one that offers some incredibly beautiful landscapes.