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Sent: mercoledì 7 novembre 2007 23.44
Your_Full_Name = Ray and Marjorie KOPKE
Country = Australia
Special_Remarks = Originally found your Hotel on the Internet. Looked terrific - hence our booking, taking the one week package.
On arrival we were completely aghast (amazed) at how good everything was. The lift, view, retaurant, the room, just perfect.
Staff were fantastic, the food out of this world. Had to ask Hotel Management to call for a Doctor one morning - to our amazement, the Doctor arrived very quickly - 15 minutes? Hotel is central to lots of day trips, the roads a little scarey (frightened) but got used to the sound and closeness of cars passing.
View is absolutely fantastic and would return again. Will tell friends how good this hotel is to spend time relaxing.

Ray Kopke - Melbourne - Australia

Sent: Monday 1 ottobre 2007 4.51
Your_Full_Name = David Chapman
Country = New Zealand
Special_Remarks = Hello Casimiro,
Just a quick note to say thank you to you and your staff for the delightfull week we spent at Onda Verde a couple of weeks ago. The food, the room, the reception, the view, the trips to Capri and Pompeii, ... the total package was a delight. We continued onto Florence and Venice after being with you; having already been in Rome, Tuscany, Gaeta etc etc.... but I have to say the week at Praiano at your hotel was a delightful and relaxing highlite of our month in Italy.
Thank you to you and your wonderful staff.,
Jackie and David Chapman,
Tasman,
Nelson NZ

 


Sent: wednesday 17 October 2007 18.46
A: reservations@ondaverde.it
Oggetto: From Sande in San Diego
Dear Miro, Sophia and Your Wonderful Family and Staff,

There are truly no words to let you know how wonderful it was to spend our vacation with you at Hotel Onda Verd! It was the highlight of our vacation and we have not stopped telling everyone about the hotel.
You made my trip more than just a vacation, I feel as though I truly have a family, you and Sophia in Italy , and trust you will feel the same and take me up on our invitation for you to stay with us in San Diego.
I promise on our next trip to Praiano we will travel with fewer pieces of luggage!!!!!
We are still running....still missing our pasta...and the fabulous smiles that greeted us each time we came of the elevator or down the steps. You and your family have added so much to our lives this year. A big kiss to each of you...Hugs and Kisses Sande and Dominique

Please stay in touch with me!!!! Sande (enjoy the pictures!!!!)
Sande E. Zatt

 


Da: Joseph Schmidt
Sent: Friday, October 5 2007 17.04
A: Hotel Onda Verde
Cc: Joe Schmidt, III
Oggetto: Our Stay @ the Onda Verde
Miro,

Attached are some pictures (will send 4 e-mails - server restriction) we took while staying @ your wonderful hotel in September.
Terri, Regina & I would like to thank you & your staff for a very memorable experience.
The room Is wonderfully decorated & clean & the view from the balcony is terrific.
The dinners are fantastically delicious & elegantly presented & served - BUONISSIMO!!!.
The assistance & services provided are prompt, courteous & professional.
The location is ideal as we got to see & witness alot of beautiful sites.

GRAZIE!!! GRAZIE!!!! Onda Verde!!!

Best Regards,
Joe Schmidt

 


Sent: mercoledì 12 settembre 2007 22.04
Title = Mr
Your_Full_Name = Leo W. Rausch
Country = U.S.A.
Special_Remarks = Fabulous! I have never felt more at home in any hotel. The room, the service and the food were excellent. I hated to leave. Thank you Miro, Hillivi, (hope my spelling is OK), Sophia, and Raphaele. The most wonderful vacation!! Thank you all!! Lee


Sent: domenica 2 settembre 2007 5.05
Title = Mrs
Your_Full_Name = Marilyn Rivell
Country = USA
Special_Remarks = My husband and I and two friends stayed with you several years ago and had a wonderful time. We were so impressed with the hotel, the people,the food, and the incredible view. Whenever I need a "mini vacation" I go to this web site and imagine myself on the balcony sipping a limoncello. We hope to return sometime. In the meantime your website brings back wonderful memories!


Sent: domenica 19 agosto 2007 7.09
Title = Mrs
Your_Full_Name = Daryl and Julie Sursok
Country = Australia
Special_Remarks = What an incredible experience! This is one of the most beautiful hotels that we have stayed at.We were travelling around Europe as a special 25th wedding aniversary gift to ourselves - and Hotel Onda Verde was the pinnacle of our trip. The Milano family and staff is beyond belief - they know everyone and treat everyone in such a special way. I researched this trip for over 6 months and discovered this hotel on the internet. Treat yourselves - the people are incredible, the rooms magnificent, the food delicious, the view breathtaking - so much so that it almost takes your breath away. Thank you to all at the hotel, we came home refreshed and relaxed - your hotel is quite unique and meets all the promises that you make.
Daryl and Julie Sursok - Australia 


Sent: lunedì 13 agosto 2007 12.04
A: reservations@ondaverde.it
Title = Mr
Your_Full_Name = Katie Kirkup-Ortolan
Country = CANADA
Please_alternative_email = kirkuportolan@hotmail.com
Special_Remarks = I have just returned from the most wonderful holiday at Hotel Onda Verde! After being in Europe for an extended period of time, my hope was to take a few restorative days on the coast, and without question, the time spent at Onda Verde exceeded all expectations. I felt embraced by the family of the hotel, from the front desk to the restaurant to the housekeeping staff. The consistency of such a high level of service and the care shown to each guest is a testament to the leadership and management of the hotel. Everyone was helpful, gracious and kind, often going out of their way to make sure I was looked after. The restaurant always provided a gastronomic experience, with outstanding regional wine choices. The setting of the hotel itself could not have been more beautiful, with stunning views of the sparkling Mediterranean. I particularly appreciated the peacefulness of the location and enjoyed being woken each morning by a pair of roosters. Miro and Sofia, I will be back to Amalfi, and it is to Hotel Onda Verde that I shall return! Grazie mille!


Sent: mercoledì 8 agosto 2007 3.05
A: reservations@ondaverde.it
Your_Full_Name = Nick Peluso
Country = Canada
Special_Remarks = Dear Miro and friends

Our recent stay at Onda Verde was one of the best vacation we have ever had. After travelling over Europe and visiting family we were looking forward to some rest and relaxation. Our stay at Onda Verde was exactly that. Everything was taken care of for us; from the trips to Capri and Pompei to providing delicious home made meals.

It's true what they say that it's the people that make a place great and Onda Verde was better than great. From the cleanliness of the hotel to the sumptuous meals, everything far exceeded our expectations.

We hope to return soon and bring our family with us. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.

Please give my special thanks to Giuseppe for the delicious figs.

Nicola


Sent: giovedì 26 luglio 2007 18.02
A: reservations@ondaverde.it

Title = Mr
Your_Full_Name = dwight strong
Country = canada
Special_Remarks = It was our pleasure to visit for just a few days the beautiful coast of Amalfi. It was also our pleasure to stay at the beautiful and comfortable Hotel Onda Verda. The room we had was clean, comfortable with a spectacular view of the coast. We found that the staff was so helpful and pleasant. It was our first trip to this part of Italy and although we were novices the staff was very helpfull in making suggestions as to how to enjoy the area.
Now to the food....this was no doubt one of the highlights of this hotel. Every meal was stupendous, and served so beautifully. We also enjoyed the delicious breakfasts, the crossiants the best I have ever had!
I know that if we have the opportunity to travel to the Amalfi coast again, there is no question about where we will stay....it will the Hotel Onda Verde!
Thanks for allowing us the pleasure of singing the praises of this lovely hotel!
Hope Strong


Praiano: Hotel Onda Verde: "Onda Verde, beautiful and heartwarming"
Vanellus, Leiden  Jul 26, 2007

We spent ten days at Onda Verde, and loved every one of it. The combination of professionalism with the heartwarming atmosphere of a small family hotel is quite special.
The overall level of staff is very guest-oriented and pleasant. The front-desk was very helpful with suggestions of where to go or not to go, quite accurately responding to our stated preferences. Our car hire (to Calabria) was effortlessly taken care of. The final bill, including rooms, dinners and extras was spot-on.
The kitchen is very high quality, confirming what wonders Italian cuisine can create with relatively simple ingredients and the right herbs. Wine choice is excellent (Falerno and the white Lacryma Christi being our favorites). Sea-food lovers will love the quality of the locally caught sea food; best swordfish we’ve eaten so far.
Waiting staff is very professional and at the same time very warm and personal. Rooms are kept spotless, daily. That the whole staff seems to function like a close knit family is in itself a compliment to the way the hotel is run.
We made several trips (Pompeii – nice, Capri – quite busy, so make sure you see Anacapri). Walking the Sentiero degli Dei (about 4-5 hours, taking it easy and starting walking from the hotel) was very beautiful and quiet, with breathtaking views all the way. Ravello is a pearl, and we hope to be back to visit the concert series. Repeatedly, after returning in the evening and having dinner under the stars gazing while gazing at the fishing boats below, we found that Onda Verde itself is one of the most special spots at the coast.
Our thanks to Onda Verde for a wonderful stay, and our compliments for surpassing our (already quite high, given your website) expectations. We hope to be back soon.


Praiano: Hotel Onda Verde: "The best hotel on the Amalfi Coast"
LindaMW, New York Jul 24, 2007

My husband and I spent a week at Hotel Onda Verdi in Praiano on the Amalfi Coast in July. We travel often and thought this property was by far the nicest, warmest and most beautiful places we have ever stayed at. Not only was the hotel beautiful, built on a cliff and comprised of several villas, the staff could not do enough for you. We were greeted each day by name and Carmela at the front desk was born to do what she does best, help people plan activities. An added bonus was the restaurant and staff. We ate breakfast each morning overlooking the sea and had dinner there several times, wonderful food, no need to go elsewhere. It was our home away from home for a week and we will return.


Title = Mrs
Your_Full_Name = Margaret (Peg) PAGE
Country = Adelaide, South Australia
Contact_Email = gypsyblue@chariot.net.au
Special_Remarks = Dear Miro, Family and Staff,
..This letter comes not just from myself Miro, but it is also written on behalf of my cousin Pat, my friends Rossalyn and Lesley.
..We arrived at your wonderful Hotel Onda Verde late May this year (2007)Our welcome was warm and sincere and for eight days this feeling never left us. From the moment we arrived we all felt thoroughly spoilt and treasured - nothing was ever too much trouble.
..Now Miro and everyone, it is all very well to have a fabulous "olde Worlde" hotel on the Amalfi Coast but really all that is is only bricks and mortor it is the people you have looking afte your guests which creates the climate of warmth, friendlines and an ability to make your guests feel they are very special - you really value your guests all of you and we thank you (grazie - my Italian is coming on!)from the bottome of our hearts for making our stay something we will all treasure always.
..we are spreading the word to all our friends and anyone who will listen about this wonderful place cslled the Onda Verde at Praiano Amalfi Coast.
..We would especially like to thank
your gorgeous, gentle wife Hillive, your dynamic sister Sofia, Raphael and Pepino - the "dining-room dynamic duo" who quietly and professionaly spoilt us rotten every meal. Which leads me to the next dynmaic duo, Nicola and Antonio who bewtween them are responisble for us all going up at least 2 dress sizes - the food which was prepared by these two magnificent chefs was worthy of any five star restaurant in Europe or Australia or anywhere else for that matter - all of it was truly "to die for" - put simply, absolutely first class. And now Carmella - nothing was too much trouble and how amazed we were at your dexterity doing two or three tasks at a time - sorting us out, dealing
with questions like "the computor wont work". Do we go to Ravello or Sorrento? We need 4 bus tickets, whoops no, we need 6, no make that 8. and so it went on - what a delightful person. And finally, Rosa who looked after our rooms. Could not speak English. We certainly only had smattering of Italian, but it was amazing the wonderful cheery conversations we had of a morning - always a smile from Rosa.
..Our very, very best to you Miro and a special "grazie" from all of us to you.
..Our only regrest is that we are so far from you here in Australia because all of us would like to make the Onda Verde and the Milano family an annual pilgrimage - BUT 40 hours travelling time is rather tiring on "senior citizens" which the four of us are - but thanks to you we had a ball and I do not think we missed anything.
..Our Greek Island cruise after we left you was wonderful, but again we wore ourselves out and thought another week back with Miro and family would be a marvellous way of re-energising our selves.
..We will see you all again for sure, but certainly not this year -
..With warm affection and regards,
..Peg..


From: Curt Barker
Sent: giovedì 12 luglio 2007 21.16
To: Hotel Onda Verde
Oggetto: Thank you from the Barkers

Dear Onda Verde,

You offer the most incredible experiences to your guests.
Your setting, nestled in the lovely rock wall of the Almalfi Coastline, is beyond compare.
Your greetings – from the time of communication on the Internet, to meeting the limo driver at the Naples train station, to the moment of meeting you at the Receptionist Desk is very warm and professional.
Your quality of dining service is extraordinarily friendly and helpful. We enjoyed every meal with you. It was terrific to select the evening meal at breakfast. It built the anticipation of returning to a relaxing end of the day.
Onda Verde’s convenience of the bus stopping in front allowed ease of access to the entire coast: Positano, Almalfi, and Ravello. Your location also allowed ease of walking to the tower to meet Paolo and his art and to the great ceramics shop to meet Nikki.


Da: Linda M. Williamson
Sent: martedì 10 luglio 2007 17.00
A: Hotel Onda Verde
Oggetto: RE: Thank you from all the staff at Hotel Onda Verde -

Dear Casimiro:
We must thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having such a beautiful and wonderful hotel. Everything about our time there was wonderful. From Pepino to Carmela and Rosa and the rest of your great staff we felt like we were home. The food, drink and people were everything we dreamed it would be. We already have spoken to friends and family about your hotel so you will have more visitors from our family here in New York. This hotel is a true find. It was the first hotel we found over a year ago but kept looking for that perfect place. What we didn't realize is that we had already found it when we found Onda Verde. The staff, the food, the rooms are all so beautiful. I felt like a princess on vacation! Please don't look further, stay here and you will plan on returning year after year.
Thank you, thank you for the warmth you and your staff showed us. We loved Onda Verde and we will return. We miss it already!!!!

Linda Williamson
Office Manager
M Booth & Associates, Inc.
300 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
212-481-7000


Sent: venerdì 8 giugno 2007 10.21
Title = Mr
Your_Full_Name = Colin Redman
Country = United Kingdom
Contact_Email = colorna@cheneron.fsnet.co.uk
Please_alternative_email = colorna@cheneron.fsnet.co.uk
Special_Remarks = My wife and I stayed at the Onda Verde in late May 2007. We found that it lived up to all its promises, the staff were kindness itself, the location wonderful, rooms impeccable and comfortable and all round views to die for. We will return !


Sent: venerdì 8 giugno 2007 0.01
Oggetto: Hello from NY

Dear Miro and Family:

I want to thank you so much for our wonderful stay last month. It was all too short!
The hotel looks wonderful and we wish you good fortune with your plans for the new tunnel and adding space. It seems that working to do anything to change takes a lot of patience.

I wanted to tell you that the meals were just outstanding this visit. You did very well to bring in the new chef from Murat, his ability to come up with different ideas for dinner was amazing. Keep him happy!! I hope your Mother has been able to get some relief from her back problems. I had the pleasure of speaking with her (in my horrible attempt to speak Italian) She is a lovely person and I see where you and Sophia inherit your graciousness.

Congratulations on the web page, it just gets better. Of course I LOVE seeing my little picture in there. Please let us know if you return to Brooklyn, we would love to share a quick lunch or whatever. We hope your cousin is doing OK.

Have a good season ahead. And thanks to all, Con affeto, Peggy DeMayo

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Title = Ms
Your_Full_Name = Joy Beasley
Country = USA
Please_alternative_email = nitaallen@aol.com
Special_Remarks = I have just spent a fabulous week at Onda Verde, my 2nd time to stay there. The view was fantastic, the service unbelievable, and the food--well, I gained 5 pounds again while there!! The friendly and helpful staff cannot be beaten. Just a brief metioning of something desired, and it will be done. I can't imagine staying at a better place along the romantic Amalfi Coast.


Sent: martedì 29 maggio 2007 3.11

Title = Mr
Your_Full_Name = Ray & Gerri Corsini
Country = Canada
Please_alternative_email = rcorsini@on.aibn.com
Special_Remarks = Every morning since our return home we wish we were back at Onda Verde enjoying our breakfast outside while overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean views.
Miro,Hilary and Sofia were excellent hosts and made us feel very relaxed and comfortable.Our waiter Giuseppe's pleasant personality and wonderful service made our dining experience memorable.
The entire hotel is meticulously maintained with attention paid to every detail.It is conveniently located to the many attactions of the area yet removed from the hustle and bustle of the larger towns.
We recommend the Onda Verde to anyone who wants a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. We are looking forward to our return.
Sincerely,
Ray & Gerri Corsini
Kitchener,Canada


Sent: giovedì 17 maggio 2007 14.03
Oggetto: Thank you

Dear Miro,Sophia,Hellive, and everybody else!!(Antonio, Nicola,Pepe,Raphael, As usual, we had a marvelous time at your magnificient hotel. The food was wonderful, and the service provided by each staff member was so thoughtful. I think that your motto should be not only "You worry for nothing." but also, "Anything is possible." No matter what our request might be, you always managed to help us do and to have what we wanted. Our last night there was such a delightful surprise.
We really do enjoy all of the people there, and it was such a pleasant "farewell" party you gave to Nita and me with the extra desserts and the georgeous ceraminc bowls, and especially the card signed by everyone there. You know, people make the difference. That is why you will see me again next May, hopefully before then. 2007 is my year to travel more, so don't be surprised if you hear from me about a new reservation! Tell everyone "hello" for me.
My friend, Nita, came to Italy for the first time with me this year (my 9th visit, my 2nd with you) She was amazed at the beauty and enchanted by the people. She will be back too. And hopefully Miss Patsy who came with me last year. We reccommed your hotel to all of our friends and show them all the unbelievable photos we have taken.
I wish you all a successful work season, good health, lots of laughter and happiness. Until we meet again.
Your friend (I feel like family!)
Joy Beasley from Alabama


Sent: domenica 13 maggio 2007 16.55
A: reservations@ondaverde.it
Title = Mr
Your_Full_Name = Thorsten & Marie
Country =
Special_Remarks = For the past 20 years, we have annually travelled to Italy for the culture, sunshine and culinary pleasures. In year 2000 we found this gem in Praiano, mid way between Positano and Amalfi on the coast road. The warmth and hospitality of the Milano family and staff welcomed us as if members of their family. We have returned each year, and some years twice, as it will be this year.Its excellent access to public trnasportation precludes the necessity of driving. The practicality of half-board (excellent menus) enables one to explore the Sorrentine Peninsula. Thank you all for another memorable holiday. See you in October.
Best wishes, Marie & Thorsten


Da: Budd, Annette
Sent: friday 27 april 2007 10.04
A: Hotel Onda Verde
Oggetto: Thank You!


Dear Casimiro,

Sorry we missed you before we left on Monday.
David and I would like to thank you, your family and staff for looking after us so well last week and for making my birthday a memorable one.
Hotel Onda Verde is such a beautiful hotel with magnificant surroundings - the views from our room and the hotel in general are breath-taking. You have very high standards and I have highly recommended you to our friends.
Thank you once again for what was an exceptional holiday and I hope it is not too long before we can return to Hotel Onda Verde.

With kind regards
Annette and David Budd


Sent: giovedì 26 aprile 2007 14.10


Your_Full_Name = Annette Cossentine
Country = USA
Special_Remarks = Thank you to Miro, his family and entire staff for a most wonderful vacation. The views from our room were breathtaking and brought us the relaxation and calmness we were hoping for in this magical place, Amalfi Coast. Everyone at the hotel went above and beyond to make our stay fabulous. We hope to be back soon.
Mike and Annette.


Sent: giovedì 22 febbraio 2007 1.58
Title = Mr
Your_Full_Name = John Ermlich
Country = USA

Special_Remarks = We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Onda Verde last September (2006) and we are counting the days until we return. The Milano Family took care of our ever need. The food, rooms and views were incredible! We participated in the dinners each night but one out of 8 nights and I highly recommend you do the same. The foods is amazing! Do make sure you let them take care of arranging your excursions. The SITA bus is the only way to travel around the Amalfi Coast;the hotel sells the tickets and the stop is just outside of the hotel. During high season there is always a wait for the bus but be patient and remember you are on the Amalfi Coast, and a little piece of heaven is right infront of you. We made some wonderful friends at the hotel and have very found memories of our time together. The pictures on the hotel's website are true to the beauty of the Coast and Praiano. We travelled with our 19 year old son and he loved every minute of his time at the hotel including his own private room. We plan to return in 2008 or sooner if at all possible. Thank you, Milano Family!!


Praiano: Hotel Onda Verde: "A comfortable hotel with a great view on the Amalfi Coast"
July 9, 2007: A TripAdvisor Member, Middletown, New Jersey

After spending five days at the Hotel Onda Verde in May, we really didn't want to leave. The staff at this family run hotel is very friendly and helpful. Our room and its balcony became a comfortable base for exploring the Amalfi Coast during our stay. Starting at the hotel you can explore the beach and restaurants at the nearby beach, accessible by a walkway at the edge of the cliffs. You can catch the bus at the stop near the hotel, which we did to explore Amalfi, Rovello, and Vietri. (Usually the bus is convenient and a bargain, but sometimes it can be quite crowded.) You can sit outside and have breakfast, or eat inside with a wonderful view. (Breakfast foods were high quality, but somewhat limited. Cereals, pastries, and juices were available, but it was a shame no fresh fruit was added.) Dinner at the Onda Verde is very good, but most guests would probably enjoy trying out the nearby restaurants with more somewhat more varied offerings. At these restaurants we particulary enjoyed the extremely fresh seafood, including clams, mussels, squid, and freshly caught fish.

I'd like to provide some words of advice to fellow travelers about excursions from Onda Verde. We took an enjoyable day trip to Capri. However, we really didn't feel like we experienced the island; the organized trip is hurried and regimented. I'd recommend spending a night on Capri to really get a sense of the place and to experience the island without the hordes of day trippers. Getting to Pompeii from the Amalfi Coast also takes much longer than you expect. After the organized trip to Capri, we decided to hire a driver and a private guide for an "exclusive trip" exploring Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although this is expensive, we really felt it was worth it. You really could spend days exploring Pompeii. Just spending two hours there on an organized trip would be disappointing. Make sure you see the political ads, the body casts of the poor vicitims of the volcano, and the erotica at Pompeii.

We used busses to get to Rovello which has a million euro view which just doesn't seem real, and to explore the ceramic factories/shops in Vietri. You can buy Amalfi Coast ceramics in hundreds of places, but a trip to Vietri to see the best variety and the decorated storefronts is a treat. The ride to Vietri is also stunning.

Give yourself plenty of time for excursions and remember that getting around the Amalfi Coast can be slow, and very expensive if you are not using the bus. Cabs and limos are as much as 25 times the cost of the bus! Renting a car there is also a scarry thought. The roads are exceptionally narrow and there are many places where you need to stop for oncoming traffic and even back up.

I highly recommend the Onda Verde as a wonderful small hotel on the Amalfi Coast. It's a great place to stay, but be advised that excursions to places that seem nearby may be more difficult than you expect.


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Inviato: martedì 5 luglio 2007 3.36
A: info@hotelondaverde.com
Oggetto: Thank you and photos

Dear Friends at Hotel Onda Verde,
Janet and I send our sincere appreciation for a wonderful stay at your lovely hotel. We could not have chosen a better place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The accommodations were comfortable, and the setting so very relaxing and view breathtaking. I can truly say that this was the first vacation destination that made us completely forget about home; we wish we never had to leave.

Our stay was made even more memorable because of the amazing staff: Miro and Sofia’s passion and warmth for the hotel and its guests came through with every detail; Adriana was most accommodating and helpful, her smile brighten our days; Gennaro, professional and efficient, exuded a touching warmth behind his stoic expression; and our two cooking instructors Francesco and Antonio blessed us with their knowledge, skill, and humor during our morning of hands-on how to cook Italian style.

Thank you so much for making our anniversary and stay in Praiano a memory that we will cherish forever!

Warmest Regards,

David and Janet Tomczek
West Bend, WI USA
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Praiano: Hotel Onda Verde: "A comfortable hotel with a great view on the Amalfi Coast"
July 9, 2007: A TripAdvisor Member, Middletown, New Jersey

After spending five days at the Hotel Onda Verde in May, we really didn't want to leave. The staff at this family run hotel is very friendly and helpful. Our room and its balcony became a comfortable base for exploring the Amalfi Coast during our stay. Starting at the hotel you can explore the beach and restaurants at the nearby beach, accessible by a walkway at the edge of the cliffs. You can catch the bus at the stop near the hotel, which we did to explore Amalfi, Rovello, and Vietri. (Usually the bus is convenient and a bargain, but sometimes it can be quite crowded.) You can sit outside and have breakfast, or eat inside with a wonderful view. (Breakfast foods were high quality, but somewhat limited. Cereals, pastries, and juices were available, but it was a shame no fresh fruit was added.) Dinner at the Onda Verde is very good, but most guests would probably enjoy trying out the nearby restaurants with more somewhat more varied offerings. At these restaurants we particulary enjoyed the extremely fresh seafood, including clams, mussels, squid, and freshly caught fish.

I'd like to provide some words of advice to fellow travelers about excursions from Onda Verde. We took an enjoyable day trip to Capri. However, we really didn't feel like we experienced the island; the organized trip is hurried and regimented. I'd recommend spending a night on Capri to really get a sense of the place and to experience the island without the hordes of day trippers. Getting to Pompeii from the Amalfi Coast also takes much longer than you expect. After the organized trip to Capri, we decided to hire a driver and a private guide for an "exclusive trip" exploring Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although this is expensive, we really felt it was worth it. You really could spend days exploring Pompeii. Just spending two hours there on an organized trip would be disappointing. Make sure you see the political ads, the body casts of the poor vicitims of the volcano, and the erotica at Pompeii.

We used busses to get to Rovello which has a million euro view which just doesn't seem real, and to explore the ceramic factories/shops in Vietri. You can buy Amalfi Coast ceramics in hundreds of places, but a trip to Vietri to see the best variety and the decorated storefronts is a treat. The ride to Vietri is also stunning.

Give yourself plenty of time for excursions and remember that getting around the Amalfi Coast can be slow, and very expensive if you are not using the bus. Cabs and limos are as much as 25 times the cost of the bus! Renting a car there is also a scarry thought. The roads are exceptionally narrow and there are many places where you need to stop for oncoming traffic and even back up.

I highly recommend the Onda Verde as a wonderful small hotel on the Amalfi Coast. It's a great place to stay, but be advised that excursions to places that seem nearby may be more difficult than you expect.

 

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