What are the five best places to stay on the Amalfi Coast?

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Hotels on the Amalfi Coast are as much a part of the escape as the sea and the sun. They impress with sprawling terraces, fresh flowers and handcrafted mosaic tiles. Here, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend their five favorite places to stay on the Amalfi Coast:
 
1. Hotel Palazzo Murat, Positano. Once the summer home of Napoleon’s wife, the centrally located Hotel Palazzo Murat has evolved into one of Positano’s most luxurious resorts. The rooms are typically adorned with vaulted ceilings and oceanfront terraces, and many of the rooms overlook the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta. Even without the views, the entire Italian hotel is a sight to behold.
 
2. Capri Palace Hotel and Spa, Capri. The luxurious Capri Palace is another majestic option. Between its vaulted ceilings and the top-notch seasonal Neapolitan fare at L’Olivo, don’t be surprised if you start acting like royalty upon arrival. It’s only natural.
 
3. Il San Pietro, Positano. Hanging off the steepest cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, Il San Pietro is a little bit further from the center of town. To get to the hotel, you have to take an elevator carved into the limestone rock that’s romantically situated at the bottom of an ivy-lined flight of stone steps near a tiny chapel. The entrance is just the start. Once you arrive inside, you’ll be transported to the lap of luxury with intimate quarters, stone archways and chart-topping panoramas.
 
4. Hotel Caruso, Ravello. If you’re in town for Ravello’s famous music festival, book a room at the luxurious Hotel Caruso. Stone lions guard the entrance, and the rooms are decorated with unique antique furniture from the Napoleon era.
 
5. Grand Hotel Qvisana, Capri. This is one of the most fashionable hotels in Capri, so don’t be surprised if you run into a starlet or two during your stay at Grand Hotel Qvisana. The white façade is a striking juxtaposition against the colorful hillside. After a rough day at the hotel’s classy pool, enjoy a glass of bubbly from the extensive champagne list at the Krug Room.

My favorite hotel in Ravello is Palazzo Sasso. It has a fantastic restaurant there. It’s like a castle from the fourth century or something. It’s just spectacular. Their attention to service and the way they treat you is just magical.

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