A Unique Historic Boutique Hotel
Albergo Vicino-Palinuro sits high on the hill town, overlooking the sea just a few kilometers north of the Palinuro rail station. The hotel sits clinging to a cliff at the edge of the medieval historic center (Centro Storico). It's views are quite wonderful - blue sea, coastal hills, and olive and lemon groves. Near the town has some lovely beaches, all with clear blue seas. The town also hosts a number of bars and restaurants. It has a harbor where you can rent boats, go diving and snorkeling. The wonderful and totally unspoiled coast road connects to a string of quaint seaside villages, and a few resort towns.
Albergo Vicino-Palinuro is a recent restoration of a 13th century convent, and retains much of the original architecture, but lovingly shaped into fine boutique hotel. Our photos do not come close to capturing the essence of Albergo Vicino-Palinuro. It is composed of 9 double rooms and 2 suites, all wonderfully decorated in a Tuscan motif - see below. All rooms are fully equipped with heating, air conditioning, TV, and mini-bars - and fabulous views (most with sea-views).
The hotel does not have a restaurant; however, just around the corner is Slow Dreams' favorite restaurant, the Osteria - a wonderfully rustic "hole in the wall" restaurant whose chef works closely with local producers to ensure optimum ingredients. For example, he has the local fishermen clean their anchovies as they are caught, he then marinades them in freshly squeezed juice from local lemons. The chef then simply adds a few herbs and spices to them - quite delightful. Other dishes which draw us back week after week are sea food stew, spicy mussel and clams, and Italy's best spaghetti carbonara, and the best french fries.
Note: the roads in the historical centre are too narrow for any cars, etc; so, the hotel is not suitable for anyone with walking problems.