We tried to experience both worlds of the Amalfi Coast, staying at the Grand Vesuvius Hotel in Sorrento with 90 rooms/floor and at the Maison Rafael in Minori with a total of ten rooms. Minori is a blue collar town--kids going to school, laundry hanging from the porches... Antonio the owner of the Maison Raphael speaks great English and he has a sense of humor. He gave us good suggestions to places to eat and where to catch the bus, etc. He runs a clean hotel (although the toilet did run all night), but it is a clean room with balconies overlooking the street. After driving the Amalfi coast, I gladly parked the car and took the bus to get to the town of Amalfi. Antonio has a gated parking lot for guests, but the charge is 17.50 Euro per day for parking. There is a bus stop within sight of the hotel, so we caught the bus to the city of Amalfi to catch the boat to the Isle of Capri. The town of Minori has some good restaurants and it is worth exploring the back alleys of the town--we ran into a music school with an operatic soprano singing at one end with accordian music from the other end. Nice town, nice hotel.
Pros: Antonio, the owner, was very helpful and spoke English.
Cons: The toilet ran in our room.
Location: Minori is a nice town with a working-class flavor of Italy. The bus stop is across the street from the hotel. Good restaurants in Minori.