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- Best Overall: San Pietro di Positano – See Rates at TripAdvisor "At Il San Pietro di Positano, guest rooms are uniquely decorated in timeless style, with clean white lines and pops of bright, Italian color."
- Runner-Up, Best Overall: Hotel Eden Roc – See Rates at TripAdvisor "You can expect jaw-dropping sea views from the rooms, the Sky Bar, the restaurant terraces and the swimming pool."
- Best Budget: Casa Albertina – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Reasonable fitness levels are needed to reach the hotel, which is located at the top of two steep flights of stairs."
- Best for Families: Covo dei Saraceni – See Rates at TripAdvisor "With two ocean-view swimming pools – a magnificent infinity pool and the main pool – the hotel is perfect for fun with the kids."
- Best Beachfront: Hotel Buca di Bacco – See Rates at TripAdvisor "If you find yourself inspired by the dishes you try during your stay, sign up for one of Hotel Buca di Bacco’s traditional Italian cooking classes."
- Best for Romance: Le Sirenuse Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "For your honeymoon or special anniversary, book the one-bedroom Suite Sea View."
- Best Luxury: Villa Magia – See Rates at TripAdvisor "At Luna Cocktail & Tapas Bar, gaze out over ocean vistas while perusing a menu that features ingredients from the hotel’s garden."
- Best Boutique: Villa Treville – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The concierge can arrange exciting hiking or snorkeling excursions, while a winding flight of stairs leads down to a seaside sundeck and the jetty for the hotel’s private motor launch."
- Best B&B: Villa Mary Bed & Breakfast – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Wherever you stay, breakfast is served on your private terrace, giving you the freedom to enjoy the majestic sea view in peace."
Best Overall: Il San Pietro di Positano
Five-star Il San Pietro di Positano is located in between sea and sky on the cliffside, approximately 10 minutes from central Positano. Its slightly removed location gives you the feeling of absolute exclusivity. Guest rooms are uniquely decorated in timeless style, with clean white lines and pops of bright, Italian color. Each one wows with a private panoramic terrace, complete with a table and chairs for al fresco meals overlooking the Mediterranean.
Il San Pietro is the only Positano hotel with direct access to a private beach. The secluded cove is accessed by elevator and has its own solarium, restaurant, and bar. Up on the cliffs, you can spend your time lounging by the semicircular infinity pool, indulging in caviar or getting gold extract massages at the spa. When you want to explore, there’s a complimentary shuttle to Positano and a private yacht for day charters along the Amalfi Coast. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Zass, has one Michelin star and serves modernized tributes to classic Italian cuisine.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Hotel Eden Roc
For a more central location and slightly more affordable rates, Hotel Eden Roc is a great choice that touts an exemplary staff, fabulous cuisine, and a magnificent elevated location. The latter means that you can expect jaw-dropping sea views from the rooms, the Sky Bar, the restaurant terraces, and the swimming pool. All rooms and suites are equipped with every comfort, from a Smart TV in the bedroom to a Jacuzzi tub in the en-suite bathroom.
Each day at Hotel Eden Roc begins with a complimentary continental breakfast spread. Don your swimsuit for a morning by the rooftop pool, or head into Positano for a spot of sightseeing. After navigating the village’s many stairways, return to the hotel for a soothing massage and steam bath. The Sky Bar is the ideal spot for evening sundowners, while a wine tasting is hosted every afternoon in the Wine Bar. At Adamo ed Eva Restaurant, sample gourmet Mediterranean cuisine against a backdrop of incredible ocean panoramas.
Best Budget: Casa Albertina
With low room rates, Casa Albertina is considerably more affordable than most of the other Positano hotels. It doesn’t have a spa, a luxury private yacht, or a Michelin-starred restaurant; but it is clean and comfortable. Even better, guests repeatedly praise the hotel’s friendly, helpful staff. Reasonable fitness levels are needed to reach the hotel, which is located at the top of two steep flights of stairs. However, the view from the top is well worth the climb.
There are 20 rooms to choose from. All of them are decorated in a traditional style that can feel charming or a little outdated, depending on your tastes. Each one is equipped with all the comforts needed for a pleasant stay, including air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms come with a shower and/or a bath. Your room rate also includes a complimentary continental breakfast. For lunch and dinner, make your way to the terrace restaurant where delicious Neapolitan dishes are complemented by endless sea views.
Best for Families: Covo dei Saraceni
Families with small children will appreciate the waterfront location of luxury hotel Covo dei Saraceni, which saves little legs from having to climb up and down endless staircases. In a matter of seconds, you can easily enjoy quality family time on Spiaggia Grande beach. With two ocean-view swimming pools – a magnificent infinity pool and the main pool – the hotel is perfect for fun with the kids. And, for memories that will last a lifetime, consider chartering the hotel’s private yacht for an Amalfi Coast adventure.
All 66 rooms and suites have similarly beautiful sea views, to be enjoyed from the balcony or terrace. Suite Incanto offers deluxe accommodation for families with two double beds, two bathrooms and a private swimming pool.
There are several dining options at Covo dei Saraceni. Seafront restaurant The Brasserie is the most child-friendly, serving mouthwatering pizza and artisan gelato. If you feel like a moment to yourselves, make use of the babysitting service and head to The Covo Restaurant for a romantic meal on the moonlit terrace.
Best Beachfront: Hotel Buca di Bacco
Although Positano’s hilltop hotels command the best views, the climb down to the seaside quickly gets tiring. Four-star Hotel Buca di Bacco is located directly on the Spiaggia Grande beachfront and is a great choice for those with mobility or fitness concerns. There are 46 rooms, some with a sea view and some without. Premium rooms have a private balcony or terrace, while all categories add a touch of luxury with hand-painted Vietri floor tiles and marble-finished bathrooms.
Even if your bedroom doesn’t have a sea view, you’ll be able to soak up the village’s iconic ocean panoramas from the restaurant veranda. Order from a selection of authentic Italian favorites, then sit back with a glass of local wine in hand. Breakfast is included in your room rate and consists of a buffet with hot and cold choices. If you find yourself inspired by the dishes you try during your stay, sign up for one of Hotel Buca di Bacco’s traditional Italian cooking classes.
There is no pool at this hotel.
Best for Romance: Le Sirenuse Hotel
Once the private summer house of four Neapolitan siblings, Le Sirenuse Hotel perches high above central Positano. This vantage point allows for astonishing sea views from all 58 rooms and suites. Whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings and handpicked antiques add to their overall charm. For your honeymoon or special anniversary, book the one-bedroom Suite Sea View. It has a private balcony, a separate living room, and a double whirlpool bathtub overlooking the sea.
Leaving your private sanctuary may be difficult, but there’s plenty to explore when you do. Decompress in the swimming pool, surrounded by vine-covered terraces and elegant lemon trees. The spa welcomes couples with an exclusive Spa Suite for side-by-side treatments, while complimentary daily activities range from scenic, guided walks to sunset Champagne cruises aboard the hotel’s traditional fishing boat.
Dining is an experience of its own. Head to Michelin-starred La Sponda for regional delicacies surrounded by 400 flickering candles, or to Aldo’s Champagne Bar & Seafood Grill for oysters. Franco’s Bar is known for its Golden Age cocktails.
Best Luxury: Villa Magia
Five-star hotels are easy to come by in Positano, but Villa Magia is one of the most luxurious (and expensive) of them all. It is built into the hillside at the very top of the village, and makes the most of its mesmerizing views with almost 10,000 feet of terraces. All rooms and suites have their own private balcony or terrace, with outdoor dining furniture and sun beds. You’ll also be given an iPhone with the entire staff saved in the contacts, while larger rooms come with unique features such as a private hammam or exquisite, artisan floor tiles.
Ask your personal concierge to arrange exclusive sightseeing or shopping excursions, or book a cruise on one of the hotel’s luxury boats. Alternatively, the spa tempts with a Turkish bath, a Swedish shower, and an oxygen therapy pool; not to mention private rooms for indulgent treatments and massages. At Luna Cocktail & Tapas Bar, gaze out over magical ocean vistas while perusing a menu that showcases ingredients from the hotel’s own garden and surrounding farms.
Best Boutique: Villa Treville
For a boutique hotel that offers the last word in intimate exclusivity, consider luxurious Villa Treville. The former home of a celebrated Italian film director, the property is located just outside Positano on a rocky promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. It consists of 17 suites spread between four villas, each one surrounded by lush gardens filled with bougainvillea, jasmine, and pine trees. The suites are uniquely themed, with statement furnishings and objets d’art, with a combination of private gardens, plunge pools, terraces, or balconies.
The concierge can arrange exciting hiking or snorkeling excursions, while a winding flight of stairs leads down to a seaside sundeck and the jetty for the hotel’s private motor launch. When it comes to wining and dining, you’re spoiled for choice. The table in the Club Lounge is laden with gourmet treats throughout the day, while the white-fabric-draped terrace of Salone Bianca is a romantic spot for evening cocktails. At Maestro’s restaurant, locally grown, seasonal produce is served on the vine-covered terrace or beside the drawing-room fireplace.
Best B&B: Villa Mary Bed & Breakfast
Housed in a 19th-century Mediterranean home in the heart of Positano, Villa Mary Bed & Breakfast features five enchanting double rooms and panoramic views of the bay. Each of the rooms is individually decorated, though all have polished wooden floors and pristine, embroidered bedspreads in common. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and an en-suite bathroom with a hydro-massage tub or shower. If you prefer to self-cater, book one of the three apartments in the separate Liparlati Maison where each one comes with a fully equipped kitchen.
Wherever you stay, breakfast is served on your private terrace, giving you the freedom to enjoy the majestic sea view in peace. Expect a smorgasbord of treats every day ranging from homemade pastries to local meats, cheeses, and fruits – all washed down with rich Italian coffee. Your friendly host is able to help with everything from boat rentals and excursions to restaurant reservations and airport transfers. After spending the morning exploring, come back to the B&B for a dip in the refreshing sea-view pool.