Take a look at the best boutique hotels in Positano.
This tiny family-run bed-and-breakfast is nestled amid gardens, citrus groves, and vineyards high in the mountains above Positano, and a short walk from quaint Montepertuso and the Path of the Gods. Mamma Rosa only has two rooms, both with breathtaking sea views, simple yet elegant decor, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms in the hallway. There are 220 steps to climb from the road to the property, but most guests find that the views, the warm hosts, and the delicious homemade breakfast make it worth the effort.
This stunning hotel offers guests breathtaking views and personal service in luxurious surroundings. With only seven guest rooms and lots of cozy common areas -- indoors and out -- the hotel has a quiet, exclusive feel. Guests are pampered with delicious made-to-order meals for breakfast and dinner, though none are free. There’s also a small, open-air spa with hot tubs, a massage area, and a fitness room. Elegant, individually decorated rooms have minibars, iPhones, and Nespresso machines, plus options like a giant whirlpool tub, private hammam, or kitchen. The nature of Positano makes steep climbs unavoidable, but the panoramas are a spectacular payoff. For comparison, Hotel Palazzo Murat sits at the base of the cliffs, making the town more accessible, but it lacks the stunning atmosphere of Villa Magia.
Unlike most hotels in the cliffside town of Positano that require a steep walk to reach the beach and town center, the 17th-century Palazzo Murat is located smack in the town center’s pedestrian zone. The property is immaculate and equipped with a highly acclaimed-restaurant and its own citrus and botanical garden; rooms have antique furnishings (that can nonetheless seem a tad bland) and modern amenities, but bathrooms are small. With a pristine pool and some nice freebies, Palazzo is ideal for travelers who want to stay in historic lodgings in the heart of the action, but it lacks the gorgeous ocean views of nearby cliffside hotels.
The 18-room Albergo Punta Regina is an upscale, family-run hotel in Positano with breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding mountains from its guest room balconies, rooftop terrace, and infinity-edge swimming pool. The property is well-maintained: A renovation of the reception area was completed in 2015, and the Standard Rooms are scheduled for refurbishment in 2017. Interiors are charming and classically styled -- though some might find the antique-style furnishings a bit dated -- and rooms offer modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus some have indoor or outdoor hot tubs. There is no restaurant on-site, but the town center is just a five-minute walk away, while the beach can be reached in 10 minutes. Travelers might also want to check out the nearby Hotel Marincanto, which offers more amenities including a restaurant, gym, Turkish bath, and massage services.
The 25-room Eden Roc is a family-run boutique with classic decor located a short walk from the beach and central Positano attractions, including lovely Santa Maria Assunta church and the harbor. This upper-middle-range hotel has a rooftop pool with panoramic sea views, a cute bar offering a short food menu and wine tastings for a fee, and a tiny fitness center with a handful of cardio machines. There is also a small spa complete with a treatment room, but use of the steam room is an extra charge. All rooms are spacious and light, with balconies or terraces offering expansive sea views, and modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and jetted tubs. Decor is classic throughout, but some may find the style a little dated.
Centrally located in Positano, the 52-room Hotel Poseidon offers breathtaking views of the coast and of the bay in a chic, cozy boutique environment. Quaint, basic rooms vary in size and style, but all have patios and terraces with panoramic views. The on-site spa offers massages and has a Turkish bath built right into the cliff rock. Just be prepared to do a lot of walking—exploring Positano requires a lot of going up and down steps.
Although the Miramare could use a little updating, its location — within a 10-minute walk to the beach and the center of Positano — is hard to beat. The Mediterranean décor is warm and welcoming, and rooms have amazing views of the Gulf of Salerno. Given its location on a cliff, guests should expect to do a lot of walking up and down stairs, but this is the norm in the area. Although there's no pool and the property lacks the newness and luxury of hotels such as the Villa Fiorentino or Il San Pietro up the road, the Miramare’s convenient central location make it a great value.
Villa Rosa is a 12-room mid-range boutique hotel with a stunning cliff-face location at the top of Positano village. Its convenient location is an eight-minute walk from the Positano Beach and a 15-minute walk into the center of the village. The rooms are spacious and elegant, and come with mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and large furnished private terraces. Breakfast is included in room rates and served to guests on their private balconies. There's not much else in the way of features, besides a communal TV lounge, though the hotel can assist with laundry and parking at a nearby parking lot (both for a fee). As an alternative, travelers can also consider Casa Albertina which offers similar features and views; plus a rooftop solarium.
One of the priciest hotels in Positano, this luxury boutique is also perhaps the most beautiful and it lives up to its upscale reputation with pristine grounds, thoughtful free extras (like snacks and boat trips), and a renowned restaurant. Rooms feature antique furniture and modern appliances, but some are small and/or noisy. That said, it's an excellent choice for those who can afford it and seek a central location, gorgeous spa, and spectacular views from all around.
The 10-room Hotel Reginella is a boutique value property located in the center of Positano close to shops, restaurants, and the beach. Rooms are simple, clean, and spacious, and some have incredible views of the town and sea from furnished balconies. Some rooms are Old-World elegant, while others look a little more basic. As a budget hotel, there are no extras aside from a free continental breakfast and a bar, but the views and location -- as well as the rates -- are hard to beat for this expensive town. Hotel Villa Bellavista, another value property, has a small pool and a restaurant, but its location is less convenient.
Hotel Savoia is a mid-range property that has been managed by the same family for the past three generations. The hotel is conveniently located on a central main road, making it reachable by car -- rare for Positano. The 39 elegant guest rooms are tastefully decorated, and many of them have balconies or terraces with scenic views of the sea and mountains -- though they lack in-room Wi-Fi. (Wi-Fi is available in the lounge and reception area.) There is no on-site restaurant, but a free breakfast is served, and drinks and light snacks are available from the bar. Room rates are competitive for the location, and the hotel offers excellent value, but travelers could compare prices with the Best Western-affiliated Positano Art Hotel Pasitea.
The 38-room Hotel Villa Franca is a four-pearl property scenically set on a cliff in Positano, within walking distance of restaurants and shops. From the pool to the restaurant to guest rooms' balconies, the hotel takes great advantage of its stunning views of the sea and village. There are a few bars on-site, as well as a lovely spa, plus breakfast is included in rates. The pool is small, but its scenic rooftop location affords beautiful views of the surroundings. Rooms feature stylish white and beige decor, and are outfitted with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and marble bathrooms. The nearest beach is about a 10-minute walk away, but the way back is uphill -- though guests can also make use of the hotel's free beach shuttle. Travelers might want to compare rates with Covo Dei Saraceni, which has a beachside location.
A romantic escape, I Giardini Dei Sensi is best for couples who are looking for a getaway, rather than to tick sights off their list. Located 17 minutes by bus from the center of town, the property offers access to the beach and hiking along the Amalfi coast, as well as stunning views of the Positano bay. An infinity pool and solarium are excellent (if less active) ways to enjoy the natural surroundings. However, the property isn't suitable for those who aren't comfortable with steps, and families with kids should look elsewhere. The Covo Dei Saraceni is a four-pearl property that's a bit more family-friendly and located on the Positano beach.
Perched on Positano's highest point, the mid-range Conca d'Oro offers spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast below. Most of its 42 spacious guest rooms have balconies or terraces that overlook the sea. But there's a price to pay for these exceptional vistas: Guests must climb 100-odd steps to reach the hotel from the town, a climb some may find challenging. The hotel's restaurant provides a fantastic setting for romantic candlelit dinners on its terrace, and the outdoor hot tub offers panoramic views. A cold breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi are included in rates. The beach is about a 10-minute descent down the steps, while the town center is about a 15-minute walk from the property. Travelers looking for a hotel that doesn't require as much of a climb could consider the Hotel Villa Gabrisa located on one of Positano's main roads.
A small 30-room Best Western-affiliated hotel resting on Positano's highest point, the Art Hotel Pasitea may have seasoned travelers questioning the hotel's advertised four-star status. While it has deluxe bedding, trendy artistic decor and design, a few in-room luxe items, and room service, the property lacks expected features like a pool, fitness center, spa services, and full-service restaurant. However, for those looking for a uniquely styled place to stay with excellent views and stairway access to the beach, it is still a great bet. Otherwise, travelers searching for the Pasitea's missing features are better served at the nearby, similarly priced, and fully four-star Hotel Poseidon.