Hotel Buca di Bacco

Via Rampa Teglia 4, Positano, Campania, 84017, Italy

A fisherman’s tavern later converted into a guesthouse, this hotel has long held center stage on the Spiaggia Grande. It found fame as Positano’s first nightclub (now La Pergola restaurant), and the photos of Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Jackie Kennedy that line the hotel walls prove the glitterati once flocked here. Today, some of the airy guest rooms look over the majolica dome of Santa Maria Assunta, and many enjoy sea views. The rooms with terraces or balconies are particularly appealing. The dining terrace features such specialties as homemade scialatielli ai frutti di mare and gambaretti alla Clark (named after the American general who docked here during World War II and promptly requested a prawn cocktail). The hotel doesn’t have a pool, but who needs one this close to the beach?


  • right on the beach
  • uninterrupted sea views from many rooms
  • a Jacuzzi with a view


  • tricky to get to if not arriving by boat
  • uneven service
  • noisy "Times Square" location


Phones: 089-857699


47 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar. Breakfast