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50 and Fabulous in 2015---need help planning my trip to Amalfi, FINALLY

Old Apr 21st, 2014, 01:07 PM
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WWK - quite alright! Not what I think of a a hijack and great info.
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Old Apr 21st, 2014, 02:13 PM
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Thanks, WWK! I did the first hijack....sorry denisea.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2014, 05:26 PM
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Well, now I have more questions....any feedback on Hotel Covo dei Sarceni or Hotel L'Ancora? Hotel Covo dei Saraceni looks wonderful and I can't remember anyone mentioning it before?
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Old Apr 23rd, 2014, 06:19 PM
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Covo is right at the town dock in Positano. There's a large swimming pool on the upper level of the hotel that faces town. I haven't stayed there, (though online pictures look nice) but have heard that it can be noisy because of its in-town location.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2014, 06:29 PM
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A few years back we stayed at L'Ancora on two different trips. Great location and it had free parking which was great. Rooms were nice sized. The views were fabulous. It's next door to La Sireunse.
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Old Apr 24th, 2014, 06:47 AM
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Covo would be great due to location (only having to hike the stairs if you want to), but there would be some noise during the day from the ferries. But for me location would win out over the boat noise.
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Hi, What a delightful thread! You are all so positive, helpful and enthusiastic, so refreshing! AC is on our bucket list, we can use this some day! Have a great trip!
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Old Apr 24th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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Agree with coral22 and I appreciate the advice so much! (And I always feel bad for other posters whose threads somehow get hijacked by bickering and arguing online)....

So for those of you who really know the area, then the area where Le Sireneuse, Hotel Marincanto and L'Ancora is higher up and quieter than right in town than Covo and Bucca di Bacco?

Quiet is more important to me than being in the center of everything. But, we don't want to be so far away from everything that we can't get to it!! Am I reading this correctly?
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Old Apr 24th, 2014, 01:09 PM
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Yes, you are correct. I don't know where L'Ancora is, but Le Sireneuse and Marincanto are higher up in the village, up past the pedestrian-only portion of the village (where Covo and BdB is located), along the road going through town. So you trade boat noise for car noise. But no place in Positano is very noisy!
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Old Apr 24th, 2014, 02:41 PM
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denisea,

I agree with ekc. The road that runs by Le Sireneuse and Marincanto can be trafficky at times, but that wouldn't stop me from staying at either of those, particularly Sireneuse if I could afford it!

And while the center of town is at ground level, there are tons of restaurants scattered all around, so you're never far from somewhere wonderful to eat.

We like staying midway between beach and the top of the town at the Poseidon, because it's the best of both worlds: great views, and an easy escape anytime we need it from the crowds below.

One thing I would add about Covo: In the summer months I have seen quite a crowd at the docks waiting for boats to Capri, etc. And Covo isn't far from that, although the hotel itself is not totally at ground level. Just something to keep in mind.
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Old Apr 24th, 2014, 02:45 PM
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A last comment from me: Unless you have a mobility issue or simply don't want to climb stairs back and forth, you're never that far from town/beach. Positano just isn't that large!
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Old Apr 24th, 2014, 03:37 PM
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WWK - great suggestion of Poseidon. Don't know why I didn't mention it earlier!
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Agree that it's easy to get around Positano. I don't recall being bothered by street noise the times we stayed at L'Ancora.
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Old Apr 25th, 2014, 10:11 AM
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Thanks all - no mobility issues for us and I am actually good at climbing, so no problem. I do tend to like things a little quieter and less crowded. Harder for me to sort it out since I have not been there===thanks all!
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Denisea, just read your trip report on Rome and loved it .... took lots of notes. We will be in Rome next week and then AC following week. Staying at Marincanto and also La Minerva in Capri. So excited. Will respond to this thread after the trip (or mayb even during) and let you know. Best regards.
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Old Apr 26th, 2014, 04:57 AM
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Excellent - I really appreciate that Denise (and also insanely jealous). Definitely interested to hear your thoughts and experiences with the hotels, activities, etc...Thanks!
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BMK for all the great ideas here as I begin very early planning for trip in September 2015.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 04:29 AM
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To update here, after a lot of debating on what to do we have finally made a decision. I even thought about Paris (yet again and finally getting to Giverny, Vaux le Vicomte and some of the other places we want to visit when the gardens are blooming....someday).

We are headed to the AC in mid-May 2015. We will stay in Positano 6 night at my dream hotel, Le Sireneuse. I just decided to go all out and finally give myself permission to be that extravagant in a hotel.

Part two of the trip will be 3 final nights back in Rome at Albergo del Senato. Top floor, overlooking the Pantheon. We have heard so many great things about ADS from this forum, so we are looking forward to it.

We decided not to move during our time in Positano for a few nights on Capri. We both prefer to stay in one place for longer periods of time. We will probably visit Capri one day and hope that tourist season is not so much in high gear that it won't be completely overrun. Maybe on a future trip we will spend a few nights on Capri.

We have a lot coming up this year - Rhode Island in the Fall, Paris around Christmas time and then the AC in 2015. Quite a lot to look forward to! Thanks for all your input and advice on this. I am sure we will still have questions to put to the group as we get closer!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 06:26 AM
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denisea - can I give myself permission to come with you?

what a hotel! The reviews are excellent nevertheless i think that the only way I'll get there is vicariously though you! Trip reports are mandatory for all your trips, of course.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 06:56 AM
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We stayed across the street from Le Sireneuse in May and thought the location was great! We went in for a drink....it was gorgeous.

We also ended our trip with 3 nights in Rome at ADS.
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