Positano/Amalfi Coast - Le Sirenuse?

Mar 30th, 2005, 10:17 AM
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Thanks, coffeeaddict. Kem513- another place to consider is Covo de Saraceni (sp?). We peeked in the lobby while we were there because the proprietors of Max restaurant said it was their favorite place and where they always booked rooms for visiting friends and family. The hostess (who's American and married to the chef) said they have rooms with outdoor jacuzzis on the terrace that are spectacular. It might be worth looking into.
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Mar 30th, 2005, 10:22 AM
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Il San Pietro. It's considered one of the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast along with Le Sirenuse and Palazzo Sasso.

It's just 1 km outside of Positano and offers a free shuttle bus to the town. Because it's not located directly in Positano, the prices are lower than Le Sirenuse for comparable rooms. All rooms have jacuzzi tubs and sea views. I think you can get a deluxe double for around 500 Euro. I know some people have complained that it's a bit stuffy, but I found the staff to be gracious and accomodating.

They have a complimentary boat ride every day for guests to explore the coastline. There's also a private beach and sun deck with bar. An elevator built right into the cliff on which the hotel is situated takes you down to the beach area (no steps to go up and down like Le Sirenuse). It is a truly unique hotel with outstanding views of Positano from its beautiful and expansive terrace.

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Mar 30th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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I just wanted to point out that Room 203, not 201, is the room directly below 210. We stayed in Room 203 last summer. You can see the room and terrace on the hotel's website, or partially see it since they don't seem to be too generous with the photos on the website.

Room 203's terrace is wonderful and large, and the room is pleasant. However, Room 209 is in the same room category as Room 210, and it is a much bigger room than 203. Rosita, the manager, was kind enough to let me see it. It has a separate sitting area from the bedroom, and it is similar to 210 in that it has that glass wall and gorgeous view in the bathroom. It doesn't have as large a terrace, though, as either 203 or 210.
 
Mar 30th, 2005, 01:56 PM
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I agree with MLT. San Pietro is a beautiful hotel and we would consider staying there sometime. I've been there for drinks and dinner, and have found the service different depending on who you talk to. The reception staff was warm and gracious; the bar service was rude and arrogant, but perhaps they are nicer to guests. The facilities are really lovely, and the view of Positano from afar is also nice. It is definitley the next best thing to Sirenuse in terms of luxury level, and some people prefer it for its privacy (hey- it was good enough for Julia Roberts).
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Mar 30th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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Hotel Poseidon is much nicer than Villa Franca in almost every way. I don't even think they're comparable, to be honest.

As for Il San Pietro, yes, there's a shuttle, but there's something to be said for being right IN town, with easy access to restaurants, shopping, and miniscule beach. We did find it stuffy when we visited my husband's clients there, and didn't think the food was very good at all.
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Mar 30th, 2005, 09:56 PM
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So much great advice! Thank you! So, I think we have abandoned the idea of Sirenuse. Impressive though the hotel may be, it nevertheless seems like it may not warrant the huge discrepancy in price. 780 Euro, with the current exchange rate, just feels like too much, especially when there are so many other beautiful spots in Positano. Plus, you are all right in suggesting that cozying up on our own private terrace, even at a hotel that may not be as swank, would be a more valuable experience than staying at Sirenuse, sans view/terrace. Plus, from what you say, the pool scene sounds brutal! (Living and working in NYC, when on vacation we try to get away from aggressive type-A personalities jockeying for position!) But seriously, thanks for all the suggestions. (europhile - your honeymoon journal was amazing! so helpful! I printed it out for future reference.) As for us, I think we are going to choose between Miramare (not room 210) and a suite at the Poseidon. One thing that really intrigues me about Miramare is the private boat. It doesn't seem like Poseidon has one. If we stay at a hotel without one, does anyone know if it's possible to charter a boat for an afternoon excursion?
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Mar 31st, 2005, 02:14 AM
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How rude! I would be kicking the newspapers off of the chairs i'm afraid!

I stayed at the Domina Royal which had great sea views, but I did find myself staring down the hill at Le Sirenuse and dreaming. Good to hear that it is not all that after all!

Have a great honeymoon! As you know it's a beautiful place!
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Mar 31st, 2005, 06:00 AM
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Kem513- the boat tour from Miramare was great- a highlight of our stay. However, we did wish they had a pool. Since we had room 210, with 2 lounge chairs, we still got to lay in the sun and look at the view, but one of their "normal" balconies would not give you that same opportunity (having just chairs and table). One more suggestion- have you looked at Hotel l'Ancora (www.htlancora.it)? It's the sister hotel to Covo dei Saraceni, and has access to all their facilities (including the pool areaa), but it is located next door to Le Sirenuse so it obviously has the same view and the same elevation. We looked in the doorway and were impressed with the decor and style, and their website looks great, too. They have rooms with lounge chairs (like room 210 at the Miramare) and outdoor jacuzzis on the terrace, which would be a pretty great way to enjoy a bottle of wine with the view! I have an ofoto.com album on-line with pics from our honeymoon if you'd like to see pictures of the hotels. You can email me at [email protected] and I'll give you the link if you're interested. Good luck!
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Mar 31st, 2005, 07:41 AM
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Salvatore's boat tour gets mentioned here on the forum quite a bit.Check previous posts for more info on him. I think you can find him down at the dock in Positano, along with other vendors who will also be happy to sell you one day tours of the coast and Capri.

Have a great stay in Positano! If you don't stay at the Poseidon ( although why wouldn't you?? Sorry- I just love the place!) try to at least have lunch or dinner on their gorgeous restaurant terrace. The food is some of the best I've ever had in Italy.

Also try to have dinner in Montepertuso, a small mountain village 15 min by car from Positano. We liked IL RITROVO,but DONNA ROSA is also quite good. Many of the restaurants in Montepertuso will arrange roundtrip transportation for guests, so check with your hotel to see what the arrangement is.
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Mar 31st, 2005, 07:59 AM
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I just contacted Gennaro and Salvatore yesterday. Their day tour of the Amalfi Coast is 75€ per person including lunch, drinks, etc. I think you're out on the boat from approximately 10:30am - 5pm. They alos have trips to Capri and other locations, and you can arrange private tours if you don't wish to go in a group (the other tours only run if there are at least 4 people going).
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Mar 31st, 2005, 08:10 AM
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I will be in Positano in about two weeks and I'm planning on staying in Room 209 of the Miramare. I really hope that we made the right decision. I read somewhere that there is not a pool there. Does anyone know if we could have access to another hotel's pool? Are they really strict about that? Also, can anyone recommend a romantic restaurant in Ravello? I'm planning on attending one of the concerts at Villa Rufolo and would like to have a nice dinner beforehand. Thanks!!!
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Mar 31st, 2005, 08:47 AM
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Ah... our room plot thickens. My travel agent just called to inform me that she was able to get a really good rate at Il San Pietro. I'm not as excited because it is not in Positano proper, but it's supposed to be very luxurious, and has its own private beach. Hmm. We also contacted Hotel l'Ancora, and can get one of the rooms with the private jacuzzi on the terrace! So, we now have 4 choices: a double room at Il San Pietro, a suite at Poseidon, Room 203 (the one under 210) at Miramare, or the jr. suite with outdoor jacuzzi at l'Ancora. Any final input/advice? I almost wish we had fewer options (easier to decide that way)! Anyway, thanks for the recs on the boat trips. I will definitely contact Salvatore!
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Mar 31st, 2005, 09:08 AM
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Although the San Pietro will definitely give you bragging rights ("We stayed at the San Pietro on our honeymoon") and may be the best hotel amenities-wise, I agree with the other posters that it's a bit too out of the way--you can't easily walk into town so you'd have to cab it back and forth. One of the nice things about a picturesque town like Positano is that you can stroll around, particularly around sunset, so I would stay in town.

I just looked at the pictures at the l'Ancora's website. My reaction: as much as I love the Miramare, if you can get that room with the outdoor jaccuzzi featured on the website, take that one! It looks great.

If I were to return to Positano (and boy, would I), my primary considerations would be:

1) view/location
2) terrace
3) privacy

in that order. Obviously you will have to decide whether a pool is important to you--it wasn't for us, but then again we were there in late October. I think most people go to Positano for the view and the romance, and the food/pool/pampering is just gravy.

Doesn't seem like you can really go wrong!
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Mar 31st, 2005, 09:13 AM
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OK, I've already admitted that I don't think much of San Pietro ( location, stuffy atmosophere, mediocre expensive food), but I rememebered that a post yesterday or the day before suggested that San Pietro also has beachfront construction going on. Whether that will be an issue during your stay, I don't know. But that may be why your travel agent is able to land a decent room price there.

As mentioned earlier, I am a big fan of the Poseidon. Every stay we've had there ( 4 and counting) in their jr. suites has been heavenly. And I like the intimacy of a small hotel. However, Miramare has also gotten raves. So I guess I'm saying that I don't think you could go wrong with either Poseidon or Miramare.
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Mar 31st, 2005, 10:51 AM
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I disagree about the food at San Pietro being mediocre and expensive. I thought the food was excellent (very fresh as they grow their own produce on the grounds) and reasonably priced compared to other places I've eaten in Italy. Our first night there, I wasn't feeling very well so we decided to have dinner in our room. The staff was kind enough to bring our dinner course by course, so we had a very intimate, candlelit dinner on our balcony (which was roomy and well-furnished). Also, we could hear opera from the neighboring town of Praiano from our balcony as we were enjoying our meal. It was truly the most romantic dinner I've ever had. When we did take dinner at their restaurant, the waiters told us (without us asking) that we could order anything we wanted, even if it wasn't on the menu, and the chef would do his best to accomodate us.

As far as transportation goes, their shuttle bus in on demand and runs late into the night (maybe even 24 hrs). We never had to take a cab, and we even walked the distance a couple of times with no problem.

The more remote location means it's a lot quieter than staying in town, and provides much more privacy which I think is nice for a honeymoon. The private beach is a huge plus IMHO because there's no fighting over space. People found their own little rock ledges for sunbathing, or could use the well-appointed lounge chairs on the sundeck. Service at the bar was very good as well -- they brought bottled mineral water, fresh fruit, and lunch right to our chairs everyday. As for the pool, we practically had it to ourselves the couple of times we used it.

Also when we first arrived, we were struck by how stunning the grounds were -- flowers, lemon trees and vines growing everywhere. San Pietro's architecture is unique (built right into a cliff) and has a very organic feel to it. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you take a look at their website, especially the photo gallery (www.ilsanpietro.it).

To me, it has a more exclusive feel than Le Sirenuse, or any other hotel in Positano, precisely because of its location. But if there is indeed construction going on (I would have your travel agent check), then it would definitely take away from the ambiance which makes San Pietro so special.

I've promised myself that the next time I go to Positano, I will divide my time between Il San Pietro and Le Sirenuse. But it looks like you can't go wrong with any of your other choices. Good luck with your decision and congrats on your upcoming marriage.
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Mar 31st, 2005, 11:23 AM
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Having stayed in room 203 and enjoyed it, I still have to agree with coffeeadict to take the room at l'ancora with the outdoor jacuzzi -- How fun!! And then you have access to the pool at Covo, which might be a nice bonus.

But, I also think a suite at the Poseidon would also be wonderful. I haven't seen their rooms, but the public areas and the pool area are beautiful and more upscale than the Miramare.

Why don't you at least plan on having drinks or dinner at Le Sirenuse, so that you do get to enjoy that hotel a little bit.

I hope you do get to stay at Palazzo Sasso -- I've heard such wonderful reviews on that hotel. If or when we ever return to the Amalfi Coast, I would love to stay there.

If you do decide to stay in Capri rather than Ravello, I can recommend Caesar Augustus in Anacapri. The hotel is situated right on a cliff 1000 feet above the water. We stayed in one of their junior suites -- the j.s. terraces literally hang right over the water -- and inside the room, you have this amazing view of the water from the bed. The pool area is beautiful -- an infinity pool with views of the sea & Naples/Mt Vesuvius in the distance.
 
Mar 31st, 2005, 11:37 AM
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Texas Aggie,
(At risk of hijacking this thread) when will you be on the AC? We will be there for 5 days from the 23 May. We are taking one of Gennaro's boat trips - either the coast or Capri, but were told to wait until we arive to book it. I was afaid it would be all booked. Maybe May is not that busy?
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Mar 31st, 2005, 12:14 PM
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Hi Brahmama,
We are in Sorrento from 5/14 - 5/18, and then in Positano from 5/18-5/20. My email from Valerie (with Genarro and Salvatore) indicated that they weren't sure they would even be running the tour the day we wanted to go (19th), as there had to be at least 4 people signed up. So my guess is that May is not super busy...
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Mar 31st, 2005, 03:03 PM
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I sound repetitive, but once again, thank you all so much for your advice and thoughts! You are all so generous with your time and opinions. Before this week, I was so focused on the wedding itself, that I hadn't given much thought to the honeymoon. Now, thanks to all your enthusiastic comments, we are really looking forward to it! At any rate, my fiance and I have narrowed it down to a suite at the Poseidon vs. the room with the jacuzzi & terrace that is pictured on the L'Ancora website. While the L'Ancora terrace looks amazing, the Poseidon just seems like a nicer hotel overall. We haven't been able to find many reviews or pictures online of the Ancora, which makes the decision difficult. This might come down to a battle of the balconies! Can anybody give us an idea of how large the terraces are at the Poseidon? Are any big enough for lounge chairs (or are those just down by the pool)?
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Mar 31st, 2005, 03:03 PM
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A jaccuzzi is both fun and practical. After climbing the steps of Positano, not to mention the hills Capri, I think that I would have paid 200 euro a night JUST for a hot tub.

I don't believe that there are any photographs that can capture the panoramic beauty of Positano. It's all about the many views from it's different vertical levels and parabolic perspectives.

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