Fodor's Expert Review Palazzo Murat

Via dei Mulini 23, Positano, Campania, 84017, Italy

A central-yet-secreted location, an infinity pool below the cupola of Santa Maria Assunt, and a magical bougainvillea-draped patio garden are among the things that make the Murat an extraordinary place to stay. The courtyard (part orchard, part terrace) is one of the most drop-dead-gorgeous settings in Campania—a sublime area for dining alfresco at the Al Palazzo restaurant on dishes created by the accomplished and ambitious chef. The old (18th-century) wing is Positano's grandest palazzo, once the summer residence of Joachim Murat, King of Naples, with massive limestone walls, carved rococo delicacies, and wrought-iron balconies swimming in pink flowers. The Mediterranean-style new wing, also overlooking the garden with a swimming pool, has lovely arches and cool terraces.

PROS

  • once a regal residence
  • stunning garden and surroundings
  • shops and passeggiata on the doorstep

CONS

  • only five rooms have seaside views
  • constant stream of curious day-trippers
  • not all balconies secluded

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 089-875177

HOTEL DETAILS

31 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar.

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