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Location scouts go weak at the knees when they round the bend in the Amalfi Coast road and spy Positano nestled in the cliffs, rising like a staircase from the bright blue sea towards the citrus and olive groves. Positano's unbleached peach and pink buildings are stacked so neatly, that there are plenty of properties with exquisite views. But some of the best views are of the town itself. Our list of the best places to stay in Positano offers a selection of both views.
The sea views open out along the coast, and if you're in the right spot you can peer across the bay to Capri. And the town itself is a colourful stack of buildings, with roads so narrow you can't fit a car through. To that add girls in floaty florals - Positano is is famous for Moda Positano fabric popular in bright fifties fashions - and colourfully painted fishing boats. And magenta fronds of bougainvillaea stirring gently in the breezes.
As well as being beautiful, Positano is colourful and lively, full of kids queuing for gelati and families playing on the beach. Though of course it also has immaculate boutiques for the chic Milanese to peruse and restaurants to please even the most gourmet palates.
Don't fall too deeply in love with pretty Positano that you don't explore more of the Amalfi Coast while you're here, and trip along to Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento (at least!), and possibly pop over to Capri.
Just don't forget that it's extremely busy here during the peak summer months. So if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Positano get organised and plan well ahead. For a self catering villa or apartment we recommend the wide range you'll find with our online partner, booking.com.
For a special occasion
- If you're looking for a celestial, Amalfian fairytale try Le Sirenuse, an 18th Century palazzo converted into a beautiful 60 room hotel with Michelin starred restaurant and a pool terrace wonderfully scented by lemon trees. Magical and romantic.
- Built atop a hill, the Villa Franca has truly sublime views of Positano and beyond, especially from the private balconies and the rooftop terrace and swimming pool.
- The centrally located Palazzo Murat has been converted from a fabulous 17th Century townhouse, and is a romantic, luxurious, bougainvillea strewn option.
To relax in style
- The Villa Rosa's 12 rooms have some of the very best Mediterranean views imaginable, from their big balconies which you're able to take you breakfast from. Rooms are large and white, with aquamarine tiles on the floor.
- The Hotel Poseidon has a great location in central Postiano, overlooking the town, the beach and the Mediterranean. Rooms are traditional and romantic with private balconies, and the hotel has excellent facilities, including a wellness centre - so this is a great option if you want to relax in style.
- The Marincanto offers views with added chic, with a smart, boutique-y feel, pale decor and an infinity pool with seems to merge with the sea.
- Villa La Tartana is perfect if you prefer a small hotel, there are just ten rooms and one family sized apartment, but it's proportions are generous, just like the breakfasts served on the terrace.
- Miramare is another good choice for families - though you need a head for heights, the private beach is 210 steps below the glassed-in breakfast terrace.
For a villa or apartment
- Those travelling with a larger group might prefer to rent a villa or apartment. For a good selection, we recommend our online partner, booking.com.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Positano for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Positano, expand your search to include the best places to stay on the Amalfi Coast, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Positano
Villa Yiara 4 rooms from $120Positano
Chic and charming experience Italian village life. An intimate B&B with yellow and white décor offers air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast. Perched on a cliffside, every room features a magnificent sea-view terrace. Some rooms come with a relaxing bath tub as well.Local exploring - Positano Town Hall is a moments away. Option of scenic day trips to nearby townsFoodies - Best restaurants and bars in Positano within walking distanceGreat walks - Walking trails link Positano to neighbouring coastal townsPrivate Hot Tub - Provided in some rooms. Request while booking
Villa Rosa 12 rooms from $125Positano
A delightful villa featuring bougainvillea covered terraces, with unbeatable views of the Mediterranean. Large delightfully decorated bedrooms in white and pastels, with aquamarine tiled floors. Enormous private balconies make the perfect place for breakfast. An utterly charming spot.Total relaxation - A serene 150 year old villa, with comfortable and elegant rooms, a peaceful garden, sunny terrace and proximity to the beach.Sights nearby - Spend a day exploring Pompeii, a must see.Sailing - Take a boat trip up the Amalfi coast.Views - Great views from hotel
Villa La Tartana 9 rooms from $136Positano
A handsome Positano townhouse with enchanting bedrooms and one apartment. Freshly decorated in whites and blues, pretty ceramic wall lights, painted bedheads and private balconies. Excellent breakfasts on the terrace. A cool sanctuary to start the day in before heading to the beach.Local exploring - Right next to the church of Santa Maria Assunta, minutes from the beach and the shorefront bars and restaurants.Sights nearby - Don't miss a trip to the World Heritage Site Pompeii.Sailing - Charter a boat to take you up the Amalfi Coast.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Casa Buonocore 6 rooms from $167Positano
A boutique B&B elegantly restored from a 17th century edifice. 6 rooms with panoramic terraces, in the centre of town. Breakfast, cakes and pastries are served daily. Chic and stylish, a great choice for couples on a romantic break.Local exploring - Located in the centre of Positano within minutes of the beach and other sightsBeach Life - A 5 minute walk away from Positano's Spiaggia Grande BeachGreat walks - Hike through the well known trail 'The Path of the Gods' with breathtaking viewsLocal markets - Next door to a number of restaurants and shopsRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Palazzo Murat 31 rooms from $188Positano
Fabulous 17th century townhouse in Positano with spectacular views. Bougainvillea strewn terraces, an infinity swimming pool, and dreamy rooms and suites with private terraces overlooking the sea. Very romantic, very centrally placed.Sights nearby - Situated in the centre of Positano, close to all the major attractionsSwimming Pool - Pool with stunning viewsFour poster beds - For romantics.SpaRecommended by - CN Traveller
Albergo Miramare 16 rooms from $240Positano
A historic hotel dating back to the 1930's. Located in a beautiful spot, all rooms offer sea views. Antique wood furniture and terracotta tiles evoke Italian style. Sit-out terraces overlooking the coast. Chic and charismatic.Families - Offers an apartment with two bedrooms and bathrooms and a living room, ideal for familiesLocal exploring - Ideally located, close to the beach, restaurants and bars of PositanoLocal markets - The colourful shops lining in the streets are great for presentsSights nearby - Discover the secret hamlet of Nocelle
Miramare 16 rooms from $243Positano
A gem perched above the town with breathtaking views. The apartments are a great choice for families or groups. The bedrooms have warm terracotta floors, antique furniture and attractive bathrooms. The glassed-in terrace for breakfast is magical. The beach is a 210 step climb down.Families - The spacious apartments are the perfect base for families and groups, plus they're within walking distance of the beach.Great walks - Take a stroll through this charming town, wander the narrow streets and lanes to discover fantastic bars and restaurants.Sailing - Charter a boat and head up the Amalfi coast, a perfect day trip for couples or families.Local markets - The area around the hotel boasts many great shops, selling local wares.
Villa Magia 6 rooms from $265Positano
Superb boutique hotel with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The rooms exude understated elegance with simple furnishings, tasteful artwork and fascinating antiques. With a deluxe pool and an in house spa, it's perfect for a relaxing break on the Amalfi coast. Five star excellence.Great walks - Walking lovers will cherish the Path of the Gods, a spectacular walk from Agerola to Positano.Fishing - The hotel can organise sea fishing trips from Positano harbour.Sights nearby - Eight miles from the historic ruins at Pompeii.Views - Great views from hotel
Marincanto 26 rooms from $266Positano
A smart boutique hotel with friendly staff. Picture-perfect views from the beautiful terrace and private balconies. Bedrooms decorated in whites, creams and pastels are utterly chic. The infinity pool provides a place of tranquility as it merges with the cobalt blue of the sea. A romantic spot.Sights nearby - Spend a day marvelling at the UNESCO Heritage Site Pompeii.Swimming Pool - Infinity Pool with SeaviewSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Poseidon 48 rooms from $288Positano
A beautiful Mediterranean villa in central Positano overlooking the beach below. Traditional and romantic rooms and suites with tiled floors, white washed walls, and private balconies. Excellent swimming pool and bar, restaurant, and wellness centre. Relaxation in a busy spot.Sights nearby - Explore the Amalfi Coast, plus Pompeii, Naples and VesuviusSwimming Pool - Outdoor PoolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Villa Franca 37 rooms from $292Positano
Truly sublime views of Positano and beyond from this 5* hotel's hilltop perch. Romantic rooms in chic whites and creams with tiled mosaics and wonderful sea views from private balconies. The roof top terrace and swimming pool are equally magnificent. A great choice for romantics.Hideaway - A peaceful hilltop property, away from the crowds of the coastal strip, with clean cut suites and wrought iron balconies.Cooking classes - Take a master class in traditional cuisine with the hotel chef.Sailing - Experience the Amalfi coast in style on a speedboat.Sights nearby - Make a trip to the UNESCO Heritage Site Pompeii.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Il San Pietro di Positano 60 rooms from $470Positano
Spectacular Five Star hotel with all you could want for. Romantic bedrooms and suites with tiled floors, vaulted ceilings, sumptuous beds and private balconies. Private beach, restaurant, tennis courts, gorgeous infinity pool, spa and beauty salon. Very luxurious.Romantic - Good for couples.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.HoneymoonsRomantic BreakRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller
Le Sirenuse 58 rooms from $624Positano
Sheer romance at this family-run hotel in an 18th-century palazzo. A celestial Amalfian fairytale - heavenly bedrooms with private balconies, Michelin-starred restaurant, and a pool terrace filled with lemon trees. A magical spot for romantics and foodies.Romantic Break - A fabulous and sophisticated break for two, with sumptuous suites, black-sand beaches and sparkling sun terraces.Foodies - La Sponda restaurant holds one Michelin Star and is lit every evening by 400 candles.Swimming Pool - Beautiful Outdoor Pool.OpulentRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Villa TreVille 15 rooms from $1081Positano
Set on a cliff on the Amalfi Coast, Villa TreVille is an opulent estate with rooms and suites overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Villas are adorned with ornate tiles and marble fittings, and guests have a private beach at their disposal. An Italian paradise with the atmosphere of a private home.Romantic Break - A beautiful all suites property with stunning interiors and a hideaway location. Pure luxury and romanceBeach Life - Guests can enjoy a private beachHoneymoonsSights nearby - Explore the villages along the stunning Amalfi CoastRecommended by - CN Traveller