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About Positano

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 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. Magenta fronds of bougainvillaea stir 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.

What not to Miss

  • The spectacular sea views. These open out along the coast, and if you're in the right spot you can peer across the bay to Capri.
  • Don't fall too deeply in love with pretty Positano that you don't explore more of the Amalfi Coast while you're here. Take a trip along to Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento (at least!), and possibly pop over to Capri. If you're really brave, one of the best ways to discover the Amalfi Coast is by scooter!
  • For some night time action head out to Music on the Rocks, a spectacular club carved into the rock. It's a great place not only to dance the night away, but also do some celebrity spotting.
  • Pick up a pair of made-to-measure handcrafted sandals, created while you wait. There are numerous shops continuing this tradition which began at the end of the Second World War.

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.

The best places to stay in Positano

For Perfect Views

  • The Villa Magia is a superb, six room boutique hotel with stunning views and tasteful artwork. The rest of the decor is simple and elegant and there are some lovey antiques. There is a lovely pool and spa.
  • The Miramare is an historic hotel, dating from the 1930s, located in the perfect spot to offer all of the 16 rooms perfect sea-views. The decor is very chic and Italian and there are lovely terraces.
  • Casa Buonocore is a six room boutique B&B in an elegantly restored 17th century beauty. All six rooms have panoramic terraces, plus you’re in the centre of town just minutes from the beach. Chic and stylish with its own cafe.

For a special occasion

  • If you're looking for a celestial, Amalfi 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.
  • Il San Pietro di Positano is a spectacular, five-start hotel with 60 romantic rooms and suites - think vaulted ceilings, private balconies and sumptuous beds. There is a private beach, tennis courts, beauty salon and spa, a gorgeous infinity pool and an excellent restaurant.
  • 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 with an infinity pool.

To relax in style

  • The Villa Treville is just along the coast from Positano and is a 15 suite hotel converted from an opulent estate. There are plenty of ornate tiles and marble and a private beach, perfect views and the feeling of being the guest in someone’s beautiful home.
  • The Hotel Poseidon has a great location in central Positano overlooking the town, the beach and the Mediterranean. Rooms are traditional and romantic with private balconies. 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 feel, pale decor and an infinity pool with seems to merge with the sea.

For the Beach

  • If you’re looking for your own private stretch of beach, Casa Angelina, along from Positano in Praiano is for you. This cool, 39 room designer hotel has minimalist decor in the rooms, suites and cottages - some with sea-facing balconies. There’s also a fantastic spa and restaurant.

Great For families

  • 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.

Great Value

  • The four room Villa Yiara is a chic and charming B&B with yellow and white decor and magnificent views from private terraces. Some rooms have baths or hot tubs too. Rooms start from around £100 per night.
  • 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. Rooms start from around £105 per night.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com

Travel Information

  • Naples Airport is the closest airport to Positano, and is about an hour and 15minutes drive away. If you chose not to book a car or a transfer from the airport you can also travel on to Positano on the bus, via Sorrento. Or you can catch the ferry from Naples - weather permitting.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we strongly advise if you’re staying in Positano and you want to see more of the Amalfi Coast - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Despite summer being one of the most popular times to visit, Positano is very hot in July and August, so if you have a choice about when to travel you might want to opt for May, June or September.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Positano

  • Villa La Tartana Positano 9 rooms from CA$190

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Villa Rosa, Positano Positano 12 rooms from CA$190

    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

    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. See More

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  • Villa Mary Suites Positano 5 rooms from CA$227

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to explore Positano itself along with the Amalfi Coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the fascinating archeological areas of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
    Sailing  -  Rent a boat and explore the picturesque Amalfi coast.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    An elegant B&B offering fabulous views across Positano and the coast. A handful of individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed with polished wooden floors, crisp white linen and french doors leading onto private balconies. Ideally positioned for exploring Positano, the beaches and beyond. See More

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  • Casa Buonocore Positano 6 rooms from CA$234

    Local exploring  -  Located in the centre of Positano within minutes of the beach and other sights
    Beach Life  -  A 5 minute walk away from Positano's Spiaggia Grande Beach
    Great walks  -  Hike through the well known trail 'The Path of the Gods' with breathtaking views
    Local markets  -  Next door to a number of restaurants and shops
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • Palazzo Murat Positano 31 rooms from CA$263

    Local exploring  -  Located steps from the Piazzetta dei Mulini and the Spiaggia Grande, right in the heart of Positano
    Foodies  -  Sample exquisite dishes from the Amalfi Coast in the elegant restaurant
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the centre of Positano, close to all the major attractions
    Swimming Pool  -  Pool with stunning views
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    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. See More

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  • Il Moro di Positano 84017 Positano SA 6 rooms from CA$268

    Local exploring  -  A great spot for exploring the surrounding town and various beaches and towns along the lovely Amalfi coast
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the other charming towns of the Amalfi Coast such as Furore, Sorrento, Amalfi and Praiano
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A lovely terraced hotel with stunning views of the sea. Interiors are smart and simple, while rooms have a Mediterranean palette of sea-blue and yellows, pretty tiled floors, whitewashed walls and the small balconies benefit from those views. An easy and relaxing, sun-drenched, base. See More

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  • Villa Yiara Positano 4 rooms from CA$322

    Local exploring  -  Positano Town Hall is a moments away and there's a wide option of scenic day trips to nearby towns
    Foodies  -  The best restaurants and bars in Positano are within walking distance
    Beach Life  -  The picturesque Fornillo Beach is 800m from the hotel
    Great walks  -  Walking trails link Positano to neighbouring coastal towns

    Chic and charming experience Italian village life. An intimate B&B with yellow and white d├ęcor 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. See More

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  • Miramare Positano 16 rooms from CA$341

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Villa Magia Positano 6 rooms from CA$372

    Romantic Break  -  With luxury rooms and spectacular views over the sea, it's perfect for a romantic break on the Amalfi coast
    Beach Life  -  Just a 10 minute walk from the beautiful Fornillo beach
    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.

    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. See More

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  • Marincanto Positano 26 rooms from CA$373

    Foodies  -  The restaurant serves up a modern twist on traditional Amalfi dishes and is utterly exquisite
    Romantic Break  -  Sun, sea, gorgeous views and romantic settings for dining
    Beach Life  -  A stone's throw from the Lido l'Encanto beach
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day marvelling at the UNESCO Heritage Site Pompeii.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel, Great Small Hotels

    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. See More

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  • La Casa di Peppe Positano 6 rooms from CA$402

    Hideaway  -  A small property overlooking the coast offering a totally secluded spot
    Kayaking  -  Hire a kayak and explore the picturesque coast from the sea.
    Diving  -  Scuba dive from the Diving Center Amalfi Coast.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    A boutique property set against a cliff and offering glorious views of the Amalfi coast. A handful of rooms are classically dressed with tiled floors, simple furniture and pops of colour from the fabrics. Indulge in some of the numerous activities available or simply hide away in this tranquil spot. See More

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  • Hotel Poseidon Positano 50 rooms from CA$404

    Total relaxation  -  With spectacular views, a Turkish bath built into the rocks and a wellness centre, this is perfect for a rejuvenating stay
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned to access all that the Amalfi coast has to offer from ancient sites to gorgeous beaches
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Amalfi Coast, plus Pompeii, Naples and Vesuvius
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    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. See More

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  • Villa Franca Positano 37 rooms from CA$410

    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

    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. See More

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  • Covo dei Saraceni Positano 66 rooms from CA$615

    Total relaxation  -  Offering fabulous sea views of the harbour. The swimming pool has a serious view too. This is a tough spot to leave.
    Sailing  -  Discover the coast of Amalfi and Sorrento on the hotel's own yacht.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Duomo in Positano, complete with stunning majolica dome.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 4 are welcome

    A perfectly typical Mediterranean property boasting glorious views over Positano and the bay. Individually styled rooms are mostly classic in style however the very best are recently renovated and contemporary. The rooftop pool is the real crowning glory, the perfect spot for a sundowner. See More

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  • Hotel Le Agavi 84017 Positano SA 55 rooms from CA$645

    Beach Life  -  Perched on the cliffside, guests can descend steps or take a funicular to access a private beach, ideal for an easy seaside stay
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the charming town of Positano just 15 minutes away, and beautiful Sorrento also close by
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    A stunning cliffside hotel with a private beach, lovely pool terrace and restaurants. Chic interiors are light and breezy with stylish fittings and a fresh palette of white, blue and gold. Bright rooms with terraces are done in blue, patterned fabrics and fun tiling. A real seaside gem! See More

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  • Il San Pietro di Positano Positano 60 rooms from CA$658

    Foodies  -  There's no less than three restaurants here, one of which holds a Michelin star, this is Italian dining at its best
    Tennis  -  Featuring what must be one of the world's most impressive courts, offering that famous view of Positano
    Beach Life  -  Boasting the only private beach in Positano
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller

    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. See More

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  • Le Sirenuse Positano 58 rooms from CA$875

    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.
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Villa TreVille Positano 15 rooms from CA$1514

    Romantic Break  -  A beautiful all suites property with stunning interiors and a hideaway location. Pure luxury and romance
    Beach Life  -  Guests can enjoy a private beach
    Honeymoons
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the villages along the stunning Amalfi Coast
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    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. See More

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