Hotel - Albergo California Positano
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We just returned from a 2 night/3 day stay at the Hotel California. We stayed in room 65. It had a hugh bedroom with a fresco on the ceiling and a large separate sitting area. The bedroom had a balcony with a full view of the ocean and hil side. Maria, the owner, greeted us upon our arrival. She was very gracious and accommodating. In fact, her entire staff was very nice and helpful. We were also very pleased with the breakfast which was served on the beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean. We would highly recommend this hotel.
Wonderful stay in Positano
My family and I stayed at Albergo California this past July. We had two amazingly comfortable rooms with stunning views. Rooms were clean with spacious bathrooms and air conditioning. The location was great - just a quick walk to the beach and main town area. The hotel staff was extremely friendly, with wonderful suggestions for dinner (vans actually picked us up and took us to the restaurants then brought us home!). We didnt want to leave. I cant wait until I return and recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a wonderful stay in Positano.
Nice hotel, nice people...here is extra advice
Just returned from a week at the Albergo California and loved the hotel. Because of space, we were required to spend the first night in an tiny room without a window. After this night we were able to move to a large room with a great view of Positano. Although one night in the cramped indoor room is workable, I would not advise more than one. Maria and her son are fantastic, as are the other people who work at the hotel. They always have a friendly smile and helpful advice for activities while there. I want to give some advice to people who have not been to Positano before. There are a number of small beaches outside of town and at the far dock (there are two at the bottom of the hill) there are small boats that take you to them for free. The trip is about 10 minutes on average and the food, drink and chairs on these beaches are 1/2 price compared to the ones at Positano. Also, they are less crowded and filled with indigenous people. I would not recommend Capri as it is similar to Positano only more expensive. All in all a good trip, but be advised though if you are relying on public transportation at all that Italy has random train and bus strikes without warning. We were stuck in a small town outside of Sorrento (Meta)enrout to Pompeii for 2 hours until we could find someone who could call us a cab.
Wonderful and relaxed!
We stayed at the Hotel California for a week and had a wonderful time. It is a family-run operation, which shows through with excellent and cordial service from Maria and her son, John. The rooms were spacious, clean and simple, yet had character with fine woods and large windows. Each room on the sea side had balconies and some had jacuzzies. There is even parking at the hotel although driving in Positano is only done in passing to and from the city; you can walk everywhere from the hotel. There's a beautiful terrace from which you can enjoy the continental breakfast included in your room charge or simply relax during the day. Maria and John speak English well, and are very knoweldgable about activities and arranging them. A great place!!
Hotel California was a great value!
My husband and I just returned from a 7 night stay at the Hotel California in Positano and loved it! What a value, especially after pricing out several other hotels in the area! For 150 euros/night we enjoyed a beautiful room with a gorgeous view of the water and the town of Positano. We can't say enough about Maria and Antonio and how nicely they treated all their guests! Very much a familly run hotel but they and their staff all excelled in terms of efficiency, cleanliness, and helpfulness. Our room was great--I miss that view already! They were more than willing to accomodate our every request and went out of their way to make our stay an enjoyable one! We would definitely stay here again!
The most friendly hotel we have stayed in. Small, family run affordable hotel in a perfect location. Basic rooms, but spotlessly clean, wonderful views of Positano & the Amalfi Coast from the balcony. Breakfast on the terrace. Owners very helpful with trip advice etc. Car Parking freely available - a bonus in Positano. We will stay again...
The best value in Positano!
We stayed at Hotel (Albergo) California for 2 nights, arriving on May 18th and departing on May 20th. We were in room 58, a double room with a jacuzzi tub and a small balcony overlooking the town and sea at a rate of 165€ per night. We LOVED our room! It was the largest room we have ever had in Italy and it was beautifully decorated with ceramic tiles. We requested extra pillows for the second night and slept much better. We felt like it is a great value in expensive Positano.
There is some traffic noise since the hotel overlooks the road, but traffic noise is pretty hard to avoid in Positano and it didn't disturb us much at all. We loved the jacuzzi tub, especially since we had visited Pompeii right before our visit and had sore feet! Breakfast was served on the terrace downstairs. Breads and coffee or tea were included in the room rate, but cereals and scrambled eggs and bacon were available for 2-4€ and the food was great.
Maria runs the hotel with the help of her family. She is wonderful! She speaks excellent English and she is so friendly. The entire hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. They take great care of their guests. Maria recommended a fabulous inexpensive pizzeria and we ended up eating there both nights (da Costantino). She made the reservations for us and had the restaurant's van come and pick us up. She also helped us arrange a daytrip to Capri and we had a wonderful time.
We would deifnitely stay at Albergo California again and we will look forward to seeing Maria and her family when we return to Positano.
We stayed at the Hotel California in July of 2004 for two days. Most of our time was spent sitting on the beautiful terrace soaking up the magnificent view of Positano. Our room was beautiful with tile floors, a small terrace with a fantastic view, and a fresco on the cathedral ceiling. It had two well equiped bathrooms, just enough for our family of four. The owners, Maria and her son John couldn't have been more helpful and accomodating. They spoke English very well. They made us feel right at home. The location is perfect for the views along with being very close to the walkway leading to the grand beach. They have a small garage under the building for visitors with cars which is also a plus when visiting Positano. We are planning to stay there again for two days this July. We can't wait!!
Hotel California was a great find
My husband and I stumbled upon this hotel. It was not flashy but very roomy, confortable, beautiful, reasonably priced, and had the most wonderful terrace to sit upon for breakfast. The view was magnificient. The owners spoke excellent English and were very friendly and helpful. Check it out at www.hotelcaliforniapositano.it. Scenes from the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" were filmed at this hotel.
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... our rather quick ascent of the 400 steps back up to the road :), holding up very well to all the walking and climbing. Back to Positano for dinner and a few drinks and the hope of some music. But alas, there was to be no music .... no where here seems to have music, strange. Oh well, we ended up with the owner of the restaurant joining us and giving us his very strong political views on life.....Glen and Gina, he was a ...
... right outside the front gate!
So off we went....and into this really great clothing boutique, where everything was handmade here in Positano, with exquisite fabrics (we were attended to by the wife of the manager of our hotel who works there!). Jan had a ball...... and we now have an excess baggage problem! But she did buy some really great stuff...... all of which Bob dutifully said "looked great and didn't make her butt look ...
Winding roads, scuffed & dented cars, stairs, cats, dogs, lush foliage, linen stores, pottery and limoncello…Positano did not disappoint.
We had a leisurely breakfast at 9:00am with the people staying in the other room…a couple from Cape Town, South Africa. Angelo put out a fantastic spread of ham, cheese, yogurt, juices, bread, jams, cookies, fruit, muffins and fresh croissants. He had asked us yesterday what time we wanted breakfast so he could ...
... at the village of Almafi itself for lunch (well ice cream !!) and then continuing along the Amalfi drive towards Positano. The drive was spectacular with hairpin bends, views along the coast to die for, sheer drops - I was just glad with thee small roads it was not the height of summer !! Every car that came the other way was a squeeze (panic attack at the lorries and minibuses !)
... all of which were still too crowded to even find a parking space. We stopped in Positano, about two-thirds of the way out on on the peninsula to visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta. This church has a 13th century Byzantine altar, that features a "Black Madonna". We stopped for lunch on the way back up to our car.
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