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Can't beat the view
My friends and I had booked Casa Albertina as a third choice, almost all accomodations were gone for June 05. We were pleasantly surprised that our stay was most enjoyable.
We did not dine there, so I'm not sure about the food, but the staff was fantastic and always friendly. The accomodations were fair in that the beds are small and old and the bathrooms definitely need updating, but on the other hand, the view can't be beat! I don't have anyplace else to compare it to - but the view - the view! From our balcony we had a vista of the entire town and could enjoy evenings sipping wine and sitting back.
Be careful - many many steps! The porter will bring your bags up, but you have to make it up and down those steps many times a day - good exercise if you're up for it!
Charming hotel with fantastic views!
I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to enjoy Positano and what it has to offer, but not spend a fortune on accommodations. The Casa Albertina is not as posh as the Hotel San Il Pietro or the La Sirenuse, but it was charming and had better views I thought. Hotel personnel were friendly and helpful, and the facilities were above average. My friend and I do not regret staying here - we paid €150 per night for the hotel and had extra to spare to travel to the nearby towns and drink and dine at the expensive hotels in Positano and Ravello!
BTW, if you want to be driven by a friendly, knowledgeable and excellent English-speaking chauffeur in the coast (driving is a nightmare!), contact Francesco at ------------------. You won't regret it!
Also, going to the Amalfi Coast in May is a good idea if you hate tourist traffic!
We'll be back! - Casa Albertina
My husband and I took our first trip to Italy the end of May to the beginning of June. We searched the internet for a nice place to stay, crossing our fingers the whole time. We were very impressed with the prestine room at Casa Albertina with two wonderful views of Positano from the bathroom and balcony. We met a few other couples at Casa Albertina who return each year because they believe it's the best place to stay.
We were treated like family here. Each employee at the hotel greeted us every morning and offered us oustanding service with breakfast, dinner, and information for our daily excursions.
If you want a nice room, friendly service, and a great location, don't wait to book Casa Albertina! I have to add that even with making the mistake of calling Lorenzo at 12:30 midnight from the states (not realizing), and blowing a circuit because my converter couldn't handle my hairdryer, I was warmly pardoned and treated like a member of the Cinque family. You are going to enjoy your time at Casa Albertina just like we did.
Annette and Steve Hutchins
Keene, NH - USA
Beautiful. Absolutely perfect!
Casa Albertina was PERFECT! This flatlander wasn't used to the initial hike to get there, but soon came to enjoy it. We used local porters to bring our luggage up from the dock (we came by sea). Our room was large and very charming with the most beautiful view in all of Positano! Some friends were staying higher at a bigger hotel (Villa Franca) and had a small room and not as good a view. There isn't a bar or a pool - but that was fine with us. It has a wonderful roofdeck and patio that no one used. We got local wine and lemoncello from the market and served ourselves on our balcony. We were low enough where we fell asleep and woke up to the sound of the waves on the shore. It's a family run hotel with owners who know everyone and can tell you everything about Positano. It was so centrally located that you can go higher to explore or go lower to the beach without much trouble. I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else and will only stay at Casa Albertina when I go back!
Absolutely charming with great views and service!
We loved our room at the Casa Albertina, and the service was the most responsive I've ever seen. We got the room that is featured in their folders and on their web site -- room 31. I'd recommend it highly. It's a nice large corner room with a roomy bathroom that features a jacuzzi tub and a window that looks out across the ravine to the other side of the oceanfront. I loved sitting in the tub sipping limoncello and watching the lights come on as the sun went down.
It also has a nice square terrace that provides good views of both the sea and the town. I peeked into a couple of other rooms while they were being cleaned and they didn't seem as roomy. So I would recommend that you ask for either room 31 or 41, which are corner units with similar configurations.
As other posters have noted, Casa Albertina is located very high up in the town, and if you try to go to and from the beach totally by foot, you'll quickly wear yourself out. But you'll help yourself immensely if you use the local bus (only 1 euro per trip). Take it all the way to the top of the hill and get off at the Villa Franca hotel, where there are steps you can take that allow you to walk down to Casa Albertina instead of walking up from town. It makes a big difference!
One other plus about the Casa Albertina is that its location puts you above all the street noise, which can be considerable. We talked to people who had "better located" hotels closer to the beach and directly on the street, and they complained about all the noise at night from the scooters, cars and buses. We, on the other hand, slept like babies.
A Most Incrediable Experience!
From the moment we'd stepped off the Sita Bus in Positano we knew we hadn't made a mistake in staying there for a week. We didn't know that from that point it was going to get even better until we walked up the charming stairs to Casa Albertina. We were greeted by Lorenzo Cinque with a smile and then brought to our room to relax after our long journey from Florence. Upon walking into our simple but very pleasant room, Daniele open the grand terrace doors to reveal the heavenly view of Positano, and the Mediterranean sea..
It was the most spectacular view I had ever seen and It was hard to believe it was ours for a week. The room was clean, had a stocked fridge including water all at a reasonable price and had air conditioning which made for a pleasant stay in the dead heat of July...
The food in the resturant was outstanding. The fabulous chefs made special accomodations for my husband who could not eat the local fare of fresh peche (fish). They had a tremendous spread for what they called a continental breakfast and for a minimal price you could order addtional food.
Each morning and evening you were greeted by the staff with a smile. Daniele and Francesco made sure we had the best wine for dinner and Marco made a fantastic cappuccino at their bar in the early afternoon....
Both breakfast and dinner were served on the balcony and for an extra taste of the spectacular view you could go to the third or fourth floor balcony..
If you're lucky in the late afternoon you might bump into Papa Cinque and hear stories of Positano, the hotel and its 50 years....
After all of the research we did in finding a place to stay in Positano we bleieve that Casa Albertina was definitely the best price, the most spectacular view, and had an incrediably attentive staff..When we left we felt we had left our home..
Be prepared for stairs...but like another reviewer said...Positano is full of them...hence the charm...
1 star facilities in a 3 star hotel at a 5 star price. The staff and views are great ( so they should be - it's 430 steps up from the beach) but the accommodation and breakfasts are poor. The bathroom was dated and dirty, a shower curtain and bathmat that look like they are laundered once a season. Balconies have the cheapest plastic chairs money can buy, and all the flowers shown on the website have been removed. Breakfast very ordinary, bread and jam, with german pate sachets that looked like catfood. All very disappointing for 210 Euros per night.
Positano is beautiful, but the much vaunted shops are laughably dated compared with Capri, and the place is swamped with loud over-excited americans enjoying the attentions of pantomine Italian waiters. The Amalfi coastline is spectacular and a must see but the Casa Albertina is not the place to see it from. It should be so much better, I hope it improves from its enormous level of complacency.
One of my cherished memories of the Amalfi coast is of the Casa Albertina, and particularly the host family, the Cinques, with their gracious service. The room was clean and simple, with tile floors typical of the area, the food was wonderful and the view was outstanding from our balcony.
A Room with a View
This must be one of the best values in Positano. As the prior reviewer stated, it is quite a climb up the stairs to the hotel. But then, if you are adverse to stairs in general, you might want to avoid Positano altogether!!
The view from the rooms and the balconies is beyond compare. Sit outside with a glass of wine at sunset. The view is of both the ocean and of the town. Magnificent. The hotel is charming and wonderful and the service is very, very good.
Our favourite hotel in Positano
The Casa Albertina is a gem of a hotel. You have to be willing to climb many steps to it - but there is a willing porter. It's not luxury - the rooms are simple but very clean and attractive -but the moment when you open the shutters and look out across Positano from your balcony must be one of the most memorable of any holiday. It's high enough to give as spectacular a view as I've seen from any hotel anywhere.
On arrival you receive a warm welcome from the Cinques who own the hotel, and all the staff, including waiters Raffaello and Claudio, do their best to meet your every need. The food is simple but very good and varied: the menu changes every day.
Raffaello plays a mean saxophone after hours too, in the cafe down the steps!
It's not cheap - but by Positano standards it's a relative bargain. For your money you get a pleasant room, a wonderful view, friendly and helpful service and a holiday that can't be bettered.
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... suitcases through the snow so we headed down hill. The owner of the restaurant "Il Fornino" just arrived as we were going past. We asked her if we could come in and if she could help us find a hotel. We called John and Maxine from the guardhouse and we all began to thaw from being ice blocks. The lady was soooooo helpful in calling many hotels for us until she finally found one close to where we were. She made us all hot coffee which was very welcomed. Neil went off up another 120 ...
... made a picnic lunch for us and a good part of our day slipped by in a very relaxed way.
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... road so drivers can see oncoming traffic, but they also honk constantly to warn other vehicles.
After a little ways, we discovered the stairs. I quit counting after 300 or so (Kathie your knees could never have taken it) and felt there must have been 1,000 in total. Later online I found out the stairway is called the "Thousand Steps". It appears I guessed correctly.
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