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... had to take turns swimming while one of us manned the boat. Not the greatest experience, but not the end of the world either. We had to have the boat back by 6:30 and we recognized the rough water would make the trip back longer so we left around 4:45 to head back to Sorrento.
The second warning sign came in the form of another boater. This time on the way back from Capri to the coast line. He made the same waving signal as the first guy. This time Erin noticed ...
... that Positano is really quite incestious.... with Uncles, Aunts, nieces and nephews of our waitress owning/running almost every business in Positano, and given that we are so close to Calabria, and with Marlon Brando's image flashing through our mind.... we thought better of sharing our observations with the locals! We came "home" and sat on our terrace, to listen to the Italian version of Mariachi band playing in the street below...felt like we were living in a movie ...
... we browsed the shops for a bit, shocked at the over priced souvenirs that were half the price in Positano. Dessert and coffee would have to fill in the last half hour of time before we needed to reboard the boat. We were sold on the restaurant whose waiter informed us that they had over 14 different desserts. We decided on two of the local favourites. Baba au Rhum - A yeasty cake soaked in a rum simple syrup and one of the sweet symbols of Napoli, ...
... landlord, we found some steps that were to lead us to the "best beach on the Amalfi coast"! We followed a small path that had many stair ways coming off it. Some led up into entrances of villas and others weaved and steeped to pension's or bed sits. We walked down heaps and heaps of steps until around the final bend, we were on Fornillo Beach. It was so beautiful. As it was late in the day, it was ...
... Naples journey we beat the Venice-Florence speed record, clocking 300kph. You can see why the Italians have an international reputation as tunnellers; we travelled as speed through some tunnels that seemed to go on for ever.
We arrived on time at Napoli Centrale station at 3pm. We had no trouble finding Fabrizio, our pre-booked driver from ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Conca d'Oro Positano
Stayed at the Conca D'oro for 4 nights in late September for our honeymoon. It was great! Our room had a walk/sit out terrace with amazing views, a table, 2 chairs and 2 deck chairs and was decorated very nicely.
Even our bathroom had a large window with equally amazing views, and a (giant by europe stds) shower with a seat, 3 settings for regular, hand shower and nozzles that fire right at your body.
Also on our floor was the outdoor 'Solarium' which had deck chairs, a cool tub and shower and once again - amazing views. If you don't bring your own towels, they will rent you some at the front desk.
Breakfast was only mediocre with cereals, rolls and some pastries and the service left something to be desired. Given that we weren't that impressed with that and there is so much to choose from in the area, we never tried the hotel restaurant.
The staff was very helpful when asked. They gave us bus schedules and made reservations on the ferry for us, which we appreciated when we got down to the port and saw the big lines and crowds.
It is a decent walk to and from the beach (go to Spiaggi Fornillo for a less crowded more picturesque experience), but you'll appreciate some exercise if you eat and drink like we did!
There is a small market close by and some good restaurants at the base of the stairs by the main street (not far at all). Often we would go to this market for olives cheese, bread and wine, or pick up a pizza and have a nice lunch on our terrace.
If you have time, do yourself a favor and avoid the touristy spots at the base of Positano and head up to Montepertuso for dinner - its where the locals eat, has nice views and the food is very good. Call the restaurants there and they will arrange free transport to and from or the bus is is very easy to take as well. Even further up is Nocelle which offers spectacular views and good hiking. As someone else mentioned, the bus runs frequently, works well and is only 1 Euro.
All in all, we really liked the Conca D'Oro and would recommend it. Its not a luxurious 5 star hotel where you are completely waited on and its not in the middle of all the activity, but its clean, has great views, modern amenities, the staff is very helpful and its centrally located enough to get everywhere you need pretty easily.
This is a very pleasing hotel with wonderful views. Our suite was very beautiful with a very large and beautiful patio. Our patio was supposed to be private but on our first night we had several people join us as the public could easily enter from a side door. We contacted the staff about this and they did make an attempt to keep other guests off our patio by placing a small note on the door saying "private patio". This was a problem since we liked to leave our room door ajar when we were on the patio. We caught one person peeking into our room from the patio which caused us concern about security AND privacy.
The hotel is a good walk from the main beach area but the internal buses are good and there is a bus stop on the road outside the hotel. Be aware the hotel is 105 steps up from the road. But the porter was amazing - he threw all 3 of our (heavy) bags over his shoulders and carried them all the way up to our room!
The breakfast is good but be aware they do charge you if you request extra coffee. We found this out when we checked out and were asked to pay the additional charge "in cash".
My husband and I stayed here in early September to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We wanted to spend our anniversary at a very romantic spot and chose Positano. The hotel was very nice, but we did encounter a few problems with relation to the restaurant and bar. Our waiter for dinner could have used some customer service training as he would bring the food and disappear, never returning to see how everything was. Finally, as we got up to leave he showed up and asked if everyting was alright. We went to Le Sireneuse for our anniversary dinner and were treated like royalty - their customer service is impeccable! On another day we called the bar and asked for 2 drinks to be brought up - they never arrived. The last problem we encountered at Conca D'Oro was that when we checked out they wanted the dinner bill (which we'd charged to our room) paid in cash. Well, the requirement that the restaurant bill be paid in cash was never made known to us and we felt very much put on the spot. As it was, we didn't have the cash available and had to add it to the hotel charges on our card. This was very awkward and not a good ending to our stay. Overall, however, we very much liked our room - the view was spectacular and it was a very relaxing location to spend our anniversary. We were given discount coupons to use for beach chairs and an umbrella at the private beach. Also, the front desk arranged for a driver to take us to Naples and he was prompt and very pleasant. We had a pleasant stay at Conca d'Oro and we'd stay here again - we'd just eat elsewhere!
Recommend the Conca D'oro
We stayed in the Conca D'Oro for 7 nights in early September 2004. The hotel is about halfway up the cliffs on the western side of Positano. The views over the town and up to the hills are stunning, of course, but it also has the advantage of being (comparatively) easy to walk up or down to buses or the town centre (500 steps to the Spiaggia Fornilla, but I was totally unfit and still managed it almost every day!) The rooms are simply and tastefully furnished, white-walled with bright majolica tiled floors, and very quiet. Our room led directly onto the main terrace, and the dining area (very good food.) Strangely, TV and air conditioning are not included in the room rate: if you want either you have to pay for them separately. Overall I'd definitely recommend it: a beautiful place and good value.
Hotel Conca D'Oro - Very Nice Hotel
In July, I was planning a trip to Positano for 1st week of September '04, had trouble finding rooms available for 7 nights(with the qualification they must have a sea view and a private balcony/terrace) in some of the hotels that had higher ratings on TripAdvisor.com. Booked with Conca D'Oro through Venere. Had a 4th floor suite w/terrace w/table & two chairs and two deck chairs plus an in room jacuzzi tub. Nice room with comfy bed, sofa and decent size bathroom. Very pleasant stay overall. 1st day I thought it was a bit out of the way from the main beach area "Spiaggi Grande". It's about a 15 minute walk to Spiaggi Grande, I suppose you could use the Positano internal bus, but we never did. It's a very easy walk to Spiaggi Fornillo (Fornillo Beach), by the Via Fornillo which is pretty much a staircase straight down to the beach, we used that to get to the beach, but only once did we use it to get back to the hotel, it was a very steep rise over a very short horizontal distance that was a tough walk, so we'd go down to the beach on Via Fornillo, but walk back to the hotel on Via Pasieta. Given the quality and quantity of the food we ate, it turns out it was nice to have a good walk to/from the hotel to the beach and to dinner. Fabulous view over the center of Positano, Spiaggi Grande and over to Praino. Arianna at the front desk arranged a rental of a scooter for us and had it dropped at the bottom of the stairs, also arranged a car to pick us up at Capodochino Airport and a porter to take our bags to the main dock in Positano and reservations for our ferry to Capri. Basic breakfast of various cereals, meats, croissants, and juices was included. Would definately reccomend and stay again.
Conca D'oro - I will be back!
Booked the Conca D'oro on the internet, and was not sure what it would be like. But I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. A spotless hotel, tastefully refurbished with friendly staff. Located on a hill overlooking the sea - room had a fabulous view and also had a balcony - most other rooms (if not all) had the same. Located near a number of very good resturants, and has a very good resturant itself. Only drawback are the steps - but that is the case of most establishments in Positano! Having said that, porter available to bring luggage from road up to hotel. I will be back....