Il San Pietro di Positano
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Enjoyed this splurge!
My husband and I stayed here on a recent trip to the Amalfi Coast and were truly impressed with our experiences there. Although we were clearly the youngest couple there (we're in our early 30's), we were treated as graciously as anyone else.
The only comment that could even be construed as mildy negative, was that upon check in we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to one of their "special rooms" that started at 700 euros! They insisted on showing us said rooms. Thankfully, my husband veteoed that idea!
THe views were spectacular, the food divine.
Just back (April 2004) and marvelous time. Ignore the thin-skin comments about service. Front-desk is business-like and reserved, but effective. Staff overall very accommodating and pleasant. Site away from Positano centre is welcomed, and on-demand shuttle makes it accessible. In short, beautiful place, amazing architectural achievement and well worth visiting.
Appalling woe betide you if you dared to ask a question of the front dest...
... when it was manned by one of the serveral eldery men who obviously thought most guest were way beneath them. I cannot believe that this hotel gets any repeat business. The location is superb and the beach area downstairs lovely which makes up for the tiny swimming pool which, at the time of our stay, had Pasquale 'looking after the guests' which meant that should you move the sunbed an inch out of line he made his displeasure known. Very stressful it was! The breakfast was appalling - very Travelodge (a cheap budget hotel chain in the UK) - packaged cereal and the whole meal plonked down in front of you at once! There was a prevailing attitude from some staff, particularly the front desk, that you should think yourself lucky that you were allowed to stay there! The final straw was a very unwelcome scene on checkout when we discovered that the newspapers couldn't be put on the bill but had to be paid in local currency as we hadn't got any left we offered to send them a cheque from the UK. It was touch and go as to whether they would allow us to leave. My advice is to give this hotel a wide berth and stay at the Sirenuse I only wish we had!
I agree that it is over rated
I agree that the hotel is overrated and I also did not care for the service. A female friend of mine and I each had booked one of their "special" rooms, of which at that time (October of 2002) there were only three. I must have been asked 2 or 3 times a day whether I understood the prices fully. The rooms were in the neighborhood of $500 and $700, respectively--but I can't imagine that they would have double-checked with a man or a married couple incessantly. I understand that it's a different culture, but they have a huge American clientele, and I cannot believe we were the first women to have ever checked into the Il San Pietro who could afford it without relying upon men to pay.
I won't go back. As was stated in another review, there are too many other great hotels (Le Sirenuse comes to mind) nearby that offer the same or better views and food, but also have an inkling on how to be courteous and respectful to their guests.
Was I Dreaming?
My husband and I spent 7 glorious nights at Il San Pietro. I first learned about this hotel on the Discovery channel and made it one of my life goal's to visit this unimagineable place. Three years, and much research, later.. I found myself sitting on a colorful ceramic bench in, what can only described as, paradise on earth. It was like nothing else I had ever experienced. Upon our arrival my husband wasn't feeling too well. They let us check in early and brought the most wonderful fresh tomato, basil & mozzeralla sandwiches and lemon drinks to our room. The service was impeccable. The lobby was idylic (I can almost taste the champagne bellini's and mouthwatering green olives) We enjoyed strolling the grounds that were abound with hidden paths and sprawling herb and vegetable gardens. Everything picked fresh daily.
The pizza margherita (prepared in outdoor brick ovens) alone, was worth the 7 hour flight! Although a somewhat limited menu, all of the food we had was excellent. From the alfresco restaurant the view of the still blue water at night and the twinkly village sitting on the other side was intoxicating. Need I say more? My one and only complaint was that they allowed smoking in the indoor/outdoor restaurant (we asked to be moved). But that's Italy. Beyond that, it was a vacation beyond our wildest dreams and we so look forward to going back! Oh-- and did I mention the lobby elevator which swiftly delivered us to a cave by the sea? The door opened and we were greeted by the hotel mascot, a friendly black Newfoundland. How cool is that? Ciao!
Paradise honeymoon experience
We were married in Florence in September and spent several days at the Il San Pietro for our honeymoon. The service was amazing and the views incredible. Breakfast on your terrace is a true delight and we also had a wonderful meal in their restaurant. We thought the setting was paradise and vowed to go back on our anniversary!
Unbelievable!! An 11/10. One of the nicest hotels in the world.
Virginia (the owner's niece) is a lucky woman to be running this hotel.
I would go back in a second. Ask for room 23.
Quiet Luxury and Beauty
If you want luxury, with a touch of peaceful tranquility, this is it.
Pricey, but worth it. Our room was wonderful, the view spectacular. The staff were cheerfully attentive but not intrusive. You can stay at the best place in Positano itself and rub elbows with the crowd, but if you are looking for wonderful serenity, an incredible view, a staff that treats you like you are truely their guest, this is it.
I went here on my honeymoon and was not disappointed at all. The most perfect place in the world. Can't wait to go back. Do not miss the complimentary daily boat rides.
I would like to ask what the attraction is to this overated hotel?
I booked a delux room which bore no resemblance at al to the brochure
I have seen views far more beautiful at some of the nearby three star hotels and the worst of all was the breakfast which was the only hotel in all of my month stay in Italy which did not serve a buffet, instead I recieved a misleading menu with a large selection with prices and after choosing we were told that the breakfast in which was included with the room was on the back of the menu
We were served juice, coffee and stale rolls, not the usual hard rolls of Italy which I have come to know and love(I am a bread baker myself and these rols were stale) and a package of cereal
My husband asked for a banana for his cereal and was charged $1.20
In addition to this we were made to wait right to the minute to check into our room and we knew (we were told by the occupants of a nearby room that the room had been vacant for two days) that it was ready
My husband and I have been traveling to Italy for twenty years and this was the biggest disapointment of our travels
I would like to share this San Pietro rip off with you
Could you advise me of the group which represents this hotel, I would like to send a letter
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