Le Sirenuse Hotel
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Brick steps, stone steps, wood steps, rough, rocky steps. You name it, I've walked them all by now, and some more than once! Yesterday (Tuesday) we were packed up and out the door of the hotel by 9am. We walked a short distance to the Funiculare (tram) that goes straight down the mountain to the Grand Harbor. A much bigger harbor than Marina …
... or to Napoli centrale. Everyone on the Rick Steve's board said to just go to Napoli centrale, even though it didn't make any sense to me. But we did that - mistake. The station was under construction and it was a real pain to get from the tram to the station. We just got behind some people who looked like they were local and had a suitcase, and darted in and out of traffic behind them! Kurt said he didn't understand how they were driving, there weren't really lanes or ...
... the time and the rooster that crows all day long. We also saw a male peacock in a cage in someone's yard with his tail fanned out. We enjoyed the amazing views and rock formations and saw many types of flowers and plants including cactuses. Mel saw lots of lizards too but I missed them all.
When we reached Positano, it was time to shop. We perused a few pottery shops and we both so wanted to buy a table. Unfortunately they don’t allow you to take pictures ...
... to the beach, I reckon 500 steps plus if I had to count! As we approached the bottom, two things happened, it started to rain and I realised the sheer number of steps we had to climb to get back up! From the beach, after lunch out of the rain, we had a lovely view along the coast in each direction. This made it well worth the climb down and probably the climb back up! Hopefully some of the ...
... all laid out in uniform rows and available for a fee €10 per person. With about five meters of a steeply sloping stone beach before the water, this was neither tranquil nor particularly lovely. We opted to walk to the far end of the umbrellas and chairs, where the "free beach" was located. It had no more or fewer stones, but a slightly more natural feel. (Perhaps we'll have better luck in Sicily or on the Gargano.)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Sirenuse Hotel Positano
The New Love of My Life
I have fallen completely, totally in love! My husband & I went there (on suggestion from our travel agent) for our 13th anniversary. It was instead our 13th honeymoon. The view out our window was breathtaking, the room was unbelievably beautiful, the staff very helpful & the restaurant had delicious food. A breakfast buffet was included with our room complete with champagne! It is a charming town & we will be back and stay at Le Sirenuse.
I stayed at the Sirenuse in Positano with my husband. We had a junior Suite with a balcony overlooking the coast. Brilliant view from our room and from the poolside restaurant at lunch time. Excellent service throughout the hotel. Dinner in the hotel was first rate. Good gym and spa.We did try other local places to eat, la tre sorelle on the beach was best value and great service. Blacks next door was ok with not great service (sullen waiters). The Saracens Cove was very good food and very attentive service. Probably a better view through the massive glass windows during the day when the lights from inside are not reflecting back at you.The buses were great value 2euros to Amalfi and the view as it drove along the coast road was beautiful.The lemons!! Never seen such monster size lemons. Sounds odd but it is so.Disappointing to find one of the highly recommended restaurants closed until the end of March - Bocca di Bucco.Excellent car service met us at Naples airport and took us back to the hotel 100euros. Same car service took us to Pompei and waited for us for as long as we wanted (3 1/2 hours eventually) and took us back. 175euros. All arranged through concierge at hotel.
Average at best
The hotel is beautiful. The rooms even superior are small, nothing fancy. The views gorgeous. The food, average. The staff are indifferent which is alarming at this price point. Better off to fly to the islands of Greece (Santorini) for more spectacular views & better beaches. All in all pleasant but hardley worth the hype & expense.
This hotel was honeymoon bliss for us. We found it to be charming, beautiful, unique and sophisticated. We stayed in one of their nicer rooms. We had a lovely view and slept with the patio doors open all night listening to the sound of the ocean. I thought the setting of the main restaurant was so romantic, but very disappointed in the food. We ate the next nights at Dona Rossa, which was the most incredible food I have ever had. The hotel service was fine - I didn't find the front desk group to be particularily friendly, but everyone else was. Highly recommended if you want to spend the cash!
Paradise at Le Sirenuse
Le Sirenuse was like Paradise. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful places in the world. The hotel itself is immaculately clean and the service is amazing. The spa was wonderful and the pool/terrace beautiful. Rarely do I find a hotel where I don't mind hanging out in the room. The rooms with terraces are great. Breakfast/restaurant was delicious with impecable service. I would highly highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing vacation.
Poor value for money
We wanted somewhere special for my 50th birthday. Le Sirenuse seemed right, but we were very disappointed. We booked a luxury sea view room - the room they offered us was directly next to the pool with no view at all (and no terrace to sit at). After complaining they moved us to a lower level to a room with a view. The room did not qualify as 'luxury' - the bathroom was very poky - the shower was over the width (not length) of the bath so not enough room to shower in. The hotel is very expensive and quite simply not worth the money.
Le Sirenuse - a hidden gem!
We did not stay here as they could not accomdate us during the time of our stay. We did have dinner there and that is the purpose of this review. Dinner at Le Serinuse was the most incredible and romantic experience of my life. The food was incredible as was the service (they also provided live music). If you want to stay at a 5-Star hotel in Positano and are trying decide between San Pietro and Le Sirinuse, stay at Le Sirinusesorry liked it better than San Pietro (we had dinner at both hotels). San Pietro was as stuffy as it was overrated and the dinner ambience was not nearly as incredible as Le Sirenuse. Although, we were not able to stay there, we will next time. INCREDIBLE!!
My wife and I have been to Le Sirenuse Hotel twice now, and I figured I would pass along our wonderful experience of the hotel. (I hate to call it a hotel, because this is no normal hotel, it is much much better) Both times we have stayed in a room with a balcony, which I would suggest. It is nice to get up in the morning and have some coffee on your own terrace and then walk down to have breakfast with everyone else. The food at the hotel is amazing. Some things can be pricey, but I think a lot in that area of Italy is pricey. The view can not be explained, there are very few like it in the world, it is just amazing. The staff at the hotel is top notch, and help with anything that you want. I have recommended this hotel to two other people that have gone over for their honeymoon and they have said that it was the best place they stayed in Italy. My wife and I would agree with them. Make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy Positano and the small towns around there, you will not be disappointed. In one of the other reviews they wrote that it is a place that you will try to get back to for the rest of your life, they couldn't be more correct. We have been lucky enough to go twice and hopefully a third time isn't to far away!!!You will not be disappointed.Have fun.
One of the best places in the world!
Unfortunately, we didn't stay here...wish we had. However, our dining experience was priceless. The food, the service, the ambience--5 star +! Tell the hostess Emma and the waiter Daniel that Christine and Kent from Colorado sent you. If you can't afford a week--stay three (or even one) night. You won't regret it. If not, make a reservation for dinner/drinks on the patio at sunset--that's what we did. It was worth every euro.
Once you visit Positano and Le Sirenuse, you will spend the rest of your life trying to go back. If your ideal vacation is filled with walking tours, afternoons by the pool, strolling to dinner, open air resturants, and people watching - this is a place you will never grow tired of.