Travelers can veer off the well-worn tourist path at Marincanto, a luxurious four-star hotel perched high on a clifftop in the small Italian township of Positano, on the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Its location ensures guests enjoy stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Li Galli islands from their French balconies or private patios.
Marincanto offers a range of rooms to suit all budgets. The standard rooms are well appointed, with air-conditioning, satellite television sets, and king-sized beds. However, guests get more space to spread out in a suite, which boasts either a double Jacuzzi bath or a Jacuzzi on the patio, sofa beds, along with standard features. No matter what you pick, satisfied customers insist that the Hotel Marincanto offers great value for money.
It seems a shame to leave such well-appointed rooms, but the hotel's luxurious features make this a little easier. Its infinity pool is the ideal place to swim laps or soak up some sun. The hotel's wellness area, with a Turkish bath and gym equipment positioned to overlook the ocean, can inspire you to work off some extra pounds. Should the exercise cause your muscles to ache, a massage can be arranged in the relaxation zone or in the privacy of your room.
Guests get to enjoy private beach access to the Lido l'Ilicanto Beach, which is the ideal spot for soaking up some sun. The hotel is also a comfortable walk from leading local eateries and bars, although the onsite restaurant Al Marincanto can also offer guests an authentic taste of the cuisine that the Amalfi Coast is famous for. Guests rave about the lavish buffet breakfast served on the Lemon Terrace each morning. The restaurant also serves dishes poolside during the day, and a more sophisticated menu by candlelight as the sun sets.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Marincanto Positano
Booking hotels is always somewhat of a gamble. We booked Marincanto late and were frankly grateful to get an accommodation this central and with a view of the vast harbor. We were more than just a little excited to see the view from every vista in the hotel and receive such homey service and enjoy such excellent food.
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This is the best value in Positano. We have stayed many times and the Hotel now has a beautiful pool. The rooms are great, the staff can't be beat, the views are the best. That breakfast in the morning is to die for. We prefer the location because of the great views. I think it has become so popular it gets harder to get a reservation. Look forward to our next visit Spring 2012. Try Bruno's for a great dinner and view. Also, take a bus of cab to Ravello and have lunch at Gumpa's.
Frank & Frank (Atlanta,GA)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Marincanto Positano
Disappointed in Marincanto, but not Positano
I hate to say anything negative about this hotel because we did enjoy our stay here; however, the room did not measure up to my expectations. First of all, Positano is wonderful and beautiful and I would definitely go again. The Marincanto rooms, though, need some updating. I specifically requested a jr. suite with a balcony and a view. The first room they put us in was terrible. It had a little patio, but not with a view, it was badly in need of painting and a tile on the ceiling was coming down. The next night they put us in a jr. suite with a great balcony and view and the room was in slightly better shape, at least no tiles falling down. The rooms are big, but bed linens are terrible and the beds are small and hard. The "bones" of this hotel are great, but it really needs attention and some paint. The help was all great and as helpful as they could be. And the view is, I believe, one of the best in Positano.
We have just returned from a one week stay at the Marincanto and have to say we could not fault it. We stayed in room 208 - a Junior Suite with lovely terrace and faboulous view. Candlelit evenings spent in the jacuzzi on the terrace with a bottle of champagne and Positano twinkling below were just magical and a little surreal! We ordered breakfast in our room, expecting something on a tray, and were treated to our very own dining table on our terrace with lovely white tablecloths and so much food we needn't have eaten again all day! Whilst in Positano we took a look around some of the other higher profile hotels but decided we were more than happy with our choice at the Marincanto and will definately return there.
Our favourite restaurant was Cafe Positano - faboulous food, service and views.
My wife and I stayed at Marincanto for three nights in September. Despite only having good weather for one of our three days, we loved the Marincanto. We had a standard room which was clean and spacious with an incredible view. Breakfast is great and the location can't be beat. Highly recommended especially considering the reasonable prices.
I stayed two nights at the Marincanto and enjoyed every minute of it. We had one of the special jr. suites which was wonderful. It had a jacuzzi on the terrace and was also attached to the bathroom. I found the room and views to be very romantic. I personally thought that the service wasn't the best I have experienced, but for what you pay it's very tolerable. The pool wasn't even missed with the private access to the beach and chairs reserved for hotel guests.
Honeymoon at the Marincanto
We stayed in the Marincanto for three days. The hotel is a beautiful Italian hotel with mesmerizing views of Positano. Initially we were booked with a junior suite that was absolutely beautiful and very romantic but our view was obscured bt steps leading onto the sun deck. They apologized and promised to switch us the next day. Sure enough they kept their promise and to our delight they moved us into a beautiful suite on the top floor. Jacuzzie for two with a view and terrace, living room with terrace, and a wonderful bedroom.
Yes, there is no pool but the beach is fabulous. Many of the chairs are reserved by guests for days at a time so inquire early if you are particular about location. The stairs can be daunting at times but after all the bread and pasta you will welcome the exercise.
I strongly recommend the Marincanto for the unparalleled beauty and value. We will definitely return !!!
Bella Italia by the sea!
Positano was the first part of our July Italy honeymoon. The Marincanto was a refreshing break away from the sweltering crowds that come in during the day.
Our stay was very peaceful and just what we needed after a stressful wedding the weekend prior.
The hotel is surprisingly quiet for being so close to the beach, and all the action of Positano.
At night we would open the terrace door and hear the boats lapping against the waves in the harbor. Actually ANYTIME we were in the room we had the terrace door open b/c the sounds and smell of Positano are absolutely intoxicating. Even in July we did not find the air conditioning necessary.
The only downside I could find was the lack of a pool, which we knew prior to booking. That would not stop us from visiting the Marincanto again.
Something to know before booking: The 'private descent' to the beach is actually around 300 stairs. I appreciated the opportunity to work that gelato off, but others might not.
Also, Brunos (as mentioned in other reviews) was one of the best meals of our trip. We ate there twice and both times it was wonderful! Service? Eh-a little harsh, but the food and view make up for it.
Le Terazze on the beach is fantastic if you're looking to splurge.
The most beautiful hotel in Positano...
My husband and I stayed at this wonderful hotel for 7 days during our honeymoon and absolutely loved every moment of it... The staff were friendly and incredibly helpful with everything ranging from giving advice on restaurants to helping us plan our day trips in the area. Our room was perfect (Junior Suite with a beautiful jacuzzi overlooking the ocean) and very reasonable considering the high prices in the area ... Breakfast on the terrace with the ocean below was incredible and I can safely say that both my husband and I are going through our post-vacation depression after having left. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Positano.
Loved the hotel; wish we palnned more time.
Intersting how our stay and resturant opinin is somewhat differnt from pror writer but that's why we have a forum.
Hotel is fabulous; we had room 209, with a huge balcony and indoor / ourdoor whirlpool for 2. Can it get any better? No problem with the beds (I"m 6'2'') and breakfast was like eating in a high end Italian deli.
We loved resturant Bruno. Less expensive than other resturants closer to the water and we thought the food was terriific. Yes, there does not appear to be a system but enjoy your wine and the views and the system starts to work. By the way, the fun is sitting outside on the sidewalk and not inside the resturant.
Perfect hotel in Positano w/ one problem....
Just returned from three nights at Marincanto. Pluses: perfect location for sun, views, access to other things, decor, maintenance, wonderful staff, good breakfast, great terraces. A very big minus for us: smallish, very hard beds. So, here's the qualifier: We're tall Americans, very athletic, almost sixty and with usual age related aches and pains. Maybe the beds won't bother you. If it weren't for the beds, I'd say this was an absolutely perfect hotel. The views are to die for, the junior suite was great, our terrace was lovely. Hotel recommended driver, Assunta, was truly fabulous. Hotel manager or concierge, Monika, was wonderful. The nearby restaurant, Bruno, was a total dud. I cannot imagine why hotel recommends or anyone else bothers with it. Surly, unhappy, unaccomodating servers, adequate food. Who needs grumpy or just adequate in Italy!!! Loved restaurant at Palazzo Murat for splurge. Also liked the food and service at touristy, but wonderful, Tre Sorelle on the beach was great.
The Marincanto - recommended
We spent five nights at the Marincanto last week - thirteen members of the family, ranging from one to 70. The Marincanto turned out to be all we had hoped and the Michelin guide had promised. It is wonderfully situated, on the better side of Positano (best views, sunsets, sun etc); the hotel is completely renovated; all the rooms have sea-facing balconies and modern bathrooms; the staff are all extremely heplful and even the carpark is adequate. The hotel beach was being readied for the summer while we were there, but looked very inviting - although it is a long way back up the steps. Another plus is that, although the hotel has no retaurant, almost opposite is a simply delightful little restaurant called Da Bruno where we returned again and again for wonderful home Italian cooking. Recommended.
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