Travel Blogs from Positano
So, today was set as a "lay-day"..... a time to re-group, take a break..... and (of course!) squeeze in just a little bit more shopping! Jan is now hoping that easyJet will be able to schedule a RAF Hercules for the trip back to the UK..... she has already purchased additional luggage for all the baggage (or vive-versa!).
We headed off after breakfast, in search of the haircuttery recommended by our host "John"... and when we say "recommended" ...
... though out and built - where is my friend and neighbor Giovanni Schubert to explain how the steps were carved out of sheer rock formations - and when were they built. The trail curves around each groove in the mountain, each erosion created creek, each protruding boulder - the tools of the day were not power ones! Still the trail, likely the first connection of these coastal villages that hang for dear life in these steep hills.
The first section of the ...
... to selling beer........
Back to where i started, talking about Positano........
We found a little restaurant near our hotel that we went to every night and had pizza. Sareceno d'oro. It didn't have view of the first restaurant but it had all the atmosphere we were looking for. The italian music, waiters having fun and joking with everyone and beautiful pizza. We also received complimentary Lemoncino, a lemon liquer made only here in Positano, ...
... pebbly beach was less busy with the clear azure water.
We had Gelato and it was time to leave but the sea was very rough so it was difficult to board the boat. I was almost flung over when the wave came while I was crossing the platform from land to the boat. Our group managed to cross over but then Helen from our hotel got flung over and she fell down as the boat rocked with the huge wave; it became too dangerous to board the boat from the pier ...
... and the original church, now filled with glass exhibits of ancient artifacts from years gone by. Beneath this old church is the Crypt of the Cathedral, still kept in original condition. The altar has a large statue of St. Peter, and the ceilings are painstakingly painted with beautiful illustrations of the life of Jesus and his invitation to the disciples. These include a painting of the apostle Andrew - to whom Christ asked (when on ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Miramare Positano
Stayed at Miramare for 3 nights. Great boutique hotel. Rosita is very friendly and helpful. Rooms spotless. Had breakfast served on our balcony every morning (no extra charge). The view was FANTASTIC. Call the desk for anything (for ex: ice) and it is there in a minute. Went by Le Sirenuse and looked and am happy we didn't pay up for it. Miramare better. Highly recommended.
The best in positano.........super views from rooms and breakfast area. Great room service....close to beaches and shops. Steps to and from the hotel but this is normal for positano!!! Plenty of excellent restaurants nearby..........you have to go!!!
The BEST in Positano
Stayed here for 3 nights from 21 May 2004, Room 203.
Think it has to be the best choice for quiet peaceful rooms in what can be a noisy town. Long flights of steps are the price you pay for the peace! Spotless bathroom with stunning view. Management professional and friendly. No complaints at all, in fact found it hard to prise ourselves out of room and its terrace with views not only of sea but all the action down on the wharf.
Hotel reccomendation of Il Retrovo in Montepertuso was only sour note. Talk about captive audience! Service disgraceful and incompetant, food merely passable. We must have experienced their "off night"
J Hogg & L Spargo
Stunning views, friendly staff, a great place to stay!
We spent 4 glorious nights in this wonderful hotel. We stayed in room 201, which had a sitting area and two balconies, one with a table and chairs. The staff is outstanding, especially Rosalita. As others have mentioned, you have to be willing to climb up and down stairs to get to the hotel, but it is definitely worth it.
Great way tp end our trip
we couldn't have picked a more wonderful hotel to end our 3 week italian trip. we stayed in 4 and 5 star hotels throughout our trip but the miramare was one of our favorites! the people are wonderful and very very helpful. there are many, many stairs to get to the hotel. i would have died of a heat attack if i had to carry my suitcases myself.
however the hotel was amazing! just beautiful rooms and very clean.
surprisingly large for italy! and the views...just sublime! you must stay here!
We stayed at the Hotel Miramare in the middle of September while we were in Italy for our honeymoon and our stay thre was truly one of the highlights of our entire trip! The Staff ws welcomong from the time we arrived until we left--although the stairs to the hotel--were somewhat of a climb--it was completely worth it! Our room had a gorgeous terrace overlooking the water--the breakfast on the terrace provided such a pictureous view--and the complimentary boat ride was one of the best surprises! The little man who sailed our boat was a true delight and took us to many places other hotels' boat rides did not go. Then allowing us to snorkel and then having fresh fruit and wine for us once we got our of the water--truly made it a memorable time (we kept wondering how it could all be free?)--Definitely a must if you stay at the hotel! The Staff's recommendations for restaurants etc. were excellent! Would definitely recommend staying here!
Stayed only a couple nights here in the "standard room for two" in the annex. Must be bottom of the barrel, right? Well, if this is the bottom of the barrel, keep it coming. Our large room and bathroom with vaulted celings had a small but wonderful terrace with enough room for a table two chairs and a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. With our terrace doors open the quiet lap of the water on the anchored boats lulled us to sleep each night. The town is just a walk down the long stairs (hey, you are on a cliff). And the management and staff were super friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.
The highlight of our italy trip
our stay in september of 2003 at the miramare hotel in positano was superb! we have absolutely no complaints and it was the highlight of our first trip to italy. the staff was super friendly and helpful and in particular, rosita, went out of her way to help us with transportation and reservations etc. she was so very warm and accomodating. the room was incredible and my thoughts continue to drift back to the gorgeous view from our terrace. the beds were comfortable and the bathroom large. the breakfast was fabulous and every morning i looked forward to sitting there and enjoying my tea while looking out at the water and the town of positano. as far as the steps go, to and from the hotel...yes it is considerable. but, the views along the way were wonderful. so just take your time and enjoy the scenery!! if you are coming by boat to the hotel make sure you talk to rosita, or anyone at the desk, about how to get to the hotel and about arranging for a porter to meet you to help with the bags. it costs $5 euros per bag but it is worth it! i hope to come back to this fine hotel someday!
My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon in Italy. The four days we spent at the Albergo Miramare in Positano were the best four days of our entire two week trip. Positano is incredibly beautiful, and the Miramare is in an excellent location from which to experience the beauty of the cliffside village. Each of the rooms has a balcony/terrace that overlooks the sea. Our terrace had a small table where you could sit and enjoy your breakfast in the morning, as well as 2 rocking chairs and gorgeous climbing flowering plants. From our balcony the views were breathtaking. We feel that the views from the Miramare are better than hotels on the other side of the village (where Le Sirenuse is situated) because you get a better panorama of all of Positano, as well as nearby Praiano.
The hotel is small, with probably no more than 20 rooms. The service is outstanding. Rosita and Nicolas at the front desk are very helpful and speak excellent English. Our room (it was located in the annex building) was very large and clean. There was a window in our bathroom above the tub that looked out to our balcony and the sea beyond. The hotel also offers a complimentary boat trip around the coast, which was a nice perk. And the breakfast room is absolutely stunning, with an open air terrace where you can enjoy your breakfast and the views at the same time.
Yes, there are a lot of steps getting to the hotel and the beach below, but Positano is a village nestled on a cliff. You will need to do a lot of walking no matter which hotel you stay at. If this bothers you, then you probably should avoid Positano altogether! Plus, the porter will haul your bags for you to the hotel from wherever your taxi drops you off (or wherever you park the car), so there is no need to worry about that.
For the price, this hotel cannot be beat. Le Sirenuse is also very nice (we met another couple staying there) but much more expensive. If you're looking for a wonderful affordable hotel in Positano, I would choose the Miramare. We will definitely be coming back!
The Albergo Miramare is a beautiful small hotel in agreat location in Positano. While most hotels in Positano have a view,we felt this hotel was particularly well situated to relax on thebalcony and get a great view of the town, the duomo, and the sea. Therooms are very nicely decorated with antiques. Our room had windows inthe bathroom so we even got a view while soaking in the tub. There werehis and hers bathrobes which was a nice touch, and our first large,fluffy bath towels in the whole of Italy. The staff was very friendlyand helpful. Our only disappointment is that the complimentary hotelboat excursions didn't start until June (we were there the end of May).Also, the hotel is on the middle of the hill, so there are steps bothdown to the beach and up to the road. We mostly didn't mind because itmade for a nice quiet room, but after 5 days the stairs started to get alittle old. We would defnitely recommend and would stay there again.