Hotel Palazzo Murat
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Another 40 minute drive down the hair-raising bends on the Almafi drive coastal road sees us arrive at our next hotel for the next couple of nights. The Palazzo Murat Another fantastic hotel with coastal views in the amazing small hillside town of Positano.
The drive should be amazing...
Maybe a posh restaurant …
... off on the Vespa heading south down to Amalfi. It was a very nerve wracking and slow start down the mountain as we got used to the narrow roads and the fact we had to drive on the other side of the road .... we had travelled for about the first 500m before we realized we were on the wrong side of the road ....LOL .Anyway we had a short stop in Positano for some sunblock and a backpack then it was back on the Vespa again. Rode about ...
... one lady in Positano who does "gel/acrylic nail infills" is on maternity leave... so all residents and tourists of Positano, who have those kind of nail enhancements, need to wear rubber gloves for 3 months until new mama returns !!! Odd part about this story is that the owner told Jan to return to the salon this afternoon, and she would attempt to do what she wanted on one nail......and if it was not successful, then so be it.... AND ...
... 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 ...
... for the relic locked in a golden box behind the altar and the ties to St Andrew, the actual "if you teach a man-to-fish"guy. We think we read that in Italiano, but after the long day it didn't stay with me. We tried to find the elusive lemoncello factory, but gave up and went in for sampling what was at hand; lemon, strawberry cream, I think there was even a request for chocolate. The weather was beautiful and it's hard to beat the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Palazzo Murat Positano
I had the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Palazzo Murat whilst on a motorcycle tour of Italy. The tour company chose the hotel and it is truly a find. The former summer palace of the former King of Naples and now a luxury hotel. The site is perfect: Steps from the beach, nestled amongst shops and restaurants and wonderful dining terraces. The breakfast is outstanding, cappuccino wonderful, staff at the ready to help and the rooms spacious, clean and quiet. I will most definitely stay here again when I return to Positano
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Palazzo Murat Positano
Wow, Wow, a garden of peace Romance and tranquility the best!
Like the previous review I too got married in Positano and held my reception in the private garden of the palazzo Murat and stayed ther for 4 days. The evening reception was like a magical garden fairly tell amongst the beautuful plants and tree with the vine grown archway tunnel dimly lit by candles and soft relaxing music. The hotel rooms have tall ceilings and old antique furniture with an amazing view and an atmosphere that you cant descibe. The staff were amazing and always appeared really pleased to see you - just like England! The restaurant is very attractive or even if you just want to pop in for a cocktail in the outdoor bar/seating area the whole ambience is so inviting. This really is a special place for any special occasion. I did check out all of the hotels whilst I was there and just became more and more pleased with my choice. Unfortunately no pool though.
I too booked my wedding with Laura Frappa for Exclusive Italy - she has perfect taste and will choose the right wedding location just for you. Check out her website on www.weddingsontheamalficoast.com
A perfect romantic holiday location just for the 2 of you, or a wonderful venue for a small wedding that both you and your guests will be talking about for months! Im still floating after the Palazzo Murat experience - cant you tell!
A real Palace in the heart of Positano
I held my wedding reception at the Palazzo Murat and stayed for 4 nights.
I planned my wedding from Ireland and worked with Laura Frappa from Exclusive Italy Weddings. Laura highly recommended the Palazzo Murat as a wedding venue. We were not disappointed as it exceeded all our expectations!
It is without doubt one of the nicest hotels in Positano. The moment you walk in you know you are somewhere special.
The food and service were superb! Our room was beautifully furnished with a balcony overlooking the stunning Mediterranean garden filled with exotic plants and flowers. At night the whole garden was lit up with lanterns and candles making the setting incredibly romantic.
The hotel is well located in the heart of Positano and just a few minutes from the beach.
I would highly recommend this hotel and I look forward to returning year after year.
Thanks to all the staff at the Palazzo Murat and to Laura Frappa, Exclusive Italy Weddings for her wonderful taste in wedding venues!
Honeymoon August 2004
Having spent the first week of our honeymoon at The Capri Palace we booked Positano for our second week. Completely different The Palazzo is 4 star rather than Deluxe Hotel but this made a welcome and more informal change. The hotel is beautiful, very romantic, the gardens and outdoor patio/restaurant look gorgeous all lit up with candles in the evenings. We stayed in the old part of the hotel, it is typically Italian, clean 'oldey worldey' furnished rooms with antiques. The only downside if you stay longer than a few days and enjoy sunbathing there isnt a pool, we resorted to the beach but you have to pay and its packed! But each to their own, there are plenty of places to visit we liked Amalfi and Ravello and the hotel is right in the centre of the town behind the church so its easy to walk around. One tip for anbody else visiting Positano dont waste your money at the Sireneuse for dinner we were disappointed with our meal, it is great for posing or going to the bar for a pre dinner cocktail but the quality of the menu/food didnt live up to our expectations - try Don Alfonso or San Pietro instead.
Would go back over and over again
Positano was our first stop on a two week trip to Italy and the Palazzo Murat exceeded every expection we had. I was a bit concerned because it does not look like much on the website and it was by no means the most luxurious hotel we stayed in, but overall was one of our favorites. The staff is just wonderful, the rooms were simple but overlooked the most beautiful grounds. At night, we would sit on the patio with a bottle of wine and listen to the music from the restaurant below and look out over positano. The hotel is in the middle of town, which we loved because we were close to everything and had an unbelievable view, not of the sea but of the town itself.
And as for the restaurant, I can't believe some of the other reviews. It was one of the best meals we had while in Italy. It's in the beautiful courtyard and the service was outstanding. The food was wonderful and if you are staying at the hotel, they even give you a discount on the bill.
Also if you have time, take advantage of the boat excursion offered to hotel guests. It's a great way to spend a few hours.
Great hotel...stay in one of the 5 rooms that were in the original palace. We stayed in room #1 and it was great, with great balcony view. Cool bathroom on second level. Location is outstanding and their garden restaurant is prettiest in Positano.
Stay away from this place
This place is overpriced, the service is terrible and we really felt duped. While in Positano we saw dozens of better places at much better rates. We will return to Positano, which is plain beautiful, but we will never stay at Murat again.
This goes down as one of the best hotel experiences ever. We tend to splurge out on one 'serious' hotel each year and decided that the Palazzo Murat would be this year's, while on a trip to Naples and around. (The Raya on Panarea was last year's - another beautiful hotel).
It absolutely lived up to all expectations and more. The staff were so unobtrusive as to almost be invisible. The rooms were airy, spotlessly clean, quiet.
Enough said. And a total bill for 3 nights of 490 pounds was great - not a bank-breaker at all.
The restaurant a huge disappointment
I did not stay here but dined at the Palazzo Murat the last night of my honeymoon in 2002. I felt confident in my choice since he received high marks from various travel guides. The dinner was a disaster making my final evening in Positano a huge dsappointment. We had a fine seat in the garden but there the insects flying around were so prevalent that they were even crawling over the table. I did not have this experience at any other restaurant in Positano before that night or in my return visits. The food was mediocre and the prices were still high. Palazzo Murat must be doing something right to receive such raves from others but that dinner was awful -- I am originally from NYC and am used to the best. My husband and I stayed at Le Sirenuse where I had a wonderful dinner as I also did at Hotel San Pietro, Donna Rosa and other restaurants.
Like heaven on earth
The most relaxing and heavenly place that I have ever stayed in. The gardens and setting of the hotel were so quiet that you could have been on another planet even at the busier times of the day. The staff were always very helpful, never intrusive and seemed to genuinely care that you were looked after. Although I only stayed in a standard room the decor and balcony view were superb and it was unbelievable that in spite of the room being cleaned twice a day and towells etc changed you never saw any domestic staff. We decided to go to Pallazzo Murat as a special treat for our silver wedding but now beleive that we will have to return every year to recharge our batteries.
Beautiful, charming hotel
Beautiful, bougainvillea draped entrance, charming garden and outdoor restaurant, great food, lovely rooms. Snobs will tell you to only stay in the old part of the hotel, but I was in heaven despite being banished to the newer part. (The new rooms are lovely, too, and my patio opened right into the garden.) The hotel is located right on the main path down to the beach so you're perfectly situated. But the lush garden is what makes this place such a stunner. Forget Le Sirenuse; I'll take Palazzo Murat anyday. A perfect romantic getaway.