Hotel Villa Franca
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We trained to Naples then took a car down the Sorrento coastline, stopping at Pompeii along the way. I must say the town was impressively preserved due in part to the eruption by nearby volcano Vesuvius in 79AD. It's also impressively large, covering 160 acres.
Then onward to our destination along the Amalfi coast. So many of the towns are …
... owner of the rental place rushed out in a boat to meet us with a look of relief on his face. He said the winds blew in unexpectedly and he was glad to see we were okay. His concern was only fleeting though. When I complained about the anchor not working he implied it was my fault and that I was lucky he didn't charge me for the missing anchor. I told him I'd be sure to mention him in my Trip Advisor review of his business and he refunded me some of the money. ;)
... go around selling smalll bottles of beer. And people willingly buy it, sit down and enjoy the view. So in our wandering around we found a dark garden behind a wire fence just to the side of the steps overlooking the city,a quiet romantic spot all to ourselves, so we sat down. Then suddenly, 4 police cars came speeding around the corner, slammed their brakes on and several policemen with flack jackets and maching guns jumper out of the cars, almost ...
... is the main town on this UNESCO-listed coastline, with medieval architecture, scenic seafront setting, hugging villas on the cliffs, winding alleys and steep steps. It is set in a landscape of lemon trees and olive groves with shops, cafes and is a hugely popular resort being a magnet for the visitors since decades. On walking up from the Amalfi harbour, we saw the Cathedral of Duorno di Amalfi; our first impression of the beautiful Cathedral of Duorno ...
... wanted to walk up the road, taking the three kilometre bus route up via Cristoforo Colombo and then back along via Guglielmo Marconi, the main road around that winds high around the Positano valley. Susan, the girls and Allan decided on the steps again; painful but shorter. Allan decided to mix road and steps, while the girls and Susan headed straight up and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Franca Positano
Wow, what can I say? I have travelled long and wide, and I have never come across such a fabulous hotel. My husband and I came here in July 04, for our honeymoon, and we certainly were NOT dissapointed. In fact we were absolutely delighted. We stayed in the best room in the hotel (which okay was a bit pricey), but it was immaculate! We had a kingsize bed, a large bathroom, with panoramic views of the med through a large glass patio window. The highlight of our room however, was the balcony which was large enough to fit, 2 sun loungers, table and chairs and the view was stunning! The staff simply can't do enough for you, the service was spectacular, from this family run hotel. The pool area is quiet and extremely ralaxed, and has the BEST views of Positano than any other hotel! We went to many restaurants but were hard pushed to beat the hotel's own restaurant as it was so good! Overall you can't fault this hotel. It gets ten out of ten! We met a couple there, who had been coming to this hotel for 35 years!!!! I say no more!
The villa Franca is an absolute delight. If you have the chance to stay at this fabulous hotel you will count yourself very lucky it is a truly romantic and most beautiful place i have ever been to.
For our honeymoon we decided to stay at the Villa Franca for 7 days. I definately have to say it wasn't worth the $340 Euros a night. The rooms are tiny along with the balcony and the one closet that barely fit anything (and this was a deluxe room!). Not very impressive to say the least. Just a bit of advise to anyone who is looking into staying here, do a lot of research, there are a bunch of other hotels (namely, the Eden Rock) that are way cheaper and much nicer!) We would not recommend the Villa Franca.
On top of Positano
This hotel is literally on top of Positano (probably about 20-25 stories up from the beach area), offering amazing views of the town below and the Amalfi coast. We enjoyed being able to pick out its yellow and blue motif from the town down below, and we even enjoyed climbing the (very very) long climb back up after stuffing ourselves silly with seafood and gelato in the town below.
The rooftop pool is small, but sleek and streamlined, much like an Italian sportscar.
Overall, very romantic -- there were at least 4 other honeymooners visiting at the same time as us.
Heaven in Positano
Hotel Villa Franca is the perfect base for an Amalfi coast visit. The hotel is immaculate, beautifully furnished, and the rooftop pool is the perfect place to relax, comtemplate your next meal, and offers an amazing view of the entire town of Positano. The complimentary shuttle to town is great, and the hotel is situated to allow a short walk to the bus stop to Amailfi or Sorrento. Don't bring a car, you don't need it. The entire staff bends over backward to assist in any needs you might have. We will certainly return here!
Far and away the most magical spot in Italy.
Positano spills down the steep mountain sides and sitting on the very top of it all is this perfect gem of a hotel. Every time you look out from your balcony the view takes your breath away. It's intoxicating and hypnotic and I can't wait till I return.
Oh my cuteness! This place is fab! And its a real bargain! The room was simple (but not spartan), small and tasteful with lovely tiled floors. We enjoyed opening the doors to our balcony and letting the breezes flow in. The bathroom was very well appointed, complete with Jacuzzi, and the Minibar contents were surprisingly affordable. The décor throughout the hotel is elegant but somehow cozy, and the darling rooftop pool with extraordinary views of the town was a stand-out. Li Galli, the restaurant, offered the best food and ambiance (great music in the background!) of all our dining in Italy. A strappingly charming English bartender served up drinks in a cool and captivating bar that would inspire even the strictest teetotaler to indulge In addition, Villa Franca is well positioned for jumping on a bus to Amalfi or taking a boat to Capri. Hotel is heavy with Americans, and so is Positano, so its a tad annoying if you want to escape from it all, but I guess the word is out that this hotel is perfection. (We stayed there in June 2003)
We loved this hotel!!!!!
We loved Villa Franca. The rooms were nice with spectacular views from the balcony. The staff and the service was excellent. The restaurant served one of the best meals we had in all of Italy (and we ate a LOT). I would definitely recommend it!
Positano was the highlight of our trip to the Amalfi coast, and the Villa Franca was quite superb for the money. The rooms were very attractively decorated, the hotel employees were extremely friendly and helpful, and the views were superb. I stayed in the Villa Franca Residenza because the main hotel (a few feet away) was booked, but the rooms are identical (except my shower/tub was so narrow that I had to keep one foot in front of the other -- the main hotel has jacuzzi/showers). I mush reiterate that the views are absolutely incredible -- from the guest rooms, the dining rooms, and especially the roof pool (the only 360 degree view in Positano). The restaurant, despite what the previous reviewer says, was very good and better than some of the other restaurants we went to in Positano. The free shuttle van into town is priceless (Positano's well-known steps can be a killer in hot weather). At 220 euros a night for a double, you just can't beat this place. (You do not want to be in a pricier hotel in town -- Positano needs to be seen from up above).
Best view in Positano
Although it is a free 2 minute shuttle ride away from the main action in Positano, Villa Franca has the best view in all of Positano. The balconies look directly over the Mediteranian. Rooms are very clean and well appionted. I would avoid the restarant, there are much better in Positano like Chez Black and Buca di Bacco (favorite).