Hotel Villa Franca
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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.
On Top of the World
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!
An Absolute Must in Positano
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).
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Our favorite day in Positano began simply enough with a light breakfast and a slight panic when the cab turned out to be a black car and for more euro than we were told the night before. However, as they say here it ended up being "va bene", or ok, and we headed up literally to the top of the mountainside for our morning/lunch cooking class. …
... That meant I had to try a couple of sangrias for Phil and I. They were good! It was a great community event with many of the locals working hard to make it the success.
We moved on and had dinner at a restaurant later as Phil cant eat the seafood. Our waiter was a great young guy and we had a lot of fun with him. He even provided complimentary glasses of Prosecco when we arrived, then I ordered an Aperol spritz and Diego than finished off our evening with Limoncello, the ...
... a small private beach and packed some nibbles and beers! It was so pretty- pity our kayaks were all full of water so poor old petes nibbles were soggy wet as well as our towels and clothes! Our kayak was the worst- it had that much water in it that our thongs nearly floated over the edge of the kayak It was just so nice to chill out and relax ...
... flapped his wings and flew up and low and landed back on the sea past the surf line for another swim.
After our lunch in the shade and a quick look around we hiked back up the steep steps to the bus stop passing yet another load of tourists on the way down. There was a group of 4 large English around our age debating lunch and in a strong not so posh accent an over rotund male said "there must be a Macky Dees there somewhere". Oh my gosh ...
... a pizza in the U.S. the rest of the meal is very good also and we decide might as well reserve for tomorrow. He says no reservations as they are calling for rain and he has very few tables inside. Instead of just bringing the bill, they come to the table and ask what did you have, write it, and then give you the price. When the owner comes and asks, I jokingly say, solo acqua ( only water) which makes him laugh. I forgot to mention that while we were eating, a small fishing boat ...