I did a ton of research on lodging in Positano, from apartment rentals to hotels in a wide range of price points. Most hotels there accommodate only 2 guests per room, occasionally 3, so if you’re traveling with more then you can save a lot by renting an apartment. We ended up booking the Buca di Bacco (see other guest reviews) – a moderately priced, centrally located hotel with stunning Positano views from both their guest rooms and common areas!
I looked into the iconic, celeb-favorite hotel Le Sirenuse out of curiosity, then came across Buca di Bacco, which is literally situated right below them on the hill with similar views for much less. It still isn’t cheap (sea view rooms start at 300 Euros), but to give you an idea, the top-tier room at Buca costs less than the lowest-tier inner room at Le Sirenuse (with no balcony or sea view). We were pretty happy with our stay and I’d say its a good relative value for the area!
A main draw for me was that this hotel is located right on the base of the hill, overlooking the main Positano beach and about a 3 minute walk to the boat & ferry docks (making it super convenient for day trips)! For first-time visitors, I’d recommend staying toward the base or middle of the hill. My family stayed toward the top thinking they could handle it, but the daily climb turned out to be more than they had bargained for!
The hotel is also right by the main pedestrian part of town, plus we discovered a hidden stairway off the 2nd floor that lets you climb directly up the hill to Le Sirenuse in minutes (you do need to ring their buzzer and have a restaurant reservation or room there, in order to enter this way).
This hotel has vibrant, coastal-style Italian decor and tiles that vary from room to room. It’s a look that can easily go wrong if outdated, but each of the rooms we saw appeared clean and fairly updated.
There’s 46 rooms total, ranging from Standard with no sea view (240 Euros low season / 280 high season), to Deluxue rooms with large sea view terraces (600 Euros low season / 700 high season). Due to limited availability, we booked a night in a Standard then switched to Deluxe, but had the chance to poke our heads in a few other room types!
Best Value rooms: In my opinion, the Standard sea view rooms #22 through 26. Price-wise these are the hotel’s second cheapest rooms, since they technically don’t have a private outdoor space. However, these are located along a tucked-away garden terrace with a wonderful 180 degree view (we shot this blog post on that terrace). I never saw anyone else there other than the guests staying in those five rooms, and they were usually lounging on their chairs drinking in the scene. These rooms are also great if you’re traveling with another couple, since they can book a room next door on the shared terrace! Avoid: Rooms 19 and 20, which have a building obstructing the view – saw several complaints online from disappointed guests!
Highest-tier room: Deluxe rooms
I might’ve gasped a bit upon seeing our room! These come with the largest sea view terraces and an amazing shower alcove with window overlooking the ocean. Upon booking, I requested room #48 with a big “L” shaped terrace and ornate blue decor.
Lowest-tier room: Standard rooms with no sea view.
We stayed in room #14 the first night, which was comfortable except it’s situated right over a pedestrian walkway. I heard commotion from drunk passerby late at night trying to climb back up the hill – can you imagine! : ) Nick slept through everything like a baby, though. Despite being the lowest-tier room, this was a fair size with an updated bathroom, and french doors opening to a little balcony.
Even if you book a room without sea view, there’s a “solarium” roof deck with lounge chairs and aview of the Positano hills! We never saw anyone using this shared space, either.
Breakfast & Restaurant:
We loved how most hotels in the area include complimentary breakfast! We oftentimes neglect breakfast while traveling, but throughout this trip, sitting down together to a beautiful view with tea or coffee was a peaceful mental “reset” every morning.
The breakfast here is sit-down style with a self service buffet and coffee drinks made to order. There’s a large sitting area (both indoors and open-air), overlooking the beach with a view of the hill, or you can use a tray to enjoy breakfast back in your room. My first stop was always their juicer machine – the cara cara orange juice was so fresh and delicious! Most of the spread offerings are pastries or cold (cheese, charcuterie, cereals), with one warmer of bacon and scrambled eggs. It wasn’t extravagant (like Le Sirenuse or the Caesar Augustus … oh my) but a fine & filling way to start the day.
The hotel also has a restaurant open to non-guests that offers cooking classes as well. We ordered room service a few times out of convenience for lunch and dinner, but the food was nothing to write home about.
Service & other notes: It’s not a 5-star hotel or anything, but we always found the service to be friendly and helpful. The front desk would help with local reservations and also to make sure the porters got our luggage (they charge 6 Euro per suitcase) to/from the right locations.
– No pool at the hotel, however each room has a beach tote bag with towels.
– No iron in each guest room (common throughout Italy) but there’s a common “ironing room”
– The beds are on the stiffer side, although I heard they can add on a mattress topper upon request.
– We kept our balcony doors open so had a couple bugs fly in, but housekeeping brought some plug-in bug repellant which helped.
Another option – Hotel Marincanto:
Another hotel in a similar moderate price range that was a close contender is Hotel Marincanto (down the street from Le Sirenuse). I didn’t see inside their guest rooms, but the shared areas include a huge sun deck with 270 degree views (it was raining, but there’s usually lounge chairs on there) and a pool.
Hope this review was helpful! Next, I’ll be sharing some spots to grab food or drinks with more spectacular views around town.