My husband & I stayed at the Hotel Villa Franca, September, 2004. We loved it. (I don't know what you mean about the Villa Franca residence). When we arrived without a reservation, I checked out a couple of the rooms and they were clean, but kind of dreary to me. We ended up taking a larger room, I think it was some type of suite. It had a jacuzzi and this great balcony with the BEST view of Positano, beach and coast. There is also a pool on top with the spectacular view as well.
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Domina Royal was great last week. Bit of a walk up the hill but great. Excellent rooms with balconies etc.