Now this was a difficult review to write. Not sure whether to give it an average or v good rating. We stayed here at the end of September this year? The location was ideal, for us. 5 min walk down into the hub of Positano and its shops and beachside restaurants and harbour. We had a Superior Deluxe Sea view room on the 2nd floor with lovely views of the dome of the church and the whole town and the sea. We had 2 small balconies and a large living area with sofa and chairs, enormous bathroom and lovely bedroom area. Being on the 2nd floor was one floor down from the restaurant and as we were not by the pool it was peaceful and a 1 min pop up the steps to breakfast and dinner, once again ideal. Fabulous unobstructed views from the 2nd floor too.
We had lunch at La Sponda. Fabulous pasta dishes and local wine or champagne. Dinner was incredible. The best John Dory I've ever tasted. Hubby had veal which he said was excellent. The sommelier was extremely helpful with the choice of wine. The restaurant and the whole of Positano is just incredibly beautiful at night.
The pool and sunbathing area is right next to the restaurant which was fine up to a point. The pool wasn't too cold by the way in fact perfect temperature and stunning.
The negative parts were as follows: on arrival there was a good 25min wait for luggage that got stuck somewhere down in the harbour area but at least it arrived! The room was lovely but it smelt a little peculiar. Still not sure what it was exactly. The sunbathing area and pool was great but so many 'pop'-in visitors to "just use the toilet" or a "drink" got a little much. By 5 pm the tables by the pool and bathing area had become gridlocked by non residents which is great but it just looked and felt ostentatious !
We used the gym once which was very nice but they need air-conditioning desperately. Running for 25 mins was difficult as it was so muggy in there.
Sadly the following nights dinner (which must have been a completely different kitchen), presented me with a different John Dory dish ( I ordered the same dish as previous night as it was gorgeous). Dried out and accompanied by undercooked 'side orders'. I eventually got my meal 1hr later, 45 mins after my husbands. Not the John Dory but a spaghetti dish as the fish I was told to redo would take 40 mins. After 35 mins I asked the maitre d about my dish, he never came back to report where it was! 10 mins later I asked the other maitre d (who were both delightful and not their fault) and he did come back. It seemed the chef was annoyed! Finally the pasta did turn up. It was very good. Everyone was apologetic but for La Sponda and its reputation as world class this was poor.
The following morning for breakfast I ordered toast but after 25 mins I thought it was Groundhog Day again....... After 40 minutes we left, with our delivered to our table, newspaper (nice touch). apparently the toast was being 'freshly made'. Quite frankly I just wanted a normal piece of hot toast to have some of the yummy jams on but it never happened! Complacent or arrogant or just dated? It was nice but something was missing here at the hotel but adored Positano!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Sirenuse is a charming family owned hotel located in the heart of Positano. Opened in 1951 by the Sersale family who converted their summer house into a hotel with 12 rooms. The hotel has grown since then with the acquisitions of two neighboring houses to 59 rooms and suites. Le Sirenuse today is still run and managed by the Sersale family who ensure the same atmosphere of warmth and intimacy remain, while breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and the village of Positano make this an unforgettable place to spend a holiday. ... more less
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