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“Once (only once) in a lifetime”
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Le Sirenuse Hotel
Ranked #6 of 38 Hotels in Positano
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
535 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
“Once (only once) in a lifetime”
Reviewed 8 August 2007

Don't get me wrong, this is an outstanding property both visually and because of its amenities and location but...there certainly are a few drawbacks. The staff with one exception was great. We had more than one encounter with a shockingly surly middle aged woman who ruled the front desk. Most requests (standard questions about touring/ transportation etc.) elicited a response that made you want to either shrink away or pull her across the desk WWF style. Anyhow, we chalked it up to tenure and then steered well clear of needing her "services". As for everyone else.. charming, friendly, and delightful. One of the Bartenders (a gentleman) even made us a CD of the exceptional music he was playing one night at the Champagne Bar. All of the Staff we spoke with were friendly and happily offered their tips about the area. We found a charming driver through the Hotel (Positano Car Service/"Michael") and he took us everywhere we wanted to go, helped us select restaurants in Naples etc. as well as shared his knowledge and love of the area. The --Hotel--food is wonderful and the Breakfast choices were abundant. The Breakfast Terrace which becomes the Dinner Terrace adjacent to the lemon tree and candle decked Dining Room provided an outstanding view of the coast. At night this same vantage point twinkled with the village below and the Dining Room filled with I don't know how many hundreds of candles took my breath away. The Pool is gorgeous and very recognizable but a little tight at full occupancy. The rooms are pretty but small as are the fairly standard bathrooms. The Hotel is in a great location although having to return there after a meal especially dinner near the water is a rough uphill trek. It's a must see must do but on all other trips to Positano we have stayed elsewhere and found wonderful experiences, much better appointed and larger rooms, and at a signifcantly lower price. Even though the view is killer and we enjoyed our time there I think once is enough...

  • Liked — Staff and Beautiful setting
  • Disliked — Small Guest Room and Bathroom, Pool was gorgeous but too many people for size of area
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2007

Having heard from so many friends that the Amalfi coast was a must visit, we took the advise and planned a 4 night stay at the Family owned and run Le Serinuse. As often happens when advised by many friends one starts to build ones expectations and dreams of what the stay should be like - well let me tell you - not even our wildest dreams were anywhere near to what we experienced!!

From the moment we arrived we were greeted as though we were long lost friends of the family arriving in their home. Everyone was so warm, friendly and welcoming and at the same time efficient.

Upon checking in and being escorted through corridors filled wtih antique furniture rendering a true sense of professional management combined with the personalised family touch - we opened our shutters to discover the most romantic view over Positano beach, the mountain and the top fo the church.

Evening Champagne cocktails are a must on the Oyster bar terrace so as to watch the sun set, and admire the beach below being packed up and put to bed ready for another busy day. How often back gorund music is either too loud, sets the wrong atmosphere or is just not audible - well here all i wanted to do was take the entire evenings music with me!!! Amazing selection with the best volumne .

The staff from Robert the manager to the waiters were so friendly that we made this a must visit every evening!! We longed to come and enjoy the freshly made Billinis - seafood cocktails and chat with the staff - even the British chef caring for the osyster bar chatted, with everyone - prepared surpise tasting plates - our last evening we just didn;t want it to finish.

The restaurant - well from the view to the professional service to the amazing food selection - we did not venture out of the hotel for dinner on any of out evenings - why would you want to miss out on what my wife and i came to describe as the most romantic, discreet, professional and yet homely dinner enviromnet we had ever experienced.

A must do is take the 1977 Riva boat out for the day. This truly unique and sexy boat - gave us the pleasure of discovering Capri and enjoying fresh seafood in a restaurant tucked into a cove which our Captain Antonio choose to share with us.

In fact - as i sit writing - i could go on and on - but at the end - there are not enough words neigther are there the right ones to descibe our stay - it was just amazing. We long to be able to go and savour once again what has become our best holiday experience ever! ! !

  • Liked — Impeccably maintained hotel, antique furniture and homely feel. Excellent location, fantastic bathroom ammenities, friendly and efficient staff
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank mrp007
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 21 July 2007

Everything about this breathtaking hotel delighted me: the whitewashed walls decorated with old master paintings, the hand-painted mosaic tiles in the bathroom, the delicate scents of the hotel’s signature line of soaps and perfumes, and the view from my terrace—of the cliffs overlooking the sea, the fishing boats docked in the harbor below, and the homes nestled along simuous roads. The staff was friendly, the service impeccable. They immediately provided me with anything I asked for—whether it was a conversion socket for my computer, extra towels, or more pillows. Fresh fruit was left in the room every day, along with bottles of water, and yes, chocolate—that sweet gesture long ago abandoned by other hotels. The restaurant, set in a vast, candle-lit dining room, serves delicious Neapolitan food, and I spent many afternoons in the tastefully decorated sitting rooms reading or relaxing. The bars, both indoors and out, have a warm, convivial atmosphere, and are the perfect place to meet up with friends before or after dinner. The spa, designed by the same architect who remodeled the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, is decorated with photographs taken by the hotel’s doyen Franco Sersale on his many travels. It’s quiet and serene—a wonderful spot to retreat for an hour or two for a relaxing massage.
Le Sirenuse is a truly special place—a gem even among other five-star hotels. I will go back there again and again—if I should be so lucky.

  • Stayed March 2007
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2007

I stayed at Le Sirenuse hotel for 5 days. This hotel has several rooms, some with terraces. I stayed in one of the expensive rooms with a terrace. The price was high (over 800 USD) so expectations were high. As soon as I saw the room I knew I was being ripped off-- it was small and noisy (close to the lobby). The hotel switched me to a quieter cheaper room on one of the lower levels which was damp and depressing. The staff acted like I was lucky to be there and the breakfast buffet often had flies buzzing around which was very annoying. On the positive side, the hotel did have great soaps and shampoos.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed May 2007
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Dallas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2007

In a word : Magnificent. This albergo exceeded all our expectations and they were pretty high already!

The staff (many are family members) are unfailingly kind and courteous without being overly friendly. I actually looked forward to seeing them at breakfast everyday during that week. They remembered what I liked, disliked, made recommendations and brought me little special items from the kitchen. Dinner at the hotel was what you look the world over to find -- excellent food made from locally obtained sources, an excellent wine list, a magical setting beneath candlelight and soft music provided by strolling musicians. Ahhh...

The room itself was amazing. We didn't have the largest room nor the smallest but it was perfect. The room was beautifully decorated with items you hope to find for your home (and can if you visit the small shop across the street). The bed was comfortable, the linens superb and the view incredible. Every morning I would open the shutter-covered french doors to the balcony to let in the most amazing view of Positano and the sea. I didn't want to leave the room!

The bathroom is overly large and well appointed with an oversized jacuzzi tub, sep shower, bidet, and double vanity. The toiletries are a proprietary blend called Eau d'Italie....to die for scent.

The pool is lovely but small. Even in May it was necessary to get there EARLY in the morning to reserve a chaise lounge. The staff will give you a towel to place on the chosen spot and it is yours for the day. They circulate throughout the day with chilled water and fresh fruit. As I said earlier, it is hard to tear yourself away from the hotel......but there are treasures to enjoy nearby.

Take the back steps out of the hotel down to the water. Not only a great workout but a very quiet and private way to walk to the shore. We ever met one of the owner's coming back up to the hotel this way. She lives in one of the small villas behind/below the hotel. Check it out.

Other Postiano tips -- Try Max's for dinner, call Positano Cars for Rafelle and visit Pepitos for well-made line clothing designed and made in Positano.

Overall, you are in for the trip of a lifetime if you are lucky enough to stay at Le Sirenuse.

  • Liked — Location, Service, Views, Food, We Loved It ALL!
  • Disliked — ????
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank brooksz
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New York, NY
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2007

My wife and I stayed here recently on a second honeymoon. Friends of ours who are seasoned travelers told us that Le Sirenuse was their favorite hotel in the world, so our expectations were high, and the possibility for disappointment was very real. We were not disappointed. Our room was fabulous; the furniture all unique and beautiful. Everything in the room, from prints on the walls to the small touches were all were chosen with care. It felt like a guest room in a great private home, not a hotel. All this is before you throw open the shutters that lead to your balcony and one of the most stunning views imaginable.

The hotel's common rooms are magnificent. We loved ending every day with a drink at the bar .

Breakfast on the pool terrace every morning was sublime. It was my favorite moment of the day, indulging in the buffet and watching the activity on the beach below. Lunch and dinner were wonderful, and the concierge arranged some great meals away from the hotel. We loved the staff, and after four days felt like they were part of the family. The entire vibe of the place is unhurried and very relaxed, exactly what we were looking for.

Le Sirenuse isn't cheap -- and the weak dollar doesn't help -- but we felt that it was very much worth it for such a unique and unforgettable experience. Traveling in Italy we spent a lot more and got a lot less in other cities. We will definitely return.

  • Liked — The physical space, the rooms and the common areas were perfect
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank NY_Safariguy
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New York City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 July 2007

This family owned hotel is elegant, romatic, and very private. Rooms are tastefully furnished with antiques. Guests are devoted to the atmosphere and the management. The hotel attracts a diverse, sophisicated, international clientel.

This is one of my all time favorites!!

  • Liked — the staff and the location
  • Disliked — It is difficult to get a reservation due to limited capacily.
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled solo
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1 Thank Vienna-NYC
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Property: Le Sirenuse Hotel
Address: Via C. Colombo, 30, 84017, Positano, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Positano
#8 Romantic Hotel in Positano
#15 Family Hotel in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Sirenuse Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 59
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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