Let's start with the view (room 210, if you get the chance). Just laying on the balcony recliners was enough to fill an afternoon. We had the good fortune of being there for the full moon. Fantastic. We would often buy wine in town and the staff had no problem bringing us wine glasses with which to enjoy said wine. There are some steps to both the road above (some great restaurants up there) and the beach below (some great restaurants down there). First off... my wife and I wouldn't consider ourselves "fit". Desk jobs can make for expanded waistlines. We did not really struggle though. By the end of the trip, my wife's knees were bothering her a bit (known history of knee problems), but I felt like I could kick through a wall. I recommend the city of Positano not only for it's beauty, but for it's forced exercise. You'll be eating some fantastic food in Italy. It's a nice feeling to have appetizers and deserts with EVERY meal and actually lose weight. I feel like I could kick a hole in a wall with how strong my legs have become.
As for the hotel... gorgeous. The views from all the balconies are fantastic. The staff was always very friendly. Even the ones that did not speak very good English were very patient and helpful. Breakfast was very no thrills, but my wife and I found it more than satisfactory to utilize every morning. There were breads, deli slices, cheeses, fruits, yogurts, and bacon & eggs. Can't beat the breakfast view either. They will make you a nice cappuccino if you ask.
All the reviews I read speak about this "Rosita" who supposedly takes good care of the guests. The reviews are not mistaken. She's an absolute joy to talk with. Every suggestion was on the money. The private, more expensive trip to Capri? Worth it. She will ask you what you're looking for in a restaurant, suggest a range of options, and then call and confirm a reservation. My wife has Celiac and can't eat gluten. Rosita would always call and confirm that there were options. She had GF pizza, pasta, and even an ice cream cone while we were there. We never felt like we were imposing, we never felt like we were being driven towards a business partner, and we never had a bad suggestion. And that smile! I read a review that said they thought she was faking it. Give her the Oscar then, because she sells it in the most beautifully convincing way. Don't live life as a pessimist. Rosita's awesome. Everyone at the hotel is awesome, but chances are that she'll be the one you interact with the most.
If you can splurge, go with one of the special rooms. I got to watch the boats in the harbor while I showered. Yes, they might be able to see me too, but it's exciting to take such risks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Miramare (rated four stars) is located in one of the world's most beautiful bays,which offers a combination of undisturbed relax and incomparable scenery.The historic centre of Positano and the main beach are just a short walk away. Hotel Miramare is well known for its excellent staff and for its panoramic breakfast room overlooking the bay. The spacious and comfortable drawing rooms and bar assure an enchanting and enjoyable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Miramare Hotel Positano