We stayed at the Hotel Poseidon for 3 nights in May 2008. We arrived in the afternoon on a Sunday. The reception we received was pleasant and polite. The bell hop took our luggage immediately up to our room while we checked in. The man checking us in was polite and gave us a couple of dinner recommendations.
We stayed in room 27. I would not recommend this room for one reason only - it is very close to the street and therefore it gets a lot of the noise from the passing traffic below. Other than that, the room was lovely. Very large room (by European standards) with a nice closet. The bathroom was fine - not too big and the shower was much smaller than American standards but still, the water was hot every morning and that's really what counts! The bed was a king size bed, which I think may have been two twins pushed together but it was not uncomfortable. There was TV in the room and we were able to get World CNN and get some English-language news.
The breakfast buffet was better than I expected. I figured it might be a few pastries and coffee. It was scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, assorted cereals, chocolate and plain croissants and other pastries, prosciutto, and assorted cheeses. Also, they made you a cappuccino on request. My husband especially liked the carrot/orange/lemon juice they served with Pellegrino. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful.
Our first morning there, Alessandra from the hotel management, stopped by our table. She chatted with us about our plans and helped us with ferry info to take a ferry to Capri. She also asked me if I'd like to take a cooking class with the chef of the restaurant the next day. I signed up at the front desk and the next afternoon I went into the hotel kitchen with 5 other guests and we made a pasta dish with the Chef. He was friendly (didn't speak English so Alessandra translated) and we had a lovely time.
The walk from the hotel into the little main street area of Positano was a short walk and lovely. I had gotten a recommendation to eat at La Tagliata in Montepertruso so I asked the front desk if they could make us reservations. They did and the restaurant sent a car for us and drove us up the mountain for dinner.
On the morning we checked out to head to Rome, Alessandra came to say goodbye and gave me a little "diploma" for having completed the Chef's class and also presented me with a Hotel Poseidon apron and also a list of great restaurants in Rome. I thought this was extra sweet and Alessandra definitely made us feel special.
Overall, a lovely experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Poseidon, once a beautiful Mediterranean villa in the heart of Positano, is today a historical hotel in a green area overlooking the “vertical village“ and the Amalfi Coast, in a privileged position. Poseidon has offered for more than 60 years, thanks to Marco and Monica Aonzo daily commitment, a discreet and elegant hospitality and the personnel politeness help to create a warm and familiar atmosphere allowing their guests to feel at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Poseidon Positano
- Poseidon Hotel Positano