It's taken me a long while to get on here to post this so apologies that it's dated but it must be noted.
When we booked our trip here (back in late winter 2011), we were looking for a hotel with a pool, as this was the second leg of our trip to Italy - the rest and relaxation leg :). I had dreamed of going to Positano for many, many, many years and so I wanted to make sure that we had the best view imaginable, as well.
We stumbled upon Hotel Villa Franca's website in our Google search (as we were not avid Trip Advisor goers at the time) and what we saw, impressed us. So, we then went to Trip Advisor and saw such fantastic reviews that after looking at a myriad of other hotels, we decided Hotel Villa Franca was for us! I am really glad that we stayed here because it was a truly memorable experience.
Our room was beautiful, great balcony overlooking the ocean and the entire internal mountainside of Positano. At night, you could hear music echoing from down below and the lights from all of the restaurants, homes, hotels was something you'd have to see to believe. During the day the view was even more spectacular as you could see for miles and miles - again, something you'd have to see to believe because there are no words to describe how truly exceptional the views are from this hotel.
Comfy Beds, spacious clean room with an equally spacious clean bathroom. For the time we actually spent in the room - no complaints here. We also stayed at the hotels second set of accommodations from the main hotel, just a short walk down the road and found no issues with this whatsoever. We had to walk down to our room which was neat, as it was nestled in the mountain.
We were lazy bones while in Positano - which, looking back, I wish we had done a bit more HOWEVER, the atmosphere and our hotel gave us the downtime that we were looking for so I guess what we set out to do on this leg of the trip, we did!
Keep in mind, the location of this hotel is not for the faint of heart as it is FAR from the beach and main attraction area of Positano. It is on the main road though, so that does help a bit. We definitely walked down and back through the mountainside "streets" a few times - nearly killed us, but was worth all of the views! The one thing we found a little frustrating is that there was supposed to be a small shuttle that went to and from the hotel a few times a week, through the day and night, that you could hop on from town but we never seemed to find it.
If you can, stay here during Ferragosto!!! We had NO idea what this was (nor that we booked our stay during this time), but had a true Italian Introduction during our first night at Hotel Villa Franca and it was an experience that we still talk about to this day and will NEVER forget - it was truly magical!! So magical that I am not going to share why. Just trust me! :)
The pool is small but very nice. I will say, it's REALLY cold which I cannot understand because it was so HOT there, it's small and the sun is beating down on the pool all day. I didn't mind it that much, but I would have preferred something a tad warmer however it IS refreshing. On our last day, we spent the entire day at the rooftop pool and it was so relaxing, you had to pry me off of my lounger at the end of the day, I did NOT want to leave! That night, we went to down, got meats, cheeses, olives, a loaf of bread and wine, went back to our hotel - sat out on the communal veranda by ourselves (by candlelight), and just listened to everything going on below us, eating some of the most delicious food we had the entire trip.
Lastly, because this is one of the things we remember most (and another thing we talk about constantly) - the breakfast and food at Hotel Villa Franca was awesome!! The bacon was and is BY FAR, the best bacon we have ever had in our entire lives! The spread at breakfast was so incredible, we really could not get enough. Because we wanted to make sure that we got the most of our days, we were always up bright and early, sitting at an open air table, taking in the beautiful ocean views and enjoying some of the best coffee and pastries we have ever had. My husband loved that he could get bacon and pizza in the wee hours of the morning. haha
The staff was wonderful and we saw as little of them or as much of them as we wanted. While we weren't there much during our stay, the times we were - we were very pleased with the way that we were attended to.
Thank you for making our first (and hopefully not last) trip to Positano a truly memorable one!! We hope to get the chance to go back and stay with you all again soon!
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