We have just returned from a wonderful 7 days in Positano & were lucky enough to spend them all at the La Rosa Dei Venti.
Now if you don't like steps & walking then really don't go to Positano - I can't believe that some reviewers on web-sites complain about the steps for a town that is literally built on the side of a cliff - what do they expect, elevators? (it's like going to the North Pole & saying "Yeah it's nice, but really there is just too much snow")
This is a beautiful B&B run by a family- it isn't a Hotel, so don't expect all the "Bells & Whistles" that you get with one. What you get are lovely rooms - we stayed in the Grecale, which has fantastic sea views from the balcony. If you can have this room then believe me you won't be disappointed. There is a lovely large bed, a great bathroom with shower, SKY TV, a fridge & coffee making facilities. We didn't meet Mario, but both Alexandro & Vicenzo on the desk were very helpful & friendly - just ask them if you need anything & they will do their best to help. (Alexandro met us when the taxi dropped us off & carried one of our cases down the steps & did the same back up to a waiting taxi when we left...nothing was too much trouble.)
As many people have already mentioned, breakfast is served in your room - you leave a card on your door handle at night indicating what you would like from the options available & the time you would like it. Don't expect "100 options" though - this isn't a massive hotel complex & it's worth remembering that Italians do not eat a large breakfast, it is traditionally only a coffee & croissant. (So if you want Omelettes an English fry-up, or cheese/ham/beans with toast then you should look elsewhere!!)
The Rosa Dei Venti is perfectly placed for restaurants - just turn left from the door & there are many leading down into the town - Il Capitano is opposite the Pharmacy and is well worth a visit for the lovely food & views from the terrace - it is also a bit away from the busy road. Turning right from the door will lead you down the many many steps to Forniillo beach. This is the quieter of the main ones and €8 each a day will get you a sun lounger, a parasol & the use of the shower/toilet facilities etc. The guys at "Ferdinandos" are very friendly - these are the Aussie Green/Gold loungers - and their bar serves the best Panini's in town...in fact in any town!! (If you don't fancy the steps back up afterwards then follow the path around the beach - past Lo Guarracino which is another restaurant well worth a visit - and this will take you back through Positano town & the walk won't seem so tiring....it is, but it just won't seem it! Alternatively Ferdinandos do offer a little water taxi service back to the main beach area - but this is cheating really!)
In the main pedestrian part of town look out for La Zagara - the cakes are really something else, must try one..
Positano is a beautiful place to visit - although Sorrento is perhaps the better option for a longer stay. Having said that there are always boat trips & walks to keep you occupied.and fit. You will never get tired of the views & Italian people are just so friendly.
Would we return to Positano...oh yes definitely. And where would we stay?....without doubt La Rosa Dei Venti - every moment we spent there was perfecto!!
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- lovely rent room located in a old part of Positano, with all comfort ... more less
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