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“Great view but the rest is lacking.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Casa Maresca
Ranked #30 of 39 Hotels in Positano
Morgantown, West Virginia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great view but the rest is lacking.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

The owners helped me with a place to park (Parking Anna) that is a short walk uphill from their place. It has a private locked door from the balconies to the outside stairs which is nice. The view is spectacular. Casa Maresca is located about 30 minutes walk to the beach. Maybe a little further. You either need to walk down the windy road or down lots of stairs. (this is true for most places here). You can also take a bus down. If you are driving, be careful and do not go too far past. The road is only one way and you cannot turn around and go back so if you miss it, you will have to do a full loop before you can come back again. Parking Anna is a good marker. Do not go much past that because it's the last garage before the B&B. Cost there is 18E per day.

It's funny to me this is a bed and breakfast because really it's just a bed. The breakfast is coffee/tea and store bought croissants or dried rolls with packaged jam/butter. The owners realize their breakfast is not up to international standard (Italians dont really eat breakfast. they just eat a croissant with a cappucino or something) but they don't care. They tell you to visit the market if you eat something other than a croissant with butter for breakfast.

We had 3 people for 3 days so were told to rent one of the apartments. I am assuming the word apartment means with a kitchen. We bought food to cook for dinner one night to find out that the kitchen use is only if you are staying for 5 days. Of course, we had not heard that before-hand. we got the owners and they turned on the gas, but acted like it was a big deal. I dont really care either way, but if there is a stove I am not supposed to use then that would be nice to know when checking in and not when i'm standing with a bunch of raw food ready to cook... At check-out, they said no extra charge for the kitchen like they were doing me a favor.

It would really be doing me a favor if their hidden rules and how to use the apartment were written down somewhere. The wifi code, where the lights are on the balcony, and if the kitchen use is included are all useful things to tell people staying at your place. The wifi works alright- mostly it works better out on the balcony but it was fine. You can hear the neighbors and see them at breakfast (the balcony is shared so everyone's tables are out there). It's a little lacking in privacy because if the neighbors are out on their balcony and you are in the room, they can see in, but you can also close the curtains if that bothers you.

I am not sure if I recommend this place or not. There are lots of options for a place to stay in Positano. This place has a beautiful view, but there are a lot of places with a view (ie MOST).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Anne Y
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
New York City, New York
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199 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

After doing a personal pilgrimage to St. Padre Pio and Sta. Filumena, my sister and I decided to just kick back and relax. Luckily, we decided on staying at Casa Maresca in Positano. The room was very clean - again, luck on our side, we got the 3rd floor and the view was postcard-pretty. We woke up, got up and out to our veranda where the view of the sea, the cliff houses and the mountain made us look up and thank God for this beautiful world. But what made this a special place was Paul and Lucia's caring hospitality. We felt like we were with our own relatives. The wifi was excellent. Paul and Lucia were very helpful - guiding us and answering our questions intelligently and efficiently. It was also good that they spoke English. This is a definitely come-back place. We will not hesitate to recommend this place.

Room Tip: If possible, third floor - has a veranda and a terrace on the side. Although all rooms have views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank travelmystique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

Staying here in June was amazing. My mum and I were traveling around Italy and after a very hectic schedule arrived in Positano worn out. This is the most amazing place to relax, unwind and soak up the hospitality of Paul and Lucia. From organizing our transport to bringing our breakfast every morning - Paul looked after us as if we were family. We loved our time here. Great affordable restaurants, the boat trip to Capri, walking along the beach, the shopping. Definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to take a break from the outside world.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AMPooley
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UK
Level Contributor
37 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

We love Positano, we love the Casa Maresca and we love Paul and Lucia. The rooms are simple and clean, the position perfect and the balcony one of my favourite places in the world. If you want a real taste of Italy with friendly helpful hosts you can't go wrong. Even the Saraceno restaurant up the road does heavenly takeaways you would pay good money in the UK for if you have exerted yourself on the beach. We go because we are able to reconnect with ourselves and even though there is free wifi I do not in anyway want the outside world to intrude. Money allowing we will see Paul and Lucia next year too.
Practicalities - we treat ourselves to a taxi from Naples €100 one way but quick, easy and normally great Mercedes cars. Position probably 10 mins from either beach and a 5 min walk to the main restaurants. Free air conditioning, Wifi, simple continental breakfast included. Paper shop, wonderful deli and Pharmacy 2 mins down on the right from the apartments if required
Enjoy - its your loss if you don't and our gain

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank UkShorty
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Boca Ra
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

The 6 room B & B is located on the hillside of Positano looking out onto the sea from 300 feet above the sea. The owners Paul & Lucia are warm & friendly-they even loaned us umbrellas for the day during a rainy day. Room was clean but very Spartan. Very quiet except walls are paper thin and you can hear neighbors snoring next door and walking above you but overall very quiet area.
The second B in B & B is breakfast & this was the weakest part of the place. Breakfast was served on a tray on the terrace (stunning views) but consisted of a "crosissant" wrapped in cellophane with stale rolls, good jam & butter and strong coffee. After experiencing typical continental breakfasts, this breakfast was disappointing so we bought fresh bread, yogurt etc locally and made our own breakfast each day. This detracted a bit from the overall wonderful ambiance of the place. In addition, the owners demand cash only as a means of payment which was challenging for us as we had to walk into town to use the ATM to get hundreds of Euros to pay. In this day & age, any business, even a B & B needs to accept some form of credit card for payment. In spite of these 2 negative comments, I would strongly recommend this B & B for any traveler not requiring a 3 or 4 star accommodation.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Michael L
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

There are absolutely no words to express how much we loved Casa Maresca. It was more than we expected in terms of location, cleanliness, spaciousness, and views. Paul and Lucia were the perfect hosts and helped us plan our stay in Positano from start to finish- even via emails before we got there (all the way from our home in Hawaii). They recommended restaurants, day trips, grocery shopping- and went far far above and beyond what we could get in any "hotel" environment. We will most certainly return. Thank you Lucia and Paul, for making Positano our favorite stop in our Europe adventure!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank lise k
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
72 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

I was 8 nights in June. The owners are fabulous, excelent place, excelent wifi, excelent apartmens, full equiped. We thought Casa Maresca has an ideal location: quiet, in front of the sea. The walk to downtown or beaches is steep as all rental apartments. Paul and Lucia are very warm and friendly. Thanks for a great stay!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AnabellaForoRoma
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Property: Casa Maresca
Address: Via Lepanto N. 17/21, 84017, Positano, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Positano
#14 Romantic Hotel in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling above the Fornillo beach and immersed in green, Casa Maresca is a small family run Residence. It is ideal for a quite and tranquil stay in Positano and is just a few steps away from the main road where there are local shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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