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Dimora del Podesta
Ranked #7 of 48 Positano B&B and Inns
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Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Amazing hosts and perfect accomodation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

We spent 3 nights in beautiful Positano and decided to stay at this small b&b after looking at the reviews. Pietro has been very fast in replying my emails and made sure everything was well taken care of even before we reached. The two rooms were perfect, esp La Musica, which can easily fit 3 persons and has a long balcony where 5 of us had breakfast every morning. I was initially abit worried at the lack of air-conditioning as we were there during peak summer, but the room was so cooling at night with the breeze from the sea. Pietro would come by every morning to serve breakfast at our balcony and gave us advice on our plans for the day. And the family restaurant right below was also a lovely place to have dinner every night. We enjoyed sitting at the balcony listening to the jazz band who would come by every night to perform for the restaurant guests.

Room Tip: La Musica is the best room, corner room and spacious, router inside the room so wifi reception is al...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

One of the best accommodation experiences we have had was at Dimora del Podesta. Five nights spent in La Musica room was an absolute joy. The room was so spacious and light filled and furnished very tastefully.
The highlight though was the breakfast out on the balcony in the sun. The croissants! ! I miss them already.
Many thanks to Pietro and Elia - you made our stay so enjoyable. We are most grateful.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

We had narrowed down our B&B choice to 2 places in Positano and went with Dimora because they could guarantee that we would get a room with a view of the ocean. We could not have been more pleased. We were in the Las Musica Room and it was huge – there was a queen sized bed with nightstands and dresser, and then a whole additional part of the room that had a sofa and a large coffee table. There was an attached bathroom that also had a separate vanity area so there was plenty of space. We had 2 sets of French doors that lead out to the balcony. I only got a quick peek at one other room, but browsing through the other traveler’s pictures, it does seem that La Musica is by far the largest room. I am not sure how rooms are assigned but we booked it a few months in advance and stayed 5 nights. I am also not sure if there is a price differential between the rooms as we were only quoted one price, and were not given any option between the rooms.

The view is lovely as the rooms are on the 2nd floor. There is an ocean view. Because of how the town is situated on the mountain side, there are limited views of the town itself, but the ocean view alone is wonderful to wake up to. The balcony is a decent size and can fit a small table and chairs for breakfast to be served. Breakfast is served every morning starting at 8:30AM until 10:30AM and you simply open your door to let them know that you are ready, and one of the brothers will whisk in with croissants, toast, cereal, yogurt, an assortment of cookies, coffee, juice, and milk. I think they may have baked the croissants themselves as a few mornings, the hallway smelled delicious, like a bakery. There was one morning where no one was to be found until 9AM, but fortunately we did not have any buses to catch and thus could enjoy a more leisurely breakfast. There is a small kitchen area on the same floor where guests can only use the fridge for storage. There is an “honesty bar” in case someone is in dire need of snacks in the middle of the night. There is free internet in the rooms and it was great to be able to check your email on the balcony while enjoying the ocean view.

The room itself was clean and comfortable. The bathroom is decorated with colorful tiles. This B&B and run by 2 brothers, and the 3rd brother works in the restaurant next door, which is owned by the same family. We did eat there once, and as mentioned by others, you get a 10% discount for staying in the B&B. There was what sounded like live music at the restaurant a few days of the week which last until 10:30 or 11PM which could be heard from the room. The brothers are very kind and helpful. It is located closer to the smaller beach, but about halfway up the hill. It is about a 10 minute walk down to the main beach if you take the stairs as shortcut. Coming back up on the road (less steep than taking the stairs), it’s about a 20 min walk. It is closer to the chiesa nuova SITA bus stop (the first one coming from Sorrento) in front of Bar Internacional – but be warned that there is a decent amount of stairs heading back up to the bus stop (there are a lot of stairs everywhere though), or you can choose to walk along the curvy road and the switchbacks to avoid stairs. The local Positano bus stop is just down the street from the B&B.

We really enjoyed our time in Positano. If you like sweets, I highly recommend La Zagara which is located closer to the main part of town (take away prices are cheaper so do take away and eat them on your balcony with the ocean view!). We hope to go back someday and would recommend this B&B to others.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

My boyfriend & I had the great pleasure of staying at Dimora del Podesta but for only 2 nights in early July, 2013; we wished we had more time to stay, and hope to return. We had the Mimi suite, and loved it!! It was very clean and bright and spacious, updated, and had a very inspiring view of the sea and the village when you opened the french doors out to the patio. Pietro and his family are very warm and gracious, hospitable. This was our favorite B&B while visiting Italy; the family treated us like royalty! Soon after opening our door in the morning, Pietro was ready to set up our patio for a private breakfast of caffe, juice, croissants and heart- shaped cookies, cereal, and yogurt. I also loved having the kitchen available for us (on an honor system) to satisfy a thirst for soda, beer, water, or wine. A nice touch. Pietro provided wonderful information about Positano and the Amalfi Coast area, on things to do along the coast and in town, and was more than willing to make a call to reserve a great spot on Fornillo Beach - the smaller, more secluded beach, which we preferred. We went to dinner both nights at the family restaurant with a 10% discount for being guests at the B&B. Terrific food and fabulous service!! We highly recommend Dimora del Podesta as homebase in Positano & the Amalfi Coast!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

As other reviewers have said this family run B&B is lovely. Very clean and comfortable and the brothers who run it, Elia and Pietro, take every care to make sure you enjoy your stay. Especially memorable was breakfast on our balcony looking out over the bay. Because breakfast is served in your room, it obviously isn't self service but Pietro brings a wide variety of choices to you and there is no restriction on how much you can have. We ate at the attached restaurant 'Saraceno d'Oro' on both nights of our stay (both because of the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and because we were given a 10% discount for staying at Dimora del Podesta) and it was lovely knowing that we had a short walk upstairs to our room where we could then sit on our balcony and listen to the street musicians who called at the restaurant.
The only slight gripe I have, and the reason for the Very Good rather than Excellent review, is that we did not know until we arrived that credit cards were not accepted, even though the booking confirmation seemed to indicate that they were. Not a major problem for us but the sort of thing that you could do with knowing about in advance if on a tight budget.

Room Tip: There are only three rooms and all face the front of the property. No bad rooms that we could see.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax
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110 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

The two nights we spent in Positano were absolute bliss - the family-run ground floor restaurant, Saracena d'Oro, and first floor bed and breakfast accommodation, Dimora del Podesta, were both first class. We were only there two nights, but were made so welcome. The room was very comfortable - we were welcomed and shown to our room 'Mimi' by brother Elia: brother Pietro served all his guests breakfast on their own individual balconies. Brother Daniel, meanwhile, ran the restaurant with assistance from Mum and Dad and Guiseppe (Pepe). An added bonus is that guests at Dimora del Podesta benefit from a 10% discount at Saracena d'Oro restaurant. Please note that guests staying in Dimora del Podesta need to pay for the accommodation in cash, although meals at Saracena d'Oro can be paid by either debit or credit card.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

We ABSOLUTELY LOVED our room at Dimora del Podesta (“La Musica”), but the simple, sparkling clean, incredibly romantic room wasn’t even the best thing about our stay. In a tourist town, Pietro, Elia and their family made us feel not like tourists, but like guests.

Over the course of 6 days they made it very, very easy for us to access a range of fantastically fun and beautiful things that the Amalfi coast has to offer. We rented a scooter and drove the length of the coast, taking pictures all the way (so much fun!). We went to the beach (twice) to sun, swim and drink negronis. We took a picnic onto the Path of the Gods for the most beautiful hike we’ve ever done. We ate excellent food, often at Saraceno d’ Oro, the restaurant downstairs that’s owned by the same family.

Every morning, as we ate breakfast on our own private veranda and enjoyed our view of the water and the town, Pietro would come outside and say, “So, guys: what do you want to do today?” He would then proceed to tell us all he could think of about how to realize our goals efficiently. He told us how to do the best part of the Path of the Gods in just an afternoon, so that we could spend the morning lounging lazily on our balcony. When we mentioned renting a scooter, he called and arranged the rental for us--the scooter simply showed up at the front door a half an hour later. He called about ferry schedules. He arranged for us to ride into Sorrento with his mother--who is also lovely, friendly and as helpful as she can be--as she drove into work. That saved us the hassle of the bus and gained us an extra hour in Naples. On a couple of mornings we lost track of time just talking with Pietro, learning about local life and history.

We are still a bit amazed at what we paid for what we got, and we won’t even be looking at other hotels when we come back to Positano. In fact, we may plan our trip around the availability of “La Musica.”

Room Tip: La Musica is the largest, but all rooms have private balconies with a phenomenal view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Dimora del Podesta
Address: Via Pasitea 256, 84017, Positano, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #7 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bed&Breakfast Dimora del Podestà is located in Positano that is one of the most beauty place of the exclusive Amalfi coast.It's the perfect solution for relaxing holiday or short stay...Come and discover the atmosphere of a simple ancient house in the heart of this little paradise on earth! ... more   less 
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