Via Pasitea, 207, (formerly Best Western), Positano, Amalfi Coast, I-84017, Italy
Overall the Pasitea was pretty nice. My one complaint was that our room smelled very bad like disinfectant. So much so that we asked for a room change. The new room smelled a bit better but still had an odor. However, the desk staff was very friendly and helpful and the food was very good.
Unique Quality: Nice balconies offering amazing views and great people working there.
Quality at a reasonable price
Somehow I've managed to stay here both times. The first because the season was just beginning and they had a super special on and the second time because the season was ending and prices were below normal.
I thoroughly enjoyed it both times. We had a room up the top with a spa the second time and heaps of space. Frankly, if I went back I'd probably stay here again.
Unique Quality: The staff, with one minor exception, were wonderful and couldn't help us enough. Breakfast was satisfactory and you can eat as much as you like.
They have a mini bar and you can actually have a cup of tea in your room (bonus points from me for that).
The rooms were cleaned well and all the usual soaps etc., were provided.
There's an excellent restaurant one or two doors up the hill that we ate at twice. It's the first one you come to and the food and service were first rate.
Nice hotel, would stay there again
Stayed at the Pasitea for six nights back in October. Tony was a great help. He helped with recommending restauarants, espacially in arranging a night out at La Tagliata which is way up in the hills.
The location of the hotel is very convenient. Bus stops right out the door, 1E per trip. Or, you can climb the steps!!!!! We parked the car for a week (not cheap - but a necessary evil). Wired DSL in the rooms, not included, but you can rent a modem at the desk. Rooms are not luxurious, but adequate. The decks are great!
Unique Quality: Our room had a large deck with lounge chairs and a table. Best part is the fantastic view!
I stayed in this Hotel in November of 2004. I have nothing bad to say about it. Staff was very nice. Rooms were clean and decorated nice. Rooms were not huge but big enough for me. The balcony had a nice view. Breakfast was adequate. It wasn't the best but again it was not bad. We counted how many steps it took to get to the bottom and the grand total was 612 which sounds like a lot but again there was alot to see on the way down there!!! We paid 110 euros a night.
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In September 2005, We stayed at Hotel Pasitea in Positano for a week. We chose to arrive by ferry and we were not disappointed. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The winding uphill roads of Positano are a little too much to carry your bags so keep your eye out for the taxi guys who will take your bags (no passengers)direct to your hotel for a few Euros. There is a local bus which is a great way to get your bearings and admire the spectacular views for 1 euro each way and the bus driver will tell you where to get off to get to your hotel. HOTEL Pasitea is really lovely. From the outside it has boganvillea plants decorating its balconies and looks really pretty. We recently got engaged in Venice and we requested a deluxe spa room to celebrate. The room had a huge double spa and a huge balcony overlooking the sea. All the balconies were segregated by a hedge to ensure maximum privacy. The rooms were really big and roomy with Air conditioning. The buffet style breakfast was lovely even though it is a little different to what you would expect in Australia. The best part of staying at this hotel is definitely the hospitality. Nothing was too much trouble. Every night we would come down for dinner and ask the staff to recommend somewhere, they would organise for us to be picked up and taken to a local family run restaurant. The food was absolutely devine. (I am a chef by trade and honestly the food was fantastic) we were so well looked after. (needless to say we both went home a lot heavier)Make sure you try the limoncello it is really lovely and aids in digestion if you happen to overindulge in the beautiful array of food. On our last day we were disappointed that we had run out of time to see Pompeii, the hotel manager overheard our conversation and offered us a driver and a car who for 100Euros to take us Pompeii for two hours and then directly to the Naples train station. I am so glad we took him up on his offer. It was lovely to see the other side of the Amalfi coast as we had arrived by sea. Pompeii was definitely worth the trouble, make sure you wear really sensible shoes as the walkways can be uneven. We truly enjoyed our stay in Positano and it was the highlight of our Italian trip. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the major cities and tourist attractions and just relax. The warmth and friendliness of the staff at Hotel Pasitea really made our stay one to remember.
Very good balance price / quality
We often read the commnets on Tripadvisor and we realize not everything can be taken seriously, but we thought to give it a try with the Hotel Pasitea. We made a very good choice. Booking was very easy and once we arrived we were surprised by the beauty of the Hotel. Intimate and decorated with great style and beautiful original paintings on the wall. The people at the desk seemed to be efficient and helpful als when we decided to book a trip to Capri.
The restaurants they recommended were indeed very good and not too expensive as many other restaurants close to the beach.
The advantage of staying a bit higher on the hill in Positano is that you get better views. We can honestly recommend this hotel to other people.
Henri Robben, Netherlands
We stayed at the BW Hotel Pasitea at the end of May 2006 for four nights. The hotel is located at the beginning of Positano on the drive from Sorrento/Naples. It is located higher on the mountainside and is a good walk via the road or stairs to the main part of town and the beaches (there is also a bus that stops right outside the hotel). The views from the hotel are breathtaking and it appeared that most rooms did have a balcony (though the balconies do vary considerably in size).
We rented a car in Naples and found that parking in Positano is very limited. The hotel offers parking for 12 euros/day. Though pricey, we were still glad to have access to a vehicle while on the Amalfi coast. Upon check in we were escorted to our room, however, no assistance was offered with the baggage (and we had a lot). Our room was on the 2nd floor and was much smaller than those shown in the photos on their website and on other travel websites. It was decorated simply with white walls, and blue tiling but was very clean, bright and welcoming. The hotel is a bit cavernous, however, that is to be expected seeing as though it is literally built into the mountainside. The tile and the mountainside construction do lend to sounds from the hallway echoing thoughout the hotel, but neither my husband nor I were bothered by this to the point that it woke us up or kept us from sleeping. The hotel offers a continental breakfast with the rate that is the usual standard Italian fare -- perfectly acceptable.
We found that the hotel was a very good value in a very expensive part of the world. Positano is not known for deals and attracts a very upscale crowd. We booked about 5 months out on the BW website and were able to obtain a special rate by paying in advance. We saved about 200 euro when comparing the prices of comparable hotels in the area.
Positano is also a great location for those who want to see the area -- very central. One day we dedicated to Pompeii and Sorrento (both very easy drives from Positano). We would recommend parking in lots in both locations as opposed to on the street. In Sorrento we ate at a great restaurant called Ristorante L'Abate on Via S. Cesareo 23/27. The next day we took a trip to Capri on the Lucibello out of Positano and greatly enjoyed the trip. It was about 50 euro/pp and left from the beach around 9am and returned about 6pm. We enjoyed it because the boat was smaller than many of the others, we had plenty of time to explore the island (we recommend taking the chairlift from Anacapri to the top of the mountain), and had a very entertaining boat captain. The next day we went to Amalfi and Ravello. Amalfi is basically just a beach town with lots of tourists (because its is accessible to buses) and is very hard to find parking. Ravello, on the other hand, was wonderful. The town is gorgeous -- much more laid back and quiet. We found a great ceramiche store (Ceramiche d'Arte Pascal). They have a huge selection of quality products at a very competitive price. They have several stores in town, the best being the one by the information office. The town is very artsy and plays host to many concerts, art fairs, etc. In Positano, we ate at several good restaurants. The best food and value was at Saraceno d'Oro directly below the hotel. Beware that they do not take credit cards.
The biggest downside to the Hotel Pasitea was the service. The morning staff was much more helpful than the evening staff. They were unable on more than one occasion to break larger bills (20 euros), would not exchange dollars for euros, recommended that we use the comuter in the lobby as opposed to our laptop in the room to access the internet (more expensive in the lobby), etc.
I would recommend this property to others. If you want to spend lots of time at your hotel and expect 5 star service then you should probably select another property.
We recently stayed at the Hotel Pasitea and all I can say is don't make the same mistake we did. We often use trip advisor when selecting a hotel and I must say this time it steered us wrong. After finally getting to the hotel we were greeted by a friendly but unhelpful staff. My husband and I wanted to set up day trips to Amalfi, Ravello and Pompei. Instead of explaining public transportation all the front desk attendant wanted to do was book us with a private driver which cost a minimum of $130 U.S. dollars for only 4 hours.(we decided he had to be getting a cut) After feeling defeated with the conversation and deciding to attempt it again when the shift changed we embarked to see our room. It was shabby, it smelled, and it was hot. (room 25) the only good thing I can say about the room was the view... but don't get too excited because most hotels in Positano have an amazing view. Our balcony was out further than anyone else's in the hotel... what this meant was we could see in everyone else's room. It was kind of weird. Speaking of other people's rooms... bring earplugs. I can sleep through just about anything but with the paper thin walls after hearing our neighbors loud TV, their laughter into the late hours, and then them urinating I had had enough. We did meet a lovely couple while we were there and they highly recommended their hotel which we will definitely stay at next time check it out - Hotel Gambrisa.
Just dont expect to want to spend time in your room
First the good points: Beautiful spacious lobby and large choice at breakfast, nice sea views from the rooms, (but isnt everywhere in Positano?)
Bad points: After having arrived later than desired due to horrendous traffic in Napoli, I was not expecting to be greated by the indifference of the staff. We were informed that parking was 50 yds down the hill at a cost of a whopping 18 Euros a day. According to their literature there is also parking at the hotel for 12 Euros a day, but we were obviously not deemed important enough for this. We were told the delicate and dainty looking receptionist would help us with our luggage, but thought there was no way she would be able to move our suitcases, so we carried them ourselves. We entered the room and discovered what can only be described as a broom cupboard with a balcony. There was just enough room to walk around the bed, and that was it. To our horror, we also discovered that even though they knew it was our honeymoon, they had simply pushed two beds together.
All other reviews remarking they had balconies "to die for" obviously had ones like the room next door who's balcony was longer than our balcony, our room and bathroom all put together.
Summary: Count yourselves lucky if you get a big balcony. If you appear to have lots of money and go round showing wads of cash, the staff will treat you like royalty. If you are a young couple treating yourselves to a supposedly once in a lifetime holiday but have to pay on credit cards, be prepared to be ignored
We spent 14 nights in the Pasitea, and were tempted to see if we could stay another seven. It is small but delightful, and the staff are exemplary in their attention, and, it has to be said, good humour.
We took an executive room with jacuzzi, and the terrace and the views were stunning. Hard to find anything to fault, except the location. For those who don't like walking, it is quite a climb back up from the old town and the beach, but on the other hand, there's a bus service right outside the door.
We'd go back next year, which is perhaps the best recommendation of all.
Best Western Hotel Pasidea
We are looking to stay here June 24-30th 2006. Any comments about the hotel and what sea view we could expect. How far up the hill is it?
RE: Best Western Hotel Pasidea
I think that you mean Hotel Pasitea. Our family of four has reservations for two nights at the end of March. I would be happy to comment upon our return. The price was within our budget and that's how we made our decision. If it was just my husband and I traveling, I would have booked the Villa Rosa...beautiful sea view and a first hand account of what a great accommodation they provide. Our friend's daughter stayed there on her honeymoon.
RE: Best Western Hotel Pasidea
Our two night stay at the Hotel Pasidea was perfect. The hotel offers a very nice breakfast as well. We would definitely stay here again!
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Address: Via Pasitea, 207, (formerly Best Western), Positano, Amalfi Coast, I-84017, Italy