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The Hotel Poseidon was a surprisingly, wonderful hotel experience. For some reason, the reviews we read about it before our trip were sort of lukewarm, but we could not have been more pleased. First, the location--not on the beach, which is sort of noisy and tacky, but not so far up in Positano that leaving your hotel becomes arduous. The hotel itself is very charming--no public areas in the lobby, but a lovely pool, several terraces, a wonderful , underused gym, and great bar. We had a great seaview room with a large balcony. Breakfasts were generous, and food and drink service at the pool was great and reasonable. Gennie, the manager, was most helpful and secured a reservation and transportation to Il Ritrovo, the must-do restaurant in the town of Montepertuso, 1500 feet above Positano. While it was not dripping luxe, like Le Sirenuse, at more than half the price for a room, we'd recommend the Poseidon highly.
Wonderful find in Positano!
We came to Positano for our 1 year anniversary. We did a lot of resarch on tripadvisor on where to stay and were very glad with our choice. The Poseidon is owned and operated by an italian family and is situated in the best location in positano: not too high up that you have to take a bus back from the beach and not so low that you miss out on the great view. We stayed in a delux view room and were not disappointed. The room was huge! Very clean with antique furniture and fixtures and very high ceilings. We couldn't get a good sense of what the rooms looked like from the web (in one image it looked like a small door was the view) but our room had double french doors that led out to a large patio with table, chairs, and lounge chairs with a spectacular view! We arrived on a sunday and the bells from the church in town rang for almost 15 minutes as the sun set.
The staff, especially Pasquale, was very helpful in suggesting restaurants and ways for us to get to Rome (taxi to Naples train station). The breakfast was the best: everything you can imagine and you sit on the balcony of the restaurant overlooking the view. I miss the cappuccino!
The pool is on the same level as the restaurant with the same great views and is somewhat small but enough to do a few laps and cool down in. The pool area was very quiet and the staff very attentive to setting up your lounge chair. They also have a good size exercise room with good equipment and a spa.
At night, Positano is magical as all the lights from the hotels and restauants flicker under the stars.
We checked out the Villa Franca and Le Sirenuse while we were there and were really glad we chose The Poseidon and can't wait to go back!
Ok, but wouldn't stay there again
My husband and I stayed at the Poseiden for 5 nights. I chose it after finding I could 't get a reservation at Le Sireneuse or San Pietro in Positano, but read excellent reviews of the Poseidon. I have to say, it was "nice," but we were not overwhelmed. It is family run, which can be a plus or a minus. The plus is that there's no snobbery, which, I've read, is common at the more luxury hotels. But the downside is that they are not very professional. For example, the hotel owners have a dog, which is fine, but a group of guests (friends of the owners), also brought a dog, and the two got into dog fights at the pool until finally one of the staff members figured out he should separate them. Second, the hotel could not get wake up calls correct. One day they called us 1/2 hour too late, and the guy said he watch is broken. The next day they didn't call at all, and they said the guy at night wrote down the wrong room. Another day they woke us up 1 hour too early. Their response was pretty much "oh well, what do you want me to do?" Another thing: They have a "spa," but my masseuse in the morning was the bartender in the afternoon. They all wear many hats there. It's a little disconcerting. We also had to call often to get fresh towels (we always took showers before dinner, and would not get fresh ones for the morning). Our room was infested with ants one day - they took care of it, but we had to use another room to shower that day. Besides all that, the hotel is lovely, with beutiful views. The pool area is very nice. The food is great, and the service at the restaurant is wonderful. But I found myself gazing longingly across the mountain at Le Sireneuse the whole time...
We stayed in this beautiful Mediterranean Hotel which was understated luxury without pretensions. Our room was delightful and accomodated our needs perfectly. The views from its terrace were breathtaking. The dining at the hotel, from breakfast, to poolside, to dinner, was outstanding, as was the impeccable service. We also had lovely meals around Positano. Having a pool was nice after returning from a big outing, or just to start the day and lounge around their glorious terrace.
We especially enjoyed the exceptionally charming, hard working staff who didn't give us time - ever- to ponder a need. Everything was taken care of in the most efficient and gracious manner. Always a smile and always catering to our every whim while we luxuriated in a piece of heaven on the Amalfi Coast. We loved being "high up" to enjoy the views from the pool and the terraces. We didn't have to endure steps to get to the Poseidon, as it was conveniently located on the small winding road that leads through Positano. We loved our little walks down to the beach, strolling leisurely to take in the astounding beauty of the area.
If you find yourself on the Amalfi Coast (do try to!) you will love the beautifully and tastefully appointed Poseidon!!! Try to reserve one of the larger rooms. We look forward to another stay there soon.
We stayed 6 nights at this location and found it be a charming, quiet, and pleasant hotel. The location is perfect for walking down to the beach or shopping area. The service is excellent and they made every effort to helps us with travel & eatting plans each night. The rooms are large, and I would recommend upgrading to a Jr. Suite with a sea view. Otherwise, rooms are clean, air conditioned, with nice furnishing. The beds are very, very hard! -- Would recommend using 3 blankets that they provide as additional cushion. The gym, is really a single exercise room, with treadmill, cycling bikes, and some weights. The "Beauty Spa", was small, and very warm during the time we were there. I recommend highly the restaurant at this hotel at least one dinner, and then eat out all the other fine establishments which are walking distance from this location. The pool area has a wonderful view of the bay but the pool is small. There are plentiful areas to relax inside with common areas, to read papers, books, or just have some fine drinks (excellent Mojitos) by the pool side. Although, this hotel is not a Ritz, Four Seasons, it's location, excellent service, and family atmosphere, make it a highly related place to stay over other highly priced hotels. Enjoy your stay!
Fabulous Hotel--We did not want to leave
A group of us recently stayed here for a friends wedding. the hotel staff was friendly and helpful. One day we were on th patio by the pool and Jennie-- came up to us to congratulate us on our friends wedding-- I thought how sweet and how impressed she knew who we were with even though the couple was not around. Three of us shared a triple with a wonderful balcony with a great view of the sea and Positano. The only thing to be aware if is that ther are no IRONS in the hotel-- all pressing has to be sent out-- a little bit of a nuisance when an hour before the rehersal dinner you need to iron. Otherwise the breakfast and drinks were fab. Enjoy your stay-- I know we did.
We hated to leave!
Following a lukewarm experience at a highly-touted hotel in Venice, my wife and I were hoping our three day stay at the Poseidon would be an improvement. Not only were we not disappointed, we were delighted!
Although our room was rather small, it was comfortable and what it lacked in size was more than compensated by the breathtaking, panoramic views from our spacious terrace.
The staff was warm, accommodating and efficient with special kudos going to Jenny who took the time and initiative to make sure we saw all the important sights within the tight time line of our visit.
The restaurant, quite unexpectedly, was better than many of the fine-dining venues we've experienced in Rome, Florence and Venice. In fact, the full breakfast buffet each morning - overlooking the beach and mountains - was one of the high points of our trip.
As for the Amalfi coast . . . the most gorgeous views on earth.
We'll never forget the Poseidon - BELLA BELLA!
Perfecto 4 star hotel!
Everything about this hotel is lovely. The rooms have the most incredible views and are nicely appointed. Breakfast is buffet style with seating on the terrace with the same incredible views of the water and charming Positano. Cocktails and dinner are served here also, under the vine-laden arbor. A guitarist and mandolin player quietly entertained one night with classical selections. The food, wine and service was superb. Everyone on the staff was very warm and helpful. There are flowers everywhere. There is a gym, but with Positano's stairs to the beach, no additional exercise was needed.
Planning a trip in July
Just started planning a trip to Positano for second week of July and hoping that it's not too swamped with tourists. About to take a room at Hotel Poseidon, but didn't find too much on this site about the hotel. Anyone familiar with it? Looks like it's a bit of walk to the beach, but so are most hotels, as far as I can tell. Is it an especially long trek? Thanks so much...
RE: Planning a trip in July
July all along the Amalfi coast, all over the Italian coast, actually, it will be swamped with tourists! Sorry to burst your bubble, but that's the truth. Don't know your hotel, but it's a small place, so nothing's far from the beach. Not a big beach, though, and it will be very crowded with tourists, but it is a very picturesque place, so youi'll love it, I'm sure - as long as you're not looking for peace and quiet:) :)
RE: Planning a trip in July
The Poseidon is a nice hotel - 4 stars I believe. It is in upper Positano which means a little walk (less than 5 minutes) down the curvy streets to the beach. We met other people staying there and they were raving about it. We stayed at the Eden Roc which is apart from the congestion of hotels. It was lovely. If your budget allows, stay at the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni which is closer to the beach.