Via Pasitea, 227, Positano, Amalfi Coast, 84017, Italy
A beautiful, apartment-style hotel in Positano.
Villa Gabrisa is a wonderful, apartment-style hotel in Positano. We were so glad that we picked this place! Everyone at the front desk spoke English and was enormously helpful (directing us to buses, reserving boat trips for us, recommending restaurants). They also have a high-speed internet connection in the lobby. You have to pay for it, but it's not too much. We had a two-bedroom suite (shared between six people). It had a kitchen, two bathrooms, air conditioning and a small balcony with an amazing ocean view! The whole place was clean, comfortable and just perfect. The only downside is that it's rather far from the beach. If you have trouble with stairs, you'll want to stay further down the hill.
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Taking the bus around Positano
Positano is small enough that you can probably walk wherever you need to go. However, the stairs are challenging even for fit visitors, and if you're staying higher on the mountain, you will probably want to take the bus from time to time.
The local Positano bus is fairly reliable. It makes a loop through the city, arriving at each stop every half hour. It leaves the downtown stop (nearest the beach) on the hour and the half-hour. There are signs at all the other stops to indicate when the bus should arrive at that point.
A one-way ride is 1 euro.
There is a bus stop right outside Villa Gabrisa and Hotel Pasitea (Best Western), so this is convenient for anyone staying there.
Villa Gabrisa was a great value in a great location. It's not difficult walking down to the beach, shopping and restaurants from the hotel and it's easy to take the bus up. It stops outside the hotel. The service by all the family members was excellent and the deluxe rooms had large terraces with beautiful views. The Attic sized rooms are small but will soon have balconies and the view is good there also. This is a very clean hotel.
Highlight of our honeymoon
If you are traveling to Positano, you MUST stay at the Hotel Villa Gabrisa. You will not regret it. It is a small hotel with just a few rooms. Because we were on a limited budget for our honeymoon, we decided to go with the Enea room. Compared to the other hotels we stayed in Italy, the space was very large, and the balcony view of the coast was breathtaking. We were only a few feet above the street, so you definately feel a little too close to the traffic if you are looking for seclusion. The location is great, easy walk to either the main beach or the secluded one. The clincher was the hospitality. The hotel is run by a small family who were easily the kindest people we might in our two weeks in Italy. They provided great advice and conversation, and made us feel at home. It was also the only hotel to throw in a few perks for honeymooners. Last but not least, the food in the restaurant was really good, and fairly inexpensive at that. We look forward to a future return to the Villa Gabrisa.
Spectacular setting, helpful friendly staff
Our family of four (2 teens) just returned from 3 weeks in taly - a highlight of which was our stay in Positano. The Kiwi/Italian owners and their children have created a warm helpful atmosphere in what is surely one of the most stunning locations on earth. We were upgraded to adjoining rooms with terraces and had views of the town and Med that left us gobsmacked.
A great location for touring up and down the coast (we went from Paestum to Sorrento) and while the driving was hair raising it was worth it. Parking in any but slow season will be difficult.
The hotel was spotless and comfortable - the included breakfast was nice.
We highly recommend the Villa Gabrisa.
What a great place to stay
This hotel is beautiful. The owners are helpful and the town is amazing. The walk down to the hotel from the bus stop makes you a little nervous if you have never been to Positano before. Since you have no wish to tote your luggage back up the road to the bus stop, but the hotel is 50 meters before the Best Western on the way down from the upper bus stop. Without luggage you can take the stairs that start just past the police station and school from the highway 20 meters above the bus stop. The correct stairs are the ones that eventually lead to the beach.
We stayed in early January and loved the weather and the town. We stayed in the Sirene, which has a porch with doors to both the bedroom and the bathroom. My only disappointment was that I like a softer bed that they had. However, everywhere we went in Italy the beds seem firmer than I like so maybe it's a matter of tradition not lack of hospitality. Maybe I'm just too used to my pillowtop bed at home. Otherwise this hotel is beautiful, has a great view, but it is a 15 minute walk to the beach, so if you want beachside you may wish to stay somewhere else.
Great Place to Stay
What a terrific place to stay! We stayed for 1 week and really enjoyed this hotel. We stayed in one of the rooms with a large terrace that overlooked the Mediterranean and it was spotless and extremely comfortable. The room was spacious and the bathroom was beautifully tiled and again spotless. The bus around Positano stops at the hotel next door, so if you don't want to climb the stairs or walk up and down the hills of Positano you can get to the town center on this bus. It runs every 1/2 hour, until late night. The breakfast was simple, but adequate. Cereals, yogurt, croissants, rolls, juice and coffee. The dining room was not open for dinner, but will open in April. The owners of this little botique hotel were gracious and very helpful. The wife is from New Zealand and therefore speaks perfect English and Italian so you can get much of your information from her. I will stay here again anytime I stay in this area, and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who stays in the Positano area.
clean, Sky TV(english channels), owner/woman english speaking, odor in our room dur to some remodeling??, Can get a big balcony with great view, jacuzzi tub, in town bus stop right out side hotel, shopping and restauraunts, Would stay at this hotel again!
A very comfortable stay
We have just returned from a week's holiday in Italy and we stayed at this family run hotel for one night during our very brief Positano visit.
We have been upgraded to a suite (the Sirene room) with a huge balcony overlooking the pictorial town and the charming Mediterranean. The room was spacious and the bathroom, which surprisingly came with a jacuzzi, was very clean. The hotel is located a fair way from the port and the town centre so we took the internal Positano bus most of the time although the local transportation was slow (owing to the narrow roads) and was not frequent (runs 30 mins). Dinner at the hotel was relatively inexpensive and we enjoyed it very much.
All in all, it was a pleasure staying at Gabrisa and was defintely one of the better hotels we have had. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who plans to visit Positano.
Great view, beautiful big rooms
We actually stayed here in October last year so it's taken me a while to get around to doing this, but I personally found the trip advisor website so useful I promised myself I would write the reviews when we returned. The rooms had amazing views with gorgeous big balconies and the rooms were extremely spacious. We were travelling with friends and stayed in Nereo and Sirio rooms which had the larger balconies (some of the rooms have small ones) and we paid 130 euro per night which I think is excellent value compared with some of the other places we looked at. It is a bit of a walk down to the beach (it's coming back up that takes the time) but we enjoyed the exercise so that did not bother us. There is also a bus that comes very regularly which cost about 1 euro and there is a stop right outside the hotel which is very handy on the days you can't be bothered walking. Would very happily stay at Villa Gabrissa when we returned to Positano, and Positano itself is one of the most fabulous places I have ever been. We extended our stay here by a few days because we didn't want to leave!!
Hotel Villa Gabrisa vs Hotel Vittoria in Positano
Ddear VT Forum Readers,
We're undecided about our decision between these two referenced properties. We'll be there in October for 5 Nights. One is a renovated Villa, the other a small hotel.
Any feedback from ones that have visited these hotels recently ??
Are both easily accessible to City Center . . .
Look forward to your replies.
Best, Dan & Betsy.
Re: Hotel Villa Gabrisa vs Hotel Vittoria in Positano
Hi Dan and Betsy
I too will be in positano during October. It is always my preference to stay at the Pupetto but, unfortunately, that is sold out for the days I'll be there. The Vittoria, while I never have stayed there, is connected to the Pupetto and in fact, you need to walk thru it to get to Pupetto. That said, access is easy from Vittoria to the Pupetto beach and restaurant... which is excellant. I do not know the Hotle Villa Gabrisa at all, so I cannot give you my opinion on that. Hope this helps. Also, advise... pack light... you need to climb down (and then back up when you leave) some 68 steps to get to the Vittoria and there's no bell hop!!! :)
Re: Re: Hotel Villa Gabrisa vs Hotel Vittoria in Positano
Thanks Clongleo !!
We're choosing Hotel Vittoria. Cristina (in reservations) has been very responsive (and friendly) . . . helped our choice.
We are trying to decide on styaing in Capri or Anacapri. Any recomendations or opinions on this ??
This question is open to ALL VT Forum Readers!
We like the quiet (nontouristy) scene . . not big on shopping. That's why we're leaning towards Anacapri, but looking for input and avice.
Best, Dan & Betsy.
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Address: Via Pasitea, 227, Positano, Amalfi Coast, 84017, Italy