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“Covo dei Saraceni--Great Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Covo Dei Saraceni
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Regina Giovanna, 5, 84017 Positano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #21 of 41 Hotels in Positano
Buffalo, NY
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“Covo dei Saraceni--Great Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for three nights in October 2011. This was my favorite hotel during our trip throughout Italy. We took a train from Florence to Naples and then had Sorrento Taxi pick us up for the 1 hour plus ride into Positano. Vehicles can only go so far down the hill in Positano so be sure to have the taxi driver arrange for the hotel porters come for your luggage. Covo dei Saraceni is at the bottom of the hill built into a cliff. It is a beautiful hotel with a spectacular view. The staff is warm and friendly and someone showed us all through the hotel before showing us our room. Our room was a bit small but the view made up for it. Our room had a balcony which overlooked the beach. The restaurant in the hotel is wonderful and the hotel offers its guests a 15% discount for eating there. There is a rooftop pool. The water is not heated but I am sure in the summer it wouldn't need to be. At the foot of our hotel was the Jet boat launch that went to Capri and the Amalfi Coast. This is a great hotel and I hope I will be able to return again some day.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

We have stayed here previously. Our room this time was much bigger with excellent views. balcony, sitting area and a huge bathroom. Food was very good although if you ate in the hotel every night, it would become repetative. Breakfast had plenty of choice and waiting staff were pleasant and efficient. We had spent the previous week at the Contintental Mare in Ischia and were grateful that we ended the holiday in Positano -rather like keeping the best wine for last!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Exceptional location right off the main beach but still quiet. Amazing breakfast, awesome pool, great service. Totally decadent.

Room Tip: We stayed in 2 junior suites that were very, very comfortable. Sitting on the balcony with a glass...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

Very nice hotel, close to the beach so you have a great view of the town and the water, but you can stay at the rooftop pool which is much nicer than the beach! Compared to the other places we stayed in Italy, the staff was stuffy and not very friendly, but they were helpful when you asked for it. We had a junior suite, which was a really nice size, with a balcony overlooking the water.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

We would go back to the Covo Dei Saraceni in a heart beat.... if we could. The hotel is perfectly and positively located in Positano, along the Amalfi coast. Forget 4 star, five star and over- the- top nonsense. Covo has more than enough stars. Great room with a spectacular terrace and ocean view right around the corner from the pool. Staff couldn't do enough for you including arranging magnificent tours (we went to Pompeii and Ravallo), making excellent recommendations and reservations in support of other local establishments and making change in euros. Try doing that in Italy.
The filet mignon at the Covo was the best we had in our two weeks of touring Italy. Plenty of other places to experience the local fare. They're all good.
Check-in is unique. If you arrive by land, as we did, you get dropped off way up above the hotel. Private porters will deliver your bags, 5 euros per bag. Do it. The bags get there. Your walk down thru Positano to the Covo's entrance will be memorable. Otherwise, check-in is a breeze. Your bags will be waiting for you.
More importantly, we were in e-mail contact with Covo for more than a year before we checked-in. They always responded. They answered every question. They suggested alternatives to our way of thinking. We had the pleasure of knowing them before we even arrived. The staff did not disappoint.
E-mail them in advance. If your not satisfied with the response, go someplace else.
More room for us because we'd go back to the Covo Dei Saraceni in a heart beat... if we could.

Room Tip: Go for the ocean view terrace.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

We stayed three nights in September and arrived by sea with the boat 'parking' almost on the door-step of the hotel making checking-in almost a breeze in comparison with the experience of friends who had nearly 100 steps to negotiate before arriving at their hotels.
We had a balcony with breath-taking views - just the spot to sit and relax with a bottle of wine. The food at breakfast more than adequate, in fact we were spoilt for choice. Staff friendly and helpful and we were sorry to leave. Would love to return for longer stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

...but I agree with others that this is not a 5 star experience. However, the hotel and pool are in a fab position, right by the sea and beach, and the lounge/restaurant/lobby is a lovely space. Food was good but breakfast was poor-very bad coffee and no table service, very limited hot food. Our suite was spacious with a great bathroom, but a little Spartan. Staff were pleasant but no more. W enjoyed it but would try elsewhere if we were to go back.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Regina Giovanna, 5, 84017 Positano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Positano
#12 Family Hotel in Positano
#12 Luxury Hotel in Positano
#16 Romantic Hotel in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Covo Dei Saraceni 5*
Number of rooms: 66
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