Let me start by saying that I have stayed in Positano 5 times over the past 6 years and I had always wanted to stay at Covo dei Saraceni once I saw it! I have stayed at the two high end hotels in the area and loved them both, but THIS hotel is a real gem - it is the ONLY hotel at the beach that has a pool and not just one pool, but 2 regular pools and some smaller private ones - and if you are in Positano in the summer, trust me, you will want a pool to cool off in. The setting is absolutely exquisite and the staff could not have been any friendlier or more professional and welcoming! It was worth the wait to finally get a reservation here on my most recent trip a few weeks ago. We went with 2 other couples to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday and stayed for 8 days and the staff could not have been any kinder about making it a special trip for us - from the thoughtful maids who never bothered us, but did their jobs quietly, thoroughly and inconspicuously, to the great bartenders and pool and front desk staff - everyone was great! The staff were all friendly, kind, genuine, relaxed and so professional! And all the other guests we met at the hotel seemed to be also enjoying a wonderful stay and top notch service. What I noticed was that many of the other guests we met by the pool were VERY well-traveled and I think that this is one of those hotels that is for the discerning traveler who is "in the know" and seeks out special places. One of the things that I was most impressed with was how quiet the rooms were - we never heard even a peep from another room (something which seldom happens at hotels!) - and our friends were in the room next to ours and they are not quiet people and we didn't hear them at all! Despite being by the main beach, it was so quiet - I think it is really well soundproofed and situated. The beautiful sliding doors to the nice sized balconies seem to have a double layer of glass. One of the great treats was to wake up, open the blinds and the door to our private balcony and hear the water lapping at the shore and see the town coming alive - and at night to stand on the same balcony and see the moonlight reflected on the sea, the stars above, and the perfect view of the beach, vertical town, and the sea, and to also hear the water lapping at the shore - it was heavenly. The position of the hotel right at the beach means you walk just steps to some of the best restaurants and shops and it means that if you go out and have to walk up this vertical town to get somewhere, at the end of the night, your walk home is always an easy walk down hill, not up hill, as it is to all the other hotels. The restaurants in the hotel were gorgeous and had excellent food and stunning views and the breakfast was abundant with choices (we loved that there was even a "breakfast dessert table" at breakfast!) and breakfast was included in our reasonable nightly rate. Also included were the towels, etc. for the pool so no extra charges to use the pool (as some hotels have) and the staff were good about making sure people had seats and umbrellas (if desired) at the pool. The hotel has the same gorgeous flowers and vines growing inside as the most expensive hotels in the area do, so it is the same kind of magical and rich feel but without being at all stuffy, snobby., over overly expensive. The bed was very comfortable, room size was fine and the shower we had was amazing - it was one of those wonderful rain shower heads with excellent pressure. The lovely tiles and beautiful bedding, etc. were all great additions to a wonderful and comfortable stay. I almost cried and hid when it was time to go...I am already planning my return trip for my 50th birthday in a few years! If you are going to this area and need recs for a wonderful boat tour, day trips to Ravello or any restaurant recommendations, please feel free to send me a message - I love this area and think Covo dei Saraceni is the perfect spot to make your home base as you explore the Amalfi Coast - or just stay and relax in Positano! In response to people wondering why it isn't listed higher, I think this is a quiet, "in the know" place and sadly, most people just get the same one or two places recommended to them by their travel agents. I had never heard of this hotel but saw it from above and wondered what it was since it looked so gorgeous - my husband and I walked over and went in and picked up a pamphlet and the people at the desk were very nice to us - ever since then, we had tried to book it, but it was always too full when we went. This place is a really well kept secret - but I am not sure for how long...get in while you can! A true gem! Grazie mille to Gino and Emanuela at the front desk and all of the staff for making our trip perfect - it was above and beyond our greatest hopes!
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