My wife and I have just returned from our honeymoon in Italy and were looking forward to our stay in Positano. We had booked the Gabbiano at the recommendation of a Qantas Holidays representative, spending 120 euros per night.
After a days travelling from Florence, we arrived exhausted at the Gabbaino and hoped to check in early for a hot shower. On requesting this the lady at reception flew into a rage and screamed at us insisting that we pay for the early check-in. Her verbal tirade continued for 15 mins after which time my usually unshakeable wife left in tears. In a state of shock we checked into another hotel for the night and attempted to contact our travel agent to see if we could get a refund. Unfortunately as the room had been pre-paid this was not an option, so rather than forgo all our nights we returned the next day.
My wife and I have stayed around the world in a variety of hotels and B&Bs and was shocked by the overall standard of the Gabbiano. The 'hotel' is family owned and it is obvious the owners have lost the passion for their business - doing the bare minimum to continue operating. The 'buffet breakfast' consisted of a stale croissant and coffee that was made using the same grinds for each cup (we saw this was the case !). The bathrooms were tiny and flooded every time the shower was used, and I was covered head to toe in bed bug bites after the first nights sleep. The upside - the views were incredible, but on the Amalfi you'll get these wherever you stay.
Do yourself a favour and don't stay at the Gabbiano !!
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