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Hotel Marincanto
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, 84017 Positano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #6 of 41 Hotels in Positano
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“Counting the days until our 5 year anniversary!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My husband and I were married at the Hotel Marincanto in September and it was absolutely perfect! The hotel was recommended to us by our wedding planner as both a venue and as a place to stay during our time in Positano. Not only is the Marincanto beautiful, but the staff is excellent, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. From setting up for our ceremony, sending my dress to be steamed the morning of our wedding, and calming me down during the downpour just hours before the ceremony, they made our day so special. We were upgraded to a beautiful jr. suite with a jacuzzi and balcony overlooking the terrace below, both with beautiful sea views. Breakfast each day was quite a spread, with everything from pastries and fresh fruit to meats and cheeses, with various coffees, teas, and fruit juices. We did not eat dinner at the Marincanto, but did enjoy some of the beautiful piano music from our balcony the first night of our stay.
I would highly recommend staying at the Marincanto during a visit to Positano. The location is great, the staff is excellent, and the hotel is beautiful. Our wedding there will always be a cherished memory and we are planning on returning to celebrate our 5-year anniversary in 2017, if we can wait that long!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We visited Positano for the first time this past August with our two children. What a lovely welcome we received as well as a room upgrade to a 2 BR, 2 bath suite with a terrace overlooking Positano and the sea. We arrived in the late afternoon after a trip from Florence and a tour of Pompeii so our kids were tired and looking forward to a swim. While the pool was about to close the hotel staff kept it open for us and Gianni made sure we had fresh towels. It was clear from the start that the staff at this hotel are its heart and soul. Thank you Antoinella, Enza and the two gentleman at the front desk as well as the lovely lady who carries luggage and anything else you may need!

We felt the hotel was perfectly positioned being a ten minute walk from the town center either through the streets or via the staircase down to the beach. We are glad we stayed here versus in the center of town for two reasons: the views are unreal from every vantage point and the fact that the hotel was quiet and serene away from the summer crowds.

The grounds are beautiful, meandering staircases lead you from level to level with beautiful hibiscus and plantings at every turn. We chose this leg of our trip to hire a photographer to take family photos -- the backdrop of this hotel was perfect and we are so glad we decided to shoot the photos on the hotel grounds. (Thank you Enza for letting us view our disc in the office -- we were too impatient to wait until we returned home!)

The breakfast terrace is stunning with amazing views and lemon trees- I could have sat there all week and been happy! Breakfast was great with more than enough to get you started on your day. Fruits, cheese, yogurts, cereal, hard boiled eggs,meats, and a variety of pastries and breads (the best apricot croissants too). Delicious coffee and hot chocolate for the kids! Breakfast staff was lovely - every request fulfilled with a smile.

Our room was one of the farthest buildings down so quite a lot of steps but we didnt mind! Our rooms were very spacious, beds were on par for what we experienced throughout our two week trip to Italy. The master bedroom had a sitting area as well two french doors opening to the terrace and the sea. (FYI- the connecting room for the kids did not have a window so one assumes this room is only used for families with children.) Again, we did not mind because the kids only slept in that room. We spent most time in the room on the terrace which had ample space for the 4 of us (2 sun loungers and table and chairs). The room decor was a bit spartan for our tastes but again, we were barely inside. The master bathroom was a bit too small for us -- it had a shower capsule that was barely large enough for someone to turn around in and the shower curtain leaked water into the floor. The kids bathroom had a jacuzzi tub. Our only other complaint about the room was that there was a slight ant problem which I see has been noted in other reviews. Not sure if it just the climate or location of this particular room however, once notified, the staff responded immediately by doing a thorough cleaning each and every day of our stay.

During our stay in Positano, fires in the hills had been set and planes were going back and forth for days bringing sea water into the hills to fight the fires. It was very sad to see and we were extremely moved by how heartbroken the locals were about what was happening to their land. One night we returned from dinner very late to find the hotel had lost power due to the fires. We were met by hotel staff with candles who personally led us to our room to make sure we made it down all the steps safely. By the next day the power was restored and we had yet another example of the attentiveness of this staff.

The infinity pool, while small, is lovely and Gianni makes sure every guest is well cared for whether it be towels, a drink or something to eat. The sundeck is probably the best view in the house (if there is one) and a great place to relax. The beach club below was great too. By the end of the week we knew the man working it well and he always gave us a great location and made sure to get our kids floats to play with.

The hotel was able to recommend some great places to eat -- we dined at Il Ritrovo, La Tagliata, Ristrorante Max, Al Palazzo, Tre Sorelle, Chez Black and several others. Not once was there a reservation this hotel could not make (and we made each night's reservation day of). Boat reservations could be made at the front desk as well.

Our family fell in love with Positano and speak about our trip there practically every day! I would not hesitate to recommend the Hotel Marincanto - while there are some imperfections, its character and staff make it worthy of an excellent rating. I'd rather have heart and soul (and dreamlike views) than a perfect hotel room.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 November 12, 2012

Stayed at the hotel for 2 nights as part of my honeymoon trip and loved it! They upgraded us to a room with an amazing balcony, with a view to die for. The room amenities and bathroom were spick and span, with beautiful Amalfi-style tiles. The breakfast spread was very good as well - a great selection of breads, pastries, jams, hams and local dishes that changed daily. What a great hotel!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

My wife and I had occasion to stay at the Hotel Marincanto for two nights in October and we cannot speak highly enough of it. This was our first trip to Positano and was intended to give us just a taste of the Amalfi Coast. We could not have asked for a more delicious taste! It broke our hearts to leave after just two nights. From the moment we left our car to the care of the parking attendant upon arrival to the efficient and friendly check-out two days later by Vincenza we felt totally relaxed and comfortable in this wonderful hotel that oozes Mediterranean charm. Our room was spacious, bright and had a balcony that overlooked the sea. The lounge adjacent to the reception area was equally spacious and bright and lead to a wonderful leafy terrace overlooking the water. We ate an extremely generous and varied breakfast under the branches of an orange tree. With a pool and the beach below, one could easily whittle away the time without ever stepping out of the hotel! But if you do, the centre of Positano is only about a 10 minute walk away with a couple of decent restaurants along the way. Everyone on staff was unfailingly polite and friendly. Perhaps I should add that we were blessed with uncharacteristically warm and sunny weather but had it been otherwise, the Marincanto would be the place I'd most want to be in. The management and staff are to be complimented on providing an exceptional level of hospitality.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This is my second stay at the Marincanto and I would not hesitate to stay here in the future nor to highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a wonderful hotel with spectacular views and a very dedicated, hard-working and people-oriented staff. I wish to say a special thank you to Franco who spoke with the airline and helped me locate my delayed baggage when my efforts had failed to produce results. Breakfast was fantastic as usual and the views over the city are pure heaven. Don’t think twice about booking your Positano here - you won’t regret it. Also be sure to book a tour of the city and/or wine tasting with Christine from Discover Positano.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The views are spectacular from the rooms, pool, and dining area. There are also stairs (many) that lead down to the beach. It is just a short walk from the center of town (we arrived by ferry and did have our bags taken by to the hotel by a porter - $10 per bag, arranged thru the hotel as it would have been too steep to carry them up). The breakfast buffet was excellent. Being slightly off season, we got a triple room at very good price considering the quality of the hotel. The service at the hotel was excellent as well. One of the best hotel experiences ever for me!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at the Marincanto and since our last visit (2008), there has been some additional facilities, such as the ability to dine in the restaurant in the evenings and the addition of a small pool.

We have stayed in room 232 and 230 (this visit), they are both in a block away from the main building, which means you have to traverse some steepish steps -both offer a lovely view. The view from the sun bathing terrace is breathtaking and Gianni works very hard to look after everyone.

Breakfast on the Lemon Terrace is a joy and so are the lovely staff who look after you, especially Lisa. In fact we couldnt fault any of the staff, they are courteous, helpful and professional. To be recommended in reception is Enza - always cheery and helpful. We shall definitely return.

If you are planning to visit Positano then you have to be prepared for lots of steep hills and steps to climb - so take comfortable shoes. Would also recommend a trip across to Capri - and of course the hotel staff will help you organise it!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, 84017 Positano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Positano
#5 Romantic Hotel in Positano
#5 Luxury Hotel in Positano
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Marincanto 4*
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