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Hotel Buca di Bacco
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Rampa Teglia, 4, 84017 Positano, Italy   |  
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“Great location, could be improved”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for six nights on an anniversary trip to Europe which we concluded in Positano. Despite a terrible experience getting to the hotel (SITA bus from Sorrento....beware fellow travellers of rude and violent bus drivers!!) arriving at this hotel was a pleasant relief. A beautiful location, rooms with magnificent views. Unfortunately there are a few criticisms I feel can't be ignored. We were rudely awaken one evening at about 10:30pm by housekeeping staff who simply opened the door (without knocking), once startled by us lying on the bed she left but we wondered what on earth was going on... Perhaps a late night turn down service but a knock would have been appreciated and could have saved us some embarrassment. The next day our room wasn't attended to at all by housekeeping until we asked receiption staff to make up the room in the evening when we left for dinner.
Secondly our bed was simply two single beds jammed together...not what I expect from a hotel of this reputation and quite uncomfortable!!
We ate one evening at the hotel restaurant and although the food was fantastic, it was unfortunately delivered by wait staff who were perfunctory at best, bored and rude at worst.
Reception staff were very helpful in assisting us with our early departure on the day we left and with any other requests. It really is a lovely hotel, it is expensive but we visited in August at the height of tourist season and hey it's Italy, you pay a penny for the privilege of living le dolce vita!! Special mention must be made of the breakfast staff: Salvatore & Chantal, such delightful, friendly & helpful people they are a credit to the hotel!!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Love, love Buca di Bacco - it was so hard to leave!
Our room was divine (Room 33), huge room dressed up in a gorgeous 'Italian style' with beautiful furniture, bedding, tiled floors, chandelier, big soaking bath and the balcony with sunbeds, table and chairs WOW room to wander it was so wide and the view to the sea Uplifting to the soul.
The staff are attentive, polite and with excellent English.
Substantial buffet breakfast on a sunny balcony overlooking the ocean. Basic scrambled egg and bacon but the fruit, cereals, yoghurt, cakes and Italian delicacies offered were abundant and varied. There was also a machine to make your own fresh orange juice.
We were only in Positano 5 days after travelling through Europe for nearly 6 weeks so chose to enjoy the location rather than wander too far but we enjoyed a day trip to Capri
Once in Capri catch the funicular to the town centre (we tried to walk as we didn't know about the funicular and after 1 1/2 hours of walking in 40deg heat gave up).
On the Port in Capri is a lovely bar 'Bar Iolanda' and a sandal maker Il Sandalo Caprese - the bar is on the waterfront with the sandal maker working at the front of the shop behind. He has been making sandals since 1964 and is a charming older man. Compared to Positano his prices and range were better value and the choice amazing (still pricey but not in the Jimmy Choo price range). It was an eclectic place offering tasty food/drinks, sandals, liquers and souveniers. They also offered free tastings of the Limoncello and Meloncello (preferred the melon) which were sublime but a bit head spinning in the hot weather. What we really enjoyed about Bar Iolanda and Il Sandalo Caprese were how helpful and friendly the people were; though I suppose it helps when you have superior products to work with www.capristore.it
Don't fuss if you get stung by a jelly fish - even with the locals screaming Medusa hahaha there is always a lifeguard or I think his title is the gabieneri close by with a bottle of ammonia to spray onto the sting. The worse thing that will probably happen is you may need antihistamines NOT like our Aussie jellyfish!
Dining at Buca di Bacco was sublime - the food is just wonderful. Views of the sea, attentive service, beautiful wines.
My husband and I also completed the cooking course which is an excellent experience and we learnt so much. Andrea was our 'tutor' and he has the patience of a saint - he was ably assisted in the translation process by a knowledgeable young woman who was lovely. To top it off the class then enjoyed the dishes cooked in the restaurant with wine. Bellissimo
Don't miss out the Buca di Bacco experience - wonderful beyond words.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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 August 21, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely the best location in Positano. We had 2 rooms at the hotel. Our room had an amazing terrace overlooking the water (room 10) Our kids room (room 51) had a nice view as well with a good balcony.

The location was right on the water with many restaurants nearby and lots of shopping right out our door.

The rooms were kept immaculate. The cleaning staff came twice a day to clean and replace towels. The front desk was attentive and extremely helpful. This hotel truly made our stay.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

You cannot beat the location of this hotel. It is literally right on the waterfront and by many restaurants. We had 2 rooms. Our room had a huge terrace with and amazing view. Our kids also had an amazing view with a small balcony.

The cleaning staff kept the rooms immaculate and came twice a day to clean and replace towels. The front desk was attentive and extremely helpful.

No complaints.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Love this Hotel. Have stayed here several times and it just keeps getting better if that is possible! It is close to the Beach and the rooms are beautiful. The Décor is amazing with cool Ceramic Tiles the highlight. The view from the Balcony over the Mediterranean is so beautiful and relaxing you don't ever want to move. The Breakfast itself is everything you would ever want. The staff are amazing and remember us every time we return. The Hotel is spotless and has a warm friendly feeling. Why would we stay anywhere else in Bella Positano.

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  • Stayed May 2013, 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 August 18, 2013

This hotel is fantastic! It is clean, the staff is hospitable and the location is perfect. The view from our room was breathtaking! The rooms were fresh and well decorated. The beds are comfortable and they give you extra pillows and blankets. The air conditioner worked great. Every night you receive fresh towels and a turn down service. The breakfast was one of the best we had in Italy. The hotel staff was helpful. It is difficult to carry bags to the hotel if you are coming in from the top of the town. They arrange carries to bring your luggage to and from the hotel. I would recommend carrying down and have the carriers bring them back up. It is a steep walk to the main road where you can meet your driver. The location is steps from the beach. It is close to all the shopping and restaurants. Everything about this hotel is perfect. I wish we spent our entire holiday here. I can not wait to return!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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 August 14, 2013

This hotel was absolutely beautiful! Situated steps from the ocean, restaurants and shopping, it made it the perfect location to stay.

The room was perfect. The view was amazing. The décor was my favorite. The Italian ceramic tile floors in the bedroom and bathroom were just gorgeous!

I have to say, the breakfast buffet in the morning was the best I have had in Europe. It had a wide selection of food items and was open from 7 - 10 AM.
When we checked in we were greeted very kindly by the guest service agent who let us store our bags until our room was ready. They were very helpful during out stay. We received a complimentary drink ticket to use on the patio overlooking the ocean, it made for a perfect start to our evening out.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Address: Via Rampa Teglia, 4, 84017 Positano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Positano
#2 Romantic Hotel in Positano
#3 Family Hotel in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Buca di Bacco 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
. Hotel Buca di Bacco is located in the heart of Positano in prime sea front position on the beach of Marina Grande, it is the ideal spot to experience the magical atmosphere of the place. It is an historical Hotel and Restaurant and dates back approximately to the 1920, today it looks very different from how it did at the beginning of the century. The hotel, which owes its origins to the old tavern is constantly keeping up with the changing times, the classic and plain decor was designed to offer a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere, the rooms have a sea view with either a small balcony or terrace, or a little garden. Among our services, Cooking Classes are available in our Restaurant and offers the opportunity to learn our regional cooking style. Once inside the hotel, the welcoming ambience will allow you to relax and unwind as the eager yet courteous hotel staff aim to please even the most demanding of customers. ... more   less 
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