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Hotel Buca di Bacco
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Rampa Teglia, 4, 84017 Positano, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 41 hotels in Positano
London, United Kingdom
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“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2006

I'm glad I stayed out of season in Positano because I get the impression it would be crowded in the Summer. The hotel is down near the beach which is ideal for lots of restaurants and shops but beware if you have a heavy suitcase because you will struggle to get there (the town is mainly pedestrianised little alleys)! Most of it is on a slope so it's not too bad and probably only about 20 or so stairs to get to the hotel. Its a charming town with lots of shopping possibilities and nice restaurants. The hotel has a great view of the old church dome and the sea. Its charmingly decorated with white tiles and then the typical Positano brightly coloured tiles. The rooms are freshly painted white with the pretty tiles giving it a splash of colour. The bathrooms are comfortable with a big sink surround and a decent sized bathtub. The beds are comfortable but the only disappointment was the lack of English channels on the TV. The breakfast spread was adequate without being excessive (cereals, croissants etc) - no cooked breakfast was offered. The hotel offers a free internet service for guests which was convenient and the staff were very friendly.

  • Liked — The decor
  • Disliked — Lack of English TV
  • Tips/Secrets — Take a suitcase with wheels!
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2006

Stayed at the Buca in September for a friend's wedding. It is a totally unspoilt, traditional family hotel. Beautifully and individually appointed, it is a refreshing change from the plastic palaces offered by the chains. The whole place set the tone for a fabulous weekend and I would recommend the breakfast (try the strawberry tart), lunch in the restaurant and drinks on the terrace, where you could happily imagine Sophia Loren turning up at the next table.

This is not a cheap hotel, so do pay a little extra and get a sea view so that you can smile every morning and be happy that you made the right choice. If you're going for the weekend, then don't hire a car (nowhere to park) but do get the hotel to send a car to the airport. And leave plenty of time to get back to Naples airport if it's Sunday night, even though this might leave you with spare time at the airport which is a shame because it has to be one of the most populous, unpleasant, dirty, under-facilitied nightmares that is badly due a refurb.

BTW, the wedding reception was held at the Palazzo Murat, with drinks and dinner in the courtyard restaurant, which is fabulous and a must for an upmarket romantic dinner. Did not rate Chez Black at all. Good atmosphere but ghastly tourist-trap food IMHO.

Stayed September 2006
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2006

What a fantastic hotel!!! We could not have chosen a better property. We went with another couple and we had looked at many hotels. We chose this hotel after reading reviews on tripadvisor, which we have done for locations all over Europe. The reviews are always right on the money. The Buca is the ABSOLUTE best location. The staff is the BEST. Francesco at the front desk is so helpful in any situation and will assist you in whatever you need. He must work 24 hours a day because he is always there. Patrick was our waiter for breakfast every morning and would give us tips on what to see and do in the area and surrounding towns. The food at the hotel was outstanding. The breakfast buffet and their dinners were unbelievably delicious. Sitting overlooking the sea for both meals doesn't hurt either. Although, you must try Max up in the town of Positano. It doesn't have a sea view, but the food was outstanding. The hotel is in the VERY BEST location in Positano. Never having been to Positano before, we pondered over many hotels to pick(and there are many) and we could not have made a better choice. You cannot go wrong with any room, they all face the sea and to fall asleep each night listening to the waves was the best. This hotel had all the perks you need for a wonderful vacation. Sorrento is pretty, but a much bigger bustling city. Positano is smaller, quieter and more romantic and you cannot say enough about the hotel, its location, staff, food and price. It is the closest hotel to the beach and closest walking distance to town(five minutes). It truly is the best value in Positano (location, location, location), immaculate large rooms and best value. This is the ONLY place to stay if you are going to the Amalfi Coast.

  • Liked — location, location, location, staff and food
  • Disliked — absolutely nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — just go there, the rest will be easy
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2006

I think that Positano must cast its unrivalled enchantment over every visitor and that that may be one reason why almost every hotel reviewed receives a fulsome eulogy from almost every reviewer (you can be confident that, if any hotel gets more than very occasional adverse comment, it must be a turkey!). And, yes, there are at least half a dozen places where we'd be very content to stay. So why do we keep returning to Buca di Bacco?

First, its situation is virtually unrivalled, less than two minutes from the beach, and its outlook, from almost every room, over much of Positano, with boats coming and going at the pier, quite stunning, the stuff of brochures. It doesn't have a pool - its pool is the Tyrrhenian Sea. (The only hotel which begins to rival it for position is the Covo dei Saraceni and it does have a pool. So, if you have come to Italy principally to find a swimming pool, it might be your better bet).

You probably will not want to spend all your time on the beach, however, and so you may like to climb to the top of the town and can make a little round trip without much ingenuity - and find an ideally placed bar halfway! Or you might climb further to the beautiful little cemetery at Li parlati - like many places in Italy it has bizarre opening hours. (In August, only the masochist would try the further ascent to Montepertuso). The point is that, while you can do this, you don't have to. In many of the hotels you do and even a complementary bus, which some provide, may not be the ideal way to start the day if you have been more than appreciative of the wine the night before - and the climb back is definitely not the way to end it.

The choice of room is not critical but does make a difference. Those with the largest terraces sacrifice a degree of privacy while the smallest balconies are hardly more than window boxes. Between these is a satisfactory compromise - try 43, but not when we're due to be there, please!

Buffet breakfast is superb. The staff throughout the hotel change little and are unfailingly helpful in every way: for example, this year they conducted negotiations with an art gallery in Capri on our behalf, the artist's command of English being even less than ours of Italian.

You will be given a ticket to get a discount on your first meal in the restaurant. A word to the wise: lose it. There are plenty of good restaurants around.

For what is realistically a 2- going on 3-star hotel, the Buca di Bacco is not cheap - 'cheap' and 'Positano' cannot inhabit the same sentence. But it's about half the price of the, admittedly gorgeous, Sirenuse and, thinking again of restaurants, with what you save in a few days, you can take a taxi to San' Agata where you will find a quite beautiful restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890, which was back to its best form on our last visit and easily eclipses the other Michelin-starred establishments in the area.

So, for us, as the little song has it:

Questo anno, non cambiare,
Stesa spiaggia, steso mare.

(This year, don't change,
Same beach, same sea)

(Yes, it does sound better in Italian).

And, stesa camera, for that matter.

  • Liked — Situation
  • Disliked — Restaurant
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2006

If you are going to Positano book this hotel.
Location is excellent right down by the beach hardly any steps.The staff are excellent, if you want any information e-mail Francesco at the hotel, very nice guy who has worked at the hotel for ever. They arranged a taxi to pick us at the airport, very good transfer. The rooms in the hotel are excellent ask for a view, nice terrace, good food , breakfast is first class.
No traffic outside so the the rooms are very quiet at night.

  • Liked — service/rooms
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — book it
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2006

we got married in positano in sep 2006,at the town hall .we were very lucky to stay in the most warm ,friendly ,well run and charming hotel in Positano.they made our stay very special .
Patrick,and Samual from the American bar were wonderful atentive and very friendly.
After we were married by Salvdore who happened to be the owner of the Buca de Baca we went back to our room to find champagne and flowers .that was a lovely touch.
Patrick had offered to look after us for the afternoon whith a wonderful lunch on the terrace of the American bar over looking the sea , the day could;nt of been better thanks to all the staff .
the rooms are lovely and clean we had a lovely sea view we stayed in room 52 the decor and furniture was very traditional with a dome ceiling it was beautiful .
we will be going back next year and for many years to come .

J & Jim Cheltenham UK

  • Liked — The Views .Staff ,Location
  • Disliked — Not Having A Pool
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask For A Terrace
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2006

Forget about the five star hotels at the top of the town - this is the place to stay in Positano. Superb location, beautiful rooms with magnificent views, friendly, attentive and efficient staff and a lovely restaurant offering the best food in town at very reasonable prices (10% off if you are a hotel guest). It doesn't have a swimming pool - but in two minutes you can be swimming in the Med.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Positano
#2 Luxury 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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