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“Like visiting family”
Review of Casa Celeste

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Casa Celeste
Ranked #42 of 50 Positano B&B and Inns
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Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Like visiting family”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Over the last 14 years we have been privileged to travel to Italy on a regular basis and we never miss the opportunity to visit this home from home. Mama Celeste welcomes us like family and indeed we feel that we belong. The guesthouse is comfortable with a breathtaking view of Positano and the sea. Room number one is always our favourite and to sit on the little balcony at sunset and see all the lights coming on and the early evening sounds of the restaurants in the street below, is one of my best memories. A walk down the 400 steps to the beach is rewarded by the warm welcome at Bar da Ferdinando overseen by Marco and Guido and other family members. Delicious lunch is served here and it is a place to truly relax and forget that at the end of the holiday the real world awaits, if only to work, save and come back again.

Room Tip: Rooms one and two have own balcony as well as room three that is inter leading and sleeps four.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Wakefield
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

My wife and I just had a good 8 days in Positano staying at Casa Celeste. We had the double-bedded room No.1 which had a different view over Positano than from our previous hotel, the Marie Antonietta.

Celeste and her husband Ferdinando are a charming couple and it was lovely taking our prima di colazione in the plant-filled breakfast room overlooking Positano.

We are not one for complaining but we feel we must mention that the mattress in Room 1 was very hard and quite uncomfortable (otherwise a 5* rating).

The 442 steps (count 'em!) from Casa Celeste down to Bar Bagni Da Ferdinando on Fornillo Beach is quite daunting but if you don't feel like tackling them after a hard day's sunbathing then you can always walk into Positano and take the bus (€1.20) which will drop you off at the grotto next to Casa Celeste.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Four of us stayed at Casa Celeste, my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. When we arrived my daughter was sick and Mama Celeste was wonderful, making her tea and looking after her. The next morning we went to pick up our rental car and it had a flat tire in a very awkward parking spot. Marco spent his morning trying to find someone to fix the tire on site and finally ended up changing it himself. Every recommendation of Marco's was spot on, from going to Ravello (don't miss) first and stopping in Amalfi on the way back to avoid the cruise ship crowd and Da Vincenze for the best seafood in town. The owner is related to the family and by your second visit you'll be family too. The mornings on the deck with Mama Celeste's home made jam were wonderful, as were the afternoons with her liqueur. Do not miss her Ricolla (?) made with arugula. I'd love to know how she makes it.... Like anyplace else Positano takes a day or so to adjust to, the hills, the culture, the 450 steps down to the beach bar, but once you do you'll love it. You'll go back and you'll stay with Mama Celeste and Marco again. One issue - the internet is spotty at best from the room. Works fine from the deck but if you're like me and must communicate before you go to sleep at night it's a bit problematic.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Port Dover, Canada
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We absolutely loved our stay in Positano and the hospitality provided by Celeste and her family contributed greatly that enjoyment. Their warmth and generosity each morning on the terrace, or each evening as we returned, truly made us feel welcome. The view from our balcony was mesmerizing. Positano is a magical place; I would love to return some day!
Natalie

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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NYC
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Casa Celeste was exactly what we'd hoped for, and more! We stayed in Room 3, which is a double room with ensuite bath. We had an amazing view of Positano from our balcony and the room was quiet at night. Breakfast every morning was on the terrace, made and served by Celeste, who I now consider my third Italian grandmother! Her homemade jam was the highlight, but strong coffee came in at a close 2nd. We also were invited to try her homemade limoncello, which was delicious, too. Celeste was warm, welcoming, and a true joy to be around.

Celeste's son Marco couldn't have been more helpful either. Marco drove us up to Nocelle so we could begin the Path of the Gods without having to walk up the 2000 steps or wait for the bus. He also showed us maps of the paths around the Amalfi Coast and helped us plan our route, since we were fixed for time that day. We also spent some time at Da Ferdinando, their beach bar on Spiaggia del Fornillo, the smaller beach in Positano. The weather wasn't great unfortunately, but we did spend a couple of hours laying out and having lunch. The food was great and their limoncello was good, too!

Overall, I would highly recommend staying at Casa Celeste. The location was great, just steps from the local bus stop at Grotto Fornillo and a close walk to Da Vincenzo and Next 2, where we had two of the best meals of our trip to Italy. Da Vincenzo, coincidentally, is owned by Celeste's daughter!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 3, which is a double ensuite room. I peeked in at Room 5, which is recommended in...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Celebrating my thirtieth birthday in Positano was an extremely happy, exciting, beautiful and special seven days. This was mainly due to the most hospitable and friendly family who owns and runs both Casa Celeste and Ferdinandos bar/restaurant. Marco and his parents welcomed us warmly after we arrived three hours after check-in because I accidentally missed the road leading directly to Positano and we had to take the scenic Amalfi coast route, which is absolutely breathtaking but obviously a lot slower (it’s not called the road of a thousand bends for nothing). Every morning we awoke to a typical Italian household, Ferdinando (senior) reading newspaper, mama Celeste making coffee and toast and Marco acting as our guide and informant of what to do and where to go. Where we went (every single day for six days) was Ferdinandos Bar/Restaurant. There we were met by Quido, Marcos brother and another of Celeste’s five children, and Ferdinando (junior), Quidos very handsome and efficient son. We would seat ourselves at approximately 12 0’clock and not leave until the sun has long since set. This Italian family made us feel welcome and went out of their way to see to our every need and want. The food and drink was very well priced and we can absolutely vouch for all items on the menu since we had almost every meal at the same table overlooking the indescribable magnificence of the ocean and the coast. Of course we ventured to the main beach and other eateries to see if the grass could be greener but, please believe me when I inform you that, you will try and fail to find the same value, enthusiasm and pleasure that this proud family exudes. They surprised me on my birthday, during both lunch and dinner, with a cake, sparklers and of course limoncello. Dinner was held at the fabulous Da Vincenzo, which we only later discovered is also one of Celeste’s five children’s establishments. These people clearly know how to entertain! I honestly cannot think of any other place I would rather recommend than the homey Casa Celeste, the happy Ferdinandos and the exceptional Da Vincenzo.

Room Tip: There is an upstairs room with a small window leading to the roof which probably has the best view o...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Positano, Italy
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Celeste, Ferdinando and Marco were all so sweet and helpful. Breakfast is delicious, especially with Celeste's homemade jam and fresh coffee. The rooms, and the whole house, are wonderfully decorated and spacious. By far the best B&B we have stayed in whilst in Italy.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Casa Celeste
Address: Via Fornillo 10, 84017, Positano, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Celeste B&B in the heart of Positano,walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants, port and bus stops. Run by Celeste and her family, the B&B offers rooms with sea views, family suites and single rooms for those on a budget. Celeste's family also has a beach bar and various restaurants around town. Stay with our family and feel like a local in the heart of Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast. ... more   less 

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