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“Impeccable view” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Poseidon
Ranked #10 of 39 Hotels in Positano
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Impeccable view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

After having arrived after check in time we were informed our room was not ready and suggested to have a bite to eat by the pool. To be honest for the toasted sandwiches that we had it was fairly pricey and the sandwiches were fairly average. Once we got to our room, the room was beautiful, the terrace even more so creating a spacious extravagant feel. One negative was, was that I came across some hairs on the bathroom floor and bedroom floor but only the odd one here and there.
It's a bit of a walk up the hill to the beach and back due to its location, but not too bad at all if you enjoy the walk.
Despite the odd thing here and there I would recommend if you are willing to spend the $$

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

This review covers the restaurant/terrace and general service experienced as a 2nd time visitor. We stayed at the Hotel Poseidon 10 years ago on our honeymoon (& reviewed on Tripadvisor). This trip we had circumstances that had us in an apartment very close by, so we did not stay in the hotel itself. We loved Hotel Poseidon 10 years ago, so we stopped in to see if we could enjoy some of the facilities.

We stayed in a suite during our honeymoon and inquired about the ability to pay for breakfast and enjoy the terrace/pool area during lunch and/or dinner. We had breakfast at the hotel twice, lunch a few times, and cocktails one evening. The terrace/pool/bar/restaurant staff are all fantastic and very accommodating. The terrace area is really one of the best in Positano. We met Samer, the Guest Relations manager who took care of us just as well as a full guest - for being a patron of the restaurant.

We always enjoy meeting the other guests at the Poseidon. I remember this from 10 years ago - and the same is true this time. The atmosphere is so relaxed - but it's easy to spark up a conversation if you want to (and just as easy to keep to yourself and enjoy the quiet) - but there's something about the clientele that is quite nice. Lots of experienced, refined, international travelers... no snobbery.

In looking through reviews and hearing from guests, I believe the beds are in line with what you find in a lot of Europe. During this trip to a number of locations in France and Italy, we did find an improvement in the quality and comfort of beds throughout Europe. So, I do hope they change out or upgrade the beds in time for our return. As I mentioned in my review from 10 years ago - you spend most of your time outside the room in Positano. Go enjoy the terrace: there's a pool with a fantastic view, air conditioning in the common areas, wifi, and great service.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

WOW...fabulous hotel where I melted into the enviroment. I truly lost track of days and missed my flight. The good news is I stayed 4 days longer. The breakfast buffet was at least 60 feet long and was included in the price. Same with the the WIFI. Last year I stayed here and came right back ASAP. This year I had a 30 minute massage at the spa---upscale, clean environment. Wish I had spent more time there. The evening entertainment is embedded in my brain; the vocalist serenaded me. The food was so fresh (fish, veal, caprese salad and even brick oven pizza). I have read reviews of "tired look" which surprises me. As a licensed interior design professional (ASID certified in USA), the Hotel Posedion represents Mediteranian elegance, not franchised hotel chains. I LOVE the old world charm and ambiance. There is a small TV room adjacent to the pool/bar area which was perfect to catch a couple of matches of Wimbleton. If anyone has a problem/issue they need to voice it to any of the employees. The staff at Hotel Poseidon is second to none and I travel the world for business/pleasure.....including Bangkok, Thailand, which is known to be outstanding. My experience was 'over the top' FABULOSO and I cannot wait to return and would not change a thing.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

I've read some of the other reviews and I want to recommend to future travelers to level set expectations. Most hotels in Positano are not renovated - instead, they retain the old Italian charm. Hotel Poseidon is no different, rooms may be outdated and beds may not be as comfortable but I guarantee you, one step onto the terrace/balcony of the room and your breath will be taken away. I thought the location of the hotel was ideal, about halfway between the beach and the entrance to Positano. If you are wondering whether to stay closer to the beach (eg. Covo dei Saraceni or Buca), take my advice - do not. The view from the beach looking up at Positano does not even come close to the view that you will be waking up to every morning. Poseidon has a pool (not common in Positano) which was very nice, and the terrace area surrounding the pool was absolutely beautiful in the evenings, perfect for little apertivos before heading out to dinner. While the price may not be cheap, it is very good value by Positano standards - if you want to spurge, go to Le Sirenese but prepare to pay 2-3x price. We really enjoyed our stay here and would recommend to anyone. Btw - comment on A/C - you really do not need A/C - it cools down a lot in the evenings so no need for an A/C. During day time, why are you in your room??? If we do come back to Positano, would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: any rooms with a view will do (there are a few rooms w/o views so make sure to pay extra for a super...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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norcross
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

My wife and 2 daughters visited this hotel for 4 nights last week and while it was nice it was very tired even by Italy standards. the view from room 57 was spectacular. that is where the compliments stop. the wi fi worked only on the balcony about 50 % of the time. . When we told the front desk they just shrugged their shoulders and said "thats just the way it is always. the beds are a joke . cmon ladies and gents. take one night rent and buy a bed that isnt a decade old. While your at it how about replacing the 12" TV from the nineties for a couple of hundred euros. the HVAC was bareky adequate and we woke up feeling stick every morning, The front desk help was very un inviting. i dont expect people to gush over us but cmon how about some personality. they definitely didn't make us feel warm. the pool closes promtly at 6:00 p.m. no exceptions. because of the proximity to the dining area i could see how it might get in the way of dinner but cmon who eats in italy at 6:00 p.m. after touring the other ports all day it would have been nice for a quick swim to cool off. there is one guy that takes care of luggage , if hes busy your waiting 20 minutes for him like we did, the walk to town is 15 minutes down and 15 up ,the street is much easier. it really wasnt a big deal. there are a few nice restraunts by the hotel that kept us out of the crowds in the cty below. To me a hotel is more that just a good view. if thats all your looking for there are many more places much cheaper than this hotel. i will go back to positano but unless this hotel is updated i will not stay here.

Room Tip: room 57 if your with the fam.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Guest R, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Poseidon, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Sir,
thank you for dedicating time in writing your review. What was wrong with the beds? I wish you'd have told us while still here for us to help your stay more comfortable. We do you use orthopedic mattresses which might feel hard but we can change them upon request. Same for the ac if it didn't work adequately, we only wish you informed us (this was checked this morning and it's working perfectly fine). As for the free wifi service it works best around the hotel public areas and we're constantly trying to improve it in all our rooms too.
There is a reason on why the pool closes at 6pm: that's when most of our guests occupy the panoramic terrace to enjoy pre -dinner drinks and due to the pool's proximity to the dining area it's during that time that the restaurant's staff start preparing the tables for dinner (the restaurant opens at 7:15 p.m.)
Hotel Poseidon is family owned and is distinguished by its traditional cozy atmosphere and antique furniture that were collected throughout more than 5 decade, a style that might not be shared by everybody but it definitely reflects the spirit of the area.
I have forwarded your comments to the reception staff and I apologize if you felt they were not very collaborative.
We do take all you comments very seriously and we're always working in order to improve our services, rooms etc.
Warmest Regards
Samer
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Massachusetts
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

My wife and two teenagers just spent two nights at the Poseidon. It is a beautiful city and the hotel is in the middle of all the action. The staff is great and really nice and helpful.

Wifi was pretty good and free which in some European hotels is not a given.

Breakfast was just okay but most everything was fresh. There are beautiful views an one should take advantage.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We visited this hotel last week for the second time in the last year .We love to travel and visiting different places but couldn't wait to go back here it's simply fantastic .The views are amazing we had a lovely room with fantastic views and no the rooms aren't the size of hotels in the USA but who goes too gorgeous Positano to spend time in their hotel room . The staff go out of their way to help you and make your stay as enjoyable as possible the breakfast is excellent and if there's something you want that's not out ask and they will make it or you .The main point of difference to this and other hotels is Samir who is the guest relations manager he is amazing will recommend restaurants day trips places to visit and will make all your reservations for you so you can simply enjoy your trip as for wifi we found it worked all over the hotel they also have a little convertible car that they are happy to lend you live music 3 nights a week and the best pizzas in town served by the lovely Fabio the Maitre d who is great fun .

Room Tip: Ask for a higher up room to get a better view
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel P, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Poseidon, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Dear Alison! Greetings from Positano!
Thank you very much for your messagge!
It's really important for us!
I’m Sonia Ferrera, the Guest Relations Manager.
Our philosophy is "A discreet and elegant hospitality,
helps to create a warm and familiar atmosphere allowing
our guests to feel at home".
We hope to have you again with us very soon!.
We remain at your disposal for any request. You can contact me at:
prmanager@hotelposeidonpositano.it
Best regards from all the members of our team ;)
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Property: Hotel Poseidon
Address: Via Pasitea, 148, 84017, Positano, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Positano
#8 Luxury Hotel in Positano
#9 Romantic Hotel in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Poseidon 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Poseidon, once a beautiful Mediterranean villa in the heart of Positano, is today a historical hotel in a green area overlooking the “vertical village“ and the Amalfi Coast, in a privileged position.Poseidon has offered for 50 years, thanks to the Aonzo family daily commitment, a discreet and elegant hospitality and the personnel politeness help to create a warm and familiar atmosphere allowing their guests to feel at home. ... more   less 
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