This is a modest sized, not quite luxury hotel in a great location. I say not quite luxury because it lacked some services a luxury hotel might have, like onsite parking, a large elevator, larger staff, etc. The hotel is beautifully decorated and appointed, with a distinctive blue and white tile motif. The lobby area, restaurant and rooftop pool take full advantage of the view, so you wind up eating an excellent breakfast overlooking Positano and the coast. In any photo of Positano taken looking westward across the ravine the hotel is seen as the big white box, with flags, at the top of a hill along via Pasitea. We spent some time just hanging out at the hotel.
Our room was one of the less desirable ones on a lower floor of the hotel, but still had a narrow view of the sea and a small, shared patio, and apart from some noise from the adjacent kitchen, a lovely room, really. One should avoid the annex, which is a short walk away; one can find lots of photos of the Villa Franca on Expedia and Tripadvisor, and room suggestions on Tripadvisor as well.
We found the service in the Villa Franca to be a bit stiff, or perfunctory, but adequate. The staff at our other two Italy hotels were more than friendly and helpful.
Positano can be hard on the knees, because of the stairs, so location of a hotel is a consideration. The only disadvantage I saw to the via Pasitea location of Villa Franca is a more difficult trip down to the town beach and to the via dei Mulini shopping area. However, one can comfortably walk along via Pasitea (watching for cars and scooters). In the uphill direction, it is short walk to the Chiesa Nuova bus stop for all the SITA buses along the coast, and downhill to many fine restaurants and shops, eventually reaching Piazza Mulini. The hotel operates a free shuttle service back and forth to that Piazza at popular hours. There are also local buses along the several major roads in town.
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- Also Known As:
- Franca Hotel Positano