Perched on a cliffside about 3 mins outside the actual city, HSP is a world-renowned marvel of a hotel. Other than the price, there is not much to complain about and even that it is somewhat mollified by the excellent service, numerous amenities and unparalleled setting. Breaking it down:
We flew into Rome and took a car service from the airport directly since we had some hefty bags for a 9-day trip. The other options would have been to take a train to Naples and then bus it from there to Positano, or possibly fly to Naples and bus/taxi from the airport in Naples. The car ride was about 2-3 hours and we slept most of it, arriving at HSP just after noon. The hotel is not actually in the town of Positano which I considered a plus since most of those properties have very little actual property. It is on a cliff a few windy roads out of town but they provide a shuttle service (FREE!) to anywhere you want to go and at any time. They really are incredibly good at being there to take you and pick you up quickly and it feels good to drop into and then escape out of the steppy, touristy town of Positano.
The Physical Plant:
One would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful setting anywhere in the world and I do not say this lightly. I would easily put it up against any hotel in the world in terms of sheer beauty both in terms of physical upkeep and view and care that they give the property. The "beach" is actually a stone platform that juts out from a cliff 100 feet below the hotel itslef in the bright blue Mediterranean. It has a bar, comfortable lounge chairs, small cocktail tables and an attentive staff. You can get there via elevator that descends into the cliff or stairs that meander down and around their own terraced farms and gardens where they grow fruit, herbs and flowers. The groundskeeper picked figs off the tree and have it to us as we went down - I mean, really?? They use the yield for their own restaurant. BONUS: From the beach deck, a free 90min boat trip takes off every morning at 11:30am for about an hour and tours around the Amalfi coast - there are some delicious snacks, beers, wine and sangria offered as well. For free! That would usually cost 100 euros easy. The pool is small and located on the 2nd floor of the hotel and except for the wise-alecky pool guy who thought he was very funny by saying 'No' to everything you asked for and then conceding, was very nice. There is a tennis court at the base of the cliff as well which I saw being used once but swept constantly. The spa/gym is servicable and clean but we didnt use it so I cant comment too much. There is a patio that looks down onto the Sea where you can have a drink and they will bring you complimentary almonds and olives. Yumm! The lobby has a sneaky little pin-tucked bar in the corner where someone is seemingly always available to pour a prosecco or an espresso while you wait.
We were given the Deluxe room at first which was a a simple bed and bathroom and our view was pretty but the balcony overlooked the hotel Terrace so we asked to be changed. Don;t be shy to do this because they are very happy to show you more options as they did for us. We were shown an equicvalent room and then one for 100, and 200 more Euros/nt. We actually upgraded us to a room which was slightly larger and much more private, with a view that was so nice it practically seizure-inducing. They provide a nightly water for you at no cost and a fruit basket in the room on arrival. Breakfast is served in the room and is Continental (fruit, breads, yoghurt) unless you want to order more at a price - not necessary. They will bring it onto the patio and it is actually one of the great pleasures of the stay to have coffee and breakfast on the patio looking over the incredible views.
Very pricey, gorgeous views, high-end haute cuisine at a very high price. Honestly, it was delicious but so expensive and there are plenty of options outside the hotel itself that are much more affordable and typical of the coastal region. Save the high end stuff for New York or London. On the one morning we chose to have breakfast in the restaurant (to my wife's extraordinary dismay) we witnessed them actually pulling the day's fresh bread out of the brick oven! It was then served to us with cheese, jams, and fresh fruit. I still believe that one morning it's worth a try - my wife might not agree.
It's expensive but there's expensive and not worth it and then there is this. The hotel staff, concierge, cleaning staff, all seem to be there to make your experience as wonderful as it can be. If you are willing to splurge you will not be disappointed and if there is a place in the world to make that splurge, the Amalfi Coast would be it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il San Pietro is widely considered to be one of the best hotels in Italy. It is built into the rock with panoramic terraces magnificently overlooking Positano and the Coast. Each uniquely decorated guest room comes with a private terrace decorated in the sophisticated local style with hand-painted ceramic tiles and furniture upholstered in sumptuous fabrics. Its one star Michelin-rated restaurant, the Zass, serves a variety of superb local and international cuisine and, weather permitting, guests can enjoy the unparalleled terraces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il San Pietro Di Positano Hotel Positano
- Positano Il San Pietro Di
- Hotel San Pietro Positano