Having enjoyed first-rate accommodations in both Venice and Bellagio, my wife and I were prepared for what we thought might be an anticlimactic stay in Positano since we had visited before and were nearing the end of our 16 day excursion. How wrong we were! Far from being a letdown, our 5 day sojourn in Positano proved to be the highlight of our trip, left us hungering for more and disappointed that we simply couldn't stay longer. This marvelous experience can be attributed to two factors - the charm of Positano, an unspeakably beautiful postcard of a town that cascades down the mountainside from the Amalfi Drive to the sea, and the hospitality of the Rispoli family, owners and operators of the Hotel Villa Gabrisa. This boutique hotel sits up higher in the town, away from the crowds and noise of central Positano, but still close to shopping and a considerable array of restaurants. Not that you need to venture far for a superior dining experience. The Villa Gabrisa's restaurant offers one of the most eclectic menus we found on our trip and both preparation and presentation were impeccable, so atypical of the usual hotel restaurant. You may choose, depending on your taste, to dine inside or outside (with a fabulous view). The wine and liquor list is extensive and, like the meals, among the most reasonably priced that we encountered. You don't see exactly the dish you've been craving on the menu? Ask for what you'd like. If they have the ingredients available, they'll prepare it for you with the same level of quality. This kind of responsiveness to customer wants and needs permeates the entire establishment. Everyone with whom we interacted -managers, servers, housekeepers - all were focused on providing a welcoming environment and assuring a satisfying stay. The hotel, itself, is immaculate and redolent of flowers and lemons. Our room (we decided to spend a bit more for a suite) was magnificent - spacious yet warm and beautifully furnished with antiques and opening onto a huge balcony. Not that we spent much time watching television here, but the number of choices of English speaking channels and American programming was unlike anything else we have found in any Italian hotel. The amenities (linens, robes, incidentals) were of a quality we have generally found only in Ritz Carlson's or Waldorf's and to cap it off - a Jacuzzi to deal with any residual soreness after a day of hiking up and down Positano's famous steps. As a matter of fact, one of the nice features about the hotel's location is it proximity (less than 100 feet) to a bus stop. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, if a climb up the steps seemed a bit daunting, we simply spent a couple of Euros for a bus ride to the top which was a treat in itself. We were most impressed with the family's involvement in even the tiniest aspects of the Villa Gabrisa's operation as well as their obvious effort to make all of their guests feel like family. There may be less expensive lodging alternatives in Positano, but we cannot conceive of one with greater value. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a residential area, in the heart of Positano, there is located the ancient building which guests the hotel Villa Gabrisa, an elegant and refined hotel owned by the Rispoli family. The careful choice of each detail, just like Murano chandeliers or Capodimonte ceramics, makes every room special and the hotel's privileged position, just few minute walk from the beaches, wraps it in a fairytale atmosphere that every guest can feel it from each room balcony or terrace, which overlooks the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Gabrisa Hotel Positano
- Gabrisa Hotel Positano