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Hotel Villa Gabrisa
Ranked #7 of 39 Hotels in Positano
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Perth
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“Can't wait to go back!!!”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We can't say enough good things about this boutique hotel!

We didn't worry about a taxi and hopped on the bus from the town square which is actually a little triangle after a small walk from the port. The bus driver was great if you tell him the hotel he'll stop at the closest stop and let you know.

The views from the massive balcony were breathtaking, the room was comfortable and spacious with L'Occitane toiletry products.

It's a family run business and everyone speaks excellent English and always took the time to help with any questions for suggestions of things to do.

We were not sure whether to stay in Sorrento or Positano and after a day trip to Sorrento we were so happy we decided on Positano as the feeling was much more relaxed and picturesque, there was still an excellent selection of restaurants to choose from.

Room Tip: We had the room with the larger balcony which was definitely worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

This family run hotel was great! I have never stayed at a hotel with such a great view of the ocean. The room was clean, TV is hooked up via SKY, Wireless works great and we had our own little balcony! My wife was impressed with the selection of Loccitane products they provided in the bathroom. Breakfast was included and you have the option of sitting inside or outside which has an amazing view!!! Having read previous reviews that the hotel restaurant was good we decided to try it... We ate there every night! As it was well priced and the food was excellent!!! Service was great as everyone was really friendly and helpful. In terms of walking into town its all down hill and takes about 15 minutes... If you want to go to the not so crowded main beach with much cheaper sun lounge and umbrella hire, it will take you about a 10 minute walk. Plus we found the food much cheaper and offered a tasty meal!

This was a great hotel! A tip if you are catching a bus to Positano get off at CHIESA NUOVA also known as BAR INTERNAZIONALE. You will then see a road across from Bar internazionale and walk down it, which will be a little windy and after 10 minutes you will see Hotel Villa on your right hand side.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

When most people travel to the Amalfi Coast in Italy and stay in a picturesque town such as Positano, they hope to find the perfect hotel. Well, look no further than Villa Gabrisa, a quaint boutique hotel with nine rooms, some of the best views in town, a fantastic restaurant, and a wonderful family who are happy to enhance your visit in any way that they can. Villa Gabrisa does not disappoint in any way. All nine rooms have balconies that overlook the sea and are furnished tastefully with Italian antiques and local art. For those who like to hike, the beach is reached by walking down stone stairways that wind through small plazas and narrow passageways. For those who are less mobile, the local bus, that makes a continual loop throughout the town, stops 25 feet from the front door of the hotel. I found the food at Villa Gabrisa's restaurant called Da Gabrisa to be some of the best in town. I especially enjoyed the chicken dishes and the home made pannacotta.You will not regret booking your next Italian vacation at Villa Gabrisa which is a little piece of paradise.

Room Tip: ask for the rooms with the largest terraces.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

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!

Room Tip: All the rooms we saw were delightful, but the suites are out of this world!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Merrimac, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Villa Gabrisa last week for 2 nights as part of our 10 day trip to Italy. I had booked a standard room a half year ago. When we arrived, the girl at the front desk informed us that we were being upgraded to a larger room for one night, but would have to move to a different room the second night. We thanked her and assumed we would be in a standard room the 2nd night. The upgraded room was beyond description. Immaculate, luxurious, with a large balcony, overlooked the sea. We ate dinner at their restaurant that night, and it was delicious. In the morning, we packed our things and left them by the door, as instructed. Much to our horror, when we returned from a wonderful day at the beach, we were given a key (not a hotel room key) and shown 2 flights of filthy stairs in an alley up to someone's apartment, next door to the hotel! There was someone's cell phone charging, the pillows and blankets were stained. This was NOT a hotel room. My husband asked for our original standard room, booked back in February, and we were told that none were available. They comped our dinner, hardly compensation for a dirty apartment. The owner, a woman from New Zealand, was rude and uncaring, and actually had the nerve to say that we should be grateful, because the apartment was bigger than a standard room. We will not be back, which is a shame, because the property is beautiful.

Room Tip: The hotel room was immaculate and beautiful. Make sure they haven't overbooked BEFORE you arrive...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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obiondo, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Gabrisa, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Before asking to someone to be honest you must be sure to tell the entire truth of the story. You originally booked 2 nights in a standard room in the attic. Has been offered you to receive bigger rooms but you have to move on the second night. You accepted but you can understand that once you confirm the moving and all the check in are made we can’t turn back the rooms. The rooms where a suite on the first night and a double room studio on the second night always in our building, yes we have other rooms from the side as our hotel is built in an historic building in town which has different entrances for different sections of it. About the room you come back at 18.30 in the evening of the second day and the only blaming from you was that on the room was not like the suite, which this you already knew by the check in but also it was not the room which you had paid for, and about the tree which was below the building which was disturbing your view of the sea, confirming that the room was nice and you didn’t come for the room in Positano but mostly for the view, as told to the staff and spoke in front of witness. No other problems have been reported to us and any accessory of the room how has been explained to you were part of the room. We was so sorry that you was not happy of the view of your room that we even propose you to change hotel in a superior category of room or offer you a free dinner and not because of repairing of any type of mistake made but just to make you happy. Again, you was free to choose and your choice was for the dinner which you ate without any limits on your order, including alcoholic drinks and wine. No one of the staff including the owners been rude and uncaring, this because we are a family owned hotel and our guest are treated as friends and not just like clients and we just told you that we was sorry to hear that you was not happy of your rooms because originally were booked a much smaller room in the attic. Hearing this hurts a lot and specially after been given so much, receive such complain not directly in our face and after a while is just like receiving a knife in the back.
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I stayed at Villa Gabrisa past August. The hotel is really cozy, well maintaned and room were suprisingly very big. The service is excellent and really friendly. The views from hotel are gorgeous as well. I love the fact that its a family business. We had a really nice stay here :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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obiondo, Proprietario at Hotel Villa Gabrisa, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Dear Natasha we are very grateful that you stayed here with us and we can’t wait that you will return again here on your next trip in Positano, hoping that it would be soon again.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

If you're looking for a cozy hotel nestled in the mountains of Positano, with a spectacular view of the water/mountains and very nice rooms...the Hotel Villa Gabrisa is the place.

Our spacious room had a balcony overlooking the water. The views are amazing. The staff was very friendly too. We had a wonderful breakfast overlooking the water.

We booked this hotel solely on the Trip Advisor reviews..it is truly a fantastic place to stay in Positano.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Gabrisa
Address: Via Pasitea, 219/227, 84017, Positano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Positano
#9 Family Hotel in Positano
#10 Romantic Hotel in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Gabrisa 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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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