Positano has to be one of the prettiest resorts along the Amalfi Coast, and its beauty is more than skin deep. Similarly Albergo Punta Regina must surely be the best hotel in Positano. From the moment we arrived by car, we were taken into the welcoming ambiance of this hotel. Our car was parked for us in the spacious garage and our luggage brought to the room. The hotel is exquisite in its taste and spaciousness. The front door glides open automatically and we were presented with a very large and very classy reception area with silver candelabra and deep white sofas. Rather than ostentatious, these touches of class contributed to the feeling that were had entered into an oasis of peace and tranquility.
I had booked our room quite late - no more than a couple of months prior to our arrival. I had wanted a terrace, but there were none available. We booked a superior deluxe room on the third floor with a balcony. I was certainly not disappointed. It was really immense and so beautifully appointed in calming white and magnolia, with touches of green. The bathroom was not overly large, but again so beautiful and well designed. Everywhere there were gorgeous tiles typical of this area of Italy. The balcony had a table and 2 chairs and a perfect view of the town below and the sea, as well as being surrounded with colourful Mediterranean flowering plants.
On the 4th floor there is a panoramic terrace. When we arrived and had unpacked and freshened up, we went upstairs where in the evening cocktails are served. It is a really beautiful terrace overflowing with tropical plants and flowers (as was our balcony and all the terraces below). In the morning breakfast is served here too, and what a scrumptious breakfast this is. Fresh seasonal fruit, Italian savoury and sweet pastries, cereals, eggs, sausages, and the list goes on. Choose between a variety of excellent coffees (cappuccino, americano, latte, espresso lungo) and teas.
As for the location, the hotel is mid-way up the main street in Positano, so about 15 to 20 minutes walk down to the main square and the beach, depending upon your level of fitness (My mum is 81 with a pacemaker and a heart condition and had no problem). There are so many beaches to choose from. Our favourite was the Scogliera which is on the rocks at the end of the large main beach, and Il Fornillo which can be reached by 2 lifts from the Hotel Vittoria, close to Punta Regina. We loved walking up and down the main street looking at the many fashionista shops, buying some gorgeous and unique pieces of clothing manufactured in Positano, which specializes in linen. (Avoid the cheap imitations manufactured in India for 10 Euros). We felt that this was a great way to work off all those calories we consumed in the great restaurants in Positano - Next 2, Il Capitano, La Gavitella, Palazzo di Mulini and Il San Pietro. Boats and buses were the way we mostly got around, but at the end of the day there was nothing better to return to Punta Regina and our glass of Berlucchi on the panoramic terrace.
OK - so far so good - perfect rooms, views, location, breakfasts, cocktails. Despite all that, what really makes this hotel paradise are the lovely people who are dedicated to making their guests feel so very welcome and ensure that their stay is simply perfect. We stayed for 14 nights, which is my way of having a complete rest, after a long hard year.
I could have cried when we left as it felt as if we were leaving our best friends behind - Giuseppina and Francesca on the front desk, and Gianluigi, Francesco and Alessandro who made our breakfasts and cocktails so enjoyable. The best kept secret is the mine of information Gianluigi is on what to do, where to go and how to get there. He is a walking, talking and very charming tourist guide, who can recommend the most intimate beaches or a hike up the Trail of the Gods – telling you which bus to take and drawing you a map. The ladies on the front desk were fabulous at getting us prime tables at the best restaurants, often with a pick-up service. These lovely people at Punta Regina seem to know everyone, and are meticulous in ensuring we received the best treatment everywhere we went. I don’t think it does them justice to call them staff – they so obviously love their work, and enjoy their guests. And if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of Gianluigi’s elegant wife and his cute children Nicolo (4) and Luca (8 months).
Enough said – we intend to return next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Punta Regina is a charming and romantic hotel with 18 rooms in the heart of Positano.Originally a private villa it has been carefully restored, combining original characteristic charm with the best of contemporary features.The building lies on Via Pasitea, the main street in town, and is easily accessible.Built on four levels, the Hotel has a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean waters, that has made Positano famous.While relaxing from your terrace, not only will you enjoy the sight of "Li Galli" island and the tower "Clavel", but also the many boats sailing in the blue colored waters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Punta Regina Positano
- Albergo Punta Regina Hotel Positano