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“Amazing - the highlight of my trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Residence La Dolce Vita

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Residence La Dolce Vita
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Lisbon, Portugal
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Amazing - the highlight of my trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

La Dolce Vita was one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed. With absolutely spectacular views over the water, a very short walk down to the beach, a short walk up to the main road, and incredible, spacious, luxurious apartment-style rooms, I would recommend this place to anyone, 100%, you will not regret it. Marie was such a character, she always brightened the day, and made breakfast interesting and a crack-up. I will be back, ASAP!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Raechel K
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We have just returned from a three night stay at La Dolce Vita in Positano and we absolutely loved it. Our room was very spacious with a lovely balcony overlooking the sea. It was very clean and well stocked with a safe and fridge. Maryse and her husband were very hospitable and we were rewarded after our trek with our luggage down the steps from the car park with a cold beer from Maryse! The hotel is situated in a bay just next to the main village of Positano but the walk between the two is a lovely coastal path with stunning views. We had a wonderful stay and want to thank Maryse and her husband!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sandtlovetravelling
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed for 7 nights in September. We were attempting to do Positano on a limited budget, seemingly not an easy thing to do but we both agreed that we had made a good choice when booking La Dolce Vita.

We had a spacious and beautiful room with a huge balcony and a really comfy bed. We found that the location was perfect once we had carried our suitcases down the 300 steps or so from the road, as it it only 100 steps up from the beach, and not in the bustle of the town centre. Maryse even gave us cold drinks as we arrived so we could recover from the climb down. The main town is only a few minutes away along a really picturesque cliff walk and there are restaurants and beach bars nearby. We recommend Lo Guarrancino along the path to town for a great view and good value food.

Maryse was very friendly at breakfast and helpful with travel advice about Pompeii and Capri. Our room was cleaned thoroughly every day. I would not hesitate to stay here again, thank you for having us!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank steftheharpist
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Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We have been traveling along the Amalfi for weeks and this is by far one of the best hotels!

Maryse was lovely and accommodating to every need. It was hard to find her at times but she is there every morning so just ask your questions then!

I loved my stay there, great wifi, great atmosphere, close to the beach and beach restaurants/bars.

I can't recommend this place enough!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Matthew S
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Perfect location right on the beach, overlooking the water. Just a min walk to the beach. The most beautiful staff that would do anything to make you happy. Beautiful, large room with modern bathroom and fittings. Great restaurants just 2 mins walk. You do need to walk down quite a lot of stairs to get to the hotel, however, its Amalfi, and good things come to those who walk! It will be well worth it if you stay at this hotel. The lady that runs this hotel is just beautiful, eager to please, and very helpful. If you're coming to Positano, I would not stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TravellingAussie01
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

This was my first visit to positano and I picked dolce vita as it was so close to the sea,and stayed 5nights in early august.I have travelled widely in Europe and am baffled by criticisms of Dolce Vita.It is not an hotel,if people want that then find one don't criticise a B and B for being that.I speak as I find,Maryese was an excellent host,on my arrival tired and very warm cold drinks were provide immediately>the room was more than adequate with a terrace overlooking the beach,waking and sleeping to lapping waves !The bathroom was excellent good power shower,ive had worse in 4star hotels.Maryese and her husband were most helpful throughout,providing local info and advice and ,cold drinks when needed.Breakfast is obviously continental,but had a good selection of yoghourts,fresh fruit especially melon,cereal and bread jams and croissants.Positano is full of steps so be ready,but the beack walk to the town from dolce vita is fairly flat and a leisurely 10/15mins,at night returning it is a beautiful relaxing walk.All in all A Fab place to stay.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank malcolm g
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Kitchener, Ontario
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

My family of 3 stayed here for a few nights in late July. I decided on this place based on most of the TripAdvisor reviews. However, I suppose Maryse was friendlier to other reviewers than she was to my family. Her standoffish attitude was somewhat off-putting, but it didn't wreck our experience in Positano or anything.
I didn't notice any ants in our room, as one reviewer posted, and we actually felt the room to be quite clean. The place isn't 5star so the beds and amenities were as we expected. Comfy and adequate... no problem since we only slept there and were busy all days long. Breakfast was just okay but asking for a coffee was almost frightening because it seemed to be an inconvenience to Maryse. Perhaps she's been doing this for too long and has lost her sense of hospitality?
It's quite a hike to the place from the road (that's Positano) but quite close to the beach, which was good. A couple of places to eat and drink on the beach, so that too was good. The walk into town wasn't too bad, so no complaints there.
Overall, this place is just okay, but it's location on the beach is it's asset. However, I'd recommend that people spend a couple more $$s and stay closer to the town. Maryse's somewhat unwelcoming nature reduces the "quaintness" that perhaps this place could have.

Room Tip: We didn't have a balcony... request a room with a balcony to increase the enjoyment of your stay...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KWTraveller
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Additional Information about Residence La Dolce Vita

Property: Residence La Dolce Vita
Address: Via Fornillo 31, 84017, Positano, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Positano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence La Dolce Vita 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The scenery is amazing, the beach of Fornillo is set between steep mountains green hills and the beach. The house used to be a simple fisherman's house,once the only one on the beach. Now, the house offers 6 comfortable bedrooms on two levels,facing the sea, full south, with balcony or terrace or garden, bathroom with shower, fridge, air conditioning and daily breakfast. ... more   less 
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