Casa Buonocore is exquisite. From the moment we arrived I felt like we had walked into a local’s summer villa or walked on set at a luxury homes magazine photo shoot. If you were to stay in another hotel, yes it can be luxurious but it is still a hotel full of tourists and you feel like a tourist. The ambience of Casa Buonocore is very different and therein lies the charm. It is elegant and sophisticated, secluded and peaceful. The service is still 5 stars but instead of being one of 200 guests, you are one of a select lucky handful of discerning travellers. Our hosts (particularly the lovely gentleman that greeted us warmly each morning at breakfast) were very friendly, polite and helpful without being intrusive and their attention to detail was very impressive.
Breakfast was simply stunning. The owners are gourmands and clearly enjoy the finer things in life and their guests certainly benefit from that. The selection was extensive, homemade, fresh and only the best quality produce was used. And the patio where breakfast was served was peaceful and relaxing. Shaded by lemon trees and beautifully scented flowers along with a little herb garden (the herbs used in my omelette were handpicked straight from the garden!). Potted plants and several lanterns were scattered beautifully all over the outdoor patio and furniture and ran up the stairwell and it was quite magical returning home of an evening and arriving at the candlelit Casa Buonocore. Very special.
We stayed here for 6 glorious nights (4th-9th August, 2013). We also stayed 3 nights just up the road at the Hotel Marincanto and 2 nights at the Hotel Minerva on the island of Capri (please refer to my other reviews).
Casa Buonocore does not have a pool or the quintessential postcard view of Positano but it more than makes up for that in every other way to make your stay here a very memorable experience. We stayed in a standard room with a small balcony. The room was impeccably clean with beautiful bed linen and simple designer décor. It was perfect for our needs. The B&B is exactly as described on the website. It surprises me that you can actually find such an elegant and sophisticated B&B at this price point in Positano. It is worth every cent. A lot of the other hotels are more expensive and you pay a high premium for the view, having a pool, a gym, a spa etc etc but if you don’t need those why pay for them? And many of the hotels in Positano sell themselves on old world glamour but in reality that translates as outdated and tired looking rooms. Casa Buonocore is different. It is contemporary but still steeped in tradition.
For a touch of the dolce vita lifestyle without feeling like a tourist I would highly recommend Casa Buonocore.
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