I travelled with a friend, stayed for a week, in July 2012.
All in all, the hotel is good (judging by price/quality and taking into account the huge demand for hotels in Positano in July – start of high season).
But before booking this hotel, it’s better for you to know
1.There is only one road passing through the high grounds of the town Positano – and this hotel stands right on this road. Taking into account that all Italians are VERY fond of bikes and all kinds of motorcycles – it’s a complete buzzing day and night, especially because the road is narrow and starts 5 cm off the wall of the hotel, and if the previous car stopped to let the passengers out or something – this buzzing element is just standing and making noise in front of your window.
2. The rooms are OVERLY decorated, which reveals bad taste of the owners. This is none of the so called classical Roman or Italian style as you might think of, this is complete and total waste of money for excess of décor, the tiles at the bed-head, something on the ceiling, the curtain between the main part of the room and the small adjoing room (we had the so called superior room with a side seaview - the windows really faced the direction of the sea, but a VERY tiny piece of the sea could be seen far ahead), artificial flowers in the bathroom – all this is senseless, tasteless and just irritates a lot.
3. There is only one big bed in the double room, meant seemingly for couples and honeymoon, so if you are 2 young men travelling together, or two girls travelling together – as was our case – be ready to start a more intimate relationship on this journey ;)!!! You will not be given 2 normal-sized traveller beds - who cares for your sexual preferences and that you are of the similar sex! You WILL sleep in one bed, just because you have no choice. The small sofa in the adjoinig room can not be seriously treated – it is dangerous for one’s spine even to lie down on such a uneven surface with evident holes and mounds.
4. Breakfast – it’s quite a miracle! You sit down in a small room at one of the five tables. In several minutes the hotel owner comes to you and asks what you prefer today). This question is already a joke, because the choice is absolutely the same every morning: tea/coffee, a plate with several breads, muesli with yogurt/milk and “fresh fruits”. Yes, the hotel is family run. Yes, it’s not buffet. But to be satisfied with 1 croissant, 1 piece of bread, tiny pieces of some canned “fresh fruits” on the bottom of a bowl and a plain yoghurt with half a small packet of muesli– excuse me, I am not a male, but that’s not nearly enough for a breakfast of a grown-up person. That’s not enough even for a child. And to spend so much time preparing this ready food and bringing it down to your table - it’s nonsense! I’ve seen many buffet breakfasts, many continental breakfasts, but never had such an intimate “family” experience – it feels as if they bring the food not from a hotel kitchen, but from their own kitchen at home, as if each time you have to beg to give you the food for which you paid in your room rate and which must be given to you in all the appropriate volume, not asking for every small portion. Personally I felt each time there at breakfast like Winnie the Pooh visiting the Rabbit and strongly wishing for “both the honey AND the condensed milk AND the bread’, but the greedy “Rabbit” would give only one option each morning!
Maybe this is subjective – but the review is meant to be subjective – and this is what I personally felt at the hotel.
5.Ah! Almost forgot it - don't leave ANY food in the room - on the table or anywhere. There are hundreds of ants there. They usually hide somewhere in the wardrobe, and you see none of them, but once my fiend left a plastic fork from her lunch - that smelled of food - on the table and we returned in 2 or 3 hours - there was just asn ARMY of ants who had made a road from their "home" to the tasty fork and moved in line))))))
6. The air conditioner is hardly enough for the room, esp. if it's the sunny side. But the problem with it is that whenever you turn it on - it smells of something sweety and nauseous. The same smell has the town laundry - it can be felt in the town centre - and so do all the sheets and towels. In case you are allergic or just have sensitive smelling.
General information. The town of Positano is divided by the ravine in two slopes, Royal Prisco is situated at the end of the ravine, at its highest point, right in the centre, not included into any of the slopes, so the eastern slope was on my left when I stood on the hotel balcony facing the sea, and the western slope is on the right. On the right is also the serpentine road coming from Sorrento. Right below the hotel, across the road, in the ravine is the parking place for cars, and near it I could see the lights of the restaurant situated in the ravine. At your back, high above all around Positano are very beautiful rocky mountains. The road to the beach took 15-20 minutes, it went through the centre of the town, through all the shops, boutiques, restaurants and the church. In case you are shy to go through the crowds in your swimwear you have to put some decent clothes on each time you go to the beach and back from the beach. There are not so many stairs and the decline is gradual and no more than by 10 degrees on each piece of the distance – so it’s not very difficult to go either up or down, as I previously expected, although I have a knee injury. There is no other way to the beach from Royal Prisco but through the central streets with all the touristic crowds and cars constantly passing just 2 cm from your feet.
Please, mind it - you should be careful – the pedestrian areas are very narrow, you have to walk practically on the same road where the cars go, unfortunately!
In Positano, cars are everywhere. In the upper town there are even restaurants situated right on the streets, like Café Positano, for instance, and the tables on the left side and on the right side of the restaurant are divided by the ROAD – so when a motorcyclist stops, he can just stretch his arm and take food from your plate).
Besides, the road TO Positano from Naples is the greatest serpantine I've ever seen - be sure to have a strong stomach!
The sea water in Positano is not crystal clear due to the many yachts that anchor near the beaches, Spiaggia Grande is overcrowded and there is much rubbish floating on the sea surface, thrown from the yachts. No one pays attention to it and just swims, but it’s filthy! Spiaggia Fornillo is more secluded, more beautiful and a little cleaner, maybe a little longer to walk to the side from the centre and the main pier, but it’s worthy, and the sunbeds are cheaper – 7,50 instead on 12 Euro for 1.
The prices in Positano are VERY high – even for simple drinking water. To pay 12 Euro each day for a sunbed at Spiaggia Grande)! And approximately 25 Euro per person for a light dinner – it really does not cost it, it’s just the touristic fuss about the place that makes prices rise. Before deciding on Italy, consider going to Greek islands, and there eat much tastier food, stay in more comfortable hotels, swim in crystal clear water, see historic sights and enjoy beautiful views and spend 50% less money for the same week of vacations – this is my sincere advice to all heading for the touristy and pompous Positano.
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