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“Wonderful!”
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Hotel California
Ranked #16 of 38 Hotels in Positano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2008

This was the first time that my husband and I were on the Amalfi Coast and staying at the Hotel California was really a treat. First of all, it is an ideal location. Most travel to other cities is by bus and the bus stop is just up the street a few yards! The view from our balcony was just unbelievable....and all of the balconies have the same wonderful view. There has been a lot said about Maria. She makes the place a home away from home. She is very interested in making sure your experience in Positano is a wonderful one. Her suggestions were perfect and she made us feel like we were guests in her home. Can't wait to go back some day.

Stayed: October 2007
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Reviewed December 26, 2007

The staff at Hotel California definitely contributed to the excellent stay we had. They were friendly, authentic, and attentive.
Our room was huge! It included two un-divided rooms, and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi. When we opened our door, we had a gorgeous view of the mediterranean. There was also a reserved breakfast table for us right outide our room, with the same view. The breakfasts were very tasty, with a lovely atmosphere.
We hope to return there one day, and would recommend it to other travellers.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2007

My wife and I stayed for four nights in early October. Maria was every bit as gracious and helpful as we had been led to expect. Her recommendation for the direct boat trip from Positano to and around Capri was far superior to the plan I had had to go to Sorrento to catch a ferry. (We drove to Sorrento the next day just to see it and realized what a hassle it would have been to find a parking spot near the ferry.)

She recommended dinner at Ristorante Tagliata in Montepertuso (high above Positano) and arranged for the bus pickup which took us up a road we would never have done at night on our own. It was a fabulous, all-inclusive meal that was probably the best we had during our 22 days in Italy and Greece. Not gourmet, but excellent.

Albergo California was delightful. We had room 61 on the corner with a fabulous view of the harbor area. The patio area under the arbor was so pleasant in the morning at breakfast.

Maria's family was always extremely helpful, probably due to the fact that they lived in NYC for ten years and understand our American traits.

Our one slight negative would be that breakfast was a little repetitive and somewhat light. But certainly more than adequate.

You can spend a lot more money to stay just down the street at La Sireneuse, but that is a different experience. We wanted "solid" and were most pleased.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2007

We stayed at Hotel California back in June for a wedding. To say that our experience there was outstanding is an understatement. We loved everything about the hotel - staff, cleanliness, room, view, breakfast, location, parking, etc. I cannot even being to tell you how wonderful our time there was. We will definitely stay there again if we return to Positano and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to go. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 9, 2007

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Just look at that website and you will see how gorgeous Positano is. That camera is about three doors down from hotel California. You get the same view. Try to get rooms with balcony or terrace. We stayed in room 66. The hotel is close to the beach. Five or ten minute walk. Maria is very cordial and helpful. She will offer suggestions and she knows what she is talking about. She wants to make your stay a happy and memorable one. She will suggest that you take a private boat to Capri. It might cost a little more but DO IT!!! It is worth the small amount difference from taking a regular tour boat. It will take you around the island and stop in some of the grottoes. It doesn't stop in the overcrowded Blue Grotto because it would take a two hour wait to get in. The boat will let you off at the main pier and you can walk the island or as we did hike to the top where we had lunch at a restaurant called "Bar Jovis". Excellent. Maria will also suggest going up the hill for dinner. DO IT!! What a treat. A minivan will meet you at the hotel and take you way up the hillside to a restaurant where they have no limit of food that they give you. After dinner the minivan will also take you back down.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 8, 2007

My wife and I had a fantastic three night stay here at the Auberge California in Positano. The views are spectacular and the hotel is in a great location -- high enough to have great views but an easy walk to the beach. Maria, John and family provided great, friendly service. There was a mixup with our room upon arrival but they graciously upgraded us to an upper floor room. Highlights are the location, service and value (130 euro per night, although we were near the end of the season). Continental breakfast on the deck overlooking the town each morning was a treat. Maria will arrange dinner reservations, a boat trip to Capri or a driver / car for those who want it. We made our own plans which also worked out very well.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank stompin_pt
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Reviewed November 6, 2007

I was in Positano in August 2000 with a friend.We stayed 3 nites at Albergo California and loved it.It was close to everything and so easy to find.Breakfast on the terrace was coffee,juice and pastries but a more substantial meal could be ordered.Our room was lovely with a small balcony overlooking the water and a beautiful view of the wonderful picturesque hillside that Positano is known for.As I understand it Hotel California was a home that has been turned into a hotel and it is very accomodating.The staff were great and very helpful but the proximity to everything and the view did it for me.

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Additional Information about Hotel California

Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo 141, 84017, Positano, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Positano
#11 Romantic Hotel in Positano
Price Range: $169 - $345 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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Also Known As:
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