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Hotel La Bougainville
Ranked #22 of 38 Hotels in Positano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 7, 2012

This hotel has a pretty good location, decent view, and nice staff, (with one major exception). However, we had a few issues that significantly lowered our opinion of this hotel and would make us hesitate to recommend it.

The breakfast was really disappointing. For a start, it was monotonous. The toaster didn't work, unless you have 20 mins to stand around and repeatedly put your toast in the machine. If you do concentrate on your toast, you'll miss out on any other food, as they don't replenish the supplies. They were often virtually out of food with 45 minutes left for breakfast. We also had trouble getting coffee. My wife had to go the the kitchen to ask for a it, was completely ignored by the man working there, so she had to go the front desk to ask.

The room was pretty tired for the price they were asking, but clean for the most part. The shower leaked, which was pretty annoying, as we had to use our towels to mop it up everyday which left us with no dry towels for the rest of the day.

The biggest problem was the ants on our balcony. What started out as quite a lot of ants turned into an absolute infestation by the end of our stay. It rendered the balcony unusable. Ants would crawl on you, you would carry them into the room ... it was unpleasant. On more than one occasion my wife would find an ant in a delicate place on her body five minutes after she came in from the balcony. What's more is, there was a lot of little ant corpses on our balcony that the cleaning staff never swept up.
All this said, the hotel wasn't awful. However, we traveled in Europe for six weeks this summer, and this was our third lowest rating. The hotel could be a lot better if they paid some attention to these issues.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We spent 5 days in Positano at La Bougainville. Our room was the last room down the hall facing the ocean. We had a little balcony and a wonderful view of the water and the hillside. The bus stop is just steps outside the door! Downstairs is a really fun little bar/espresso/gelato. The room had a refrigerator with a "mini bar" that was well stocked and reasonable. The room was just basic, nothing elegant but comfortable and clean. We had breakfast here each morning. The breakfast room is nice, rather crowded if everyone comes at the same time. The breakfast was exactly the same all mornings, the coffe was great!

Room Tip: I would think you really want an ocean view
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Our second visit to Hotel Bougainville was as exceptional as the first more than a decade ago. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and cannot say enough about the friendly, helpful staff (everyone!) and their willingness to provide suggestions and solutions (hurray for the porters and Mariella's vast knowledge of travel schedules!). The rooms are large, the location cannot be beat, and the sea views and balconies are well worth it. We cannot wait to return and will not wait so long. Thank you Cuomo Family!

Room Tip: Rooms with sea views and balconies are well worth the expense.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

We spent 5 magical nights in the beautiful town of Positano, Italy and were very pleased with our hotel. We had a sea view room with a terrace which was very lovely. The staff were all very helpful in making us reservations, giving directions, etc. Our room was clean with a nice bathroom and comfortable bed. Plus the room was a GREAT value considering the the cost of sea view rooms at many other hotels (you could easily spend $500+ a night). The hotel is in a great location, no more than a 7 minute walk down to the beach. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel La Bougainville and can't wait until we can visit the magical Amalfi Coast again.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

As many reviewers have mentioned, the location close to town is great. Mariella the owner, and Andrea are wonderfully helpful with whatever you need - reservations, suggestions, directions, you name it. They made the stay wonderful. We had a sea view room with a terrace which was nice. Since you are situated near town, the better view from our terrace (room 20) was of the homes on the side of the hill. The water was visible but you couldn't see the harbor/dock area from the room, only water over the building line. The breakfast was OK, nothing special.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

The staff at the Bougainville makes this places special. The women at the front desk were extremely helpful in finding good restuarants, beaches, tours etc. The location is perfect(when you are not carrying your luggage..ask for a porter and one will pick up your luggage and deliever it best 7 euros ever). The women were so helpful and kind! The rooms with views of the sea are picture perfect!

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo 25, 84017, Positano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Positano
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Positano
#15 Romantic Hotel in Positano
Price Range: $88 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Bougainville 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoying a superb location in the picturesque historic center of Positano, only five minutes from the sea. Hotel La Bougainville is a delightful family run establishment where modern technology and contemporary furnishings have been employed so as to offer the utmost in comfort and design.The interiors of the hotel, filled with the bright colors typical of the Amalfi Coast, are stylishly simple. A number of bedrooms lead out on to their own private balcony, from where to enjoy views of the sea. ... more   less 
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