Positano is absolutely my favorite place to visit along the Amalfi Coast. After living just a short drive away, I have stayed at some real gems in the idyllic town. In this detailed guide on where to stay in Positano, I’ll share my top picks for hotels and apartment rentals, plus a few travel tips to keep in mind.
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Tips for Staying in Positano
The Amalfi Coast is a luxury destination and you’ll see accommodation prices reflect that when you begin your search for where to stay in Positano. The price of a “mid-range” hotel in Positano would easily be in the luxury category in most other cities in Italy. As a general note, hotels will be less expensive as they get further away from the main beach and town center (read: more stairs).
Parking is typically not included and usually costs around 20 euro per night at a nearby garage. While there are certainly deals to be found, expect to spend around 200 euros a night in Positano for accommodation with breakfast included.
How to get to Positano
You can get to Positano by car, ferry, bus, train, or private driver. I have gone into detail for each method in a separate post exclusively on how to get to Positano from Naples, but hiring a private driver is by far the fastest, most convenient option.
Where to Stay in Positano: Best Hotels
Hotels and luxury properties are listed starting with the most budget friendly moving towards the most expensive (based on the cost of three nights in high season of 2021).
Hotel Dimora Fornillo
I scored the last room at Hotel Dimora Fornillo via phone call on a Saturday night in late May. I felt like I won the jackpot. We were meeting friends last minute and most places were booked. While the rooms are simple, they are spacious and open up right to a beautiful garden patio overlooking the ocean.
Hotel Dimora Fornillo is right along the stairway path that leads to Fornillo Beach, and from there you can walk along the oceanside until you reach the main beach and ferry dock.
$$ – breakfast included, pet-friendly, ocean views & balcony rooms available. Check pricing and availability.
Dimora del Podesta
Dimora del Podesta is one of my favorite places to stay in Positano. It’s family operated and you truly feel at home there. The location is perfect for visiting Fornillo Beach and top quality restaurants. The rooms are spacious with authentic details and a partial ocean view. Only 3 rooms available and all have a private balcony that they serve breakfast on each morning.
$$ – breakfast included, pet-friendly, balcony and ocean view rooms. Check pricing and availability.
I’ve walked by the sign for Casa Buonocore no fewer than a dozen times and I take a photo each time. I’ve always wanted to stay here. Be sure to check out the junior suite with a balcony and view. Considering location and decor, this guesthouse is a top choice for its price range.
$$ – breakfast included, rooms with ocean views & terrace available. Check pricing and availability.
My husband surprised me on my birthday and we spent the night at Casa Albertina. Situated on the left hand side of Positano as you approach by boat, the rooms have a nice terrace with incredible views of Positano. The rooms could use a bit of refresh, but it’s a good value compared to nearby properties with a similar view.
$$- breakfast included, pet-friendly, rooms with ocean views & terrace available. Check pricing and availability.
Buca Di Bacco
I’ve only eaten at this hotel’s restaurant for dinner (which was perfect for its location and quality), but Hotel Buca di Bacco is also a top pick for where to stay in Positano. It is located near Le Sirenuse with almost the same views, but a fraction of the cost with rooms starting around 240 euro.
$$$ – central location, breakfast included, pet-friendly, ocean views & terrace rooms available. Check pricing and availability.
With a central location, stylish rooms and an outdoor ivy covered terrace, what’s not to like? Hotel Poseidon also boasts a pool overlooking the ocean, a rarity in Positano. They always have a cute vintage car or vespa parked out front too. Hotel Poseidon is in a prime location right around the corner from Da Vincenzo, the perfect place for dinner (more on where to eat in Positano in my travel guide).
$$$ – pool, restaurant, breakfast included, pet-friendly, ocean views & balcony rooms available. Check pricing and availability.
You’ve probably heard of Le Sirenuse with its famous red building, pool lined with lemon trees and an ivy-filled breakfast room. The family home turned boutique hotel is the most luxurious choice in the heart of Positano. With rooms starting around $1,000 a night, it’s a little out of my personal price range (a girl can dream, right?). If you can’t swing a room for the night, I highly recommend getting a cocktail at their bar next door, Franco’s.
$$$$- pool, restaurant & bar, central location, breakfast included, rooms with terrace with ocean views. Check pricing and availability.
Il San Pietro di Positano
For another level of luxury a little outside the center of Positano, check into Il San Pietro di Positano. Enjoy five star luxury, a 24/7 shuttle and a private beach.
$$$$- private beach, pool, restaurant & bars, breakfast included, pet-friendly, rooms with terrace & ocean views, free parking, free shuttle to town center. Check pricing and availability.
Former home to Franco Zeffirelli, director of Italian operas and film, Villa Treville is a five star hotel full of history and character. The 5-acre property has direct access to the beach via an elevator built into the cliff.
$$$$- private beach, restaurant & bars, breakfast included, pet-friendly, rooms with terrace & ocean views, free parking. Check pricing and availability.
Photo above of Villa Treville is from a local in Positano, Nicki of @NickiPositano. Following her on Instagram is a must if you are interested in Positano.
Apartments and Vacation Rentals
Depending on how long you’ll be staying in Positano, you might want to consider renting an apartment. You might prefer a small kitchenette, a washing machine and a little more space. Apartment rentals are also a great idea if you are traveling as a group.
Tiny House with a View
You might not know Nicki and Carlo also welcome guests to their tiny house for two on Airbnb. With over 400 steps, you’ll get a true taste of what it is like to live in Positano.
Unique Stay in a Tower
Walking from the main beach in Positano to Fornillo Beach, you’ll pass one of several towers along the Amalfi Coast. You might not even notice that the 16th century tower is actually several apartments available for rent. Not only would this be a unique stay with a gorgeous ocean view from the patio, it would also be an easy walk from the ferry port.
Two bedroom with a terrace
This two bedroom apartment rental has a multi level terrace complete with a small outdoor kitchen and charming tiles.
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