Positano Hotels

The best places to stay in Positano on the Amalfi Coast

High season in Positano lasts at least June to September, plus Easter (and, if they're open, Dec 24–Jan 6). Some hotels even extend high season prices into April and October.

In the winter off-season (late October or November through March or Easter) few hotels are open.

However, prices are pretty good in the off-season—though Positano is never the sort of place you could consider "cheap."

How to find hotels in Positano

Hotels in the center of Positano

Hotels in Fornillo

Fornillo is the quieter side of Positano, a steep clutch of houses above its own beach just around the headland west of "downtown" Positano (by which I mean a mere ten-minute amble along a lovely cliffside path).

A hotel in nearby Praiano

About 3km (2 miles) beyond Positano is its sister hamlet of Praiano, also a trendy resort village (only much smaller and still little-known) with a majolica-domed church.

Other lodgings in Positano

Hotels aren't your only lodging options. In fact, hotels are often the most expensive options available, yet rarely are the most fun or remarkable.

For a more memorable trip, you might want to try an alternative accommodation that (usually) costs less and (usually) affords you a better a chance to get closer to the local people and culture.

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The price ranges

The price categories for hotels on this site are as follows:

Under €100
€€ €100–€200
€€€ Over €200

This reflects the lowest cost for a standard double room in low season.

Yes, that does leave a whole lot of wiggle room. Rates will be rather higher for, say, a "superior deluxe" room with a spectacular view at the height of high season. Still, we have to be able to compare somewhere—and using this metric does at least give you a relative sense of how the hotels compare to one another on price.

Since price ranges (€€–€€€) only muddy the issue, I will usually stick to a single designation for each hotel. The only time you will see a range is if a property offers more than one distinct category of lodging—not different types of rooms (many do that), but say a property that offiers, say, both private hotel rooms as well as hostel-like beds in a shared dormitory.

Where to get off the bus

Hop off the bus, Gus

Positano has two main bus stops for the coastal SITA bus coming from Sorrento.

For most of the downtown hotels, get off at the second stop, 'Sponda," just east of the center of town. The exception (at least among the hotels listed here) is the Casa Albertina, for which it's better to get off at the first stop.

If your hotel is in the Fornillo neighborhood, get off at the first stop, "Chiesa Nuova," then wait for the Positano minibus. (Ask "per Fornillo?" as you board to make sure it's the right bus—and to signal the driver that you're a tourist and he'll need to tell you when to get off.)

Useful Italian for lodging
English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra
...an apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
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