Location Positano

Postcode 84017 Positano

Telephone +39 089 875382


Why we love it...

Atmospheric. Things to do?

The Place

Here is another Neapolitan nobleman’s palazzo in Positano, built in 1677, but in all other respects completely different. Come to the California if you want atmosphere, a warm welcome and (for Positano) budget prices. The châtelaine is Mary Cinque (English first name, but 100 per cent Italian mamma) who now runs the hotel opened by her father-in-law in 1968 and named after his much-missed sister who had emigrated to California. ‘I want my guests to be happy,’ she says, and she means it. Mary tries hard to keep up with modern requirements and a programme of renovation has recently been completed. Luckily most of the rooms, though plain, still retain an old-fashioned charm, and all have a balcony or terrace. No. 54 is large, with green tiled floor and high painted ceiling. No. 55 is even bigger. No. 61 is one of the rooms in which Mary has proudly installed a Jacuzzi, and benefits from windows on two sides.
The hotel’s star feature, notwithstanding Mary herself, is the upper-floor terrace which stretches along the front of the building. It has a pure turn-of-the-century feel, leafy, elegant, dotted with wrought-iron and wicker furniture. There are no other public spaces; breakfast is served here or in your room. As the Eagles sang of another Hotel California, we thought it was ‘a lovely place’ – but we’d be reassured by some positive readers’ letters, especially as we haven’t yet been able to stay the night.

The Essentials

Price Band €€
Rooms 15 double and twin with bath; all rooms have phone, TV, air conditioning, minibar, hairdrier
Food breakfast
Facilities terrace
Children welcome
Accessibility not suitable
Pets not accepted

To Book

Contact Mary Cinque
Call +39 089 875382
Fax 0+39 89 812154

Good To Know

Address Via C, Columbo 141 84017 Positano

The Location

Find this place: on road leading into/out of town, overlooking town and sea, 10 minutes? walk from waterfront; car parking

What's nearby: Amalfi (17 km); Ravello (23 km)

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