The Best Hotels to Book in Positano, Italy

Soak up panoramic views of stunning Italian architecture and the sea from one of the best hotels in Positano
Soak up panoramic views of stunning Italian architecture and the sea from one of the best hotels in Positano | © Freeartist / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

A village clinging to the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Positano is well-deserving of its status as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the region. Crystalline waters will wink at you wherever you walk, beckoning you in for a swim – with lush gardens and narrow staircases leading you to charming cafes and restaurants ready to engage your senses with coastal cuisine and culture. Fall in love with the beauty of this Italian coastline when you stay at one of the best hotels in Positano – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Il San Pietro di Positano, for plenty of on-site activities

Luxury, Boutique Hotel

Luxury king room with shiny tile floors and couch in blue and white, and balcony with coastline views at Il San Pietro di Positano
Courtesy of Il San Pietro di Positano / Expedia

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Amalfi Coast during your serene stay at Il San Pietro di Positano. The moment you place your bags on the local terracotta flooring of your spacious suite, you’ll have a full itinerary of activities, should you desire an authentic and engaging experience. Guided garden tours, wine tasting, Italian language lessons and cocktail masterclasses will keep you busy. A private beach, swimming pool, tennis court and complimentary two-hour boat trip will hardly give you time to unpack your luggage.

2. Hotel Marincanto, for sea views from the infinity pool

Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Infinity pool with panoramic views of sea, coastline and town clinging to cliffside at Marincanto, Positano, Amalfi Coast
Courtesy of Marincanto / Expedia

How could Marincanto possibly improve on their infinity pool? By placing it in front of 360-degree views of Positano and the bay that will swim in your memory for years to come. Get lost in gazing at the horizon from this boutique Positano hotel or get a little closer to the sea by walking down the secluded steps to Marincanto’s privately owned beach. The few moments you spend inside will be in an airy, light-filled room where the sea breeze and water views will pamper you with peace and quiet.

3. Le Sirenuse, for rejuvenating spa activities


Outdoor dining area with tile floors, ceramic tables, yellow and green chairs and sea and town views at Le Sirenuse, Positano
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Indulge in the simple pleasures of Positano at Le Sirenuse. The hotel staff are exceptionally encouraging of your desires to do nothing but sit and stare at the sea. Should the sea breeze and sunshine leave you wanting more, they’re happy to arrange drives to Pompeii and speedboat rides to the village of Nerano. Schedule your trip during their annual Dolce Vitality fitness and detox retreat to reawaken your senses with yoga, hikes and spa treatments as you disconnect from the digital world.

4. Hotel Miramare, for Positano views from your bathtub


Luxury room with vaulted ceilings, antique furnishings and seafront balcony with loungers and pergola at Miramare, Positano
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Glass-walled bathrooms at Miramare tempt you to soak your vacation away in a bathtub overlooking all of Positano. Every room faces the sea, granting you sunsets only made more memorable with a bottle of wine as red as the sky. You’ll look forward to sunrise just as much when you awake to a breakfast of sweet and savoury staples, fresh coffee – and, of course, your fill of sea views.

5. Hotel Poseidon, for rides in a 1970s convertible Beetle


Bedroom with antique sleigh bed and decor and large arched window offering views of Positano at Poseidon Hotel, Amalfi Coast
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After a few hours in the Poseidon Hotel’s L’Onda Beauty Centre, you’ll look and feel as vibrant as the Amalfi Coast. A red coral facial treatment, anti-stress massage and long soak in the Turkish bath will leave you revitalised and ready to strike a pose in Positano. The concierge will gladly hand over the keys to a 1970s convertible Beetle and encourage you to find the best vista on the coastline for an incredible photo op.

6. Hotel Palazzo Murat, for locavore dining

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Outdoor deck with bougainvillea-covered pergola cascading down wall to courtyard at Palazzo Murat, Positano
Courtesy of Palazzo Murat / Expedia

With its envious address is on the Via dei Mulini thoroughfare, the citrus-scented grounds of the Hotel Palazzo Murat will let you engage in pursuit of tranquility right in the heart of Positano. The hydromassage corner of the turquoise pool will put every muscle at ease, even if the poolside cocktails and gelato don’t. Dry off only to slide into a table at Al Palazzo Restaurant and savour a multi-sensory journey of culinary creations using herbs and fruits from the hotel’s Donna Carmela garden.

7. Villa Yiara, for self-caterers

Bed and Breakfast

All white outdoor deck with spa tub, wicker chairs under parasol and lounge chairs facing sea view at Villa Yiara, Positano
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Live like a local in your own apartment at Villa Yiara. A private entrance to this annexe leads to an immaculate living space with a full kitchen and terrace overlooking the sea. This 18th-century abode is adults-only, offering a laid-back setting where you can relax in sweet silence. A lively afternoon with locals can be found only moments away with a seven-minute walk to the beach – with an even shorter distance to a plate of fresh seafood and pasta at the popular Da Vincenzo Positano.

8. Hotel Villa Franca, for contemporary art lovers


Lounge with white-marble floors, black velvet seating, grand piano, sculptures and seafront views at Hotel Villa Franca, Positano
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You’ll find the captivating contemporary artwork of Hotel Villa Franca between the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the endless blue sky. You’d think that this luxury Positano hotel was a mini museum with its private art collection featuring world-renowned artists. Hotel Villa Franca’s rooms will leave you in a similar state of awe with their marble bathrooms, stark white furnishings and terrycloth robes that’ll tempt you to relax on your king-sized bed for hours.

9. Hotel Villa Gabrisa, for a stay in an antique-strewn villa


Luxury room with gilded antique white furnishings, marble floors and seafront balcony at Hotel Villa Gabrisa, Positano
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Call an ancient villa – in the Positano historic district – home for a few days at Hotel Villa Gabrisa. Elegant suites are adorned with antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, wowing you with a mix of wonder and romance. You’re welcome to spend the afternoon lounging on your terrace and watching the sun crawl across the sky – though we insist you do so with the local cheeses, jams and vino from the Gabrisa Food and Wine Shop on-site.

10. Villa La Tartana, for a super-central location


Balcony with white table, chairs and railing with bamboo shade and panoramic sea views at Villa La Tartana, Positano
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You’ll spend hours sipping coffee and staring into the horizon from your balcony at Villa La Tartana, overlooking the picture-perfect Tyrrhenian Sea. Whenever you choose to slip on a pair of sandals, you’ll need only walk a few short steps down the Lion Steps to the Spiaggia Grande. From your room to the breakfast room and 24-hour bar, your only escape from the peaceful sea views will be when you sit back and soak into your suite’s jacuzzi tub.

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