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Positano: L'Ancora

Via Cristoforo Colombo, 36, Phone: 08.9875318

Reviewed by: wendyash from UK, review #263

When: April 2003

Positano is best seen when the daytrippers have departed so you need an overnight stay; making the right choice is vital... {4 star}

As much as I would like to I cannot recommend this hotel, which is great pity. It seems to be suffering in its bid for promotion from a 3 to a 4 star. Whilst the style and size of the room are what you would expect from that category and price range all the other things that are required to ensure a peacful, relaxing stay are lagging far behind. I do hope these obstacles are overcome and I wish the owner well. My advice for the short term would be to reduce prices so Guests don't feel that just because they are staying next door to Le Sirenuse that prices have to be in the same league for an inferior product.

Hotel L'Ancora has a marvellous position next door to the Hotel Le Sirenuse. We had quite a warm welcome and were shown to our very large white junior suite. The room was stylish with one or two nice old pieces of furniture.

The buiding leads off the main thoroughfare of Positano, but you go down to reach your bedroom so each room is rather like an eagle's nest but not so private. The buiding is well maintained and the standard of housekeeping is good. The bathroom, with jacuzzi bath and shower was small, badly lit and in need of refurbishment.

We had a large L shaped terrace with no privacy and quite good views from some parts of it. Soundproofing between rooms is poor. We were disturbed by footfalls on the tiled floors and plumbing noises. There is some road noise but not enough to trouble you.

Breakfast was served in a small room that did not have good views. Although pastries, fruit, juices and cold meats were available these were not of a very good standard. The fruit juice, for example was diluted. We chose to take breakfast in one of Positano's many bars after our first morning. We were offered a small reduction for this and an apology.

The staff were friendly and helpful. They booked a car to meet us from the airport, and on to Ravello and all went well.

The location enables relatively easy access to most of Positano but you should be warned that wherever you stay you will have to walk up and down steps. In my opinion this position is as good as it gets. If you are too close to the beach you must be disturbed by noise from the boats and crowds of people.

There were several minor irritations ... for example: the handset to the TV did not work, bulbs needed replacing, etc. Turn down service was provided but apart from changing the towels that was all, so the waste bin was still full and the curtains were not closed when you returned to your room at the end of the day. There was certainly no sign of a chocolate on the pillow!!!

Bed linen was changed daily. Towels and toiletries were adequate rather than luxurious.

Boats are available from the harbour to Capri, Amalfi, Salerno, etc. or you can get a bus once you have worked out the complicated system. i.e., You have to get on the local bus service to take you to the regional bus stop.

There are some good restaurants in Positano and I particularly recommend The Saraceno D'Oro for inexpensive dining with a good atmsophere - see my review.

Our Junior Suite cost 284 euros a night with standard rooms available from 207 for the mid season, suites cost up to 450 euros a night.

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