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Positano: Le Sirenuse

Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, Phone:

Reviewed by: Sharon J from TX, review #3062

When: May 2011

Friendly and absolutely stunning hotel.

This was our fourth visit to Le Sirenuse in Positano and it never fails to impress us. The staff is top notch and everything is in perfect condition.

This visit was a bit early in the season and I would much rather visit a month later, but we were trying to take advantage of the low season rates. We paid E693 per day which included 10% VAT. We saved over E200 per day by staying during low season, which ends on May 1st.

It was even a bit early for all the beautiful plants, although most were just starting to bloom. A terrible storm had done a lot of damage to the hotel this past winter and they had a lot of work to do before opening for the season. If we had not known about the storm, however, we would never have known anything had happened, as each member of the Sersale family has a specific job within the hotel which is lovingly done to perfection. You will always find the family members enjoying breakfast, lunch or just walking around, making sure everything is perfect.

We had a beautiful room with a fairly large terrace overlooking the sea where we always spend quite a bit of time during the early morning and late afternoon hours. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is one of the best we have encountered in Europe. Seating is always on the outdoor terrace, weather permitting and it's a perfect way to start the day. The staff is very efficient and always remembers your name after the first morning. Of course, we realize they look at the room key we sit on the table that first morning and they then know who we are.

When you check in, you are asked if you wish a morning paper and which one and the breakfast staff delivers it to your table when you first sit down. I'm one of those weird people who doesn't drink coffee, but enjoys iced tea for breakfast, and after the first morning, I never have to ask again. It is always brought to me immediately. They also serve fresh cooked omelets, bacon and sausage if requested.

After June 1st, they take their beautiful wooden boat out of storage and offer free rides two times a week, (I believe). This hotel is simply the finest we have ever stayed in and I think we love it because of the personal touches you don't find in the big hotel chains.

We usually don't stay in hotels or B&B's anymore, as we enjoy apartments and the freedom they give, but Le Sirenuse just calls us back every so often. Everytime we leave, I dream about its beauty and hope that we may return again one day.

One last special thing ... We were staying over Easter weekend and on Easter morning at breakfast, each guest was brought a beautifully wrapped giant hollow Easter Egg with Le Sirenuse written across the front. What a special gift.

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