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Positano: Royal Prisco Hotel

Phone: 089.8122022
www.royalprisco.com

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Reviewed by: em from NJ, review #1112

When: July 2005

This hotel is a real Positano treasure. I would go there again and again and again. {2 star}

We wanted to explore the Amalfi Coast for a few days after our trip to Napoli. There were so many places to choose from (Amalfi, Sorrento, Capri, etc.), but I really had my heart set on Positano. Unfortunately, when I explored the lodging possibilities, I didn't think this would be an option that met our budget constraints. Then I discovered the Royal Prisco, a small, apparently family-run hotel that was better than I ever dreamed possible.

We arrived by hydrofoil (what a wonderful and inexpensive way to travel), and Positano from the sea was like a picture postcard. Yes, I'd seen all the photos, but I still wasn't prepared for this absolutely magnificent little town. After we landed, I began to worry. There were many expensive hotels everywhere, and given the price of our room (140 for a double), I was certain we would be in a dump.

We began the long climb - two novices who did not take advantage of the porters who would carry bags for weary tourists. The Royal Prisco is located above the footpaths; cars and motorscooters have access, but it's only at the beginning of this section. We found the hotel, and the lobby was beautiful and elegant with a wide marble stairway leading to the upstairs rooms. No elevators here, but if you are unable to walk up two flights of stairs, Positano is not the place for you.

We had arrived early (about 10:00 a.m.), but the room was ready for us - a large room, elegantly furnished, with a bar, desk, and a sitting area with two chairs. The bathroom was huge, with marble tile throughout and containing all the amenities you could hope for. There was a small safe in the closet for keeping valuables.

But our jaws really dropped when our hostess opened the two doors leading to the balcony, an area about 12 X 12 with two lounge chairs, a table and two chairs and beautiful plants along the perimeter. But who noticed the plants? The view was magnificent. Positano from above with the sea in the distance. It was the first photo I took of Positano, and because I actually had set my camera incorrectly, it also recorded my voice saying "This is heaven!"

We called for breakfast in the morning, and were told that at least for the first day, we would have to try everything: espresso, juice, milk, cereal, hard rolls, cornetti. All fresh, all delicious. We were served on the balcony.

As I mentioned earlier, this appears to be a family-run hotel, and everyone was marvelous. They were friendly, helpful, and made us feel that their only goal was to make us happy, a goal they readily achieved.

I should note that if walking is not your "thing" you may want to select a hotel on the lower level, but why stay in Positano if walking is a problem?

Please visit the hotel's website, and take a look at the photos of the rooms. If anything, they understate their beauty. I particularly like the one showing the view from the terrace - I think it was taken from ours.

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