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Review 2698: Amalfi Coast Rental (Primula), Il Laurito
2bed/2bath apartment near Positano, Campania
April 2007, 7 days
Il Laurito is located on the second floor of a three floor house overlooking the Mediterranean between Positano and Praiano. You enter through a white iron gate (cancello) that is remotely controlled with a remote furnished by the rental agency. Once within the cancello you proceed down a sloping driveway and park along the rock wall to the left. From there you walk down a stone paved walkway about 8-10 feet wide bordered by sweet smelling wisteria (April) and lemon and orange trees, to a set of steeply inclined stairs (about 10 stairs in all) to the entrance to the apartment.
Once within the apartment confines you proceed down a hallway of approximately 15 feet and turn left into another short hallway that takes you to the ample living room, kitchen, and first and second bedrooms. There is a narrow balcony that runs the entire length of the apartment and that is furnished with at least two small tables and chairs for eating breakfast of simply for enjoying the fantastic view of the Mediterranean and Positano.
The first bedroom that you come to has its own bathroom. The floor of the bedroom is tiled with colorful green ceramic tiles. The bathroom is decorated also in tile of the favorite colors of the Amalfi coast, deep blue and yellow. There is an ample armoire in the bedroom in which to hang clothes. A small window looks out over a partial view of the sea.
The second bedroom is off the balcony and has a commanding view of the sea. It does not have an attached bathroom, so one must go down the hall to the other bathroom. It does haven an ample armoire.
The kitchen is fairly large with a large wooden table capable of seating four or six comfortably. The kitchen has a fairly large refrigerator and stove and is well-appointed and furnished with nearly all the kitchen utensils that you would normally use, except a cutting board.
The living room is ample in size with two couches, one a three cushion and one a two cushion couch. There is a television with either cable or satellite channels including BBC and CNN.
You cannot find a better view of the Mediterranean Sea than from Il Laurito unless you travel up to Ravello, but even then you are talking apples and oranges.
The beds were very comfortable and large. We were all big people and we slept very comfortably in the queen or king sized beds.
The apartment was spotless and everything functioned as it should. It was a little cool sometimes in April so we used the remote controlled, Japanese built wall heaters in each room. Unfortunately, the heater in the bedroom off of the balcony would not function, but enough heat came in from the living room to keep things warm.
Everything was as it was pictured in the Amalfi Coast Rentals website. So what you see there is really what you get, a picture perfect vacation apartment. The ten stairs leading from the apartment to the walkway up to the cars were rather steep, and with heavy luggage they were a bit difficult to traverse.
The lack of a breadboard was a nuisance. Also, the gas nobs controlling the four burners on the stove were a constant challenge to figure out which nob controlled which burner. The burners had to be lit by turning on the gas and applying an electronic match, so many times you would put on a burner and go to light it only to find that you didn't know which burner to light. Also, when you drove out of the compound you immediately entered the main road passing along the Amalfi Coast. You were on a steep incline looking up when you exited. There was a concave mirror across the road to tell you if traffic was coming, but you needed to be cautious as your angle of entering the road was rather steep until you were already partially out of the gate. There were frequent buses that plied along the road. One of the bus stops was right outside the gate.
The various drawbacks were really minor compared to the excellence of the apartment and its superlative views. If you do not want to cook, there were plenty of excellent restaurants all through Positano from luxury hotel restaurants such as the St. Peters Hotel, to trattorias and pizzerias. One of the strangest things we found however, especially because this is Italy, is that there was no bakery in Positano and the breads that one could get there were not up to par with the excellent, wood burning oven baked breads that you usually get in Italy. Another aspect of this apartment that struck us is that while the ceramic tiles add color and a sense of "being in Italy" to the apartment, there were no rugs to soften and warm one's step or one's view. We recommend that you travel to the town of Amalfi to buy the good bread.
The staff of Amalfi Cost Rentals was very accommodating and helpful.
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