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Review 5127: Amalfi Coast Rental (Primula), Lucilla
2bed/1bath apartment in Positano, Campania
June, 2011, 1 week
Casa Lucilla is perched above the center of Positano, near Chiesa Nuova, on Via Marconi and on the Positano Interno bus line. While it's not in central Positano, the easy access to town via the bus (you could also walk down) and the spectacular views make it a great option. In fact, there's a bus stop adjacent to the apartment. We could watch the bus coming up from the village as we sat on the terrace. Once we spied it, we could get up to the bus stop just outside our front gate in plenty of time to catch the bus back down into town.
There is a small "alimentari," or grocery story, about five minutes by foot up the road to the Chiesa Nuova area. Despite its small size, it's very well-stocked with milk, cheese, fresh vegetables, wine and other supplies. They will even deliver. There's also a bar/cafe next door, a little gift store, post office, butcher (macelleria), and even an electronics shop. Also in town is il Grottino Azzurro, a unassuming restaurant with great food and even better prices. Be sure to look around and see what the locals are eating before you order. In Positano and the Amalfi Coast, they tend to cater to the tourists. But if you ask what the chef recommends ("consiglia"), you often are offered delicious items not on the menu.
The apartment is on the middle floor of a three story building, built into the side of the cliff. You enter via a gate on the road and then walk down about 25 or 30 steps to a gate leading to the apartment's terrace. The owner and family live below, and an elderly aunt and nonna live above. While you encounter them, and various cats, when you enter and exit, once through the apartment gate, it feels very private (and quiet). It's no less private than any apartment in any town.
You can view the property directly: Casa Lucilla.
The terrace is large with terrific views of Positano and the sea. There is a nice table with chairs and umbrella, and lounge chairs. We enjoyed sitting outside for meals, a glass of wine, or writing postcards. The terrace can be lit at night, and we also turned on the decorative lights that outlined the terrace so we could see the apartment from town and the road below.
The entrance to the apartment is off of the terrace, and leads directly into an open plan living/dining/kitchen area. The apartment is nicely furnished with overstuffed couches and armchairs in white cotton, flat screen TV, paintings by local artists, good lighting, etc. Everything looks brand new/recently renovated.
The living room has air conditioning, though we never needed it. Being built into the side of the cliff, the apartment was naturally cool. In fact, when we first arrived it was slightly musty and a teeny bit damp, but once we opened the windows and doors, the dampness went away quickly.
Off of the living room is a short hallway leading to the two bedrooms. The larger bedroom of the two leads to a laundry/storage room with a brand new clothes washer. We could hang our washing on the terrace.
Both bedrooms were very comfortable. Plenty of storage space, gorgeous views, bedside tables and lights, etc. No A/C in the bedrooms, but we didn't need it. The larger bedroom could easily accommodate a cot or crib.
The bathroom is new and tiled in pretty aqua ceramic tiles. It is well lit and we had plenty of towels. There was a hair dryer and little soaps and shampoos. Nice touch. Like in the rest of Italy, no washcloths. What is that all about?
The shower is set into a closet-sized alcove. Nice "rain shower" shower-head. The hot water took awhile to get started when we got there, but then we never had a problem with it. Always plentiful. No shower curtain, so if you're not careful the floor gets wet. No tub.
The kitchen is a nice size with granite counter tops, oven, gas stove, nice fridge, dishwasher, table for six, American coffee maker, double sink, etc. Everything was very clean. The kitchen could use a few more basic tools -- better knives, cutting boards, etc. We ate breakfasts in, but had dinner in town most nights, so the lack of equipment wasn't much of an issue.
Problems or Bonuses
We paid the extra fee for Internet access, which is "wireless" but not WiFi. Basically, it's a little USB stick (just like a thumb drive) that you insert into your device. You must have a USB port though, which our iPads don't have. The rental agency was very upfront about this, so we were prepared and had a laptop. I tried to use my portable WiFi router with it, but that didn't work. In the age of all things digital, I think this is a shortcoming the owners need to address.
The owner was absolutely charming. She works for (or maybe her family runs?) the Lucibello boat tours in Positano, so she arranged a special rate for us on their Capri excursion, which we enjoyed immensely.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This was my first time working with Amalfi Coast Rental and I was very pleased with the quality of service. They handled our rental flawlessly from the initial booking to asking for feedback following the rental. The apartment was very well-represented on their site. They handled the booking for a private car to take us from the Naples train station to the apartment and we were very pleased with the service and the price. I would definitely rent from them again.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again and would recommend to friends. I would be sure to explain that this is not a place to cook gourmet meals and that they should check on the current state of Internet access, however, it's an outstanding value. We paid less for a week at the apartment than we did for three nights at a 4-star hotel in Rome.
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