Sea-view rooms and the property's terraces offer spectacular views
A public bus can take guests up to the hotel to avoid the stairs
Outdoor pool is huge with plenty of loungers and great views of the bay
All rooms are air-conditioned and have mini-fridges and TVs
Beautiful gardens and pathways near the entrance
Well situated for town-hopping along the coast
Dual tennis and soccer court and playground on-site
Property as a whole, including rooms, needs renovating
It's around 400 stairs down to the town from the hotel
Rooms on the third floor can be noisy due to the above restaurant
Restaurant food receives mixed reviews
Wi-Fi connection is very poor
Very few English-language TV channels
Swimmers are not allowed to enter the pool without a cap
One of the cheapest hotels in Positano, at Hotel Royal Positano, what you pay for is what you get. The mid-range, 77-room property is crying out for a renovation, and the on-site restaurant varies in quality, but if you can look past threadbare carpets and dated rooms, then it's worth it to put the money elsewhere (like restaurants in town). However, it's well suited for families, and a bus to and from town lets guests easily escape the 400-step stair to and from the town. Those looking for a bit more elegance (and fewer stairs) should consider the four-pearl Hotel Buca di Bacco, which is close to the town's shopping and dining.
The gardens are beautiful, but the hotel needs a renovation.
Built of yellow stucco atop a rocky ledge, the Hotel Royal Positano looks out over the bay. Set back from the road by a path and gardens, the entrance is beautiful, with stone-paved walkways, ivy climbing the terrace walls, and lots of flowers. However, the interior of the hotel is dated and in need of a renovation -- particularly the hallway carpets, which are threadbare and stained, and upholstery throughout. It's also a bit confusing to navigate: To get to the room, guests have to take an elevator down, but then go up stairs again to get to their floor. That being said, Positano is notorious for being expensive, and the property is much cheaper than others in the area. One of the managers commented that they had an "honest" price policy, and that about sums it up.
Adjacent bus stop is helpful for avoiding hundreds of stairs.
Those who aren't able to maneuver stairs might want to look elsewhere: The staircase leading down to town is around 400 steps, but that comes with the territory of booking into a hillside town. However, the public bus, which stops outside the hotel, can take guests back up to the property. The center of Positano (about 10 minutes down those stairs) offers plenty of restaurants. Although there's not a ton to do in town, the hotel is well-situated for town-hopping along the coast. Amalfi is an hour by bus (40 minutes by car), and Ravello is an hour and a half by bus (an hour by car).
For guests looking to head farther away, Pompeii is about an hour away by car and three by public transit. Naples' airport is about an hour and a half by car and four by public transit. For those arriving by train, the station is seven minutes by taxi.
Rooms are simple and dated, but most have lovely sea views.
The hotel's 77 rooms pull the colors of the Mediterranean coastline into their decor; unfortunately, the rooms are dated, which means a lot of peach, seafoam green, and brass accents. Standard rooms are very simple, but those with kids will find the family studio room very spacious. Most notable is that all rooms have furnished outdoor spaces, and a majority have pretty vistas of the sea. Each room offers an in-room safe, small flat-screen TV (though the vast majority of channels are in Italian), and mini-fridge (stocked only with two waters). It's one of a handful of hotels in Positano that offers air-conditioning.
Bathrooms, decorated with green-tile walls and marble countertops, have bidets, toiletries, and hairdryers, though showers are small (typical in Italy). There aren't coffee- or tea-making facilities. Guests on the third floor might hear noise from the bar and restaurant upstairs; those who are light sleepers would do well to request a room on a different level.
A large pool has gorgeous views of the bay, but the restaurant's food varies in quality.
The property's bar and restaurant, La Terrazza, gets mixed reviews for its food, and the windowless dining room is large but dated with linen-skirted tables. Breakfast is free and offers meats, cheeses, cereal, and fresh croissants with fruit laid out in wooden crates. The place to dine or enjoy a drink is the terrace, with plenty of cheerful flowers and views of the bay.
A huge outdoor pool has gorgeous views of the bay, but guests should note that wearing a swim cap is mandatory (you can purchase one on-site for a nominal fee). On the plus side, it helps to keep the pool clean. Plenty of loungers surround the pool and are also located off to its side on a terrace. There's also a tennis court outside that can also double as a soccer field, as well as a playground. Wi-Fi is free but patchy.
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