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Hotel Villa Gabrisa 3.5

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Pros

  • Scenic location on a cliff face in the center of Positano
  • Small and intimate family-run hotel with only 12 rooms
  • Rooms have furnished balconies and terraces with magnificent sea views
  • Restaurant with panoramic views from terrace open from April to October
  • On-site wine shop and bar open year round
  • Breakfast is included in the room rate
  • Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the property
  • Luggage storage and room service available

Cons

  • Some rooms are cramped and show signs of wear 
  • Basic-level rooms are somewhat dated with patterned bedspreads
  • Self parking and valet parking is charged extra
  • No swimming pool, spa, or fitness center
  • Restaurant terrace is next to the road

Bottom Line

The 12-room Hotel Villa Gabrisa is a small, upper-middle-range, family-run hotel with a scenic cliffside location in Positano. Rooms are decorated in a romantic style and all have furnished balconies or terraces with spectacular sea views. The views can also be enjoyed from the shady outdoor terrace of the on-site restaurant, open from April to October. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the property. One nice extra feature is the on-site wine shop. Travelers looking for a hotel with a swimming pool could consider Hotel Poseidon, which also has an on-site spa and a Turkish bath built right into the cliff rock.

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Charming and romantic family-run hotel with great views

With only 12 rooms, Hotel Villa Gabrisa is an intimate property where guests have the chance to mingle and get local tips and recommendations first-hand from the owners, a husband-wife and son-daughter team. This charming three-story villa of balconies and pergola-covered terraces has fabulous views from its cliffside location. The arched doorways, terra-cotta floors, and many plants give the villa a Mediterranean charm, while the Murano crystal chandeliers, Capodimonte porcelain, and antique-style furniture add touches of elegance. Not surprisingly, the Hotel Villa Gabrisa’s romantic atmosphere attracts a majority of couples among its guests, and rooms are often booked far in advance.

Location

On a busy main street in the center of Positano

Hotel Villa Gabrisa is located on a narrow, busy main street in the center of the town of Positano. There are several shops and restaurants in the neighborhood, and it’s a 10-minute walk to the beach via a walking path with many stairs to negotiate. Another way to get around for those who find so many stairs a challenge is to take the local bus; the bus stop is just steps away from the villa, less than a one-minute walk. The nearest railway station is located in Sorrento, a 32-minute drive away; while the closest airport is Naples International Airport, a 73-minute drive from here. Other popular tourist destinations include Pompei, a 56-minute drive away; Amalfi, which is reached in 42 minutes by car; and Ravello, which is a one-hour drive away. A drive to Naples takes 77 minutes, and Rome can be reached in three hours and 15 minutes by car.

Rooms

Clean and traditionally elegant rooms decorated in a romantic style with scenic balconies

The rooms at Hotel Villa Gabrisa vary widely in size. Comfort Rooms are situated on the top floor and are quite cramped, at 162 square feet, while roomy Suites offer more space, topping out at 754 square feet. Decorated in a romantic style -- with antique-style furniture, crystal chandeliers, and gilded mirrors and furniture -- the decor may be too ornate and old-fashioned for some tastes. There are a few minor signs of wear and tear in some rooms, like scratched furniture, and some basic rooms still have dated patterned bedspreads. The bathrooms are tiled in bright complementary colors, and feature bidets, shower stalls, or shower/tub combos (some with rainfall showerheads), hairdryers, and L'Occitane toiletries. Some of the Elegant Suites on the second floor, like Enea and Venere, have whirlpool bathtubs set into a niche adjacent to the bedroom. Each room has a balcony or a terrace with beautiful views over the sea and the cliffs of Positano. There are patio tables and chairs on the balconies, while the terraces have space for sun loungers. All the rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs with Sky TV connections, free Wi-Fi, stocked minibars, electric kettles with tea and coffee packets, and safes.

Features

Free breakfast, on-site restaurant and bar, wine shop, and free Wi-Fi

A buffet breakfast included in the room rate is served each morning in the restaurant area. The restaurant also serves a variety of local dishes for lunch and dinner, but it's only open from April to October. Guests can dine alfresco on the restaurant terrace located across the road which has panoramic views of the sea and cliffs. A bar is adjacent to the restaurant and is open throughout the year, as is the wine shop next door. There’s a free Wi-Fi connection throughout the property, and luggage storage and concierge services are also available. Other services on offer to guests for an extra fee include room service, laundry, scooter rentals (in summer only), airport and train station transfer, limousine service, and parking.

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Address

Via Pasitea, 219/227, Positano 84017, Italy

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