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Le Agavi Hotel 4.0

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Pros

  • Spectacular cliffside location spread over five levels
  • All rooms have a balcony or terrace with scenic sea views
  • In-room espresso machines, hairdryers, robes, and free toiletries
  • Private beach with sunbed-lined deck and adjacent casual eatery
  • Outdoor pool with gorgeous sea views and a bar
  • Private funicular linking each level of the property
  • Gourmet La Serra restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef
  • Free substantial breakfast with eggs, smoked salmon, and coffee
  • Large terrace with bar service and sensational vistas
  • Free property-wide Wi-Fi and shuttle service to Positano center
  • Poolside massages and boat tours can be arranged
  • On-site parking available for a hefty daily fee

Cons

  • Removed from town center
  • Some wear and tear visible
  • Thin walls can cause noise issues
  • Limited privacy for some room terraces
  • Complaints of infrequent and packed shuttle service 

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Le Agavi Hotel is in a spectacular cliffside location just outside of Positano, with beautiful panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast and surrounding mountains. Spread over five levels and connected by a funicular cable car and elevators, its 55 spacious guest rooms have balconies or terraces overlooking the sea. Room decor varies between classic and modern, but all are attractive and come with espresso machines, free Wi-Fi, and minibars. The hotel offers a host of notable features like an outdoor pool with a stunning view and nearby massage hut, private beach, two restaurants and three bars, and a large terrace with sea vistas. It's a bit removed from the center of town, though the hotel does provide a free hourly shuttle service. For something directly in Positano, check out the similarly priced Covo Dei Saraceni.

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Scene

Impressive cliffside location, and mix of old-fashioned and contemporary interiors

Le Agavi Hotel is an impressive cliffside property spread over five levels, with a private pebble beach on the lowest level, and the reception area located at the highest point of the property, over 650 feet above sea level. The lobby area is bright and sunlit thanks to the many large windows that open up to the spacious outdoor terrace with jaw-dropping panoramic sea and mountain views. Interiors here are packed with furniture and decorated in a classic, old-fashioned style commonly seen in upscale hotels in Italy, with gilded mirrors and picture frames, gold-painted and richly upholstered sofas and chairs, large porcelain vases, and glass showcases filled with ceramic figurines. This style continues throughout, though some rooms are more modern. 

The cliffside location means an interesting layout requiring multiple elevators, stairs, and/or use of the unique funicular cable car to reach various areas. Because of the removed setting outside Positano, the atmosphere is quiet, but guests will need to walk or rely on the free shuttle to reach the town center. Le Agavi attracts mostly couples visiting the region on a romantic getaway. For a luxury experience with a bit more impressive rooms, consider Il San Pietro di Positano, though rates are higher. Travelers willing to forego a pool for something cheaper should consider the family-run Hotel Villa Gabrisa, located in the center of town.

Location

Outside of Positano, though free shuttle service into town

Le Agavi Hotel is located on the outskirts of the seaside town of Positano. Guests can walk to the town center in roughly 20 to 30 minutes, or opt for the free shuttle that runs every hour from morning until late at night. Unfortunately, it's not 24/7 and some past guests have complained of packed shuttles due to them only running once each hour. Cabs are also available, but they're pricey. Nevertheless, the removed setting affords a quiet atmosphere and stunning vistas. Additionally, a local bus service stops in front of the property. There are few shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. Travelers heading to Positano's port or beach may want to take the hotel's water taxi service for a fee.

Positano's ferry services connect to Capri (50 minutes), Amalfi (20 minutes), Salerno (15 minutes), Sorrento (60 minutes), and Ischia (two hours). The closest train station is located in Sorrento, a 30-minute drive away. The archaeological site of Pompeii is a 50-minute drive from here, and Ravello, another popular tourist destination, is about an hour away by car. Naples International Airport can be reached in about an hour by car, while Rome Fiumicino Airport is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive.

Rooms

Rooms with varying decor and private sea-view terraces

In comparison to the overdone decor of the hotel's public areas, the guest rooms are decorated in a more simple style. Renovations each year mean some rooms have a contemporary design, while others are old-fashioned and classic. Regardless, rooms are attractive and done in mostly cool tones of blue and white, or tan and white in some. Accents such as turquoise sofas, ceramic vases, and local-themed artwork add charming touches. Unfortunately, some rooms suffer from noise due to thin walls, or are showing wear such as cracks in the tile flooring.

On the plus side, all units have terraces with gorgeous vistas, dining sets, and loungers. However, the hotels' unique layout means some lack privacy. Other in-room amenities include well-stocked minibars, desks, espresso machines, free water, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi, plus closets with bathrobes, sandals, slippers, and safes. Several suites offer separate living areas, which can accommodate families or small groups. Decently sized bathrooms have large shower stalls (some with rainfall showerheads) or shower/tub combos, as well as bidets, hairdryers, and a supply of toiletries. 

Features

Outdoor pool, private pebble beach, two restaurants and three bars, and free shuttle service

Extensive on-site features mean guests never have to leave the property. A highlight and rarity for the area is the private pebble beach that can be accessed by funicular cable car. Although small, it's pleasant and has an adjacent over-water deck with cushioned loungers under umbrellas and waiter service. Behind here is Remmese Restaurant, a casual lunch and dinner spot for fish, sandwiches, and salads. Closer to the top is the lovely outdoor pool with stunning sea vistas and a scenic terrace lined with loungers. Next to the pool is a daytime bar that serves lunch, and up some stairs is a massage hut. 

The other restaurant is upscale La Serra, which is located in the main building and has a pleasant shaded outdoor terrace with pretty vistas. It serves a free buffet breakfast with ample pastries, made-to-order eggs, smoked salmon, yogurt, and coffee drinks, as well as light lunches and gourmet dinners. Room service is available 24/7. The hotel's three bars serve drinks on the large terrace, at the beach, and by the pool. 

Other amenities include free shuttle service to Positano every hour from morning until late. Staff can also assist guests with booking taxis or water taxis, and arrange airport and train station transfers. A private boat can be rented as well. There are ample of on-site parking spots for guests arriving by car, though the daily fee is pricey. The hotel also has a meeting room that can be rented for special events. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the property.

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Address

Via Guglielmo Marconi 127, Positano 84017, Italy

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