Covo dei Saraceni Upscale beach hotel with old-world luxury

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  • Covo dei Saraceni

  • Via Regina Giovanna, 5 Positano Italy (39) 08 987 5400
reviewed by
Ann Vine Editorial Review Author
  • Who's Going:

    Rome Weekenders, Brit Couples, Honeymooners

  • Reason to Stay:

    Beachfront Location, Ocean Views, Lux-of-Less

  • Hotel Type:

    Luxury Hotel

  • Preferred Room:
    Junior Suite (Terrace)
  • Special Features:
    Romantic Location, Wedding Favorite, Affordable Luxury Hotel
  • Amenities:
    Restaurant, Bar, Lounge, Rooftop Pool, Beachfront
  • Along a stacked-stone staircase next to the harbor, visitors arrive to an ornate lobby with curving white walls with blue pin-striping details and dramatic staircase you'd expect to see Sophia Lauren circa-1950 traipse down. Like most Positano hotels, up-and-down architecture comes with a series of endless stairs cases or super-cramped elevators that take upwards of 10-minutes to arrive. An upstairs pool deck features a bright blue lap pool with the vertical Positano skyline in the backdrop with rows of teak loungers that always fill up before 12pm in summer. A choice of two restaurants includes the waterfront in-house gourmand, under the same name as the hotel, and more casual Brassiere where complimentary morning breakfast buffet takes place. 

  • The Room:

    If unwilling to spend upwards of $900 per night for a summertime room in Positano, this hotel may be your most luxurious alternative. With sea views from every room, entry-level rooms feel bigger than they actually measure-up with double-glass doors leading to small balconies with rod iron table and chairs. Larger junior suites are even more impressive, albeit with a Boscolo or Ritz-style selection of grandmotherly decor, but in spacious living and sleeping spaces divided by plaster columns and sheer drapery. If given the option, grab one with a private terrace that overlooks the pebble beach and arriving boats in the harbor below. The largest suite in the hotel, namely the Deluxe Suite, comes with an unsightly wood-paneled Jacuzzi in the middle of the room that faces open panels of glass facing the sea with views that make you forget bubbly design elephant in the room.

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