Formerly a private seaside villa built for summer holidays at the coast, the sought-after property was converted into a hotel by the Aonzo family in the 1950s, and still remains under their watchful guidance. During its 65-plus years of operation, the hotel has welcomed tourists from all over the world, giving them a little slice of Positano paradise.
One of the initial fully-serviced hotels in the area, the hotel also boasts an extraordinary wooden elevator that was the first one built in Positano back in 1965. Home to a total of 50 rooms and suites, this charming retreat presents elegant hospitality in harmony with Amalfi tradition, and ticks all the boxes from sumptuous accommodation to spellbinding views and morish cuisine.
ROOMS AND SUITES
The property has a variety of quaint rooms and suites to select from, all of which vary in size and boast a unique character. Along with the usual luxe amenities like air-conditioning, minibars, personised bathrobes and slippers, flatscreen televisions, free and unlimited internet as well as daily housekeeping and turndown services, each room (except the Standard Double Rooms) features a private terrace or balcony with panoramic views of the sea, Positano town and the Amalfi Coastline. Meanwhile, the Standard Double Rooms have lovely private terraces that look out onto the hotel’s lush gardens. The hotel is family-friendly, and there are various accommodation options for those travelling with children, with either large suites or interconnecting rooms available to make guests and their little ones feel right at home.
The interiors of the rooms reflect the Villa’s history and locale: each is individually furnished and boasts a distinctive Mediterranean flair. The floors are tiled in hand-painted maiolica and the sentimental décor includes furniture that belongs to the founding family, making the spaces feel warm and inviting. Elegant accents complete the spaces, such as wrought iron headboards and antique frames. Each room also has a beautiful bathroom with a bathtub and/or a shower – many of which have large windows overlooking Positano’s colourful houses perched on the cliffs.
The hotel has various offers allowing guests to take full advantage of its comfortable accommodations, including their latest ‘Work From Hotel’ package. This offer allows guests to tailor their stay at the hotel, ensuring they have all the necessary facilities to work effectively, while still enjoying everything Hotel Poseidon has to offer.
The hotel’s signature Il Tridente Restaurant has become one of Positano’s must-visit destinations, especially for those looking to dine al fresco. Whether it’s a laid-back lunch or a romantic dinner, every meal is a memorable occasion under the flora-enveloped pergolas on Hotel Poseidon’s restaurant terrace.
Serving the freshest and most delicious Neapolitan cuisine to an enchanting backdrop, Mediterreanean living doesn’t get better than this. The dishes which have traditional roots have been thoughtfully reinterpreted in a modern way, with the chef paying special attention to using only local and seasonal ingredients. The vegan and gluten-free options are equally as tasty and are prepared with the utmost care.
Il Tridente’s bar is just as delightful as the restaurant. Caressed by a fresh breeze that cools off a summer day, and gently illuminated by candlelight, the bar’s terrace is a truly special spot to sip on a cocktail or two at sunset. The terrace enjoys a 180-degree view over Positano, the sea and the rest of the Amalfi Coast, and on colder nights, two fireplaces create a romantic atmosphere indoors.
The hotel also boasts an impressive wine cellar with national and international wine labels and a wide liquor selection. This ensures that guests have access to their preferred beverages, with the drinks menu catering to a variety of tastes. A good array of local Amalfi wines are also available, and the hotel can arrange wine tastings for groups.
Nestled amongst fragrant orange and lemon trees, summer lingers a little longer here – and what better place to soak up the sun than lounging at the pool? Hotel Poseidon boasts one of the nicest pools in Positano, complete with enough space on the terrace for every guest to enjoy the afternoon on a sunlounger – a somewhat rare occurrence in this neck of the woods.
Enjoy the striking view while taking a dip in the pool, and when you get peckish, order from the all-day bar which serves drinks and snacks directly to the sunbeds. For the quintessential Amalfi Coast experience, don’t miss tasting the iconic Limoncello Spritz!
After a day exploring the city, the hotel’s L’Onda Beauty Centre is the idyllic spot for a bit of downtime. The first beauty centre to be built on the Amalfi Coast, L’Onda is a living legacy. Greatly valued and visited by both locals and returning visitors of Positano, guests can relish massages, body treatments and aesthetic treatments in a tranquil setting. For the ultimate pampering, enjoy some time in the Turkish bath that’s built directly into the cliff rock.
Other than its exquisite views, magical setting and close proximity to the town, Hotel Poseidon offers its own unique experiences for guests to enjoy. Marco Aonzo, one of the owners of the Hotel Poseidon, is a classic car collector and one of the hotel’s experiences pays tribute to this passion, allowing guests to take a Volkswagen Convertible Beetle on a spin around the region’s scenic winding roads (free of charge).
Hotel Poseidon’s location also makes it the perfect wedding and event venue. For over four decades, it has been a sought-after event destination, hosting everything from intimate weddings to chic birthday parties. The traditional style of the architecture, the beauty of the gardens and green areas that surround the hotel and, of course, its view, create a timeless atmosphere that is ideal for celebrations. With a knowledgeable hotel team that’s keen to assist, each event can be effortlessly tailored to the guest’s wishes and expertly executed with the help of local suppliers.
A town filled with rich history and culture, there are a variety of exciting activities to enjoy in and around Positano that the hotel can assist with booking. Some of these include a boat excursion to Capri (and its Blue Grotto) or to Amalfi, stopping for a dive at the incredible Furore Fjord; exploring the Amalfi Coast by air by flying in a CESSNA plane; visiting wine farms and Limoncello factories or taking cooking classes in first-rate restaurants or authentic Italian homes. For those wanting to keep fit, Positano makes this easy with its varied outdoor activities: take a scenic hike on the Path of the Gods or partake in a kayak tour towards Praiano.
The hotel is also launching an e-shop, from which guests will be able to purchase both hotel amenities (branded products) and gift cards. Anyone can purchase a gift card from the catalogue and gift it to themselves or others. The gift cards are valid for 24 months.
The hotel’s location is one of its biggest drawcards and explains why it’s been a much-desired filming destination for tv shows and movies since its opening. In a strategic position that enables it to be near to the town’s main attractions, but high enough to enjoy the most breathtaking view, there are few properties in Positano that can rival Hotel Poseidon’s locale. It is also one of the few hotels in the famously stair-filled cliffside village that can be accessed directly from the street.
The property is only 800m from Positano Main Beach and Positano Ferry Dock (an 8-minute walk) and the Napoli Capodichino Airport and Salerno Ferry Dock are 62km and 54km away respectively. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum are also less than 2 hours away (by car or by ferry), which make for an easy and insightful day trip out of Positano. There are also a host of delightful restaurants nearby, and a grocery store on the hotel’s doorstep.
Hotel Poseidon Positano reopens on 29 May 2021.
To find out more about Hotel Poseidon Positano and to book, visit their website, call them on +39 089 81 11 11 or send them an email. To keep up to date with the hotel’s latest happenings, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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