Charming hotel in Positano: La Sireneuse Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

Le Sirenuse HeartHeart
Open: All year
Price: Expensive

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +39 89 875 066
Address: Via C. Colombo, 30
Positano, 84017
Country: Italy

If you want both luxury and comfort (the two don't always go together) then this pretty, charming and well-located hotel is the place to seek out. It isn't cheap, but what you get makes it worthwhile.
For a start the rooms are extra large. A lovely sitting area has two comfortable arm chairs and a large couch. A desk is available if you want to work. Nineteenth century prints from England and Italy adorn the walls. In one of our rooms there were fourteen!
The bathroom is very generously proportioned with a spa bath, two huge hand basins, a heated towel rack and a very good shower. Tiled floors enhance the Mediterranean feel.
If this is not enough, you then open the large floor-to-ceiling double-doors to take in the spectacular view over the almost vertical town and the pebble beach. Walk out onto the spacious private balcony and you can see why John Steinbeck, in his famous 1953 article for Harper's Bazar, wrote those wonderful words: "Positano bites deep".
The public areas in the hotel are also similarly generous. A large sitting room and bar is appealing (just the place to enjoy a Campari and soda before dinner) and the terrace by the pool is a perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the view. It is also a sought-after spot by photographers wanting to take advantage of the hotel's prime position.
The dining room provides some of the best views you can hope for from any restaurant. A table by the window allows you to take in the entire sweep of the town from the beach to the rugged peaks that tower over you.
Breakfast here is a mixture of good and ordinary. The cheese, meat and pastry selections are unexciting. There is also the bizarre sight of tiny pots of jam on the table from England! Butter curls on ice are a further strange twist. However the coffee is good, the grapefruit juice fresh and the ciabatta very good.
We found that lunch in the restaurant, however, was both expensive and lacking in care and attention in the kitchen so you would be advised to seek other options for meals.
The staff at the hotel are helpful and friendly.
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