Built into Positano’s hillside, with an eye-catching crimson facade laced with white trimming, Le Sirenuse sits amid the town’s tangle of pastel houses and stepped alleys that lead to charming boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and down to the beach. Run by the Sersale family since its opening in 1951, the place is full of antiques, potted plants, oil paintings, and familial touches that lend it a friendly atmosphere devoid of the snootiness that hotels of its caliber often possess; it’s a prestigious boutique hotel that feels more like a private home. White-walled guest rooms are accented by Vietri floor tiles and antique walnut furniture, while marble bathrooms have whirlpool tubs and Eau d'Italie toiletries, the hotel’s own bespoke line. Dining is excellent: The Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant is as tasty as it is charming, illuminated in the evening entirely by candlelight, which echoes the twinkling lights across town. There’s also a champagne and oyster bar, commanding dazzling views from a panoramic terrace, which are no less stunning from the pool deck where potted lemon trees scent the air. The hotel also has a top-notch spa, plus fun perks such as free daily excursions on its vintage wooden boat.
By Aleksandra Hogendorf, AFAR Contributor
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Le Sirenuse overlooking Positano
By Dan Fogarty
Oysters, Negronis, and That View in Positano
La Sirenuse is one of those gorgeous, fabled hotels on the Amalfi Coast. Stay there or book dinner and drinks. The champagne bar is incredibly memorable, for the view, the presentation, the service, and the expertly mixed cocktails and food. The hotel has a wonderfully curated shop as well.
By Julia Cosgrove, AFAR Staff
Le Sirenuse Hotel, Positano
Stopping in Positano, if you’re not already staying in this charming coastal town, is a must. After a day of exploring, venture up to the hotel Le Sirenuse, located on top of the east side of the hills, and take in the breathtaking views while enjoying cocktails and caviar. Care to splurge on a meal? Have dinner at the hotel’s Michelin star-rated La Sponda restaurant. You won't regret it!
“Positano is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there,” John Steinbeck wrote after visiting the town on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, “and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” On the terrace of Le Sirenuse, you’ll have the best seat to experience the dreamlike quality of the nightlife here. The hotel's outdoor champagne and oyster bar has welcomed guests to Positano since the 1950s, and is open in the evenings from mid-May to mid-October, weather permitting. As you admire the view and savor the oysters, raw fish, and other delicacies, you can thank the fishermen who are headed out to sea, the lights of their boats dotting the bay. To experience Le Sirenuse, visit http://bit.ly/1zqAsjr
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