Il San Pietro di Positano
What We Love
- It’s a consistent favorite with Hollywood nobility, including George Clooney and Julia Roberts
- Locally made mozzarella at the lavish breakfast buffet
- The private sandy beach—exceedingly rare on the rocky Amalfi Coast
- Gratis boat rides (from June to September) around the Bay of Positano
What To Know
- Some of the guest bathroom showers have sea views
- This is an exclusively family-run property
- A free Mercedes-Benz shuttle takes guests to Positano’s charming boutiques and cafés
- Dinner at the property’s Michelin-starred Zass is for hotel guests only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Mediterranean marvel on the rocks of Capri, with retro glam trimmings and direct beach access
Old-world elegance, seaside tennis courts, and exquisite bay vistas await guests at this glitzy 48-room villa, resting on a jagged promontory on the Amalfi Coast. Once the not-so-humble 1960s abode of local proprietor Carlo “Carlino” Cinque, the hotel officially opened to guests in 1970. For every thoughtful acknowledgement of the past—frescoes on doors, terra cotta floors, hand-crafted marmalade at breakfast—there are sophisticated modern references like glass-walled guest rooms, millennial-friendly signature drinks, and—get this—an elevator that swiftly takes guests 288 feet below to the property’s private beach, which is lined with a heavenly stretch of limoncello-colored parasols. Though it’s the refurbished restaurant Zass and its newly added chef’s table that’s been drawing the most crowds. Try the 360-degree dining experience, which includes a walk-through of the property’s orchard and foraging the terraced herb gardens for ingredients before entrusting award-winning chef Alois Vanlangenaeker to transform your finds into seasonal dishes like truffle mushroom cappuccino and lemon tagliatelle.
In the Area
With its own bar and solarium, the hotel’s exquisite private beach—a natural cove—makes a strong case for never leaving this Eden-like property. However, the staff can happily arrange a charter for guests who want to get better acquainted with the Gulf of Naples. The tony town of Positano, a wisteria-flanked stretch of boutiques and restaurants, is just a three-minute drive away courtesy of a 24/7 shuttle service. While you’re there, be sure to pop into one of the many boutiques selling high-end linen (the official fabric of Positano) for a fashionable souvenir, as well as Next2, where avant-garde spins on classic Italian dishes like blue lobster fettucine and swordfish carpaccio can be enjoyed on a roomy patio.
How to Get There
Best hotel experience of our lives. This was a dream stay for us in all aspects, from the location of the hotel, class of the hotel, the service, the 24 hour free shuttle to Positano and the overall experience. Would highly recommend to stay here than in Positano itself.
Location, location, location ... Il San Pietro offers fantastic views of Positano, Praiano, the Mediterranean Sea. Even though the days were quite cool during our stay in April, sipping a drink on the terrace (or in the bar with panoramic views) is a great and highly pleasurable experience.
You can tell that this is a family operated luxury hotel; very kind and helpful staff, and very obviously much of the personnel has worked at San Pietro for a long time.
We had booked a room which turned out to be very nice ... but there was some construction work going on on the level above. Within 5 minutes we were moved (and upgraded) to another, very spacious room with two balconies.
We stayed for three days but had only one lunch at "Carlino" (down at the beach). Very friendly staff! The food between good and great (Caponata with a surprisingly heavy dose of bread - not really convincing; then pasta al limone: absolutely delightful). And we had one dinner at "Zass". Again, we very much enjoyed the service ... and also the culinary experience, although not all courses were to our liking (maybe just a matter of taste). The veal cheeks with rhubarb were heavenly!!! And the accompanying wines were expertly matched ... and very charmingly explained by the sommeliere.
In summary, we would choose Il San Pietro again should we return to Positano (which is another question entirely ... judge for yourself)
Outstanding property with outstanding service. Located perfectly with a lot of privacy yet so close to the town of Positano. The food is very reflective of the culture and the country. There are staff like Lorenzo and Michealangelo at the bar that go beyond the level of expected service
My husband and I stayed at San Pietro for a week and it was truly amazing on every level. The service is top notch and they really have thought of everything. I could go on and on because there are so many examples of excellence. The staff was amazing, rooms were very comfortable and clean, great food, massages the views....
You will no be disappointed! I promise! This is the view from our terrace. Room 33 😊
Absolutely everything about Il San Pietro is first class. The only negative is that you never want to leave, and you can't help but drop your bottom lip when making that last trip up the elevator.
We stayed for 4 nights to end our honeymoon around Italy, and couldn't have asked for a more magical time. The staff make you feel so incredibly welcome, like it's your own home for your duration (which is why we spent most of our time at the hotel). We took the Joey II for a day trip to Capri, and would highly recommend this too. Super cute and comfortable boat to spend the day on.
We're very much looking forward to our next time at Il San Pietro!