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
We stayed here on the first week of a six-week trip to recover from jet-lag of a 24-hour trip. A magnificent hotel in a gorgeous location that helped us recover. It was absolutely perfect for us being surrounded by beautify inside and out.
Wherever we looked the hotel had lovely and longingly placed decoration - subtle, tasteful and perfectly located art and artifacts. The staff understood that we wanted to be left alone, so graciously gave us our space to recover. The room service people were happy to meet our needs without intruding. They accommodated when we wanted to eat and what we wanted to eat with warmth and graciousness. Because we had wonderful weather, breakfast was on our balcony overlooking stunning views and the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea.
My husband exercised in the small, but well equipped and up-to-date gym. We both loved walking around the gorgeous grounds. While we never took advantaged of their lovely and well-serviced pool and sea sunbathing area, many guests did. When we return, we hope to spend time in both places.
Even when something feels like heaven-on-earth, it's still has small areas of human imperfection. The one for us was the high work-ethic of the housekeepers. For the first few days we didn't want them in the room, but they wanted to clean. So I finely gave up and let them in while I sat on our balcony in the warmth of the sun. They did an excellent, fast job and I stayed out of their way. By the end of the week, I respected what a wonderful job they did and they learned to respect my need to have our room back as quickly as possible.
As a side note, this is not an easy hotel for people with mobility issues because it's built into a steep mountain. So, if you have difficulty with marble stairs that have limited hand rails, make sure you get a room with easy access. They have many extraordinary rooms with easy access, you just need to ask for that and they will accommodate you. This is a hotel that understands how to meet guests needs - and wants to make your stay wonderful.
Writing this review brings me back to the joys and beauty of a special, one-of-a-kind hotel, which we loved and still talk about.
It is hard to add anything to the many positive reviews on TripAdvisor. This hotel is truly spectacular. The level of service is second to none. Unlike other reviewers, we found that staff did remember our names. We stayed for two nights at the very end of the season so it felt a little quiet which, if anything, was a positive for us. The rooms are very nice and as expected in a 5-star deluxe hotel. The view from our room/terrace (an Elite room) was somewhat disappointing though: the room was in an inside corner of the building with a restricted sea view and very little sunlight. The pool is not heated (or maybe not heated enough for us!) so we did not give it a try.
My wife and I recently stayed four nights at San Pietro and were very impressed.The views are amazing and the decor stunning.It is nice to be away from the crowds in Positano and the shuttle service is very nice when needed.The workout facilities were simple, but adequate and the outdoor spin bike was nice.It is worth a trip down the stairs(402 of them) to the beach and the swimming is very refreshing.The sun deck is very comfortable and bar service is available.The breakfast was very nice and the deck seating was beautiful,certainly,one of the finest resorts in Italy.
This legendary hotel has so much in its favor but it lacks warmth/ personality.
For example, the lobby is enormous with a sea of all white couches. There are no pillows so guests sit in occasional chairs far from one another. It feels like an elaborate doctor’s office where everyone is quietly waiting their turn, careful not to interact with one another . Even the musicians are off In a corner of their own. It is not the same ambience as Splendido, Sirenuse, or Punta Tragara. It just doesn’t come together. It is a lobby with a bar not a lobby bar if you understand the distinction
The staff never introduces themselves. They deliver the drinks; they provide the requested service; and, retire to the back of the room. Same is true of the staff at the restaurants and largely the front desk (with the exception of Roberta).
We had booked a couple of excursions with the concierge before arriving but never met him despite our numerous email exchanges; nor did anyone ask if we enjoyed our day/ excursion, only the anonymous, “Good Morning Madam” “Good Evening Madam”. Everyone is on auto pilot.
Our stay was promoted by our last visit to Positano; we had dinner at ISP and it was so wonderful we decided to stay here when we returned. This time, dinner was very different. Instead of feeling like the only couple in a candlelit room, the room was unnecessarily crowded and overlit. The bright lighting negated the effect of the candles; so between the proximity of the neighboring diners and the brightness, I literally could count the number of gnocchi pieces on my neighbor’s plate. Hilariously, the tables are positioned so they face a dark sea- staged like a cinema but there is nothing to see. The seating needs to be reconfigured so you don’t feel like you are looking at black screen/ broken TV. It was kind of funny watching everyone stare expectedly into the vast nothingness. I found myself doing the same thing. Also my dinner order was wrong but that didn’t matter. The food was impossible to eat. I had to use a knife, fork and spoon for each bite. Somebody got over creative with the menu design. Everything included in my entree was chewy, no variation. I just stopped eating and I am not a picky eater. The best food was at the beach. The spaghetti with zucchini was delicious. Speaking of the beach, it was a beautiful evening every night we were there but service closed at 6. Loads of people enjoying themselves on the lounges yet at 5:45, the staff started to roll things up. Literally, when they say it closed at 6 pm, everything is locked up.
We had just come from Caesar Augustus, another Relais Chateau (on Capri). In contrast, it was a memorable stay, staff were warm and friendly. They too have a big lobby and a restaurant that faces the night’s dark sea but somehow they struck the right balance, as did Hotel Timeo in Taormina. Pretty twinkling lighting, large candles on the floors and fresh flowers. I left there (and Caesar Augustus) wanting to write a thank you note. Not at ISP. They wouldn’t know my name.
(If all of this is an anomaly attributable to the end of season blues, management needs to mix things up during the last month to keep it fresh and for heaven’s sake, give the dining room some more thought. The hotel is beautiful but you can’t rely on the scenery (or the guest’s imagination) to do the work. Take a critical look on how things can improve. Change the lighting, vary the bar snacks, add flowers, introduce yourselves, smile like you mean it, and above all-else, make guests feel welcome).
We stayed here for 6 nights and loved every minute. Attention to detail was remarkable and the staff was professional and welcoming. Absolutely plan on returning. Breakfast was remarkable and shuttle rides were very accommodating..