Palazzo Murat Hotel
What We Love
- The showpiece courtyard, often the setting for cultural events, art exhibitions and concerts
- The rare plants and tranquil ambience of “Donna Carmelo’s Garden"
- Candlelit dinners in the alfresco restaurant, Al Palazzo
- The décor, which marries antique Mediterranean charm with modern amenities
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Room service is limited during certain hours
- The hotel often hosts weddings
- Parking is around $33 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1808 as the summer residence of Gioacchino Murat — Napoleon’s brother-in-law and King of Naples — the hotel’s posh pedigree was enhanced further by the subsequent owners, the Attanasio family, whose matriarch Carmela created the spectacular gardens in which the palace is now set. The 31 rooms are fashioned in traditional Positano style, with terra-cotta tiled floors, plasterwork scrolls and hand-painted headboards. Some rooms look onto the gardens while others have sea views. Linger in the courtyard or restaurant, both shaded and scented by the resident citrus trees.
In the Area
Walk off all that delicious Italian fare with a trek along Il Sentiero degli Dei (“God’s Highway”), a panoramic path above the Amalfi Coast that links the hilltop town of Agerola with Nocelle, on the slopes of Monte Peruso. (The hotel can help arrange tours.) Admire the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, with its opulent interiors and prime position overlooking the sea, then head to the beach itself for spaghetti vongole at Chez Black, one of Danny de Vito’s favorites.
How to Get There
This hotel is an incredibly beautiful hotel, with lots of lovely features including; the gardens, impressive views by the pool and a good bar/ breakfast area. The room we had was spacious and well decorated with a good size balcony. It also had a fantastic bathroom, particularly the shower and all the decoration seemed new and fresh.
The pool area of the hotel isn’t huge and could become quite crowded in the afternoon, however it was a nice size pool for quick deeps and the service around the pool is fantastic. The Pool Manager is a real asset to the hotel and made everyone feel very welcome, as well as providing brilliant service. Unfortunately, in contrast many staff in the rest of the hotel are not quite so good at service. We found the reception desk would often only give the bare minimum information when asked for assistance and were often not there. Similar some of the waiting staff at breakfast and in the restaurant could be a little off / rude.
The hotel itself is fantastic and we would definitely recommend it for a stay in Positano and in many ways they do deserve to be a 5 star hotel. The location is also great for exploring the various parts of Positano. However for a 4 star hotel some of their staff need to offer a slightly better service/ welcoming atmosphere.
With regards to the area, we did find Positano (and the hotel itself, with some amenities) to be slightly over priced and overly touristy. We did visit at a particularly busy time of the year, when an Italian bank holiday was on, so this could have been part of the problem with busy-ness but we often felt that for the price we were paying in restaurants we were not getting the service or quality we would expect.
Nothing in Positano is cheap. So just go ahead and stay here. It is one of the only hotels that has a pool AND is just steps away from the beach. Our friends happened to be in town and they paid MORE for a hotel up the hill supposedly with a better view, but ended up having to hike in the 90 degree temps up and down the hill several times a day. And they didn’t have a pool! The breakfast was delicious, and the staff don’t miss any detail. We had to leave at 3 am to catch our flight out of Naples and they had a porter waiting when we opened our door to help with our bags, and individually packed breakfast bags for our long day ahead, even a special one for my daughter with a food allergy. The rooms are on the smaller side, but the AC crisp and the beds comfy. They offer complimentary tennis and a 2 hour boat tour—we ran out of time for tennis but loved the boat tour! Our driver asked us what we wanted to do and my kids said swim! So he drove along the picturesque coast and then stopped near a quiet cove where they jumped off the boat about 20 times and we all enjoyed swimming in the gorgeous sea! Do yourself a favor and stay here!
Plazzo Murat is a very good hotel, you'll be happy here.
I did a ton of reserach on places before I went and Plazzo Murat definetly was worth the price.
-Great Location. You are steps from everything and yet the hotel feels very private.
-Great Staff: Super helpful. You can catch a tiny attitude from time to time but nothing major.
-Great atmosphere and rooms. Feels clean and up to date, the outside nooks are crazy quaint and relaxing.
-Great restaurant, make a reservation and take advantage.
-Great vodka lemon slushies by the pool.
-Oh...and it has a pool. It's not huge but it doesn't really matter, it's for plunging. The pool area is cool (tempture wise) which is important and the pool staff is fantastic.
-I've seen some complaints about the breakfast. It's totally great considering it's Eurpeaon. Great pasteries, fruit and they added some eggs and bacon for the Americans. If you want pancakes, wait till you get back to the Marriott in Jersey or wherever.
I gave it four stars only because there is a tad of room for improvement, they are small things not really worth mentioning here. It's a really great hotel overall, you'll be glad you chose it.