Positano - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Positano for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Once visit this Amalfi Coast gem, believe me, you won’t want to leave! Venture into this lemon-flavoured dream place on the shores of crystal-clear turquoise water. If you like to visit the best beaches in Italy, then it’s best to start searching for where to stay in Positano.

The legend says that Poseidon made this place personally and dedicated it to the nymph Pasithea. Although this place has no airport and is a bit tricky to get to, every kilometre travelled will be worth it. Best to get there by boat, FCO train, or SITA bus only 1.5 from Napoli for 30-40 euros.

Question: Where to stay in Positano for a first-time visit?

Although Positano is considered a pricey destination, you can find something for every taste here. Walk through quaint streets and indulge in the city’s charm, whose middle name is “Travel and Leisure”. If Positano has been on your bucket list for years, it’s high time you plan your trip here.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Positano.

Read more: We have a detailed guide to 7 days in Amalfi Coast.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated July 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Positano for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: Chiesa Nuova Area

This place will make you love Positano even more. I definitely recommend this picturesque former fishing village, which, over time, has grown into one of the most visited Italian destinations with the most colourful, vibrant homes.

Which places to visit?

  • Santa Maria Assunta Church
  • Spiaggia Grande (Main Beach)
  • Fornillo Beach
  • Shopping and Dining

Why do we recommend these areas?

Santa Maria Assunta Church is one of the most prominent landmarks of Positano and dates back to the 10th century. It was built in Byzantine and is known for its Madonna and Child artwork.

Spaggia Grande is the most photogenic spot in all of Positano and is even better known as Positano Beach. It offers unforgettable iconic views and all-day entertainment at the beach bars.

If you want a slightly calmer vibe, go to Fornillo Beach, the second most famous beach, from where you have the most accessible port for sailing to Capri and other surrounding towns.

While thinking about where to stay in Positano, don’t forget that you also need to consider the best places to indulge in Italian food and aperitif hours.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Spiaggia Grande
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Hotel Pupetto
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Villa Fiorentino
💎 Best Luxury HotelLe Sirenuse
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Hotel Villa Franca
😎 Best for Groups:Casa Malu
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Palazzo Talamo
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Hotel Casa Albertina
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Casa Scirocco
👌 Safest Area: Chiesa Nuova

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Positano 

Below is a list of the best hotels in Positano that cater to whatever traveller you may be!

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Be prepared for many stairs and hilly regions, so think about whether this will be challenging for your children. How do you solve that? Book a hotel by the beach or allow them small sweet treats that will give them the energy to run up all the stairs. For example, buy them lemon-flavoured candy, caprese panini deli meatballs or the most delicious wood oven pizza at Bar Buca Di Bacco. In the evening, go for cocktails. Don’t worry; there is also a kid-friendly non-alcoholic variety, and I recommend the traditional Positano Tropicana.

And now, let’s answer where to stay in Positano.

Fornillo Beach Area

As I mentioned, this is the second most popular place serving scenic views. It is an ideal place for an afternoon of family enjoyment. The peace you get is priceless. If your hotel is a little further away, be prepared for about 15 minutes of climbing stairs to reach the place.

Spiaggia Grande Area

If you are a more dynamic family that likes bout tours, daytime bar entertainment, and beach company, settle near the main beach. There are always exciting activities here you can all enjoy.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Hotel Pupetto, Fornillo Beach Area

In Hotel Pupetto, you have family rooms that can host 2+2 guests. Each room has a balcony with a superb view and an even more superb breakfast. The location is 7 minutes from the sea, and you can even book a shuttle to the airport.

Book Hotel Pupetto here

Relax and unwind at Hotel Pupetto

Have a great time at Hotel Pupetto

Villa Dani, Spiaggia Grande Area

Villa Dani is close to the beach and shopping locations. What makes it one of the best places to stay in Positano is the fact you have an entire home at your disposal. The property offers 2 comfortable bedrooms, a living room, 2 bathrooms, a walk-in shower, and private parking for guests.

Book Villa Dani here

Private room at Villa Dani

Have a pleasant stay at Villa Dani

1.2 Couples

Positano hides the most romantic views from the restaurant terraces. It gets dark earlier here, so you can catch the sunset around 6 pm during an aperitif on one of the beautiful terraces with a view. Visit Da Vincenzo and Viale Pasitea for an unforgettable romantic experience.

Spiaggia Grande Area

Here is the epicentre of the happenings and the best view of dreamy, colourful houses next to blue turquoise water. Enjoy candlelight evenings on the beach and take a great picture at one of the many Instagrammable spots.

Chiesa Nuova Area

While walking here, you will come across many street painters who you cannot ask to paint you a picture of the two of you. Let this be a souvenir of your romantic trip or honeymoon here. End the evening with a Kayak sunset tour.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Villa Fiorentino, Spiaggia Grande Area

Looking for where to stay in Positano? This is nothing less than a honeymoon suite with spacious rooms and a balcony with mesmerising views. There are also first-class pools to use. Choose a Private Suite for two and enjoy the romantic atmosphere here at Villa Fiorentino.

Book Villa Fiorentino here

Relax and unwind at Villa Fiorentino

Have a great time at Villa Fiorentino

Hotel Poseidon, Chiesa Nuova Area

This is one of the best hotels in Positano, with a beautiful pool overlooking the town. It has a central location within walking distance of all major landmarks. Hotel Poseidon also has an in-house speciality restaurant and an excellent bar with a terrace specialising in Aperitivo. You won’t regret booking a stay at Hotel Poseidon.

Book Hotel Poseidon here

Private room at Hotel Poseidon

Have a pleasant stay at Hotel Poseidon

1.3 Luxury traveler

If you are looking for luxury in Positano, lavish hotels are everywhere, especially by the water. One night in these hotels costs 1200 euros, on average. Apart from upscale restaurants, there are also excellent beach bars and private boat tours reserved for select guests.

If you want a recommendation for exceptional fine dining, make a reservation at the Michelin-starred Da Vincenzo or at Franco’s Bar, an annexe of the opulent hotel Le Sirenuse.

Spiaggia Grande Area

If you choose this as your answer to where to stay in Positano, you’ll get an exclusive atmosphere and incredible panoramic views- not to mention private tours and luxurious hotel treatment. This place is reserved for luxury travellers looking for seclusion and tranquillity, so don’t miss out on it!

Fornillo Beach Area

The area also features refined beach clubs with a relaxed atmosphere and top service. Many of the hotels here offer relaxation in rich wellness centres.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Le Sirenuse, Spiaggia Grande Area

This is precisely the hotel you saw in the pictures of Positano on Instagram or Pinterest. It belongs to one of the best honeymoon hotels in Positano. The rooms at Le Sirenuse are designed for two people, and you can use the long pool with vine landscaping, spa and impeccable dining.

The hotel is very well situated, 200 metres from the beach and with private parking. One of the greatest treasures of the hotel is the kind staff who will make your stay flawless.

Book Le Sirenuse here

Make yourself at home at Le Sirenuse

Enjoy your time at Le Sirenuse

Villa Magia, Fornillo Beach Area

Villa Magia offers an impressive terrace view and a gorgeous pool overlooking the town. In the complex, you have 2 outdoor swimming pools, wellness with Hamam and an excellent restaurant where fancy breakfast is served. At your request, they can also organise an airport shuttle.

Book Villa Magia here

Experience comfort at Villa Magia

Have a wonderful stay at Villa Magia

1.4 Design-lovers

If you’ve heard that Positano is the most photogenic spot on the Amalfi Coast, let me assure you that, yes, those claims are true. Feel the Positano Vintage Dream at the most photogenic place on the Amalfi Coast. Rent an old-timer and take an unforgettable tour through Positano.

Explore the local souvenir shops, and notice how almost everything is in the form of lemons. How does a beautiful summer dress with a lemon pattern sound to you? That’s enough of a sign that you’ve been to Positano. Another exciting experience is buying handmade sandals that skilled artisans make in front of you in just 20 minutes. Speaking of art shops, visit Antica Sartoria, a bohemian pop shop I’m sure you’ll love.

Chiesa Nuova Area

Looking for where to stay in Positano? The centre offers beautiful views, where you can marvel at the famous architecture of the cathedral. You can also find exciting designer and craft shops along the streets.

Spiaggia Grande Area

Here are the best hotels that captivate with every detail. Those travellers looking for creativity will get coastal design inspiration here. A few more artistic elements will leave you speechless, from street art and famous boutique shops to handmade crafts. Here, there is traditional craftsmanship of ceramics and handmade fashion details that I’m sure you’ll enjoy taking a peak at.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Hotel Villa Franca, Chiesa Nuova Area

Being one of the best hotels in Positano, this luxury accommodation seamlessly combines contemporary art with conventional cave-style Positano architecture. All rooms have traditional Positano terraces, and the facade is made of white walls with navy blue decor ornament. Hotel Villa Franca has an extended pool open to guests.

Book Hotel Villa Franca here

Enjoy your stay at Hotel Villa Franca

Have fun at Hotel Villa Franca

Villa dei Fisici Positano, Spiaggia Grande Area

Villa dei Fisici Positano has an interesting exterior and interior and a spacious pool. The terraces and balconies offer a city view and garden view. The whole complex has 7 bedrooms and can accommodate 19 people. It is located 1.5 km from the first beach and a 15-minute drive to Amalfi.

Book Villa dei Fisici Positano here

Have a great time at Villa dei Fisici Positano

1.5 Groups

Have you already organised the group aperitif hour or group boat tour? If you left this for another day, then why not spend an entire day enjoying the beach? In addition, you can organise a day trip to Sorrento, Capri, or other parts of the Amalfi Coast.

If you are more physically fit, keep the hiking path of Gods in mind or simply book cooking classes and learn more about the tricks of Italian cuisine. Drink the aperitif at Franco’s Bar.

Montepertuso Area

The literal translation of the name of this place is “hole in the mountain,” which describes the setting and the typical Arch. Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church is attractive to see here. This picturesque village has a traditional, authentic Italian energy and hides many cosy restaurants with excellent food. I tried the best dishes here during my entire stay.

Chiesa Nuova Area

Book a sunset cruise or spend some time shopping in the local shops. You can also take a good group picture here, enjoying everything that makes this one of the best places to stay in Positano.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Casa Malu, Montepertuso Area

Casa Malu enjoys an excellent location and offers an even better welcome from the helpful hostess and the rest of the staff. It’s located in central downtown but still in a tranquil environment. The rooms are spacious and have good facilities, daily housekeeping and private parking for all guests.

Book Casa Malu here

Private room at Casa Malu

Have a pleasant stay at Casa Malu

Cottage L’Americano, Chiesa Nuova Area

This place will give you the vibe of making you feel at home. The host provides excellent visitor tips, which makes this place an excellent choice for where to stay in Positano. Cottage L’Americano is available for 3 people and it has one bedroom. Additional options include breakfast and private parking.

Book Cottage L’Americano here

Make yourself at home at Cottage L'Americano

Enjoy your time at Cottage L'Americano

1.6 Solo-travelers

If you’re planning to explore Positano on your own, you must prepare excellent, comfortable walking shoes. When you require a break, go to one of the local restaurants to try mouth-watering seafood pasta. But prepare cash because some of the restaurants do not accept cards.

Once you explore Positano, it is time for a day trip to Capri. For those who like challenges, I will mention the Path of the Gods again, with beautiful views along the way and a length of 7.8 kilometres.

Spiaggia Grande Area

This part of the city provides nature walks, sunsets, group beach parties, and also peaceful nights to recharge your batteries. Although there are not many hostels here, you can find a suitable room to stay in some of the best hotels in Positano.

Chiesa Nuova Area

Fortunately, you won’t have to walk many stairs here, because you are not lodged right by the sea. Instead, you will be walking near the cathedral, and through the alleys, where you can find cosy little restaurants suitable for everyone’s wallet.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Palazzo Talamo, Spiaggia Grande Area

Palazzo Talamo is situated in a historical building dating from the 19th century. This place will offer you a stay, just like in the rich Italian movies. The advantage of this place is that it is located next to the port and has a sea-view balcony. It has a lovely staff that is here to help you if you need to organise an airport shuttle.

Book Palazzo Talamo here

Experience comfort at Palazzo Talamo

Have a wonderful stay at Palazzo Talamo

Hotel Il Gabbiano, Chiesa Nuova Area

Hotel Il Gabbiano is a family-run hotel with a soul and panoramic sea view. It offers a marvellous stay in simply decorated rooms. There is also private parking, and the location is a 15-minute walk from the centre.

Book Hotel Il Gabbiano here

Enjoy your stay at Hotel Il Gabbiano

Have fun at Hotel Il Gabbiano

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

Still haven’t decided where to stay in Positano? If you are looking for a party, you’ve come to the right place! Here, you have everything; from classic nightclubs to beach bars from which music does not stop blaring.

Spiaggia Grande Area

Even if you only have 24 hours in Positano, you must taste the nightlife. Visit Next2 Club with live performances and the most popular The Music on the Rock, a beach bar with a DJ and a dancing club.

It is embedded in a rock and looks towards the sea; you can see the city in lights at night. This place is the top 1 for partying in Positano. I recommend Chez Black Lounge on the coast if you want a more relaxed option.

Chiesa Nuova Area

This is the place where you’ll find the ordinarily indisputable Buca di Bacco and Franco’s for the best aperitivo experience. You can also go to Bar Internacional, the central meeting point for all the locals.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Hotel Casa Albertina, Spiaggia Grande Area

This is one of the best hotels in Positano if you’re looking for something between luxury and budget-friendly. Hotel Casa Albertina offers a homey environment with delicious vintage Italian cuisine and sumptuous linens. Fabulous breakfast is served on the terrace daily, and one night costs 100 euros.

Book Hotel Casa Albertina here

Relax and unwind at Hotel Casa Albertina

Have a great time at Hotel Casa Albertina

Hotel Villa Delle Palme in Positano, Chiesa Nuova Area

Hotel Villa Delle Palme is a clean, warm, welcoming place, only a 15-minute walk from the Cathedral and nightclubs. The staff here is simply lovely. There are also 2 restaurants nearby that are owned by the same owners and can be used by hotel guests. All rooms have a private bath, which adds to the convenience.

Book Hotel Villa Delle Palme here

Private room at Hotel Villa Delle Palme

Have a pleasant stay at Hotel Villa Delle Palme

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Most of the beaches are private, but I still selected a few places for you where you can enjoy the beach for free. These are the beaches next to the Marina, and those paid beaches require 20-30 euros for a sunbed in the third row.

It’s no secret that Positano is a more expensive place to vacation, but you can find accommodation for 100 euros a night. If you want to go to other places, the most budget-friendly option is the ferry.

Montepertuso

Wondering where to stay in Positano on a budget? This charming village offers a local experience and budget-friendly accommodation near Positano. Public transport will take you to the beach, and the main beach is 2 hours away. Here, you will enjoy excellent food and a reclassifying pace.

Arienzo Beach Area

Here’s another place away from the crown. Although there are luxurious beach bars here, there is also a beach where you can sunbathe for free; and it’s around 6-7 km from Positano.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Casa Scirocco, Montepertuso

Casa Scirocco is a luxury-on-a-budget win for you: a complete home accommodating up to 6 guests. An overnight stay is around 60 euros per person, and there is also a minimarket with affordable prices in the complex. The host can arrange an airport shuttle for you for a minimal fee. You receive complimentary wine, champagne and chocolate cakes at the reception.

Book Casa Scirocco here

Make yourself at home at Casa Scirocco

Enjoy your time at Casa Scirocco

Villa Nannina, Arienzo Beach Area

This bed and breakfast place offers food from an exceptional restaurant with a great city view. You also have a bar in the complex. Villa Nannina has 3 bedrooms for 6 people. The location is breathtaking, and the entire complex has a private beach.

Book Villa Nannina here

Experience comfort at Villa Nannina

Have a wonderful stay at Villa Nannina

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Positano

Are you excited for your first visit to Positano? I really can’t recommend more. This is the only Positano accommodation guide you need, whether you want to sit all day on the beach with the kids or find a luxury or budget stay in Positano.

And now, let’s summarise all the neighbourhoods you should consider:

  • Spiaggia Grande Area
  • Chiesa Nuova Area
  • Fornillo Beach Area
  • Montepertuso
  • Arienzo Beach Area

If you want luxury, designer signs, or romantic seating, choose Spaggia Grande. If you are coming on a solo trip, feel the local energy in Chiesa Nuova. For a more relaxed, family-friendly pace, take accommodation in Fornillo Beach. For a group stay or budget-friendly accommodation, consider Montepertuso. And finally, for nightlife, the first source is always Arruzzo Area and Spaggia Grande with its Music in the Rock.

Indulge in the picturesque landscapes, where azure waters meet colourful houses perched on cliffs. Savour the delicious cuisine at quaint trattorias and experience the warm hospitality that defines Positano. Wander through the narrow, winding streets with boutiques and local shops offering handmade crafts.

Enjoy rich history and culture by exploring ancient churches and historic sites. Positano has it all, whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both. It’s a destination that captivates the senses, leaving you with lifetime memories. Discover the magic of Positano, where every corner is a postcard-worthy moment, and every experience celebrates la dolce vita.

FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Positano?

The best neighborhood to stay in Positano depends on your preferences. For a luxurious experience with panoramic views, consider the Spiaggia Grande Area. If you prefer a more local atmosphere and a romantic setting, Chiesa Nuova Area is a great choice. Families might enjoy Fornillo Beach Area for its calm vibe, while budget travelers can explore options in Montepertuso.

Where should you not stay in Positano?

While Positano offers picturesque views in almost every corner, some areas might be challenging for certain travelers. For those who dislike stairs, it's advisable to avoid accommodations situated high on the cliffs. Additionally, some areas near bustling nightlife spots might not be ideal for travelers seeking a quiet retreat.

What should I avoid in Positano?

To make the most of your Positano experience, consider avoiding heavy luggage, as the town is built on steep slopes with many stairs. If you're not a fan of crowded places, it's recommended to visit during the shoulder seasons to avoid the peak tourist crowds. Also, be cautious of high prices in restaurants and shops, and consider exploring local markets for budget-friendly options.

Where should I stay in Positano for the first time?

For first-time visitors, Chiesa Nuova Area is recommended. This area provides a charming experience with its picturesque former fishing village atmosphere, proximity to notable landmarks like Santa Maria Assunta Church and Spiaggia Grande, and a variety of dining and shopping options. The central location makes it convenient for exploring different parts of Positano.

Map + All Sights

If you are visiting Positano for the first time, you might be wondering where to stay in this charming and scenic town. To help you out, we have created a map that shows you the best areas to stay in Positano for first time travelers.

Summary of where to stay in Positano

I hope I have captured a moment of what it is like to be here and enjoy this pearl of the Amalfi Coast. The dilemma about where to stay in Positano has now been resolved!

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