Hotel California, Positano

  • Neapolitan Riviera, Italy, Amalfi Coast

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Hotel California has a spectacular location overlooking Positano. You can get that perfect Instagram photo right from the hotel’s terrace that looks out over the colourful houses and sandy beach. You can’t stay here without heading there with a glass of prosecco and getting lost in the views. You’ll can also enjoy breakfast here each morning – what a great way to start the day!

There’s only 15 rooms here and this boutique hotel manages to make everyone feel at home. The welcoming Cinque family have been running Hotel California since its conversion from a royal Neapolitan residence. Each bedroom has been lovingly decorated in a traditional and unique style. Some have original painted ceilings and tiled floors, while others come with hot tubs. They’re all topped off with spectacular sea views.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 25 mins by private car from Naples airport.

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 15
  • Official rating: 3

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €1.30 per person per night is payable locally. 

Rooms

Standard Rooms have sea views from the balcony and are either in the original hotel wing or the newer wing. Each room has air conditioning, TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer and whirlpool bathtub.

Superior Rooms are located on the upper floors so they have even better sea views from the balcony. These rooms are larger and are available on request, please call to book.

Double Rooms for Single Occupancy are available on request, please call to book. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most recognisable images of Italy. This 50-kilometre-long coastline of plunging cliffs is topped with sky-scraping viewpoints. The towns step down the cliffs in a jumble of pastel houses and church domes, before fetching up at tiny harbours where you'll find some of the country's finest seafood.

What to see on an Amalfi Coast holiday

Although alike in looks, each town has its own forte. Ravello is known for its terraced gardens and clifftop summer music festival. Amalfi has a grand eighth-century cathedral, while Positano offers the Byzantine Church of Santa Maria Assunta and a great beach to relax on. 

Amalfi Coast holidays also leave you perfectly poised for exploring the rest of the region from Sorrento, Ischia and Capri to Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius.

Discover more things to see and do in the Neapolitan Riviera.

Why book an Amalfi Coast holiday with Inghams

Your holiday is always in safe hands with us so you can relax and make the most of your time away. We go the Amalfi Coast's most popular resorts and all of our hotels are centrally located. We can also help organise your activities like walking the coastal trails or trying the local food.

Things to Do

Things to see and do

The Amalfi Coast isn't all boat trips and leisurely lunches by the sea. This region of Italy has tonnes of history to explore and each of the towns offers something new to see. Some of our favourite things to do here are:

  • Pompeii & Herculaneum: These Roman towns were destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in a devastating eruption in 79 AD, burying them in the heavy volcanic ash that helped preserve them for centuries. Take a guided tour to learn all about them.
  • Paestum: Once one of Italy’s biggest ancient Greek cities, Paestum is now an archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples and is a couple of hours drive from the Amalfi Coast. Make sure to stop at an authentic mozzarella farm along the way, too.
  • Explore the Coast: The towns along the Amalfi Coast are easily explored by local buses and boats. Hop on a boat at Amalfi and visit beautiful towns like Positano and Maiori or sit back and enjoy the views from the road on the way to Ravello.
  • Visit Sorrento: This bustling town has plenty to do. Sip coffee in Piazza Tasso, head down to the marina for a seafood lunch and browse the artisan shops.
  • See Capri: Sail across to Capri for the day - one of our favourite Italian islands. We love the towns where you can shop in designer stores and eat in family-run restaurants. Head for Anacapri for the best sea views.

Food & drink

Italian food doesn't get much better than on the Amalfi Coast. Expect fresh seafood, light salads and home-made pasta. Mozzarella is big here, it's produced in Campania and the caprese salads are a must-have. We love washing everything down with a limoncello after. 

Activities

Keen hikers will love the Amalfi Coast. There's some great trails that head up the cliffs where you're rewarded with uninterrupted sea views. They'll take you away from the tourist bustle and past family farms and lemon groves. The Footpath of the Gods is probably the most famous. It starts just a short bus ride from Amalfi and runs for four miles.

Excursions

Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Pompeii & Vesuvius from £45 per person (full day)

Enjoy the views as you're driven along the stunning Amalfi coast to your first stop, Pompeii. Join a guide to learn about the ancient city and then make your way to the top of Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano on mainland Europe. You'll be dropped off to make the final accent to the summit on foot where you'll have the best views of the Bay of Naples and Pompeii below.

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May to October

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £45pp, Positano from £63pp or Ravello from £56pp - entrance fees (approx. €26.50pp) and lunch are payable locally

Pompeii & Herculaneum from £57 per person (full day)

Spend a day exploring the UNESCO protected Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You'll have an expert guide to lead you through the well-preserved towns. There's lots of walking on this excursion so it may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. 

Departs: Sundays from May to October

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £57pp, Positano from £74pp or Ravello from £67pp - entrance fees (approx. €29.50pp) and lunch are payable locally. 

Pompeii from £39 per person (half day)

Walk through the ancient streets of the once-thriving Roman town of Pompeii. See the roman baths, forums and villas built by the prosperous Romans and the well-preserved frescoes. 

Departs: Tue & Sat from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £39pp, Positano from £57pp or Ravello from £50pp - entrance fees (approx. €16.50pp) are payable locally

Capri & Anacapri from £74 per person (full day)

Enjoy a full day on the glamorous island of Capri – a must do for anyone visiting the Neapolitan Riviera. You’ll enjoy time in Capri Town where you can relax with a coffee in the piazza, watch the handy work of the sandal makers and shop in the designer boutiques. The next stop is Anacapri where you can admire some of the best views on the island. There's also an optional visit to Villa San Michele and Caesar Augustus Gardens.

Departs: Wednesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi or Positano from £74pp, Ravello from £84pp or Maiori or Minori from £83pp - entrance fees (approx. €9pp) and lunch are payable locally

Cruise to Positano from £39 per person (half day)

Take a leisurely tour along the Amalfi Coast to Positano. On the way you’ll visit Emerald Grotto, where sunlight reflects against the rocks making the water appear a striking green blue colour. Once you reach Positano you’ll have some free time to explore the lanes, browse the boutiques, enjoy a drink from one of the little cafés or simply relax on the sandy beach.

Departs: Thursdays from 01 May - 31 Oct

Price departing from: Amalfi, Maiori or Minori from £39pp - entrance fees (approx. €5pp) are payable locally

Private excursions

The above excursions are all available on a private basis, meaning you can enjoy visiting the attractions with just your friends or family. Please call our reservations team for more information including prices and to book.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Facilities
  • Sea view terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (payable locally)
Meals

A continental buffet breakfast serves pastries, cold cuts, cheese, fresh fruit and homemade cakes from 7.30am to 10.30am.

Ristorante Don Giovanni serves Italian cuisine on a fantastic terrace where you can enjoy views over the town. Enjoy local specialties like linguine with anchovy sauce from nearby Cetera and deserts showcasing the fresh lemons that grow on the coast.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 14.4884783
  • Latitude: 40.6285793
  • Location Description:
    • 100 metres to the SITA Sponda bus stop
    • 150 metres to Positano centre
    • 10 minute walk to Positano's main beach and port

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