Hotel L'Ancora, Positano

  • Neapolitan Riviera, Italy, Amalfi Coast

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Hotel L'Ancora's in the centre of all the activity around Positano and just steps away from a staircase that takes you down to the beach, with lots of interesting little shops to distract you on the way. The rooms here are comfortable, specious and elegantly decorated. The best bit is that the superior rooms all have furnished balconies and a sea views, providing the perfect place to hatch out a plan for the day. Having breakfast out on the terrace is lovely and the hotel's restaurant is a great option for dinner, as well - you can upgrade to half board and dine here each evening if you like. 

Another great thing about staying here is that although there's no pool at Hotel L'Ancora, adults can use the pool facilities at their five-star sister hotel, Hotel Covo dei Saraceni - down in town, close to the beach. The pool, the amenities and the attentiveness of the staff here are excellent and it's a great place to just relax and take in a different view of Positano. 

It's the perfect base for a stay on the Amalfi Coast, with lots of opportunities to take excursions to places like Capri or even take in some of the regions history with a visit to Pompeii and Vesuvius or Herculaneum. After a day out exploring, we loved dropping in to the terrace bar for an Aperol spritz with a view, before getting ready for dinner. 

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 20 mins by private car from Naples Airport.

  • No. of rooms: 18
  • Official rating: 4


Superior Rooms have furnished balconies and sea views. They're decorated in an elegant style with individual pieces of antique furniture and tiled floors. Facilities include air conditioning, TV, Telephone, hairdryer, Wi-Fi and a mini-bar. 

Classic Rooms don't all have sea views and are available on request, please call to book. 

Junior Suites are nice and spacious and have a sea view terrace and a private outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub and sun loungers. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes
Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most recognisable images of Italy – a 50-kilometre-long coastline of plunging cliffs 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.

Although alike in looks, each place 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.

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.


Pompeii & Vesuvius (full day)

Enjoy the views as you're driven along the stunning Amalfi coast to your first stop, Pompeii. The thriving city was buried following the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, which ultimately preserved the buildings, mosaics and frescoes that you'll see as you wander through. The sheer scale of the place is impressive, standing in the streets there you can only imagine what life was like here at that time. But, you'll be accompanied by a guide who will help give you a better insight into its history. After you'll make your way up the flanks 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. Its worth the climb up the volcanic rock path to the crater, you'll smell the sulphur before you see it! You'll also have the best views of the Bay of Naples and Pompeii below. On the journey back, you'll drop in at a cameo and coral factory where they make beautiful traditional jewelry carved out of shells. The perfect spot to pick up a holiday souvenir! 

Departs: Mon, Wed & Thu from 01 May - 31 Oct

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 (full day)

Spend a day exploring the UNESCO protected Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You'll have an expert guide who will bring history of these places to life. The towns were buried under a layer of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. In Pompeii you'll be led through the amazingly well preserved remains of the ancient baths, villas and bars. Later in the coastal town of Herculaneum, you'll see its contrast to Pompeii. It was a wealthy residential town and you can still make out the magnificent frescoes in the once-luxurious villas that overlook the sea. Please note that this tour involves a long day of walking so may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. 

Departs: Sundays from 01 May - 31 Oct

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 (half day)

Walk through the ancient streets of the once-thriving Roman town of Pompeii. The city was preserved beneath layers of ash after the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Here you'll see the roman baths, forums and villas built by the prosperous Romans and the fabulously-preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the villas at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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 (full day)

You’ll get to enjoy a full day on the glamorous island of Capri on this excursion – a must do for anyone visiting the Neapolitan Riviera. Your day will begin on the gentle ferry crossing before a minibus will drive you to the island’s top sights. 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 (half day)

On this relaxing cruise you'll take a leisurely tour along the Amalfi Coast, making your way to Positano. On the way you’ll visit Emerald Grotto, where sunlight reflects against the rocks making the water appear a unique and striking green blue colour. Inside the cavern you'll see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites that emerge from the sea like huge columns. Once you reach Positano, with its pretty white washed buildings, you’ll have some free time here 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.


Pools & Beaches

Although the L'Ancora doesn't have its own pool, adults can use the swimming pool at the five-star sister hotel, Hotel Covo dei Saraceni. It's just five minutes down the road, close to the beach and overlooks Positano. 

Positano's Spiaggia Grande, the main beach, has lovely clear water for swimming, the sand can be a little rough under foot so you might want to bring swimming shoes. Most of the beach is serviced and you can pay locally to rent a sun lounger for the day. But if you prefer head down to the area on the north side of the beach, close to the ferry point, where it's free to use. Pop your towel on the sand and head in for a dip, just remember it can get busy during high season. 

General Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Laundry service (payable locally)
  • Taxi service (payable locally)

Each morning there's a buffet breakfast which includes options like eggs, croissants and other pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, toast with honey or jam, juices and cappuccino. 

You can upgrade to half board to dine at the hotel each evening. The view from the restaurant is just breath taking! During the day you'll be able to see right across the bay and in the evening the lights of Positano will twinkle before you. With a lovely selection of fresh, local Mediterranean cuisine and the amazing views, it's hard to beat this spot for dinner. Just sit back and enjoy good food and good company. 

Other dining options and bars are close by, you can try the seafood at the champagne bar at Le Sirenuse and the famous Franco's Bar right next door.  



Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 14.485928
  • Latitude: 40.6285237
  • Location Description:
    • 900 metres to Positano centre 
    • 500 metres to Positano beach and ferry station

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Hotel L'Ancora, Positano
Amalfi Coast, Neapolitan Riviera,Bed & Breakfast
04/05/2022 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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