This was our second stay at Rifugio. The first was 2 years ago and we went back at the first opportunity. Last time we stayed in the Dioniso apartment and this time we stayed in the Posidon apartment - both were completely faultless, spotlessly clean, bright, spacious, and the views across Positano are spectacular. The shower in the apartment also has really high water pressure (not something to be taken from granted in Italian hotels) and this is very welcome after a day in the sun. All apartments have their own kitchen/dining facilities which we used a lot on this trip.They supply their own olive oil (4 euro/bottle) and they supply their own produce complimentary (tomatoes, pepper, onions, garlic...) - i love to cook and having this quality of ingredient was a treat. To be honest, it is the homely feel that make Rifugio so special. Anna is an amazing cook and we always looked forward to breakfast each morning. Almost all of the produce comes from their own land so whether it is eggs, jam, cake or bruschetta, the food was always great and a perfect start to the day. Davide is a fantastic host, he is very knowledgable and friendly and he goes out of his way to ensure that you enjoy your stay. Lots of helpful tips and travel advice about the local area aswell as for trips further afield.
Yes, as other reviews has stated there are lots of steps (401 actual stairs from the road to the Posidon Appartment), but really everywhere in Positano is situated on either steps or steep hills. The steps are tiring, especially in the summer heat, but we always took 2 or 3, few minute breaks on the way up (as did everyone else that was going up) and this gave you time to soak in the views. Everyone that has mentioned the steps has failed to state that this is a really nice walk too as you still have views of the sea and then a nice walk along a country path that leads to the accomodation. A stay at Rifugio is definetly worth it and we will be back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Rifugio degli Dei” rose from what was an ancient rural house built in the middle of the 8 century by our great-grandfathers, who, with knowledge and passion, were dedicated to the cultivation and care of the vast olive groves, gardens and animals that surrounded this special place.Ideal for an holiday in Positano, it was perfectly reconstructed in 2007 and particular attention was paid to preserving the architectural character typical of the Amalfi Coast and of Positano. ... more less