San Pietro Hotel

, Positano, Italy
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San Pietro Hotel

, Positano
5 star

Rooms: 60

Via Laurito 2 - Positano - 84017 - Italy 89875455
199 Traveller

Reviews - San Pietro Hotel

Even if you can't afford it, stay there
Submitted by: Brian Sloan in 08/08/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My wife and I have spent 8 weeks in and around Positano over the past few years, some may prefer The Sirenuse for its convenience to Positano, it is convenient. Rather take the orange bus or taxi (we enjoyed the beautiful walk) into Positano. The San Pietro and The Africana night club in nearby Praiano are musts for those traveling the Amalfi Coast.
Gods Paradise
Submitted by: Vincent Lobbato in 02/06/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Italy
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
I should write a bad review of ''Il San Pietro hotel in Positano'' so nobody else will go, and my wife and I could have it all on our own. There are no real words to describe it - let them build 7 star hotels because god created Positano for the true cultured person - I have been to suites at Villa de Deste, The Ritz, Quissisanna, Spendido, Casa de Campo, Thailand and Hong Kong. This hotel was the best - physical beauty, service, and food. Thank you San Pietro.

Historical Traveller Reviews of San Pietro Hotel

Need a Management Shake-up

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were very much looking forward to staying here. Arrived at about 4:00 pm- just in time for a swim. Imagine our surprise when we found out that all the chaises close to the water were "reserved". This despite the fact that there were only a couple of other people down at the beach at that time of the day. Apparently, if you are an "A" list guest you can have a preferred spot reserved for you for the entire day whether you use it or not! This policy was an irritation for many other people besides us.

The hotel is run by Virginia and her sons. We found her to be very unpleasant. She would pass right by you with no acknowlegement or "Good Morning" whatsoever. A funny way to treat guests paying 600 Euros a night!

The hotel is beautiful though and located in an incomparable setting. The service, management, restaurant, etc. don't measure up. The daily special in the Restaurant was the same every day. We asked for just a grilled fresh fish which was offered by our waiter when we sat down but had all been sold when we went to order. When you check-in, expect to be upsold into a better and more expensive room. This is not proper hotel practice- you should be given the room you booked and change it if it does not suit.

After we had checked out, we remembered that the hotel still had not returned our passports. When we went back we were told that we must have left them there- our fault obviously! Expect some irritations if you stay here!

Getting Married in Positano

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I were looking for a unique and beautiful place to get married and honeymoon and we heard the most amazing things about the Il San Pietro so we decided to get married at the Town Hall in Positano and worked with a wedding coordinator from weddingitaly and the Italian Embassy in Washington DC. Our wedding coordinator arranged for limo service with Antionio from Positano Car Service, a great videographer and photographer to capture pictures from our beautiful day. We stayed for 5 days at the Il San Pietro and the place was more beautiful than the website, than anyone described, and more beautiful than the brochure. Unbelievable and beautiful and just very unique--the elevator to the ocean, the views, the dinner was the best we had during our entire 2 week stay in Italy--awesome! The owners were very nice and gave us a great drawing of Positano that we framed.

Food Poisoning!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hy husband and I visited the hotel on our honeymoon in May 2003. We had previously stayed at Il Palazzo at The Bauer (amazing!!!) in Venice and the manager there told us to give his card to the manager at Il San Pietro and send his regards. When we arrived, we met this manager and he practically snubbed his nose at us when we mentioned the other manager.
The food and service were nothing special at all. However, the real problem was that there was no shop in the hotel where you could buy drinks or food...and since the only "cheap" restaurants were closed by evening time, you really were stuck with nothing but the minibar if you got really thirsty. Additionally, the trip into town was a pain in the rear. A 15 minute shuttle ride every time you wanted to go somewhere! But wait! There's more! I started to feel sick at about our 4th day there. I got a fever, stomach pains, etc. Eventually, I became too ill to even go out for dinner on our last night. When we returned to the states, my doctor sent me straight to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection from food poisoning! Yes, I blame it on Il San Pietro!


from A TripAdvisor Member
There is no better way to describe this unique hotel in Positana. It is truely stunning. We stayed at the Il San Pietro di Positano as part of our Honeymoon in June and we were taken back by the excellent service, breathtaking views and esquisite pool and private beach areas. In particular Pasqual (pool guy) was very helpful and charming and the complimentary boat ride a delight! Each morning we woke to breakfast on the balcony and it was like a dream, pieceful, tranquil with an unbelievable view. We are definately going to be returning to this stunning retreat!!! Stacey B

a little slice of heaven

from WDCMom
This is without a doubt one of the loveliest hotels in the world. The views are spectacular, which we enjoyed not only from the hotel terrace, but from our large private balcony and the bathtub (and this was in the cheapest room offered). As mentioned earlier, they will deliver breakfast to your room to eat on the balcony for no extra charge. The complimentary boat ride was also a real treat. And it's wonderful to be able to choose between the pool or the beach (and enjoy lunch & drinks at either locale). Dinner on the terrace does not require a reservation, is very good food, and the dinner prices are VERY reasonable for a luxury hotel. We went to the Sirenuse for a drink and it in no way compares. Il San Pietro is SO much nicer --and quieter! Positano is so busy and loud. I understand the comments of others about the less-than-friendly staff, but I found this almost universally true of hotel staff throughout our 18-day Italian honeymoon. Il San Pietro's staff was actually friendlier than most, and a few of the folks were exceptionally nice (esp. Pasquale, the pool guy). If you are headed to Positano, I HIGHLY recommend this beautiful hotel. We will definitely be returning.

Gorgeous place

from SiriusLondon
We stayed just 2 nights in Il San Pietro. Two nights in this hotel cost as much as the rest of our 10 day holiday but it was worth it. We were told there are no deluxe rooms left (which we had booked) and were kindly given a special room for the same price. We didn't feel this was a scam as some of the other reviewers have remarked. The special room was stunning with beautiful view of the sea, we could see Capri from our bathroom. We loved the fact we could have breakfasts in our own terrace at a chosen time (included in room price), although one morning we were brought someone else's breakfast at 6:30 (we ordered ours for 8:00). Swimming pool was tiny and most people opted for the gorgeous sunbathing platform by the private beach. Staff was very attentive and helpful, in particular when I got stung by a nasty jellyfish I was grateful for all the medication and help from staff in beach bar. Restaurant was a disappointment: my tuna steak was too raw and my boyfriend's was overcooked - and they didn't even apologise. Lovely atmosphere in the terrace of the restaurant though. Place is good for celebrity spotting too, we saw a Beverly Hills 90210 star dining in the restaurant one evening. We would definitely go back just because of the extraordinary beauty of the place.

Honeymoon Haven!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Fabulous service, beautiful setting!! This hotel knows how to look after its guests and this is reflected in the large numbers that return to this little jewel on the Amalfi coast.

The rooms are not stunning but are of a good standard and waking up to a lovely breakfast on your balcony, overlooking the most magnificent panarama with the sun shining is most definitely the best way to start your day and provides that feel good factor.

The hotel is not cheap but this is justified by the exceptional service best illustrated by Pasquale, the pool attendant, who couldn't do enough for his guests and always with a smile on his face.

We will definitely intend to go back to Positano's finest hotel!!

Scam artists!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed there on our honeymoon after a long stay at the Hassler in Rome and Castella di Velona in Tuscany, both of which are true luxury hotels. We were never treated so poorly as we were upon arrival at Il San Pietro. We were told that a special room had been reserved, though only a double room had been confirmed, and were notified that the special room was the only room available. Obviously, this is not the first time they have pulled this on unsuspecting tourists.

If it had not been for our printed email that we had with us, I am sure that the rude staff would have insisted on us paying for the special room rate. Not only were we made unconfortable by the staffs rather rude welcome, but were inconvenienced by having to change rooms the following morning.

It was due to this treatment that we kept dinners and lunches to a minimum at the hotel and spent most of our time in Positano. The complimentary breakfast was terrible, and eggs unbearable.

Upon checkout, we overheard another couple checking in being told the same exact thing we were, that a special room had been reserved. This is obviously a SCAM that the hotel is running. The couple was very upset. BE WARNED: If you do book this hotel, have a printed email confirmation on hand, and be prepared to change rooms, when they claim only the "special rooms" are available.

This is not the luxury hotel it claims to be, but a scam! I recommend Le Serenuse nearby, or one of the many other beautiful hotels located within Positano.

Eden on Earth

from PandAGreensburgPA
We have traveled to Italy many times and have visited every major city and many smaller ones. Positano is not our favorite town. From late spring to early fall it's expensive, filled with tourists (European and American), crowded and, sometimes, unbearably hot. However, the Hotel San Pietro is like Eden on Earth. It is our favorite hotel in all the world. We have been there 3 times in the past 6 years. It's expensive, but it is worth every euro. The staff and the family that own it are caring and attentive. The surroundings are inexplicable. One has to experience the fragrance of the air and the beauty of the gardens and the vistas to understand what I am saying. Bouganvillea grows across the ceilings indoors. Bellini are served every evening on the extraordinary patio that overlooks the town of Positano. They serve you peanuts and olives as you linger at the beach sipping a cold beverage (chilled white wine is my choice) under an umbrella, listening to the waves of the sea. (Peanuts and olives? I know. What's the big deal, right? You just have to try them.) When I'm stressed, I close my eyes and transport myself to the San Pietro and I am at peace.

ethically=challenged management

from A TripAdvisor Member
in agreement with prior reviewers, the first night the management put us in a luxury room at no extra charge because "our room class was unavailable". After the first night, if we stayed in the luxury room we had to pay the difference. We moved. Fortunately we had been warned about this little trick by our travel agent in advance. Also, on checkout, we were charged for 6 meals we hadnt eaten there. Even tho i produced credit card slips for meals at the corresponding times, it took several hours of "consultation" with the dining room staff before the bill was changed. Sn Pietro is a spectacular hotel, we loved our second room, but one must realize that the management is ethically challenged.

Top Local Tips for Positano

clubs There is really only 2 things to do as far as nightlife. Music on the Rocks is a club on the beach. It has a resident DJ and alot of dancing. Next 2 is a more relaxed atmosphere heading up the road out of Positano. Next 2 has a bar and you can order food. Relax on the couched inside or sit outside , its up to you. Next 2 is more for the older crowd who just wants to sit bak and relax while sipping on a drink and music on the rocks is for the partier. Next 2 is usually closed on Mondays until the season picks up. Music on the rocks doesnt open until 12 am all nights of the week.

where to eat keep away from the restaurants on the beach - they are very touristy with fair food- look for small family run restaurants

STAIRS!!! Positano climbs a cliff wall up to the highway....although many areas of the slope are just inclines, there are inevitably steps if you get down towards the beach. If you have mobility issues, be aware! Il San Pietro was perfection but as it turned out probably the only practical choice for someone with "stairs" has only a few shallow steps to the lobby and there are floors accessible by elevator. The private beach is reasched by elevator.


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  • Address: Via Laurito 2 - Positano - 84017 - Italy
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