Palazzo Murat Hotel
Via Dei Mulini 23, Positano, Italy, 84017
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Celebrity spotting, Great views / scenery, History, Romance, Special occasions
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This 17th century palace was used as a summer residence by Joachim Murat (brother-in-law of Napoleon), who became King of Naples in 1808. Over the years, many of the rich and famous have crossed its portal, including John Steinbeck, Rudolf Nureyev and, recently, the entire Belgian Royal Family. Part of the palace is still inhabited by the current owners – the Attanasio family.
Couldn't be more central: it's on the Via dei Mulini that leads down to the beachfront, a minute's walk from the bus stop. Those who are driving can leave the car in one of three public car parks a few minutes' walk away (these cost about 25-30 euros per day). Many of the rooms overlook the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta, and all the shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance.
Rooms are elegant and stylishly decorated, with 'sculpted' bedheads and tiled floors. Most are in a 'new' wing (built in the 1950s) but if you're lucky enough to be staying in one of only five rooms, such as the superior, in the old part of the palace, you can expect huge vaulted ceiilngs, canopied beds and fabulous antique mirrors as tall as a room, as well as a view of the Duomo that looks close enough to touch. Most rooms have a bougainvillea-draped balcony or terrace overlooking the garden or the sea. You'll find plenty of goodies in the bathroom, and a rather nice touch was a tiled version of Matisse's 'Nu Bleu 9'.
The beautiful landscaped garden is a real oasis, full of fabulous cycads, palms and exotic plants as well as some quirky planters. The lounge, with all the papers and a chess table, is perfect for Afternoon Tea. A small internet area is useful if your room's WiFi connection is a bit weak (as it is in the garden rooms).
A wonderful breakfast is served on the terrace where you'll be surrounded by palms and have a view of the Duomo. The same terrace (with heaters if the weather is cool) is part of the restaurant, Al Palazzo, where reasonably-priced (for Positano), creative Mediterranean cuisine is whipped up by chef Sabatino Amendola.
The lovely garden came to the attention of a New Zealand gardener who noticed that it contains some rather rare species, as well as a vegetable plot that supplements the kitchen's requirements. The hotel also has a boat available for free excursions (depending on the weather, June to September) for up to 12 people.
The hotel is popular for weddings, honeymooners, couples and all those looking for a luxurious stay in palatial surroundings at incredible prices..
Rooms in the new wing are a lot cheaper than those in the original palace, but at these prices you can probably afford to scale up and try for a room in the old wing. There is no parking.
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- Via Dei Mulini 23, Positano, Italy, 84017
- High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service