Positano can be an expensive town to spend the night. Yet, spending the night in Positano is uber romantic and magical. Fortunately, I've discovered a place where you can have that romance and magic without breaking the bank! It's Villa Mary.
From Positano's lower town level, the climb is approximately 230 steps to Villa Mary. A climb well worth the effort. The reward is amazing views! Besides, you can't expect to come to Positano and not climb any stairs!Here are the advantages of a stay at Villa Mary:
1. The views. I know, I said that already. But, each room has it's own spacious balcony overlooking Positano and its bay. How often do you get a guaranteed view from your hotel room without paying a premium? Uh -- Never!
2. The rooms. There are only 3 bedrooms. They each have been renovated with a Mediterranean palette and exude peace and relaxation. The suite, Diana, is large with a lovely spacious bathroom -- truly the largest I've ever seen in any Italian hotel! Then, there is the Venere and the Minerva rooms. They were occupied, so I couldn't get a peak peek, but I've heard really great things about them too! With parquet flooring, elegant furniture, comfortable beds with linen sheets, robes and slippers, what more could you want?
3. The breakfasts. You wake up every morning to the smell of freshly baked pastries that are served on your balcony. Need I say more?
4. The hosts. Tiziana, Antonio and Dylan (their black Labrador) are the perfect hosts. These two (or three, depending on how you look at it) go out of their way to make each guest feel special. Need restaurant advice? No problem. Tiziana knows many of the area's restaurant owners and will gladly set up the reservations. Need directions? Simple. Tiziana provides maps to get you anywhere. Need a ride to the airport? Done. The driver and the owners will see you off at the appropriate time.
Don't let the stairs scare you away from Villa Mary. There is a city bus that runs the entire route of Positano and drops you off at the villa's front gate, leaving only two flights of stairs to climb.
Need more convincing? Here are a few more photos from my stay there:
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