Positano personified. Hidden behind an ancient wall away from the tourists who surge along the pedestrian thoroughfares daily, this magnificent hotel occupies the 18th-century palazzo (mansion) that the one-time king of Naples used as his summer residence. Rooms are regal quarters (one even has a crown over the bed) with sumptuous antiques, original oil paintings and gleaming marble.
The lush gardens contain banana trees, bottlebrush, Japanese maple and pines. Amid them you'll find a restaurant, the obligatory pool and plenty of romantic nooks for an aperitivo (pre-dinner drink).
Hotel Palazzo Murat is in Positano’s centre, 250 metres from the beach. Set in an elegant 18th-century building, it is surrounded by landscaped gardens and enjoys panoramic views of the village. Most of the spacious rooms overlook the sea, the garden, or the perched town. All air conditioned and non-smoking, they offer flat-screen satellite TV and a balcony. Wi-Fi is free in public areas. A breakfast buffet is served every morning in the garden-view courtyard, and includes homemade pastries. Al Palazzo restaurant offers local specialities on a veranda surrounded by centuries-old citrus trees. During the summer, Palazzo Murat provides a boat for tours along the Amalfi Coast. Friendly staff at the 24-hour reception can also offer free beach towels.
Airport transfers, scooters and boat services are available on request.