10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not that great
"The hotel is what use to be a time share- the rooms are like suites with one big room and a bedroom. Yes there is a balcony, but it was not very clean. We requested a room with 2 twin beds and what we were given is a room with a queen and 3 fold out cots. The cots were less than desirable - and not at all comfortable - in asking for another room we were told that all their rooms are this way, I heard others complained at the desk as well regarding the same problem. If you are a couple then I think the room would be fine. The hotel was clean, and the staff friendly, especially GiannLuigi. The breakfast was nothing great - rolls, and packaged cheese, no meats or sweets -which you become accustomed to in Italy. It was a reasonable distance to Positano but there were other boutique hotels that were comparible in price and closer to the action."
- Travel date: 21st May 2005
Surpisingly nice - Great views
"We greatly enjoyed the Domina Royal hotel for three nights in May 2005. We had two nice balconies adjoining our room, with a great view. We also enjoyed the views from the terrace. We didn't eat at the hotel, but our room and the general area was clean and well cared for. There is a strong fresh scent in the air from the jasmine and orange blossoms nearby, which is also nice. We didn't eat much except the breakfast at the hotel, which was ok but a bit spartan. The walk from town to the hotel was long (coming back after dinner) but we appreciated it as a daily ritual."
- Travel date: 18th May 2005
the best pool in positano
"What fun we had!! I highly reccomend this 2-3* hotel. NO gym, although they advertised one, and they ended up charging us for the kids, despite a "free children" ad. But overall the staff was very friendly, the rooms are nice, and clean. Breakfast is good, better than the bread and coffee that many people have in italy, but not quite the buffet that i have seen in northern italy, ie tuscany. Very child friendly. Nonetheless, the pool is so much fun, and the walk up the 400 stairs so exillarating- that we booked our next trip before leaving."
- Travel date: 17th May 2005
Positano - the best place to stay on the Amalfi coast
"We have just returned from a week driving the Amalfi coast where we stayed in Sorrento and Positano. It has to be said that Positano is definately our favourite. The village is beautiful. As to the hotel the Royal the rooms are very clean and comfortable (only a shower no bath) although a bit dated and the staff very helpful. The hotel is like a maze so it is fun trying to find your room after a bottle of wine on the terrace but we had an amazing view of Positano, the coast to Praiano and the sea. The views and balcony really make this hotel. We stayed the first week the hotel was open after winter and this was very obvious, the pool had not been cleaned which did effect the view a bit and some of the lights were out on the steps down to the town so a bit dark at night. The breakfast was very mediocre (no cold cuts and only one type of cheese) not very good when your husband is not a fan of jam or fruit. We did not try the dinner as the restuarants in the town were so good. By far the best place being Chez Black on the beach front which did amazing seafood. If you can't bear the walk back up the hill to the hotel after dinner you can catch the interno positano bus for 1 Eur which stops right outside the hotel alternatively the long walk (which is much more leisurely than the steps) provides really great views. The parking at the hotel is 16 Euro a day a bit steap but normal for Positano where there is no parking. Was great to have the car readily available at the hotel although the parking is on a first come first served basis. Would reccomend visiting the amalif coast off season as in high season the traffic must be awful."
- Travel date: 4th April 2005
Great View, Good Value
"This hotel has all the potential in the world to be fantastic when it is fully open...that is my only complaint. We arrived the first week the hotel was open this season so they had not cleaned the pool, no big deal b/c it was a little too cold to swim but our balcony overlooked it and looking into a pool of mold and debris was not pleasing to the eye. Also, they had not finished their spring planting or finshed up cleaning the other areas of the property from winter (dead branches, leaves, etc). Other than those small compalints we loved the hotel. The rooms were clean but a little old, the View from the balcony (other than the pool) was great, over looking th city as it cascades into the ocean! The service at breakfast was great and the food was about average. Positano itself is amazing though and I would stay here again!!"
- Travel date: 1st April 2005
Great staff, great town, great view!
"3 nights, 3/21, 3/22, 3/23 Double room with balcony overlooking the town and ocean, breakfast for 2 included 90 EUR per night We had a lovely stay at the Domina Royal. More than anything, the staff here was tremendous! Extremely friendly and helpful. The room was simple, but very clean. Good water pressure, but only a shower, no tub. Welcomed us with a bottle of champagne (it was our honeymoon), a very nice gesture. We stayed right before peak season began, and there were few guests. The beauty center was not yet open, and of course it was too cold for the pool. Breakfast could be improved. No cold cuts and only one type cheese (individually wrapped wedges from Kraft). Not much of a selection compared to other hotels we stayed in around Italy. Most of the hotel is like a maze, lobby is above all the rooms, you travel down and around to your room (there are elevators). Balconies from most rooms have a tremendous view. The outdoor patio is a wonderful place to hang out and relax. The door to the restaurant/bar is unwelcoming, so many guests pass right by (although the restaurant/bar itself was nice). Parking was an extra 16 EUR per day, but we thought it was worth it to have our car just outside and off the main streets. Most hotels have no parking area and guests must use a lot near the center of town (not very convenient). The walk into town was all downhill and not so difficult (and very scenic). The walk back was challenging, but do-able. The Positano bus costs just 1 EUR and drops you off directly in front of the hotel (or takes you right to the main part of town). A great deal. The center of town is just lovely and the restaurants are fantastic. I especially recommend the osteria, âO Capurale. Delicious food, and wonderful mural painted on the entire ceiling of the restaurant. The staff and food at 'Il Fornillo' was wonderful as well."
- Travel date: 1st April 2005
Wonderful location in a beautiful resort
"I stayed in this hotel in May 2002 when my father and stepmother got married in the town hall in Positano (which is just a little way up from the Hotel Domina Royal) and it was wonderful. Amazing views, fabulous location and beautiful room. I stayed in one of the junior suites, which consisted of a lounge area, double bedroom, big bathroom with double shower, small kitchen area and a balcony overlooking the pool. I found the room to be spotlessly clean and very cool and airy. The breakfast was delicious and plentiful and the bar staff very friendly. There was entertainment provided, which was good and the bar stayed open pretty late. Although the hotel is quite high up in this very steep resort, it is worth it for the views, and the stroll down the hill is a much nicer way of getting to the bottom than the steps! Also, it is on the right side of the hill to go straight down on the bus, which stops outside of the hotel. (The resort's narrow streets are one-way and one side of the hill is up and the other is down!) I would definitely recommend this hotel, and the resort of Positano, to anyone."
- Travel date: 17th December 2004
Loved this gem in the hills!
"Wow, what an amazing hotel! This full service resort is nestled into the beautiful hills of Positano. A previous reviewer shared my sentiments for the steps into town but it was worth it. The hotel sits about 400 steps up from "centro", maybe a 6 or 7 minute walk down the stairs. After our shopping, we took the bus that left from the center of town and dropped us off right at the hotel's doorstep. Our room was bright, clean, and airy. The balcony was huge and had 2 loungers for us to relax on. From our balcony we could see the sea, the town, and the glorious pool. When I made the reservation I didn't realize that this was a full-on resort. What a pleasant surprise to find out it was much more than I had planned on. The hotel staff was one of the most helpful we encountered in all of Italy. From restuarant recommendations to side trips to Capri, these guys did it all. I would highly recommend staying at the Royal on your next trip to Positano."
- Travel date: 17th October 2004
"This was a great hotel! Very clean, helpful staff & large balconies with absolutely gorgeous views! The pool was large with views of Positano & the sea. A great way to spend the afternoon after walking up all of the stairs! Remember that you must bring your own towel as there is no towel service for the pool. I would highly recommend this hotel, though be advised that the hotel is about 400 steps (private stairway) above the main shopping area in Positano. Great for working off all of the pizza & pasta, but you have to be up for the climb! There is also a bus service that runs frequently up the hill & the bus stops in front of the hotel. We didn't eat at the restaurant for dinner, but the breakfast (included) was good. Over all, we enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back."
- Travel date: 30th May 2004
Snuggled into the hill at Positano
"Arriving at the Amalfi Coast, you become quite amazed by the narrow and winding roads which trail round it. Fresh from my first Italian driving stint in Rome, we buzzed down the autostrade, albeit a day late to the Domina 4* Royal Hotel. After you enter the peninsular, you immediately get the feeling of something very very special and you will not be disappointed. We arrived unsuspecting and knowing little about the area, and like most of Italy, the exterior presentation is of little concern. The Domina is located just inside the turnoff to Posatina proper and located on the side of the hill like all of Posatina buildings. Arrival was excellent with English speaking staff, albeit sometimes limited, but thats all part of the experience... you learn a lot and maybe they learn a lttle as well... thats part of the experience. We were warmly welcomed, and the hotel had parking on the premises, which let me tell you is very much a premium. The room was high class, certainly not the highest standard, but very comfortable by my expectations and served us well.Dont expect the seperate internet connection, the 400 pay tv channels, and all the other unnecessary trimmings as you are here to enjoy the location .. and wow. The views are absolutely wonderful and the position allows you to take the whole coast in comfortably over two-three days. The food is very very good and you dont go hungary for breakfast or dinner. The dinner is great with a new daily menu and plenty of staff on hand to cater for all your needs. Im still not sure of what happens to the spare wine you leave at dinner, but hey, i learnt to drink the lot. I am a particular person and have particular expectations and i was content on all fronts. I could see some people wanting more, but lets face it those type have too much time on their hands or are simply not in the right location, let them go to disneyland, but for 90% of the people that visit the Domina Royal, they will want to come back."
- Travel date: 28th January 2004
Hotel Royal Positano is also called
- Domina Home Royal
- domina hotel royal
- domina hotel positano