I consider myself quite a critical guest, having stayed in very many hotels and B&B's over the years for both work and leisure. I can't remember ever giving maximum marks to anywhere I've stayed before even though many have been very, very good. Two things set Le Ghiande apart - the setting and the hospitality of the owner, Salvatore.
The setting on a hillside of vineyards and lemon groves above Montepertuso, itself high above Positano, is stunning, with views along the rugged Amalfitana coast to Capri at the western end of the Sorrentine peninsular. Breakfast was served on a terrace overlooking the sea and my room had a private terrace with the same spectacular views.
Marco [Salvatore's young cousin] seved me a selection of ice-cold drinks on my arrival on an incredibly hot afternoon before showing me my room. Salvatore later discussed walking routes, and bus and ferry timetables with me and printed off one of these from the internet. I stayed two nights and arriving back too tired the second night to venture out to one of the 3 restaurants close by, unasked, Salvatore brought bruschetti, fruit and wine to my room, none of which I was charged for. Similarly the minibar was stocked with a small collection of drinks, and these too were included in the price of my room.
Le Ghiande is quite easily accessible by the hourly bus from Positano [plus a shortish flight of steps up from the road]. There are at least 3 restaurants within easy walking distance, one of which, 'Il Ritrovo', which, though it isn't cheap, serves sublime local cuisine.
My room was spacious, clean and comfortable, if a little bare. 2 very small suggestions to improve the room would be to provide bedside lamps [the central light gave a cold, harsh feel to the room] and to provide a rubbish bin in the bedroom [in addition to the one in the bathroom].
To conclude, Le Ghiande is an exceptional B&B. Salvatore deserves every success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dipped in the green of the Coastal Amalfitana and far away from every noise the Ghiande in an ancient restructured colonic house and fine furnished equipped of all the comfort. ... more less
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