There are many joys to be found in traveling, especially to a place as filled with history and beauty as Italy. One of those must surely be the shoulder-season room upgrade! LOL — but seriously, what's more fun than finding out the gorgeous room you booked has morphed into a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom suite complete with an enormous living room and a kitchen?
I chose the Palazzo Murat in Positano after much angst and research. Tripadvisor (my go-to source for hotel ideas) rated it #1 on the Amalfi Coast. Could it really be better than my first choice, Le Sirenuse, a stylish gem? The Conde Nast Gold List is seldom wrong, but as it turned out — no children allowed at Le Sirenuse. My only real reservation about Palazzo Murat was the rooms are not directly facing the sea. But so many great factors made up for that — the central location, the quiet ambiance, the amazing gardens and easy access to the main beach.
Where I thought we'd be:
Where we wallowed in space and charming (if not high style) décor:
With 14 foot plaster ceilings and elaborate old moldings, this room is truly a gem — better than my pictures can show!
This bathtub is 5 feet in diameter and nearly 3 feet deep!
And the outdoor views — not too shabby…
The palazzo is justifiably famous for its gardens. Al Palazzo Ristorante sits within the gardens — best service and ambiance we experiences in Italy, bar none. The food was lovely as well!
I covet these planters! There were dozens, all different.
And finally, a look at the interior public spaces. The lobby extends all along the gardens, with multiple rooms to dine, relax, play chess or simply be.
The Palazzo Murat is located three minutes walk below the main road, which eliminates road noise issues. It is two minutes walk above the main beach via delightful stairs and alleyways full of shops. This eliminates noise from the beach and its adjacent restaurants. Even the church ceases ringing its bells from 7pm to late morning. Quiet comfort is the byword at the Palazzo.
Go to Positano (off season) and stay at the Palazzo Murat. It is a gem!