What do John Steinbeck, Kylie Jenner and I have in common? We’ve all stayed at Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy! Below I have shared my review of one of the Amalfi Coast’s most famous hotels.
- 5-star hotel.
- £££ (prices from over £500GBP per room per night)
- 58 rooms.
- Not suitable for children.
- Largely suitable for those with walking difficulties – lift available.
You can book a stay at Le Sirenuse using booking.com by clicking the link here.
Le Sirenuse’s location is nothing short of perfect. Overlooking both the tiled dome of the Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption and Positano’s world famous sloping cliffside, packed with a colourful array of buildings, there is actually no need to leave Le Sirenuse, as (in my opinion) the view of town does not get any better than that seen from the hotel. It only takes about ten minutes to walk down the hill from Le Sirenuse to Positano’s beach, Spiaggia Grande, and the port of Positano.
Style, Design and Ambience
From the trees bearing Amalfi lemons that surround the sun loungers on the pool terrace, through to the intricately decorated, oxblood-red facade of the property – which certainly stands out amongst the pastel shades on the Positano hillside – it is clear that Le Sirenuse oozes class and elegance.
Unsurprisingly, the story is similar inside the hotel too. The maze of connecting rooms and hallways are classically beautiful, with whitewashed walls, Renaissance artwork and an eclectic mix of antique and contemporary furniture. I particularly loved the room housing the Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant, its walls adorned with leafy foliage, while the terracotta-tiled hotel reception and its selection of indoor plants was equally as charming.
Formerly the summer home of the Sersale family, Le Sirenuse manages to still retain the quiet intimacy of a private home. The ambience is certainly one of peace, serenity and relaxation – guests are left to enjoy their stay without interruption, yet, should something be required, then nothing is too much hassle for the wonderful staff at this hotel (which was particularly convenient for when I accidentally smashed a glass tumbler on the pool terrace).
The 58 rooms offered by Le Sirenuse differ in size, decoration and, of course, price, with the less expensive Inner Courtyard rooms having a limited sea view and no balcony, while the Two Bedroom Suite Sea View room enjoys a whirlpool bathtub overlooking the sea. Despite this, all rooms are undoubtedly timeless and have a common theme of whitewashed walls – elegantly styled with artwork – alongside chic couches, glossy wooden chests and homemade textiles.
We stayed in a Sea View Room that had a partially limited view, which was still wonderful for me, given that we had been kindly provided with a room upgrade from a Pool Terrace Room. The bedroom was truly stunning and I really loved the beautiful Amalfi tiling on the floors. I did find, however, that the plain white, marble bathroom was slightly underwhelming in comparison to the ornate bedroom, despite a large whirlpool bath tub. Nevertheless, the lingering scent of Eau d’Italie possibly made up for my initial disappointment in the bathroom. This deliciously musky fragrance is the signature scent from the brand of the same name that was started by the owners of the hotel, the Sersale family. All body care products throughout Le Sirenuse feature this lovely scent.
It is definitely worth mentioning that a complimentary bottle of prosecco and nibbles (fruit and nuts) was sent to our room on arrival and this was particularly well received while we enjoyed the picture postcard view from our balcony!
The stunning pool terrace was where I spent most of my time during my stay at Le Sirenuse, soaking up both the sun and the fabulous views. Le Sirenuse also has a well-equipped gym along with a spa, for those seeking extra relaxation.
On arrival, guests of the hotel are provided with a calendar of activities and excursions. This is excellent value, as most of such events are free of charge and include yoga, pilates, walking tours, wine/oil tastings and boat trips (as the hotel has its own wooden speedboat).
Food and Drink
Breakfast is included in all room rates and is a wonderful affair served at the Pool Bar and Restaurant. I chose to greedily devour everything that was offered, which included breads, pastries – including the wonderful ricotta stuffed shell, sfogliatelle – fresh fruit, yoghurts and an egg-based hot dish (I opted for scrambled eggs with crispy bacon). Guests can choose to have their breakfasts sent to their rooms but, in doing so, hot dishes become payable. Following breakfast, lunch is then available for guests only at the Pool Bar and Restaurant. The bar has an extensive drinks list and all beverages are accompanied by complimentary snacks of juicy olives and salted almonds.
The Michelin-starred Le Sponda, serving a number of different fish and meat dishes, is the most romantic option for dinner at Le Sirenuse, as the restaurant is stunningly illuminated by 400 candles every night. Alternatively, champagne and oysters are on the menu at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant offering, Aldo’s Seafood Grill. Le Sponda and Aldo’s are both open to non-guests and so reservations should be made in advance.
Franco’s Bar is a new, and hugely popular, addition to the hotel. The entrance to the bar is just outside the hotel and is evident from the long queue of revellers hoping to get a seat for the sunset. If you’re staying at Le Sirenuse, then I would suggest that a trip to Franco’s is not particularly necessary (as the experience is certainly better in the hotel itself).
My Overall Verdict:
Le Sirenuse is undoubtedly the most beautiful hotel that I have ever visited and the view is certainly worthy of the price tag, in my opinion. However, I am definitely not alone in thinking this and so, naturally, the hotel has become somewhat of an influencer’s playground. Though Le Sirenuse is incredibly peaceful, you’re never more than 5 feet from a mildly irritating Instagram photo shoot.
I must admit that I did also feel slightly outside of my comfort zone too at some points – which is certainly not the hotel’s fault! – but with such a nightly price tag and reputation, the fellow clientele were certainly quite ‘well off’ (think Bugatti cars and Siamese cats in hand – seriously) which was slightly intimidating.
Regardless of this, for a special romantic occasion, I couldn’t think of anywhere that I would rather stay than Le Sirenuse.
A couple of top tips for those who have managed read this far: (1) book your stay at Le Sirenuse at a less popular time of year, selecting one of the cheaper room options, and it is likely that you will be given a room upgrade! (2) Make the most out of your time at the hotel and arrive early if staying outside of peak times – the official check in time is 15:00PM but we arrived early and were able to check in and head to our room at 10:30AM!