Belmond Hotel Caruso, sitting proudly atop the hill top town of Ravello on the Amalfi coast, was once a large palazzo (palace) dating back to the 11th century and much of its grandeur still remains today.
Once a private villa, the Palazzo Murat is composed of two buildings. The older building houses a handful of picturesque rooms, while the newer build has many more. Views are either of the sea, the verdant gardens, or a partial view of the sea, town and church. The restaurant and central courtyard bar are in the main building, which is surrounded by jasmine and lemon trees. Creeping bougainvillea wraps around the overlooking balconies and is as much a part of the hotel’s history as the stone staircases and archways. It’s no wonder this is such a popular venue for weddings from all over the world.
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Time slows in the rooms at the Palazzo. Each room is elegant, sophisticated and classically Mediterranean. The balconies are a charming setting for breakfast in the morning sunshine, the beds are exceptionally comfortable, and the bathrooms are spacious. These are rooms you may not want to leave, except perhaps, for a dip in the pool.
The Palazzo Murat is in the central pedestrian area, equidistant from the road - which ends halfway up the hill - and the beach at the bottom. You can reach any main point of interest in a five to fifteen minute walk, via the stairs or street. Positano’s finest restaurants are on your doorstep, as is the church of Santa Maria Assunta, which is right next door.
Food and drink
The Al Palazzo restaurant uses fresh produce, taken from its vegetable garden, to supplement its menu and, each evening, the outdoor seating area is illuminated by candles. For cooler days, there is seating indoors, where breakfast can also be served. If you prefer a simple cocktail or glass of wine before heading out for dinner, then the lively courtyard bar is a great option.
Facilities and activities
The swimming pool, which is only open to hotel guests, is an oasis of calm. Surrounded by palm trees and citrus, it is a peaceful spot to while away the day, stretched out on the sunloungers. Or, if you prefer to go to the beach, then the hotel provides a beach kit for every guest.
A real find, the Palazzo Murat is one of kind and a strong contender for our most preferred property in Positano. It’s great for exploring the town or staying put and enjoying the pool, restaurant and gardens.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located right on the beach, Hotel Buca di Bacco is conveniently central. It has a friendly atmosphere and a delicious restaurant alongside wonderful sea views that have been the inspiration for many famous authors since 1916, when it first opened.
Casa Angelina is a serene, boutique property. Minimalist in style and exceptionally chic, every inch within its signature white walls and multi-level terraces is a work of art in itself.
The Covo dei Saraceni dates back to the 19th century and balances elegance, an unrivaled seafront location, and first rate service. It is the result of one family’s dedication to maintaining the beauty of their town and home.
Once a large convent built into the rock just above Amalfi town, this 13th-century structure still has an intact cloister and church which, along with its spectacular infinity pool, are its most impressive features.
Dating back to the 12th century, the Hotel Luna Convento’s most beautiful feature is the sunlit cloister around which the hotel is built. Although simple, the property is steeped in history and charm, with an idyllic swimming pool overlooking the sea.
A landmark hotel on the Amalfi coast and just a short drive from Positano, Il San Pietro has everything from a private beach to tennis courts and a Michelin star restaurant, not to mention excellent service and impressive views.
This ancient palazzo (palace) is known throughout Positano for its heritage and elegance. Once a grand private villa, Le Sirenuse was transformed into a first rate hotel in 1951 and has been the town’s premier historic hotel ever since.
Once a 17th-century monastery, perched high up on the Amalfi coast, the Monastero Santa Rosa has been expertly renovated to five star standards without losing any of its original features. It’s an exceptional property with sea views, a spa, and an infinity pool.
The Punta Regina is a charming hotel with an authentic family atmosphere. Located near the top of the hill, but still within the heart of Positano, it has the height for those spectacular sea views and a convenient location for exploring.
Villa Cimbrone is a 12th-century masterpiece, once owned by Lord Beckett who painstakingly restored it and its famous gardens to their current magnificence. It has since played host to an array of historic icons, most notably Virginia Wolf, Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo.
Villa Franca is definitively boutique. Using the whites and blues of the region, this hotel is a refreshing and tranquil refuge that overlooks the town below and the sea beyond. It’s artistic, fun and exceptionally chic.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, preserved by six meters of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD.
Experience a half day cooking class at a local family home. You will learn the secret recipes of the D’Antonio family, from making homemade pasta to fileting the catch of the day.
Discover the role that lemons play in traditional life on the Amalfi Coast with this half-day tour. You’ll take a guided walk through the lemon groves and tour a local limoncello distillery, as well as sitting down to a seaside lunch.