We stayed 5 nights this May at Casa Celeste and were very happy with the decision.
On the day of our arrival, Marco was easily reachable by phone to give instructions with the luggage and transportation (see tips below). And we were warmly greeted by Marco and his mom Celeste with orientation of the area and home-made limoncello. Little did we know before that it's the house that Marco grew up in.
Every morning, we got to enjoy the breakfast of coffee, bread and home-made jams that nonna Celeste prepared for us, while enjoying the view of the ocean or the colorful houses stacked on the edge of the mountain, depending on which way you look. It was also a great opportunity to chat with Marco about Positato (he speaks good English), observe Celeste's terrace-top flower/vegetable garden and watch Celeste and her husband bicker over the work that he did in the garden. :-)
Nonna Celeste speaks limited amount of English. However, she has an amazing ability to understand us every time we needed something.
We also loved the location of this property. It's tucked away from the crowd of the tourists and yet has the convenience of being surrounded by restaurants and even a small market. Additionally, you can get on the internal bus that takes you down to the marina just outside the house. A day trip to Amalfi when we ran into buses and/or people everywhere reminded us what a great decision it was to stay with Casa Celeste.
Casa Celeste will be our place to stay if we return to Positano.
Tips that I hope will help:
1. We took a ferry from Sorrento to Positano. At the marina of Positano, you can leave your luggage with the porter service and they will deliver it to your destination. In the meantime, you can make your way to the bus station for the internal bus. The stop for Casa Celeste is Grotto Fornillo, which is only steps away from the house. We were lucky to have a local lady help us. I'm sure you will have the same luck. :-)
2. Marco has shared with us the 3 different ways to go down to the marina, where the ferries (and the tourists) are.
(1) Take the steps going down right outside the house to reach Fornillo Beach, where the family has a beach front bar. After food/drink and sun-bathing, you are welcome to walk over to the marina.
(2) Follow the steps in front of the church to go down.
(3) Take the internal bus (Please see sample bus schedule in one of the pictures. Please note the dates of the schedule as it changes by year/season).
3. The marina allows easy visits to other towns in the Amalfi Coast, such as Amalfi and Sorrento, in a much more relaxed manner (vs. taking the SITA bus). However, if you opt to, SITA buses run from one end of Amalfi Coast to the other (between Sorrento and Salerno).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Celeste B&B in the heart of Positano,walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants, port and bus stops. Run by Celeste and her family, the B&B offers rooms with sea views, family suites and single rooms for those on a budget. Celeste's family also has a beach bar and various restaurants around town. Stay with our family and feel like a local in the heart of Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast. ... more less