Nothing makes you feel like you're living la dolce vita quite like a sun-drenched hotel terrace. These hotels are distinguished by terraced restaurants and impressive ocean views that will allow you to take in the multicolored architecture of Amalfi and Positano on your own private balcony, glass of sparkling wine in hand.

Albergo California

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In the center of Positano, Albergo California is a more affordable option. The family-owned hotel was once known as the Palazzo Bruno and was the residence of a noble Neapolitan family; the structure itself dates back to 1777, plus a new addition built in 1968.

Each of the 15 rooms has a view of the sea from a private terrace, and breakfast is served on a shared terrace with similarly excellent views. The hotel's restaurant, Don Giovanni, is one of Positano's best-known restaurants for when you want to indulge in Italian cuisine just steps from your room.

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Villa Mary

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Stay in splendid local style at Villa Mary in Positano. The fresh double bedrooms and suites include amenities like hydromassage tubs or showers and individual private balconies, where guests can enjoy breakfast with a view over the coast. Its location in the historic center of Positano gives it a panoramic view, as well as easy access to the beach and main attractions of the town.

The hotel is elevated by the attentive service of the staff, who are committed to ensuring a positive experience for all of their guests. Rent a scooter, car, or boat; book a sunbed or a cooking class; or hire a babysitter for a romantic evening out. The swimming pool with a view over Positano doesn't hurt either.

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Eden Roc Positano

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Parties of any size can embrace the luxe life at the Eden Roc Positano, close to the town's main beach. The main hotel houses 25 modern rooms and suites, while three annex suites offer a more intimate stay and five apartments and villas offer a space for larger groups. The Casola Group started the hotel 50 years ago, when its founder managed the hotel alongside his sons.

No two rooms are decorated the same, but all offer jacuzzi tubs and convenient amenities like USB and HDMI connections alongside crisp white and bright Mediterranean color accents. Scope out the seaside from the outdoor swimming pool and sundeck, while enjoying the Mediterranean fare at Adamo ed Eva Restaurant or with an evening cocktail at the outdoor Sky Bar. Meanwhile, the wine bar offers daily local wine tastings alongside Positano specialties, or you can relax in the steam room after a long day of exploring.

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Hotel Residence

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In the town of Amalfi, the Hotel Residence Amalfi sits "between art and the sea." It started life as an aristocratic palace in the 18th century and was converted to a hotel in the 1950s, then renovated again in 2010. Its 27 rooms offer views of either the see or Amalfi's Piazza Duomo and cathedral, as well as proximity to the historic Arsenali della Repubblica building.

Wander down to the Restaurant Sensi, where you'll find a terrace overlooking the promenade and an award-winning chef. Enjoy a meal a la carte or sit down for the chef's table experience. If you're especially excited about the food, you can book a gourmet package in advance to add on options like dinner, in-room breakfast, and your own bottle of prosecco.

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Hotel Luna Convento

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The Hotel Luna Convento in the town of Amalfi has been hosting famous guests within its halls since its beginning as a historical hotel back in 1818. Prior to that, the building was a Franciscan monastery grounded in the 13th century, then an inn, then finally the hotel it is today. International travelers including the likes of Simone de Beauvoir have been drawn to the stone halls and views of sparkling lights from the terrace.

There are two restaurants within the hotel, both with terraces with panoramic views and cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Amalfi Coast. If you prefer a closer view, the seawater swimming pool and solarium sit down a staircase on a cliff overlooking the sea, or you can descend even further for private sea access.

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