On the west side of town, this lovely 1930s inn run by the Cinque family may be Positano’s best mid-range option. The Miramare is set near the top of the "theater" that is Positano, and all rooms face the sea. They also all have terraces, whether small or large, where you'll be tempted to spend many hours over wine and sunsets. Décor is quintessentially, vivaciously southern Italian, with terracotta floors, floral or nautical upholstery and bedding, colorful Vietri tiles, and warm antiques. Several of the "special" rooms have bathtubs or showers set directly against huge panoramic windows overlooking the bay (the San Pietro also offers these, but for about €400 more per night). Throughout the property, little archways and vaulted ceilings add whimsical flair.

Breakfast is served in a panoramic room with some of the best views at the hotel, but the buffet itself is nothing lavish—just pastries, fresh fruit, and cold cuts. The Miramare has been welcoming tourists for more than 80 years, and although not everything here is up-to-date enough for the most demanding modern traveler (like many mid-range European hotels, there's no elevator, and plumbing is occasionally wonky), there's a charming patina of history and hospitality that suits most just fine. Tip: Miramare guests can dine with a 10 percent discount at the gorgeous Al Palazzo restaurant inside the Palazzo Murat hotel, a 5-minute walk from the Miramare.