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“Magic Christmas! Magic Hotel!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Maria Hotel
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
Certificate of Excellence
York, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Magic Christmas! Magic Hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

We stayed at this beautiful hotel over the Christmas time and there are no words to explain the atmosphere that you experience.
The quietness of the “winter Ravello” could make you feel lost, but the professionalism and the kindness of the hotels staff along with the nice views from the hotel, the glorious food, made our stay unique and memorable.
We'd like to say a massive thank you to Fabrizio (the manager) for taking care of us from the moment we arrived to the moment we departed.
He gave us wonderful recommendations during our stay of where to go and what to see and he always made us feel welcome.
Thank you Fabrizio for giving us the chance to admire the excellent services of your hotel and giving us the chance to have this beautiful experience.
We will definately be back

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank estinguishedb
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

We stayed at Villa Maria over New Year on a cookery and walking break organised by Inntravel.
The cooking and walking part was run by local Chef Vincenzo Amatruda, who is an absolute star, and was exceptionally good. The hands on cooking (followed by eating and drinking) by the course participants was totally enjoyable as were the two walks, including a tasting visit to a local mozarella maker.
The hotel lived up to all the high expectations raised by almost all previous reviews. Everything about it - rooms, restaurant and particularly the management and staff was just perfect.
To round things off there was an New Year dinner and disco including staggering firework displays by the village and all the surrounding ones.
There can be no better way of spending New Year.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank waysider321
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London
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

I normally do not write reviews but we had a totally different experience to the other reviews which I hope was just a one off experience.

We stayed for a couple of nights over the Summer (July) and fell in love with the town itself. The views from the restaurant are spectacular and it was exceptionally quiet and calm unless you were in our room.

Unfortunately our 'premium' room was located on the level below the restaurant and so whenever you wanted to have a relaxing siesta it was noisy. The room (aka a shoe box) was described as having recently been refurbished but the walls had damp patches on them, the sofas and bedding were stained.

We turned up on the first day having arrived by bus and it was close to the end of the lunchtime service and I think the kitchen and waiters were focussing on their siesta and the food was poor and expensive.

Just to cap it off when we were leaving the town for our next location there was a bus strike, which seemed common knowledge to everyone else except the people in the hotel! we were sent packing to the bus stop by the hotel to wait for a bus that was never going to arrive (my wife was heavily pregnant) which made it a very difficult day

Overall the hotel was exceptionally poor and in our opinion lived off the views and past glories.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Honkies_In_London
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2011

You wake up looking out over the hills down over the town of Amalfi, while little old men and women tend the vegetable garden right outside! The rooms are modern, clean and more than comfortable. Although you are close to their incredible restaurant for any meal of the day, as well as little boutiques, cafes and luscious gardens overlooking the Amalfi Coast, in half an hour you can walk down to the sea through lemon groves and past little rustic villas! So the fact that you are not right on the water is not an issue at all - in fact, I would say that wild walk encountering charming locals, the verdant hillside and scent of sea salt and lemon was one of the highlights! Oh, and the staff are so friendly and more than happy to chat to you as you indulge in their homemade Caprese cakes for breakfast!!
SUCH a magical place!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jane K
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Rockville, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2011

This hotel (while a slight walk into the town of Ravello) is a great find - wonderful service, outstanding views and impeccable food!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank madiganshannon
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

We loved our recent stay at the Villa Maria Hotel. Professore Palumbo, the owner, greeted us when we arrived, and welcomed us to the Villa Maria. Built into the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, the hotel is spectacularly sited, with amazing views from the terrace dining room and from many of the rooms of the sea below. The villa itself retains its art deco furniture, and is a wonderful place to relax. The staff was amazingly helpful, and so accommodating to all of our needs.

We dined on the hotel terrace three evenings - the service and the food was the best we experienced during a 20 day Italian adventure. Do try the fried seafood antipasti served on lemon leaves, and the lobster ravioli was so wonderful I ordered it twice during our stay. With all produce from the hotel's huge organic garden, the quality of the food was top notch. And, of course, the view from the terrace is spellbindingly beautiful. Wow.

A benefit of staying in Ravello is you can get there by taking the road over the mountains, and avoid the coast road - we saved much time taking day trips to various places we visited during our stay. (also, since the road to Ravello is so narrow, large tour buses can't easily get to Ravello, sparing you some of the craziness of other coast towns - Ravello is so much quieter and peaceful)

Our room was spotlessly clean, and decorated with a murano glass chandelier and antique furniture. Best of all was our terrace, with a small yard and two lounge chairs - I had coffee outside every morning, enjoying the view, and catching up on email. Note that the Villa Maria is a pleasant five minute walk from the parking area at Villa Maria's sister hotel, Hotel Giordana. Make sure to make arrangements for parking before you arrive - you will need the help of a hotel attendant to navigate the narrow medieval streets - we had to retract our mirrors to get the car to make the squeeze.


Thanks to everyone at the hotel for working so hard to make our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank JA988
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Toronto, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

This hotel really encapsulates the entire Ravello experience for me. Fantastic scenery, amazing meals and the hotel owner/staff always went the extra distance, for myself and friends.

One of the fonder memories I had was in Amalfi, one day I was out taking photographs and bumped into one of the Villa Maria staffers. He remembered me and walked me to several locations I never would of thought of (got some amazing pix in the process). It was his day off, and yet this person went out of his way to help me. This is why I find this hotel to be the must-visit place in Italy.

Rooms were fantastic, wifi internet and air conditioning was superb. What's neat was the lemon trees outside my room and starry skies at night (Ravello is very dark at night...so the stars are not blighted by street lights). The organic garden is worth visiting too, it's next door to the hotel.

Fond memories and an amazing part of Italy to visit.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Lucas_TO
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Property: Villa Maria Hotel
Address: Via Santa Chiara 2, 84010 Ravello, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ravello
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
#10 Family Hotel in Ravello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Maria Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the historic centre between the Clarisse nunnery and S. Francis Convent, in a restful aristocratic area so much as to be chosen, the only hotel in the area, by the French guide-book "Relais du Silence" as an oasis of peace and by the Italian "Charme e Relax" as Ravello's pearl. Villa Maria assures his guests in addition to maximum tranquillity also the most services including the parking of nearby Hotel Giordano (of the same property) where it is possible to park for free the car and take advantage of free luggage handling and of the swimming pool (parking and swimming pool situated at the sister HOtel Giordano, approx. 5 Minutes walking distance). Rich and interesting is the history of this villa which was roman noble Marquis de Cinque family's manor, an history which blends with Ravello's and the Amalfi Coast's. The structure, while preserving the elegant forms of a lordly mansion, in the years has undergone noteworthy redecorations which have fashioned its actual splendour. ... more   less 
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