Hotel Villa Maria

Via S Chiara 2, Ravello, Italy, 84010

Price from: £139

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By Jan Fuscoe, your Amalfi Coast expert

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#11 of 14
expert-rated hotels in Amalfi Coast
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
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Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
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Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Hotel Villa Maria

Stunning views across the valley at Ravello's fabulous Villa Maria.

Once the home of the Marchesi de Cinque, Villa Maria has now been in the Palumbo family for four generations. These days it's a fabulous place to stay, thanks to the views and the warm welcome of the staff. But the clincher for me is the wonderful Art Deco furniture. While everyone else is getting excited about new design, this is a hotel that has beautifully preserved the best design from a very stylish period.

Location: 

Ravello is a 10-minute taxi ride or 20-minute local bus ride from Amalfi, and Villa Maria is five minutes' walk from the centre but manages to be quiet and relaxing too. It's handy for the shops, bars and restaurants, and a short walk from Villa Cimbrone.

Bedrooms: 

As with the rest of the villa, bedrooms feature some really gorgeous pieces of furniture, as well as the Vietri hand-painted tiled floors, and all have a balcony or terrace with a sea view. Highlights are the gorgeous tiled bathroom in the suite.

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Public areas: 

The Art Deco club chairs, tables and stools in the lounge area are stunning, and the breakfast room is delightful, with its black and white tiled floor, delicate chairs, lace clothed tables and huge arch windows that look out over the Dragone valley.  

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is buffet style and Villa Maria has a very good restaurant.

Leisure facilities: 

Though it doesn't have a pool of its own, guests of VM can use the pool of nearby Villa Giordano (also owned by the Palumbo familiy) – a five- or ten-minute walk away. Giordano also has a beauty centre that can be used by guests too. A new addition to the hotel is the introduction of cooking lessons, including at Christmas time (visit www.cookingravello.com).

Service: 

Excellent. Professional as well as friendly. They are especially helpful if you decide to have your wedding here.

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Who stays there: 

Honeymooners and their guests, couples, families with teenagers. 

Pros: 
Fabulous views
Gorgeous furniture
Welcoming staff
Cons: 
Some rooms are small

More information on Hotel Villa Maria:

Price from:
£139
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Via S Chiara 2, Ravello, Italy, 84010
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