Belmond Hotel Caruso
Travel Blogs from Ravello
... owner of the rental place rushed out in a boat to meet us with a look of relief on his face. He said the winds blew in unexpectedly and he was glad to see we were okay. His concern was only fleeting though. When I complained about the anchor not working he implied it was my fault and that I was lucky he didn't charge me for the missing anchor. I told him I'd be sure to mention him in my Trip Advisor review of his business and he refunded me some of the money. ;)
... and a tempermental GPS that sent us down many a wrong road (an intermittent and erratic delay of up to 100 metres not helpful). We learnt to ignore the GPS picture that frequently showed the car heading over the cliff of the narrow road that steeply zig zagged up the 365 metres to the exquisite Ravello - aptly described in tourist brochures as sitting like an eagle's nest high above the Amalfi Coast. It ...
The first half of the day was Pompeii. We had a tour and for once our tour guide was super. To the point, you could understand him and humour. We saw the streets, shops, baths, brothel (with the bar next door - our tour guide comment a few wines and they looked better!) and the square. A bit of history. The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding ...
... with the beauty and bought the place. Earnest William Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe set about restoring the Villa to grandeur and adding English gardens. The villa is now hotel, but most of the grounds are open as a park. Several nice areas with statutes of Mercury, Ceres, Bacchus, Eve, David & Goliath. The Temple of Bacchas has a nice view and is very peaceful as intended by the Lord Grimthorpe, as it became his final resting place. The prime area to see is the Terrace of Infinity, ...
... was discovered at the end of the 19th century by an English traveler, Ernest William Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe. He bought it in 1904 and brought it back to life in a happy combination of English and Italian landscaped gardens with fountains, nymphs, temples and statues. It sits atop a steep rocky mountain overlooking the coast. The annual Ravello Festival is coming to an end here, but there are still musicians and orchestras scheduled to play in different areas, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Belmond Hotel Caruso Ravello
Without a doubt, this is the finest hotel that we have ever stayed at, and we have traveled world wide at other wonderful hotels. We were at the Caruso for three nights in September 2005. It was re-opened in June of 2005 after a five year renovation. It was perfect! The rooms are large with extra large modern bathrooms. The staff could not be better. Everything about the Caruso is luxurious. The dining room is first rate, and overlooks the sea. Be sure to ask for a room with a sea view. The rate is expensive, but well worth the money. The hotel provides a shuttle bus to go to Amalfi and Positano. Cabs are extra expensive, so be sure to use the shuttle. The Hotel Sasso is immediately next door to the Caruso, and is world famous. We predict that the Caruso will replace the Sasso in reputation for high quality accomodations. We loved it!
We stayed at Caruso the first day of the re-opening. In fact we were the second guests.
It was stunning. What else can I say after such a week? This is beyond words.
We go back.
Hotel Caruso, Ravello - having found this hotel purely by chance via searching on the internet, any prior reservations i had had of this hotel were immediately dispelled upon arrival. My family and i arrived from Naples via a luxury Mercedes minivan which the hotel had arranged. Upon our arrival we were met by Snr. Caruso - Snr.Caruso is in charge of external relations for the hotel and so he should be - no better person could be employed in such a job since Snr Caruso's family had previously owned the hotel - he knows a lot about its history!
Simply said... beyond beauty!.... we arrived at the hotel with the highest expectations, after having heard and read so much about the anticipated re-opening of this wonderful resort following 5-years renovation by Orient-Express Hotels... Everything, from the incredible spacious guest rooms and amenities, to the breathtaking views and the infinity-pool and the gracious yet impeccable service went well beyond our imagination... and mind you we are spoiled travellers, used to Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Aman Resorts etc.... well, we have to say Hotel Caruso belongs to a superior league and we cannot wait to go back there.... thank you staff of Caruso!
Outstanding with a World-Class Concierge
Just returned from a trip through Italy to celebrate 30th anniversary. The Hotel Caruso was a highlight--beautiful property with great service and food. Francesco, the head concierge, is terrific and arranged dinners, transportation including a trip to Capri, cooking class with Mama Agata and more and was always on top of things. Stayed in deluxe junior suite with balcony facing the coast and it was everything they had promised and more. Ravello is a very special place and we were very happy staying there and going into Amalfi and Positano for dinner (although the hotel restaurant was also exceptionally good).
The views are incredible!
My wife and I stayed for 3 nights while honeymooning in Italy. While the hotel had only opened a few nights before we arrived, and there was still some work going on, we still still loved the Caruso. The views were fanatastic and the infinity pool (and the surrounding area) was unbelievable. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a romantic retreat with understated elegance.
The town is simply beautiful and feels much more authentic than some of the more touristy towns on the coast (amalfi, positano, etc). We would recommend both Cumpo Cosimo and the Ristorante Salvatore as dining options as well.
Start with a location that was the inspiration for the architects of heaven. Nothing in Carmel, Positano-no view anywhere equals the look at almost infinite blue sea and cliffs thick with lemon and olive trees, tumbling down to the water.
A new jewel for Ravello
Just got back from Hotel Caruso. It has only been open two weeks but the staff are fantastic and the location is quite unbelievable. The views are truly breathtaking - 90 per cent of rooms have sea views - and from the pool up in the Belvedere you feel as if you can swim over the infinity edge right into the bay below!
If you love excellent service in a beautiful and historic setting, Hotel Caruso is for you.
I stayed at the Caruso in the first few weeks of opening and it was just stunning!
Not only are the views from the rooms breathtaking but the service and staff were incredible - certainly the best experience I've had on the Amalfi coast
Before I moved to Italy, I came to Ravello for the first time with a friend 6 years ago or so in winter. We were staying in a cheap place in Amalfi (Lidomare - very nice) and made a point of going to all the 5-star hotels for a cappuccino on their terraces. Santa Caterina, Convento Cappuccini, Luna, Belvedere Caruso, Palumbo et al - and this was our favourite by far! The link with Caruso, Garbo, Fonteyn and other greats - such as wonderful Hallé conductor Sir John Barbirolli - with the signed photos on the walls gave it great charm - the gardens, the view, the decor all sublime. (and the coffee!) Back then it was a charming family concern - and we both vowed to go back and stay there. Then it closed and after years of restoration (I've been checking on an annual basis to see when it'd re-open) it's now part of the Orient Express Hotels. AND THE PRICES ARE ABSURD!!!!!!! They open officially in June 2005 - good luck to them - I hope they have some special offers in the future cos I doubt anyone will be able to afford going - even the richest of Americans. And the intrinsic part of the charm - the family ownership - is gone. What they are offering for that money, I do not know. But their website isn't fantastically suggestive...and if you're paying top dollar you want top everything. I simply CANNOT imagine how they justify their prices....hence I look forward to seeing comments from actual guests!