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Walking today was far more challenging than we were expecting. Some parts of this walk reminded us of the killer walks we did when we were 20. Very challenging, lots of stairs , steep descents and ascents , rock hopping, stream crossing, scrambling over fallen trees. Despite the challenges we completed the walk in 5 and a half hours and saw amazing …
Another glorious day in paradise. Warmer than yesterday with temp around 30. Woke up early. Ken watched with delight as a fisherman put out his nets. Sensational breakfast (no wonder I've put on weight!). The creamiest scrabbled eggs I've ever had, delicious bruschetta and fruit. I did refrain from what looked like profiteroles (with jam on them). …
A full day in Ravello and the surrounding villages in the Valle del Dragone (Roar!). Rebecca and I planned to start walking fairly early so that we would have time in the afternoon to shower and unwind before dinner. Our walk today was circuitous, taking us to a few of the nearby villages and only 7k in total. We set off around 9AM. The first …
... noticed that there were no other boats on the stretch that had been teeming with ships on the way out. We found out later that they had even suspended ferry service that afternoon. On the plus side though, I did see a dolphin jump completely out of the water during the chaos. At first I thought it might have been a near death hallucination but then I saw him again and I'm fairly certain he was real.
As we rounded the final corner into the calm water of Sorrento ...
... After such hard work we had to have another meal! Our time with Allessandra was wonderful. She is open and forthright and we talked for hours about her dreams and goals. She is mature well beyond her 22 years, while being passionate, vibrant. All with a sense of humor.
Decided to take our lives into our hands and walk to town. Crazy Italian drivers, no sidewalk and then 1000 stairs. Great meal and a taxi home. I'm not THAT crazy. Buona nolte.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Maria Hotel Ravello
We stayed at the Villa Maria Aug 30 - Sept 3/04 and truly enjoyed it! Our rooms were standard double with a furnished garden. We were able to catch glimpses of the ocean from the garden which made it a pleasant place to read and write postcards. The rooms were nice and adequate in size for a double standard. The view from the restaurant is spectacular, and the food is great! The price for dinner including wine is comparable to going out to a nice restaurant in the States. However, one would never be able to find a panoramic sunset as the one at the Villa Maria restaurant. The hotel and restaurant staff were very friendly, helpful and absolutely wonderful! I have traveled the world and stayed at 5-star hotels. This is a very nice hotel for a 4-star. We are getting married next May in Ravello and highly recommend the Villa Maria to our wedding guests.
We arrived in Ravello at about 7PM in the middle of the week with no reservations at any hotel. This is the only place that had a room! Nevertheless, reception was very courteous and accomodating. They did not have any rooms in the hotel but offered to allow us to stay in an apartment in an adjacent building for 250 Euros. This was a little more than I wanted to pay, but desperation was setting in! The apartment was beautiful, though, much better than any hotel room.
Spent 2 nights at the Villa Maria Hotel in Ravello this past July 2004 and enjoyed the understated elegance of this hotel. It is quite old with updated fixtures but antique furnishings. We stayed in the superior guest room for 270 euros per night.
This June I returned to the Villa Maria for a week to celebrate my birthday. I had stayed there 10 years ago and remembered fondly the overall location, decor, (the 1930's salon, the lovely lighting fixtures and antiques). I had requested a room with two beds for my friend and I and lo behold we were shown a room with one large bed. These things do happen but I was immediately and curtly informed that I had never specified that I had wanted a twin bedded room. It was only when I insisted they look into my file that they realized they had made a mistake. Not having a twin room that night they moved my friend into another room for one night and promised us a twin the next day. This second room was large wth its own little garden and fine except for the mysterious intermittent mechanical hum which kept waking me up throughout the night. So needless to say, we had to move again, back to the first room this time with the beds separated. Other than this for the most part our stay was fine, the rooms pretty and well-maintained , the staff friendly but obviously overworked and the food, except for the lovely breakfast, decent but hardly inspiring hence a rating of "Average".
Gracious and Elegant
The majority of our wedding party staid at the Villa Maria April 29-May 3, 2004. A beautiful gracious hotel. Some of the rooms are small but ours was large and well furnished with a beautiful view of the coast. The staff was friendly and very charming and attentive. And what a gorgeous place Ravello is! Well worth the trip if a bit pricey.
This hotel is a rip off, it is in the process of slowly detrioriating and the staff is not up to the job of keeping it up. I would rate the rooms (we had two--we were upgraded from a standard, which was so small we felt we were camping--to a superior, which was larger but still had problems like gum on the window casements, dirty floors, non working safe) as a two star facility, not a 4 star. Way too expensive for what you get. We also had dinner in the restaurant, which was priced about 3 times as much as should have been given the quality of the food.
Overall, we would have been happy to stay there for 125 a night or so, but not for what we were charged.
Perfection! Very friendly and accomodating staff. Beautiful, spotless and spacious rooms. Two tiny and cute Jack Russell Terriers running around on the enormous patio overlooking lemon groves stretching out to the ocean. The full service staff could not have been more helpful. The only drawback is the parking situation - the road to the parking lot looks more like a footpath and is cleverly referred to by the locals as "the sphincter". Be careful with the parking lot (full of delightful ginger and white cats) and enjoy the lovely hotel.
Just returned from our honeymoon - Ravello, Amalfi, Rome. Ravello was easily the most enchanting of the three, and Villa Maria was a big reason why. From the moment we arrived, we were pampered and treated like family. Being a very small hotel, the service is extremely personal and everyone is friendly. The restaurant is the best in town (much better than the snooty spots in the 5-star hotels). If you get a chance, take the cooking class--it is worth the steep price. It may not be the most luxurious, (though the rooms were beautiful and views even better), Villa Maria is perhaps the most relaxing and charming hotel you will find on the coast.
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Had a very enjoyable week stay at the Hotel Villa Maria. Highly professional and friendly staff. Room and facilities quite excellent. One of the highlights was taking a two-afternoon cooking class offered by the Hotel. The class was conducted by Prof. Ezio Falcone, who has trained many chefs. The class included recipie books, we could take pictures, ask questions and take notes. Had appropriate wine with each of the four courses perpared. Course cost includes evening meal with full portions of what was prepared in afternoon class. Other classes are offered that are longer and include morning visits to local cheese factories, meat and fish markets, etc. Plan to go back and take full week course.
Just came back. Had a great time. The place is beauftiful, the service is great, and the view is out of this world. One word of caution, It is very hard to get to the Hotel parking place. The road is too narrow.
Leave your car in the Piazza Dumo, walk two minutes to the hotel parking area and ask the car attendant to take care of your car. We did not know and we paid dearly for it. On thr way out the car was taken out on our behalf and it was great.
Will stay there again . Price 210 euros per night.