Villa Maria Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Maria Hotel Ravello
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Romantic & Lovely
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.
Beautiful hotel in a beautiful town
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.
The only downsides to this hotel is that is a rather far walk to the center of town (quarter mile maybe?), and it's uphill. Additionally, the ristorante in the hotel is certainly beautiful both inside and on the terrace, but the food only so-so. From what I understand, you can do much better in Ravello in terms of dining.
Lovely Villa Maria Hotel
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.
The staff impressed us with their friendliness and helpfulness. While we were waiting for our room to be made ready we were served OJ. During breakfast one morning they played some beautiful Italian mandolin love songs on the stereo. I asked the front desk clerk where I could buy such a CD and she said to me, "Don't worry you shall have a copy of it by tonight!" And I did. Another time I was having trouble deciding between 2 desserts and the waiter said to me "I will take care of it". He brought me servings from both desserts. Loved them both.
The view from their terrace restaurant is absolutely beautiful. Their sister hotel, Hotel Giordano, has a swimming pool which the guests from the Villa Maria can use (they charge you for the towels you use). I heartily recommend this hotel if you are in the town of Ravello.
The Villa Maria, why not?
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.
One of Our Favorites
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.
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... sure they went slipping in any extra ingredients/amounts/techniques that weren't in the recipe book! We then served up this feast and had with with more complimentary wine in their beautiful beach front restaurant before taking the ferry back to Amalfi. The kit they gave us on arrival had a recipe book, apron, chef hat and a gnocchi indentation maker thingo which i am quite excited to try again, very therapeutic that part of the process! So all this relaxation and food and fine views ...
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Finally, after finding coffee and the bathroom, we were in the car and out of the parking garage by about 9:30. Our travel companion, the lady giving driving directions from the GPS navigation system, helped us enjoy more of the neighborhood around the train station than expected. It was then to Padua, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples, and finally Pompeii.
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