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Hotel Palumbo

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   16 Via San Giovanni del Toro, 84010 Ravello, Italy
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Ranked #11 of 20 hotels in Ravello
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This quaint hotel was a deal with the booking we made through luxury link. The staff were very accommodating and friendly, and the breakfasts were delicious! The view from the private balcony off of our room was incredible! This was one of the most wonderful places I have ever been.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Excellent place to stay. There is a restaurant on the premises, as well as a bar. You cannot go wrong if you chose the Tower. The Tower room has a beautiful patio with an awesome view. The hotel is close to all the shops and plenty of restaurants. If you are looking for an out of this world dining experience,... More

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Hammond, Louisiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Palumbo September 2013. It is an absolutely beautiful elegant hotel in the heart of Ravello. The room was very comfortable with a large nice bath and a private terrace. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We had breakfast there and it was fine but very expensive. There is a great restaurant just a... More

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Athens, Greece
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We booked a room in September 2013 to attend a wedding. We were upgraded to an amazing room with sea view. The hotel is a well kept palazzo with breathtaking views of the coast. It is located close to Duomo and has a very convenient parking. Room was well decorated and had the feeling and aura of nostalgia. Breakfast is... More

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

After reading many reviews, some good, some bad, we had no expectations when we checked into Hotel Palumbo. We were greeted warmly by Francesca at the front desk and every minute was magical from the moment on. We had booked a junior suite in the older part of the building with a sweet patio, and a private lounge area. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We only had dinner here, we were staying down the road. The building has such a magical feel, it is 15th century and full of grandeur and character, the reception room was lit with candles and lanterns which really added to the ambience. The entrée was disapointing but everything else was wonderful. We had a particularly lovely clam linguine and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This hotel is in a great location in Ravello but feels a bit tired and in need of a refurb. We were given a room off reception which wouldn't have been our first choice but was ok. We tried to buy a drink in the bar and gave up after waiting for 20 minutes and nobody served us. No pool... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I stayed at Hotel Palumbo in July 2013 for my wedding in Ravello. The hotel staff was wonderful. We stayed in a basic room (#21) for two nights and it was classic in blues and whites and the small french style doors opened onto the gardens! It was a great value for a beautiful hotel. It is a very old... More

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Sotogrande, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Having stayed at this hotel ten years ago we had hoped the old magic would still be there. Agreed, the views are super but the hotel lacked any soul. It was annoying that you were not able to eat dinner on the terrace as it was closed - not good for a '5 star' (used very loosely) You would also... More

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

If you like great service from extremely helpful and friendly staff and a traditional style hotel, then this is for you. If you want really new and modern style, then this is not for you. The hotel is originally an 11th century palace, converted into a luxury hotel with the most amazing garden and view. We spent the majority of... More

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Address: 16 Via San Giovanni del Toro, 84010 Ravello, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Palumbo 5*
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#6 Luxury Hotel in Ravello #11 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
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The Hotel still preserves reminiscences of the medieval structure of the original Palazzo Confalone built in the 12th Century. Other architectural and decorative elements were added in the 17th Century. The architecture of the building is in itself a mosaic of time. Consisting of five different levels, which have nothing in common with modern-concept storeys, the building has an irregular vertical structure - very similar to the original one - with added wings, a tower-like extra storey, and a maze of unpredictable openings, corners and corridors. A small flag-like sign hangs discreetly above the main door of Palazzo Confalone. Built in the 12th Century, in a suggestive spot of one of Ravello's little alleyways, the building protrudes on the street with a tower-like structure forming an arch, dotted with tiny loop-holes which were used as lookouts and defence posts in bygone - not very safe - days. A mixture of Moresque arches and ogives from the East. Precious, ancient Greek and Roman marble columns from Paestum and the Amalfi Coast. The Vuilleumiers' refined taste is particularly evident in the interiors of bedrooms and communal living rooms: each individual piece of furniture and decoration accessory belongs to the family home and all rooms and communal areas have multicolour ceramic floorings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. If glasses could speak, they would tell you about those timeless moments when one feels like sitting at the bar to look for lightness and extemporary peace. This ritual has also accompanied the stays of the many celebrities who sojourned at Hotel Palumbo. In 125 years, the "Don Pasquale" bar has "sipped" stories from the movies world, confessions from stars in the show-business, as well as melancholies of love, dreams of freedom, ideas for tales, and inscrutable silences. The architecture and colour scheme of the bar offer an original mix of the many atmospheres of Ravello. The hotel is named after Pasquale Palumbo, who, together with his Bern-born wife, opened the first Hotel Palumbo in Ravello in the middle of the 19th century. The building that housed the hotel was called Episcopio because it had been an Episcopal dwelling in the distant past. Since the early days, the hotel lodged illustrious guests from every corner of Europe. They were indeed attracted by the beauty of the surroundings but also by the fame Mrs. Palumbo, Elisabetta Von Wartburg, enjoyed in international circles of the time. Wagner himself came to Ravello because he had heard about this lady and left a signed thank you note for the hospitality received. Jessy Palumbo, daughter of Pasquale Palumbo and Elisabetta Von Wartburg, got married with Edwin Vuilleumier and the couple continued the family tradition by taking over the Hotel. Pasquale Vuilleumier was a man of Swiss origins but with the typical inflection of Neapolitan gentlemen. From his grandfather, on his mother's side, he had inherited the spirit of enterprise; from his father's side of the family he had absorbed a stern commitment to work. His clientele, won over by his congenial ways and unpretentious, elegant style, used to come back to Ravello to visit him as a friend, just like the illustrious guests of the early days had done with his predecessors. "This was his home. The hotel was his life: why not keep my father Pasqual's dream...my family's dream...my own dream alive? It was written that in the end my home and my hotel would become one and the same thing". Marco Vuilleumier ... more   less 
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