We've not even arrived home yet (still in Rome) and I'm already writing a review of Villa Lara because I think I can save a lot of people a lot of unnecessary researching. My husband and I are world travelling surfers (not just for fun but also for business) so we've been to A LOT of countries and stayed in A LOT of places. For the first time in our lives, we decided to take a non-surfing vacation for our honeymoon. The Amalfi Coast always sounded like a beautifully romantic place that honeymooners go, so we gave it a shot. For such a quaint little place, I didn't realize it would take SO MUCH research to figure out what town to sta in, how to get there, how to get around, etc. And on top of that, the towns are small which means they book up fast so that added to a lot of frustration, reading review after review just to find out that the place was all booked.
Anyway, when I was on my third night of reading hotel reviews for the Amalfi Coast, I finally just went with one of the first responses I got back and it was Villa Lara. They not only responded the quickest, we totally lucked out. The B&B is located on the main street of Amalfi Town just past all the tourist chaos and up on a high hill overlooking the entire town with a spectacular view of the hills. There are 188 steps (we counted) to get up to the place BUT there's a killer ELEVATR so you never really have to take the stairs unless you ate to much pasta that night.
We stayed in the junior suite and it was really spacious, always clean and comfortable. Every morning we had a delicious breakfast served by the nicest fella (Alessandro) with fresh baked croissants and sliced ham/cheese and all the cappucinos or espressos you desire. One of th owners, Nello was usually there too and always ready to make sure you had everything you needed and were happy with your stay. He was a super smart guy too and had some classic takes on philosophy and the global economy. He runs a tight ship and it shows.
Here's the clincher for Villa Lara...I accidentally left 2 dresses in the closet after leaving for Rome and Nello wrote to tell me. I asked him if he could post them to me in Rome. He told me that the Italian post is not too reliable and that he would arrange to have the dresses delivered to me somehow. He wrote me everyday giving me an update on what plans he was trying to make to get me my 2 dresses, and finally he wrote to say that a guest was headed for Rome and would bring the dresses with him and leave them at his hotel reception. All I had to do was go to his hotel near Termini train station and pick them up. It didn't cost me a cent! That's the kind of customer service that sets Villa Lara aside from any other hotel, resort, B&B, hostel, surf palapa I've ever stayed at. It's completely refreshing and that's why I HIGHLY recommend anyone planning to go to Amalfi to stay at Villa Lara.
p.s. Amalfi is also centrally located between Sorrento and Salerno and has the quickest access to Ravello so I thought it was an ideal town to stay in. Also, if the weather is nice and the sea calm, DEFINITELY take the ferries from town to town...SO much easier, faster and less nauseating than the buses and almost the same cost!
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