We have stayed in Ravello a few times in several of the hotels, and chose the Villa Fraulo as we had stayed before when it first opened and we had had such a lovely time, we vowed to return when the opportunity arose. We tried to book for our 40th wedding anniversary last year, but they were fully booked for a wedding, (and there are many, many weddings in Ravello), so we were disappointed, and so were really looking forward to our stay on this occasion.
Upon arrival, the valet system is extremely useful, given the parking restraints in Ravello, and the chap was helpful and pleasant. So far so good.
The hotel itself is beautifully decorated in a modern/classical style, has stunning views from the terrace, and the staff were very pleasant. However, we were disappointed with the room.
This time we booked a standard room, but in doing so, did not realise that all standard rooms are on the first floor at lower ground level, nearest the road, and noisy; there is a cafe next door which is open for workers breakfasts, there are buses turning and people at the bus stop during the day, and it would have been possible to have a conversation with passengers on the red Citybus if they were not looking the other way enthralled by their own unobscured view. All the time there are also 'buzzy' motor scooters which used the route well in to the night. It was impossible to sleep with the window open owing to the noise, and also for security reasons, as we were so close to the road. Our own sea/mountain view was obscured by trees, which again was disappointing.
The room itself was immaculately clean though rather compact, the bed was comfortable, and the water hot. The bath is rather high sided, and clambering in for a shower proved difficult and ungainly, as one found oneself having to hang onto the tap for security. Towels fluffy, but we had to produce papers to show we were entitled to bathrobes, and the advertised bed setee was never evident as there would not have been enough room. The wardrobe was a hoot, because it was badly designed, in that the rail was so high up, a stick was supplied, though negotiation of the hanging system was difficult, as the hangers were of the type where a pin needed to go through a fine slot to secure, and of course the rail was so high as to make this impossible without standing on a chair. The hanging space was too short for dresses too.
Breakfast was a bit chaotic the first morning as there was no indication of what was available, coffee took an age, and we finally found out there were eggs! But it was the weekend and service improved after that. And the poached eggs and pancetta bacon were perfectly cooked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few steps away from piazza Vescovado, the heart of Ravello, on the path of the ancient patrician villas, where time stops and silence is sovereign, you run into hotel villa Fraulo. Its origin dates back to medieval age; it has been subjected to several remakes throughout the ages, but none of this could affect its original appeal: the impressive play of the vaults and the sheen of the marbles entwine in symbiosis with the comforts of modern technology. ... more less
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