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“One of the few hotels open in winter in Ravello” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #12 of 21 hotels in Ravello
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“One of the few hotels open in winter in Ravello”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I love Ravello and I love the series of beautiful luxury Hotels lying one next to the other along the the Via San Giovanni del Toro. They all have charm and character despite the very different facilities & decoration level.
Hotel Palumbo could only confirm my previous experiences and did not disappoint my clients & myself who spent a night there during a site inspection trip in the area.
The rooms are really tired but the view is absolutely breathtaking and you easily forget not having the facilities that you may expect from a 5 star. Bathrooms especially are in desperate needs of refurbishment. Prices are however clearly taking into consideration the gap with the nearby Caruso or Palazzo Avino and are quite reasonable. Staff was very helpful and breakfast lovely. If do not want or cannot afford to pay the high rate of Caruso, have a look here.

Room Tip: Do not spend the money for the suite, it's not worthwhile...standard rooms are nice enough and y...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed here on our wedding night in August 2011 after using the hotel garden for our wedding. The hotel dates back to the 13th century and has all the old Italian charm anyone could wish for,with original marble pillars,antiques filling every room, and the most amazing view over the coast which was the main selling point for choosing it as our wedding venue.
The hotel pulled out all the stops to make our stay, our room that we had already been charged half price for as we were booked a wedding with them was upgraded to the scala suite which made our stay.The food is truly wonderful and easily the best we tasted on our two trips to the Amalfi coast. We were blown away by the quality of the food and each of our guests commented on how amazing the food was and how it was easily the best wedding meals they had eaten. And the amount of it, typically Italian 5 courses. I'm glad to say that they next morning breakfast lived upto the expectations set by the previous day, on the balcony overlooking the hills of Ravello.
The hotel is rated as 5 star and is expensive, and if you're looking for all mod cons with slick modern room fittings then stay in the new part of the hotel which is in a separate block up the road about 30 metres. The main part of the hotel palazzo confalone remains with all the charm of days gone by. Oh and no pool, if you want that then stay next door at Caruso or up the street there is a VERY expensive hotel that looks very 5 star.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Great view. Hotel hasn't been refurbished since the 13th century!
The toilet in the room leaked, which made the tile on the floor like an ice rink.
It was never fixed.
The shower curtain was hanging off. The knob fell off the water temperature adjuster.
The refrigerator was not cold. The decor of the room was horrible.
The mattress was like sleeping on a mortuary slab.
we couldn't wait to leave.
Whoever rated this a 5 star hotel, must have had a gun held to their head!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We came back to stay for a big wedding anniversary having had a coffee here when we were just married. It lived up to expectations although not quite as luxurious as some newer five-star hotels.ravello itself is amazing and if you go outside of high summer it is much nicer than down the hill in the coast. Staff were fab and the food was wonderful.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We just stayed at the Hotel Palumbo for 7 nights. It is a 13th century palazzo with unbelievable views of the Mediterranean and neighboring villages dotting the hillside. The public parts of the hotel are breathtaking, only second to the view. Real Italian antiques and paintings fill this hotel for a most elegant, yet comfortable setting. A wide marble staircase takes you up to the dining areas and more beautiful rooms and a large terrace.

The staff at the hotel were wonderful. They are attentive and pleasant and really made the difference in our stay. When we were leaving, they all made an effort to shake our hands and wish us safe travels.

We stayed in Room 30, right off the lobby. We had a beautiful window sea view but no balcony. The room is furnished with real antiques and a very comfortable bed. Our room was large with a vestibule before entering the main bedroom and the bathroom was about 7 steps down from the vestibule. The bathroom fixtures are a bit dated, but everything works just fine. WiFi is free, but we had to use the lobby living room to get a signal, which actually was wonderful sitting in this lovely setting (it is filled with upholstered furniture and also an outdoor terrace.) If you are looking for a five star hotel that has identically furnished rooms and no character - this is not the hotel for you.

We were lucky enough to witness a beautiful Italian wedding in the garden!

We only ate breakfast at the hotel which was a great buffet spread with made to order eggs.

We so enjoyed Ravello! It is quiet and quaint, and I would certainly recommend the Hotel Palumbo.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

what a shabby excuse for a 5 star hotel. The exterior of this hotel is in serious need of renovation. Our balcony was a poor state:- walls cracked, peeling paint, etc.
Also don't be expecting a pool, for this is non existent, and neighbouring hotel's pool was inoperational apparently. Definately will not be returning there!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We had booked a trip in April to stay at Villa Fraulo, but they had an electrical problem and were closed for several days, so we were re-booked next door in Palumbo. Overall, a very pleasant and romantic stay. The hotel lacks some "polish" that keeps it from being classified as 5 stars (compared to our experience in travels all over Europe, Caribbean, USA and Indian Ocean). The main things were that our room, which had a ton of character and a gorgeous view, had a bathroom that was a bit out-dated in its amenities, and the room opened directly to the lobby (where breakfast is served each morning). But these were small things, and well more than made up for by the outstanding, friendly and helpful staff. Additionally, the lobby is a beautiful and architecturally impressive old building, the view looking down the coast is stunning, and the location is great. Highly recommend getting a nice bottle of wine (go and see Branko at the Wine & Drugs just off of the Ravello square) and simply staying in, open the window and have a nice evening of talking, drinking wine and watching the beautiful coastline at night.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16 Via San Giovanni del Toro, 84010 Ravello, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ravello
#11 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Palumbo 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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