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“A wonderful stay....” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Maria Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Santa Chiara 2, 84010 Ravello, Italy   |  
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Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
wakefield,west yorkshire
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“A wonderful stay....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was our first holiday on our own as a couple since parenthood and we wanted to return to magical Ravello. We did a fair amount of research and hoped that the Villa Maria would be the right choice and it was.
The superior room was worth the cost for the view and we would especially recommend the half board dining option which, although had much less choice than the a la carte, represented great value for money when comparing all the restaurants in the town.
The food was really excellent and the accommodation was typically Italian quirky but clean and spacious. All the staff were friendly and helpful, advising on bus times etc and wine choice in the restaurant.
A fantastic visit and we would certainly stay at Villa Maria again.

Personal tip- don't hire a car. We didn't this time and got a taxi from Naples airport then walked or used the buses locally during our stay. To drive/park on the Amalfi Coast and surrounding area is not for the faint hearted and for us would have ruined a truly relaxing and enjoyable break!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

My Mum and I stayed here last year and came back this year. We were pleased to see many of the same staff and see that the hotel was every bit as lovely as we remembered. The restaurant is great, the views just beautiful and it really is worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed here for our friends wedding after they recommended we stay there and so glad we did. The hotel is about 10 minute walk from the main square in Ravello (cant get to it by car) The grounds are stunning, you walk into the outside restaurant that has breathtaking views across the hillside to the ocean. Covered in vines with statues and water features. Its classic and chic. The inside it decorated with traditional Italian decor. The room we had was an ok size but the AC was the best we had experienced, no noise but powerful. We room was clean and well maintained. Breakfast was great, with a selection of European with hot dishes (buffet style) but you could also order extras such as omelettes/poached eggs at no extra cost. The didn't have an iron so take a travel or they can press clothes for you at an extra cost. The walk into the main square is easy, just one path takes you all the way.

Found most of the staff to be very helpful, mainly in the restaurants. Found that the reception staff could have been more inviting and welcoming.

They have a sister hotel called the Giordano which is where you can park and where you have use of a pool. Food here is also very good for lunch! Didn't see the rooms at this hotel but to save the walk to the pool each day if that's your thing then look at staying here instead.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic hotel with incredible views especially from the balcony of the terrace restaurant. Food is top quality with service to match. Rooms very well appointed with sumptuous decor. Staff make you feel as if you are an important guest and that nothing is too much trouble.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stayed for three nights in a superior double room, and both wished we had been able to extend our stay. Ravello itself is stunning. it is an ideal spot for a relaxing break and I was delighted we had chosen Villa Maria. We found the staff to be very helpful and friendly from the moment we arrived. The room was clean, modern, and spacious, with an amazing view. The restaurant is not inexpensive, but delivers meals of outstanding quality in a magical setting. We ate there for each of the three nights of our stay. Villa Maria is a hotel we are determined to return to one day.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed for two nights during a walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast. The staff were good, although more efficient than friendly. The room was very nice and had a spectacular view over the mountains and the coast. We were able to use the pool at the neighbouring Giordono hotel down the road.

The only negative for this hotel was the price of the restaurant. We ate here on our second night here and the view from the terrace is spectacular but the food was very expensive, although good.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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34 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

For the most part, we enjoyed our four-night stay at the Villa Maria Hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Ravello. Our Superior Double room was spacious, clean, and comfy, and the balcony offered an amazing view of the coast below. The hotel restaurant, where we had one lunch and two dinners, provided some very tasty meals as well as a very nice setting. The breakfast selection was also impressive. The location of the hotel was quite nice and convenient, although Ravello is such a small town that if you're staying anywhere in the town you'll be pretty close to everything. The staff that we interacted with were very professional and friendly. I really appreciated that they went out of their way to accommodate our last-minute request for a private guided tour of the Gore Vidal house (which I highly recommend).

My primary quibbles are pretty minor: the furnishings were a little on the dowdy side, although I suppose some might perceive them as just being "classic" or "traditional"; the restaurant service was a little erratic (sometimes they were very attentive and personable, and other times they totally forgot about us and seemed aloof); and both the temperature and pressure of the water in the shower could change from one second to the other. If you timed your shower just right, you could take a warm, relaxing shower, but if you didn't, you'd have to make the most of a small trickle of lukewarm or freezing cold water.

My only reservation about recommending the Villa Maria is that we strongly suspect that we had some items stolen from our room during our stay. Our second night there, my partner went to look for a small packet of over-the-counter drugs he always takes with him when we travel (stuff like Imodium, Benadryl, Advil, etc.). He had just seen them in his bag the day before when we'd packed up our stuff and left Naples. And suddenly they were gone. Under most circumstances I'd probably chalk up the drugs' disappearance to his own negligence, but earlier that day I'd noticed that my dopp kit, full of all my hygiene items, was zipped up, and I never zip it up between uses, only when I'm getting ready to pack it up and put it my suitcase. At the time I didn't think much of it other than "That's strange. Why would the cleaning person have any reason to zip up my kit?" But I thought maybe they were just being orderly. Then when my partner discovered that his pills were missing, I thought it seemed pretty obvious that someone had been meddling with (and possibly taking) our belongings. Because we didn't have any solid evidence, just our strong suspicions, we didn't say anything about the matter to the hotel staff. We didn't want to spoil our stay with a dramatic episode of theft accusations. Plus, it wasn't like these OTC pills were worth that much; they're really only valuable when you need to take one. Still, I'd advise people to lock up anything that they think might be attractive to a potential pilferer.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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villamariaravello, Owner at Villa Maria Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
it's really sad to read such a review. We hope the clients found their “missing idems” on their way back home (as it usually happens).
Our staff, as well as being polite and professional (most of our reviews describe that) is composed of people that we really trust! . it is ridiculous to read of the 2 missing pills, partly because the hotel is equipped with medical kit with First Aid and OTC pills at the disposal of our staff, so, there would have been no reason to accuse our staff of such a defamatory thing.
At the same time, we are very happy to find out the stay was enjoyable! Our main achieve is to leave to our welcomed guests a good memory!
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Address: Via Santa Chiara 2, 84010 Ravello, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ravello
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
#7 Family Hotel in Ravello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Maria Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the historic centre between the Clarisse nunnery and S. Francis Convent, in a restful aristocratic area so much as to be chosen, the only hotel in the area, by the French guide-book "Relais du Silence" as an oasis of peace and by the Italian "Charme e Relax" as Ravello's pearl. Villa Maria assures his guests in addition to maximum tranquillity also the most services including the parking of nearby Hotel Giordano (of the same property) where it is possible to park for free the car and take advantage of free luggage handling and of the swimming pool (parking and swimming pool situated at the sister HOtel Giordano, approx. 5 Minutes walking distance). Rich and interesting is the history of this villa which was roman noble Marquis de Cinque family's manor, an history which blends with Ravello's and the Amalfi Coast's. The structure, while preserving the elegant forms of a lordly mansion, in the years has undergone noteworthy redecorations which have fashioned its actual splendour. ... more   less 
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