This hotel was a terrible dissapointment and one of the worst my husband and I have ever stayed in. The pictures completely mis-represent the reality. There are much better hotels around, with similar views where you'll have a much better time.
First the entire place is dark and empty. Sometimes the lights are out in light fixtures, sometimes they just dont turn on to begin with. Many of the seating and dining areas are dark and uninviting. We never saw the lights on in the areas by the bar or the dining room and no one was ever there. The furniture is old and looks moldy. We just didn't want to sit down.
Moving on to the room, we arrived to find that we did not have a toilet seat on our toilet! Stayed there 4 nights and checked on when it would be replaced daily. We never got one. The mini refrigerator smelled and did not keep anything cold. The bed was covered with a bedspread which looked old and worn, and we removed it immediately. The only nice things were the bathroom, which was large and had a nice shower, and the balcony, which gave us a lovely view of the sea and towns below.
The pool and 'sauna' are completely misrepresented. The pool is narrow with a grate that prevents you from looking over the edge. It is rusting on the bottom. Although I selected this hotel partly for the pool, we actively avoided getting in. The sauna, is a dark room, with a small pool filled with cold water, which flows out into the pool. Also not inviting at all. The only thing about the outdoor terrace that was nice was the view, which like the balconies, overlooks the sea and towns below. However, the loungers on the patio were uncomfortable, the towels old, and the marble fountain never functioned.
Although the hotel offers a breakfast buffet, the eggs were completely unappetizing, and the deli bar constantly running out. We arrived one morning half an hour before breakfast was to end and found almost everything empty. We had to seek someone out and ask for more food to be brought out, but it was not offered. One morning we simply elected to go into the Ravello main square to get breakfast, and had a great omelette and croissant, and far better coffee there.
Lastly the staff was completely unhelpful and generally ignorant. The last night we were there we asked about the ferry schedule, to which one of the hotel employees gave us a schedule from a ferry company that had not been operating in TWO years. Had we followed his advice we would have missed our flight. Every time I called the front desk from the room they seemed absolutely clueless.
Overall, even though we stayed here for a full 4 days, we avoided being in the hotel as much as possible. Trust me, stay somewhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the residence of the noble family Cortese, Hotel Villa Fraulo retains the historic atmosphere of aristocratic "buen retire", renewing the tradition and irresistible charm of the house. The medieval Villa has been refurbished several times during the centuries but its original splendor and charm have been preserved. Today you may admire a perfect symbiosis of the ancient vaults and the extraordinary marbles that meet today's modern conveniences and luxury. Fraulo Villa is a short walk from the heart of Ravello, from the Cathedral and is opposite the Town Hall. All our bedrooms and suites feature the latest in-room technology along with individually controlled air conditioning, minibar, wi-fi fast internet, hi-tech television, valet and laundry service, 24 hour room service, swimming pool and Spa Solarium & Wellness centre with several treatments at your disposal. In addition, all rooms are facing the sea and enjoy an incomparable view with privacy. In the restaurant, illuminated by warm and soft lights, decorated with recognized taste, where elegance and sophistication come together in a perfect idyll, and just sit is in itself an emotion. Emotion that is amplified when you taste the dishes, lovingly prepared by chef Gino, for which the kitchen and the food are food and emotion at the same time, sociability and communication. The restaurant has an indoor dining room, where stands the fireplace, extends into the porch located on the beautiful terrace, overlooking the incomparable view of our unique and unrepeatable Amalfi Coast. Guests appreciate the exciting view from the terrace above the sea and the tranquility that reigns sit in the shade of the umbrellas and the staff always helpful and professional. ... more less
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