Definitely stay at Auditorium Rooms! 3-4 days is a good minimum length of time, using Ravello as your home base for exploring the Amalfi coast. But you may want to stay longer, as this room is a wonderful place to spend a lazy morning. The room was our favorite (out of 7 places that we stayed thorough cities and small towns in central Italy). It's nicely decorated in blue, white, and gold, and the bathroom is lovely with little blue tiles and elegant shower fixtures. The bed was probably the most comfortable we found (in general beds in Italy are very hard, and it's something that doesn't get mentioned in reviews - this bed was still plenty firm enough for people who like firm beds, but it was a bit more forgiving than the typical bed we found). The view can't be beat. Seriously, even as you explore the area you'll have a hard time finding a better view (the only place that tops it is Villa Cimbrone - pronounced "Chim-brone-neh"). The balcony overlooks a steep terraced hillside, with a good bit of coastline and picturesque houses spread out at the bottom. It's lovely at night, lovely when misty, lovely when clear out, etc, you really can't go wrong. When we were there, there were some workers down below sifting rocks from the dirt and sending the rocks downhill by donkey caravan, along the steep stone footpath. Four donkeys on a rope loaded up with rocks, and two little dogs running along. An amazing old-world scene.
Breakfast here is great. One of the best we had in Italy. Italians aren't big on breakfast, and they don't do savory stuff for breakfast, mostly just a pastry and coffee. So it's unusual but this place includes a hot grilled ham and cheese for breakfast, which really hit the spot for me. Most of the croissants you'll find in Italy are not worth eating in my opinion, however this breakfast includes a lovely warm-from-the-oven flaky croissant. They include some tasty "bisquite" cookies in your room in case you get munchies during the day - snag some nutella from breakfast and toss these in your bag for a great snack.
Perhaps the very best part of Auditorium Rooms is the hosts, two twin brothers who are incredibly handsome, sweet, and delighted to help you in every way. Both Marco and Pasquale speak excellent English (Pasquale has the best comprehension so if you have a very complex question, maybe direct it to him). They both are available by cell phone throughout the day, so if you run into trouble during your sightseeing and want advice, they are happy to help. Overall, Auditorium Rooms is an excellent value - it's affordable in a region that can be exorbitantly expensive.
The only downside of staying in Ravello is that the bus down to Amalfi is somewhat unreliable, and you have to walk to the far side of town (10-15 minutes) to catch it. We worked around this problem by taking the red open-top Ravello sightseeing bus instead - it stops quite close by, operates more reliably, and is only 3 Euro (double the price of the other bus but worth it instead of walking and waiting!). It only comes once an hour and doesn't run in the evenings, though. A cab to or from Amalfi is 40 Euro, too much for just us but twice we shared a 7- or 8-person cab with other frustrated tourists who were tired of waiting for the bus. With 8 people it's only 5 Euro each.
We swam at Atrani (just before Amalfi on the bus), the place where the locals go, and also at Positano (take the ferry to get there). Both beaches were lovely, but very pebbly so you might want water shoes for getting in and out of the water. It's fantastic swimming. The temperature was perfect - chilly to get in at first but once you're in you can easily swim for 45 minutes without getting chilled. The water here is very salty so it's bouyant and I felt that it was easier to swim far out into deeper water without getting tired. Some of the best swimming I've experienced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Auditorium Rooms Bed & Breakfast, where to enjoy a panoramic view from, is located in a 20th century building, in one of the most remarkable spot of the Amalfi Coast.It offers several amenities and is located in a strategic position: right next to the famous Auditorium, designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, it is only 300 meters away from the center of Ravello, the city of music.The "Auditorium Rooms" is located 300 m. from the center of the beautiful Ravello, next to the brand new Oscar Niemeyer auditorium. The rooms offer a gorgeous view overlooking the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. The house has recently been completely renovated and tastefully decorated. It is equipped with all the needed comforts and consists of two rooms with bathrooms, air conditioning, television, hair dryer and furnished terrace. ... more less
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