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Belmond Hotel Caruso
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
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“Best Hotel I've Stayed At”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Recently returned from my first visit to Ravello. So glad I stayed at the Caruso. The hotel is perfectly situated, with tremendous views of the sea below. We had a very large room, complete with our own private yard, easily 600 sq. feet, complete with table, chairs, and 2 loungers. The infinity pool is amazing, allowing you to enjoy the most incredible unobstructed view of miles of the Amalfi Coast. We enjoyed a fantastic meal at the hotel's main restaurant that should not be missed. The service was impeccable, especially Gennaro, who was able to contact an art gallery on our behalf once we had returned home. Yes it's quite expensive to stay here, but they treat you like royalty and you feel that your money has been well-spent and that the hotel staff and management appreciates all their guests.

Room Tip: The sea view is worth the money
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

If you’re considering a stay at this fabulous hotel then you must already know about the pleasures Ravello offers among the Amalfi coast’s towns. It is peaceful, utterly beautiful, graced with a serious summer music festival and is so high in the sky that even its side streets have postcard-perfect views. The Caruso takes this to a high pitch, at a high price, and surrounds you with the most tasteful and convincing renovation I have ever seen among high-end hotels. Among its many pleasures is the pool scene, where you really could spend the rest of your life sipping Bellinis while swallows play aerial tag not three meters from your drink; the experience is timeless, relaxing and utterly romantic. The breakfast buffet is sybaritic and provides enough pleasure (and calories) to last through dinner if not the whole week. In fact, any meal eaten on one of the hotel’s dining terraces becomes a sublime experience. That having been said, my wife and I found the dining and wait-staff the least hospitable among very well trained service professionals. For example, they seated three American couples at closely-spaced, adjacent tables at dinner even though every other table was empty. I know we eat early as a nation but this doesn’t mean we want to hear each others’ conversation! This also occurred at breakfast. Further, and in keeping with other comments on this site, I found the hotel’s food fussy and not especially enjoyable. One dish on the tasting menu, rabbit meatballs, was inedible. We actually had our most memorable night eating in a family-owned, local place called Campo Cosmo, recommended by the concierge. We met two other couples, attended a Pink Martini concert, and were invited for drinks at the Hotel Palumbo, which shares the same scenic street with Caruso and Pallazo Avino (Sasso). We feel that either of these properties would provide a similar experience minus Caruso’s inimitable pool. Finally, as for which room to choose, I have attached a floor plan or two to give you an idea of what’s available. Most appear to be “Deluxe Doubles” which, in our case, number 37, was ample if simply furnished with a delightful terrace. Be warned that if you splurge for a larger room or suite with grassy terrace (my dachshund would have loved it) you may be disappointed by a lack of privacy as the rooms are set back and overlook each other; see the pics for a look at what I mean. All told however this is one of the best of the best and provides a seamless, memorable gateway to Ravello and the Sorentine peninsula should you want to get coastal. PS—we loved hiking on Capri but were shut out of Mama Agata’s. Book early if you really want to go.

Room Tip: See the attached floor plans to give you an idea of the rooms' relative size. Suites with grassy...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Novi, MI
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We stayed at the Caruso for three days. After touring Amalfi and Ravello, coming back to the gardens and pool at the Caruso provided the perfect afternoon in July. The pool view is one of the best I have seen. The service was freindly, the rooms were great and the view from the breakfast area was wonderful. I can't wait to go back.

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west sussex, england
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We spent three nights here with a group of friends. Hotel staff were faultless, nothing was too much trouble and everything done with a smile. Can't pick anyone out individually as all staff were fantastic. Room spotless, lovely bathroom toiletries. Ravello town centre just down the road and great atmosphere there. Hired a boat from Amalfi to Positano and beyond, great day out. Belvedere restaurant delightful, food exquisite and views amazing. Will definitely be back.

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Great Neck, New York
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

This is a very expensive hotel. However, at least it is worth it. The breakfast is outstanding --food and service. The staff is super. Ravello is very pleasant , not touristy. You will not be disapointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carmel
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

This is a wonderful hotel worth the drive. Spectacular views, wonderful food, beautiful pool, wood burning pizzas by the pool. Very romantic in the beautiful, musical town of Ravello. Perfect honeymoon or adult vacation.

Room Tip: Anything facing the sea but room 105 is incredible!!! Beautiful patio facing entire coastline.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed in Hotel Caruso in summer 2011 during our Amalfi trip. Ravello and hotel Caruso was the highlight of our trip! The infinity pool overseeing the coast is breathtaking!! The rooms are perfect and the staff is extremely kind and helpful. The restaurant has a nice view and the bar serves the best bellini you can have!
We stayed there during the music festival in august, enjoyed the lovely pool during the day and the concerts in the evening. Hope to go back very soon!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Belmond Hotel Caruso
Address: Piazza San Giovanni del Toro 2, 84010, Ravello, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Hotel Caruso 5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belmond Hotel Caruso is located in a former 11th century palace in charming Ravello, perched on a clifftop overlooking the spectacular Amalfi Coast. It boasts 50 splendidly restored rooms, of which 27 suites and 23 double rooms. Each room has its unique style and most boast a stunning sea view and private garden or terrace. Dining facilities include the Belvedere Restaurant with an elegant indoor dining room, an outdoor terrace adorned with ancient columns and an alfresco area close to the pool. It offers a superb selection of delicious Mediterranean food. The Pool Restaurant serves informal luncheons and drinks, as well as a salad buffet and original Neapolitan Pizza cooked in front of guests. Pizza-making lessons are also available. The Cocktail and Piano Bar is located on the first floor of the main building, decorated with original 18th century frescoes. Guests can swim in the incredible infinity swimming pool, seemingly suspended between sea and sky, join the Head Gardner for a special tour of the terraced gardens, relax with a signature treatment at the wellness centre or work out at the gym with a view of the coast. A complimentary shuttle service to Amalfi and Positano and a daily complimentary boat excursion along the coast during summer months are also available. ... more   less 
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