My husband and I spent the 2nd portion of our honeymoon at Hotel San Michelle and couldn't have been happier. We were in Tuscany first and took the train from Florence to Naples. We arranged for a driver to pick us up at the Naples train station (we reserved it through the hotel actually). Very glad we did so as driving in Naples/Amalfi coast is MUCH more terrifying than driving was in Tuscany.
When we arrived Emiliano helped us with our bags and showed us to our incredible room. When we first walked in, the room was very simple. One warning is about the bathroom/shower. The shower is beyond tiny, we hit our elbows and could barely move in it. And the bathroom itself is quite small with a very old school hairdryer. I definitely recommend bringing your own with an adapter. However, when we opened the door to the balcony is when we really fell in love. The view was incredible and the terrace was big enough for a table and chairs and two lounge chairs. Not all balconies were this size, but we really lucked out. The little grocery across the street was convenient to grab a sandwich, a bottle of wine and bus passes (although we didn't really need the bus passes, the driver never checked!) There were many stairs, but it was worth the views and we didn't really find the stairs a hassle. The food at the restaurant was great. We ate there almost every night. They offered two entree choices each night, so we both ordered different ones so we could try everything. Just be sure to let them know if you don't plan on eating there for the night so they can adjust accordingly.
One of the main highlights of this hotel is the swimming rock. You walk down some stairs and are at a platform with a few lounge chairs and a ladder into the sea! Truly an incredible experience. The rest of the hotels in Ravello are in the town and do not have access directly to the sea. Here, however, you can go right in from your doorstep. Our boat to Capri was even able to pick us up directly at the hotel from this dock. At first I really wanted a pool but being able to go right into the sea was so much better (and I don't even like ocean water).
We were also able to book day trips directly through Emiliano. We went to Pompeii/Vesuvius and took a small boat trip to Capri. The atmosphere in general at the hotel is very friendly. There were only around 12 rooms and the other guests were also great. It was nice to run into them at the end of the day before dinner and share bottles of wine after dinner until we went to bed.
The hotel itself is actually closer to the little town of Atrani. You can walk down the windy road a bit and be there in about 10 minutes. Walking the road for the most part was easy enough. There are a few good restaurants and bars in Atrani. By bus, you can reach the main part of Ravello. Ravello town was quaint and charming with little shops, restaurants and gardens. However, we chose mostly to eat at the restaurant at Via San Michelle and bring bottles of wine to the patio after and just relax and enjoy where we were.
I would highly recommend Via San Michelle and would gladly go back if we ever make it back to the Amalfi Coast!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa San Michele on Amalfi Coast is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing holiday relishing the sea the sun and the views of the Amalfi Coast. A charming refuge from which the most attractive towns such as Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento can be easily reached. The hotel built upon the rocks is in perfect harmony with nature situated in beautiful garden from here to the sea takes only a moment following a private route. The air and the eyes are filled with the fragrances and colours of the lemons and bouganville creating the right atmosphere for a romantic stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa San Michele Hotel Ravello
- Hotel San Michele
- San Michele Hotel