We stayed for three nights in a room with a Juliet balcony and a private terrace both of which overlooked the sea. The location is, without doubt, breathtaking. The hotel clings to the side of the cliff and from everywhere the views are stunning.
The plus points are the staff, who are very sweet and helpful. The location - perfectly situated for visits to Ravello and Amalfi. (You can reach Amalfi easily on foot if you don't want to take the bus.) Breakfast was typically Italian, ie cornetti and rolls but having freshly squeezed orange juice was lovely. Staying in April meant that we didn't need the air con unit and could fall asleep to the sound of the sea through the open French doors.
The 'I'm going to be picky for a minute' points are that the food, although there are some rave reviews, was, in our opinion, simply adequate. We enjoyed the pasta/risotto dishes but the mains were teeny and nothing to write home about and the desserts were also just OK. I wish the wardrobe in our room (118) changed places with the chairs so that it was against the bathroom wall and then you could sit and look out over the sea and I would have had an uninterrupted view through the French doors from the bed - I said I was being picky!
There aren't any real negatives. Having to park the car half a mile away was a drag but we didn't need to use it while we were there so it wasn't really an issue. There didn't seem to be any kind of drinks list with prices so our final bar bill was a surprise.
Just in case you have mobility issues there are over 150 outside steps from the road to the rooms on the second floor where ours was and about 100 back up to the restaurant for breakfast and dinner.
- 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