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Hotel Zi'Ntonio
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Scala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Having just returned from the Zi,ntonio I was going to do a full review but will just advise anyone considering staying there to read "streets 585" review for the most detailed and accurate review to date.I would have liked a little more variety in the menu "salad,veg etc " or even a pizza.
If like us you enjoy walking, this has to be one of the best hotels to stay in the area with lots of excellent local walks. I would not recommend the café in the square -definitely overpriced but the little shop by the post office is excellent value 3euros for a litre of reasonable local wine and will do you a massive baguette various fillings for 2 people at 4-6euros.The new local bus service in the village is also excellent value for 80cents and the owner/driver is really friendly, as are most of the locals.We will certainly use the ZI,NTONIO if we return to the Amalfi Coast.

Room Tip: Rooms 319 -321 have the best balcony,s and the sun for a little longer.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Okay....this is a small family run Italian Albergo set up on a hillside that gives you beautiful views over the valley to the historical town of Ravello. I can only presume that some previous reviewers have booked the wrong holiday in the wrong hotel as they complained about 'Church bells ringing, Dogs barking, Too many steps, Too remote and (yes folks) too much Italian Food'
If you want nightlife...please go to Magaluf or Benidorm. This is not for you. This is a hotel that is authentic and very much local in nature. A real 'Italian Job'
Rooms...basic but cleaned every day by lovely ladies. Perfectly adequate if you are out and about most of the day.
Food...Choice of two courses and a dessert every evening (but a good feature is that they will cook you the same menu for lunch if you wish to swap over) It is typical italian fare...pasta dish followed by fish or meat and a nice tiramisu or similar. Cooked by one of the smallest 'mature' ladies you will ever see. breakfast...I missed the odd bacon or egg but a nice continental style selection with fresh baked items every day apart from Sunday.
Facilities... we were disappointed that the pool was empty when we were there...not a great problem apparently...they arranged for us to use their 'cousins' pool and sun terrace next door. No tea/coffee facilities in rooms so take your own if you can. Lots of hot water on tap to try to bathe away the aches and pain of the mountain trekking and climbing up and down many, many steps.
Staff....top notch. Friendly and helpful in a very genuine sort of way. About five generations of one family all buzzing around during various times of the day. You might find them a bit familiar of you are used to being a bit more distant or formal, but we found it great and they did all they could to make people happy.
Conclusion...
'DO GO HERE' if you want good but basic accommodation, authentic food, family atmosphere, absolutely beautiful views and mountain sides, small village just down the road (Scala down the hill and the lovely Minuta just up the road) but beware of how much they charge you in the local bar/cafes...we were 'done' a bit so ask how much beforehand...not very British, but necessary - (get very cheap bottles of Peroni Nastra Azuro from local supermarket) and an immersion into something like a genuine italian community.
'DO NOT GO HERE'...if you want nightlife, sun,sea and sand, all inclusive mountains of food and drink, if you don't understand that dogs bark in the countryside, bells do call people to mass, italian do eat Italian food, don't like steps or expect 5 star luxury. 'Now you know eh???'.....

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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10  Thank streets585
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed here in June this year on a package from Thompson. We got a well priced last minute deal which we were very happ with. On arrival at the hotel we were told that dinner is served at 7:30. When I questioned this, I was ignored. Not only that, we had to decide what w wanted to eat at breakfast on the same morning. Not something we are used to or want to do again.

The room was spacious with a decent sized balcony and a view over Ravello to rival none. The hotel was clean and tidy and the pool area very neat, although over populated at the weekend! It's difficult to fault this hotel but the eating arrangements did not suit us and is not according to the normal way of things in Italy. Matbe that's just us but it lead us to stay elsewhere for the last night of our trip!!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Maidstone_UKChris
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Having stayed here for a week in September we can honestly say the staff were second to none, and the views over Ravello were indeed fabulous. Our room was ok and had the benefit of the rising sun in the mornings.
The pool was freezing and the sun went off it at around 3pm each day but that did not stop us really as we tended to go for walks in the afternoon. It would be in order to say here that we agree with many posts made regarding mobility, as if you do have a problem walking maybe this is not the hotel for you (many steps) The hotel is pretty remote with little or nothing to do at night although we, along with some other guests did ask if the "bar" (by the pool) could be opened so as to get maybe pre and after dinner drinks...... it was and we found to our delight that it was particularly pleasant to sit there after dinner and have the excellent service from a young man (Sebastian I think? sorry if it's wrong) who not only served the drinks (quite reasonable) but bought us trays of "nibbles" etc. This made what would have been a dull evening with nothing to do into a very enjoyable one along with some other nice guests who were staying there at the time.
If you like Pasta and aubergines ( I hate aubergines) then you will be at home here as this was on offer every night for either starters or mains or both the week we stayed. My wife and I both enjoy pasta but not every night!! it would have been nice to have a change?
The capo cameriere in the dining room was hilarious he is also a Napoli supporter and they were top of Serie A at the time so he was really on form!
We would say that overall that everone was very friendly but the location of the hotel leans towards walkers and someone who wants to chill out totally.

Room Tip: Take lots of reading material
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

this hotel is in an excellent location for sightseeing and walking.The hotel is small our bedroom was quite large with a fabulous view over Ravello,the sun rises directly in front of the
rooms quite a lovely sight to wake up to.If you don't want to walk as much there are local buses to take you anywhere along the coast.
However,if food plays a great part of your holiday and you like pasta then you will be ok.Not much choice and rather bland.There is a great pizza place not too far The Penguin,the food is fantastic.

Room Tip: All rooms have a balcony ,top rooms may be a little quieter
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Just returned from 2 weeks in Scala and would recommend the Inn to all who enjoy the simple things in life well done.
Fabulous room with an unforgetable view, charming,helpful and amusing staff, mostly family I think. Simple food from a typical Italian menu prepared freshly and from local produce.
Excellent base for walking.Prices for extras such as beer and wine were reasonable and we met some wonderful fellow guests.
Any reasonable requests for things such as pool towels, internet access etc were immediately met with a friendly smile.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dking50
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

The Hotel Zi'Ntonio was a real find - family-run, welcoming and friendly with excellent service and staff who all went out of their way to make our stay hugely enjoyable. The food was very good and the views from the bedroom balcony, restaurant and pool of nearby Ravello and the sea are just wonderful. Scala's mountain-top location - about an hour on foot to the sea or 30 minutes by local bus - makes it an ideal spot for those who enjoy walking. The scenery and architecture of the whole surrounding area is quite stunning and while Scala itself is a quiet little town, it's a haven of tranquility to return to after a day spent exploring towns and villages along the beautiful coast. That said, we spent some interesting evenings watching various concert performances in the town square, one of which was televised. Our holiday was booked through Thompsons and we took advantage of a couple of trips by coach to see the ruins of Pompeii and Herculanium. Less strenuous days by the hotel's well appointed pool were enhanced by the picturesque cafe/bar and terrace, providing cool drinks and very reasonably priced lunches. The gala candle-lit meal there on our last evening was particularly memorable. A thoroughly enjoyable stay and a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Paul M
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Address: Via Torricella 39, 84010 Scala, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Scala
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Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Scala
Price Range: $92 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Zi'Ntonio 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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