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“If you only take one holiday every three years, then this is the place for you” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palazzo Belmonte
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“If you only take one holiday every three years, then this is the place for you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We arrived on the wrong side of midnight in a torrential rainstorm and, when the night watchman showed us to our room, in one of the hotel's two modern annexes, we unpacked, cleaned our teeth and went to bed. The next morning, we opened our shutters and gasped. There before us was the Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast a larger-than-expected smudge in the distance, and right in front us was a canopy of trees. This, I later learned, was the Palazzo's mature gardens, and the best bit of the hotel by miles.

Every morning we wandered in them before sitting down to breakfast--in fact, any excuse we had to walk through the grounds, taking the long way round instead of the more direct route to the main buildings, we took. The hotel is situated on the edge of Santa Maria Di Castellabate, a picture-postcard Italian seaside town, with a dinky beach that was hosting a 5-a-side football tournament the evenings that we were there, and a promenade where we could sit and have a beer as we watched the sun go down. We hit the town every night as, this being a mid-season trip, there was no dinner provided by the hotel, and ate very well.

Our room was immense--about twice the size of most hotel rooms I've been in, with a wonderful sun terrace and large bathroom, with bath, shower room and twin basins. The flooring--white tiles--was a little bit bare but, hey, we had pretty dire weather for three days. We never saw our neighbours, but it was easy to strike up a conversation with other guests--two of whom we have seen in London since.

The only black mark for me is the lack of a drawing room down at the main palazzo for guests to use. The weather didn't really brighten up until the last few days--this was the tail-end of May, however, and European weather never really scorches until well into June (I should know, I spent a decade in Madrid)--and so we were slightly stuck in our rooms when it was too chilly to sit in the gardens.

Would we go back? Definitely. Not only is the hotel so glorious, with its own private entrance onto the beach, but the town is so much more than the holiday resorts that you find further down the coast--i.e., ghostly--that when you tire of the tranquility of the hotel, you can venture out of the gates of the Palazzo and be entertained on the beach or in the town's bustling streets.

Room Tip: Go for the sea view--it is astounding.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lancashire UK
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23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

The hotel and its grounds are a little piece of heaven dropped on earth. The situation is perfect and the views back to the Sorrento peninsula are stupendous. We arrived after a nerve-jangling drive from Naples airport with torrential rain all the way and were immediately soothed by Angela and her staff who took our luggage up the villa block and, having allowed us time for a shower and change, rustled up a splendid lunch in the breakfast area.

It is the most relaxing place with beautiful gardens, a fine pool (and bar), easy access to the wonderful little town of Santa Maria di Castellabate, easy access to the beach and comfortable and stylish accommodation (great views from the balcony). The first night there was a Cilento buffet for a party staying at the hotel so we joined in with that, while for the other evenings found two perfect restaurants under the walls of the Palazzo facing the beach.

It is an ideal base for exploring the area or an equally ideal place for just chilling out. The only drawback would be for those with limited mobility. The grounds are on several levels with steps or uneven gravel paths. Should you wish to keep contact with world outside there is wifi in the reception area. I preferred just to forget the outside world! I cannot rate it too highly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank scottieLancashireUK
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Malmo, Sweden
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Palazzo Belmonte as part of our honeymoon. The setting was unique and classic chic and the service exceptional. By far the best martinis in Italy, rivalling Dukes in London thanks to Tofi.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Location is breath taking: the Cilento coast, just south of the Amalfi riviera. The village of Santa Maria di Castellabate is a charming, untarnished and untouched example of past times Italy... where the grand tours of English nobility would stop for a taste of southern Italy.
The Hotel is not really a hotel so do not expect hotel level service: no room service and the restaurant is not always available in the evening which is not a minus point since there are plenty of options within 5 minutes walking distance in the village.
This is the (inhabited) palace of Angleo Granito-Pignatelli, prince of Belmonte. A 600 years old family who's lineage is recorded in Italian history books.
Many of the rooms are suites and even the smaller ones are ample and all are clean and functioning.
The property has extensive relaxing gardens, its own pool and its private strip of golden sandy beach, right in front of the pool.
Breakfast is not lavish but hand made dishes are of exquisite preparation.
If you are used to 5 star hotel service this is not for you.
But if you seek for a romantic or family with kids, perfect retreat in real Italian style, in a real castle, hosted by a real prince then you won't find anything similar anywhere in the world.

Room Tip: Chose a room overlooking the bay. It's more expensive but the sunset is worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tommaso_Japan
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

as refugees from a truly terrible hotel in Castellabate, we found this gem and stayed here for 3 days in October, when the place was empty but the weather still warm and beautiful (out of season prices!) Had a day on the beautiful wide sandy beach, which either side of the Palazzo's private part does need attention as to cleanliness etc.
Our rooms were really nice, spacious and comfortable, including massages arranged with very good and competent masseuse. Loved the ancient atmosphere of the place, the lush, spacious gardens and had some really good food sitting outside on the terrace, with wonderful service provided by Tofiq, who was apparently persuaded to change to the Palazzo after 17 years at Boodles of St. James's.
Niggle, though: breakfast not up to scratch - too basic.
Planning to go again next autumn!

Room Tip: Suites are well worth the extra in terms of space, comfort etc
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Honolulu
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111 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

Five couples enjoyed three glorious days at the Palazzo. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more accomodating. They arranged several side trips for us to the Buffala Mozzarella Factory and Pasteum which were fascinating . Elegant and delicious dinners on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranian were wonderful. The rooms are lovely, comfortable and spacious most with beautiful views overlooking the sparkling sea. It is not inexpensive but well worth the value.Breakfasts were plentiful and you can order an espresso or cappucino from the staff even though they have a coffee pot out for those who only like American coffee. Because it is a buffet the croissants can cool but there is a toasting oven where you can heat them up. All in all we had a wonderful experience at Palazzo Belmonte and they are people who frequent five star hotels regularly.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lynn273
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Sussex by the sea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

We went to the Pallazzo Belmonte as part of a group of some 65 people for a "Passion for Puccini" event organised by Noble Caledonia.
The singing was performed on three nights, in the courtyard of the palace, which provided a brilliant setting for the performances.
On the first night, after the performance, we all descended on the restaurant at once, which clearly overburdened the system and dinner was a near disaster. It is good to report, that this did not happen again and the problem was immediately resolved. The restaurant, which is al fresco, underneath large sun umbrellas, is a very pleasant place to be and worked well. During the week we were there, it never rained and the temperature was a constant 25 to 30c.
The menu offered a choice of three dishes for each course, which is fine for me, I like menus like this, it gives one confidence that the food is freshly prepared and cooked. We were presented with the menu at breakfast and asked to indicate our preference for dinner, which some people may find a bit strange for an hotel of this calibre but I have no problem with this. In brief, I enjoyed my dinners at the Pallazzo.
The wine list was rather short, mainly local wines, I tried many of them and whilst not great, they were perfectly acceptable.
Breakfast was served under cover in the pool area, continental style with a wide choice but nothing hot.
Rooms, I cannot comment on the rooms in the Palazzo itself as I didn't see them. We opted for a room in one of the two villas in the garden. The room was of a generous size, good bathroom and had a very nice balcony. By peering through the trees, we were just able to see the sunset over the sea. This was a pity, because if the trees had not been allowed to grow so large, the view would have been magnificent. As this is part of a national park, perhaps there is a problem in cutting the trees back, however, they need it.
There are some gorgeous beaches around but don't get excited about the Palazzo's own bit. It's OK but that's it.
Very helpful service from Angela at the front desk and from Tofi, the head waiter, who had previously worked at Boodles in Pall Mall.
I gave up on the wi-fi and used my i-phone instead.
The Prince, an elegant Italian gentleman, was usually in evidence. He was very happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have (he did not impose, as suggested by a previous reviewer). We had one of our Opera evenings at his "other" palace at Punta Licosa, about 5ks down the coast, where he was the perfect host.
The gardens, quite extensive, informal English style, took me a day to find my way around and at night you need a torch (provided beside your bed) to find your way back to your room after dinner. Not really recommended for anyone with physical disabilities, lots of steps.
To sum up, if you are expecting an all bells and whistles modern hotel this is probably not for you.If you want to enjoy a part of Italian history in an ancient building, tastefully restored to a high standard where you are welcomed as a guest, then go there. We did and we had a lovely week!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Sussexsailor
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Property: Palazzo Belmonte
Address: Via Senatore Manente Comunale, 22, 84048 Santa Maria di Castellabate, Castellabate, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Salerno > Castellabate > Santa Maria di Castellabate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Santa Maria di Castellabate
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Maria di Castellabate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palazzo Belmonte 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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