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Villa Cimbrone Hotel
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
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Los Angeles, California
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“heaven on earth”
Reviewed 1 May 2012

while staying in Ravello's Palazzo Palumbo on our way back from la Puglia, we read something about villa cimbrone's gardens. the next day, we go for a walk through Ravello's charming streets and see the sign for Villa Cimbrone. it is 8 am when we ring the bell of the villa and ask the receptionist whether we can have breakfast there. next thing you know is that after entering the "world" of Villa Cimbrone we change our return flight and stay an extra two days in this magical place. the gardens are breathtaking, the views unbelievable, the staff extremely professional and sooooo kind, the breakfasts, lunch, latte, dinners and all are divine, the rooms are very spacious with impeccable views and all have an old world charm we loved. every morning at 7 am i would be walking with our daughter in the park of the villa and breath in all the beauty of the environment. the peace and quietness of this villa is worth every word. 19 rooms makes it very special too. we will definitely go back.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Just going to breakfast in this hotel will make you a believer. The setting is stunning, views looking out to a vast expanse of ocean and coastline, past the private gardens, served with immense kindness and sensitivity by Enzo and Tanya, on the hotel's own china and silver, fresh squeezed orange juice that conjures the fragrance of orange blossoms, homemade yogurt with special sauces of raspberries, homemade berry jam. I have a gluten allergy, and the chef made me baskets of the most exquisite pastries with chocolate, almond marzipan, chopped tomatoes. The service is impeccable, every single person, the food is stunning, beautiful and marvelous to the palate. The management at the front office, from Lidia, to Lucia, Antonina, among others, incredibly kind and helpful, sharp and sophisticated, in appearance lovely, knowledgeable, simply great. You make a vigorous walk to the Hotel Villa Cimbrone, and it is like a fairy tale when you arrive. The gardens are vast, really, with gorgeous arbors, statuary, views. To dine in the evening is to taste a bit of heaven, in fact, the whole experience is one that transports you to a heavenly world at every turn, exquisite sitting rooms throughout, beautiful swimming pool, great gym, gorgeous dining room, comfortable, beautiful hotel room, this is an incomparable experience. I am a new travel agent, and I will not hesitate to book anyone into this hotel. It is a marvel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We spent the week of April 12th at Villa Cimbrone and found it truly extraordinary. The location is indeed fantastic, the staff is pleasant and happy to be of service. Oustanding cuisine.
Since a major portion of Villa grounds are open to non hotel guests, I can imagine that in high season, the traffic could be of concern, but in April, it was definitely not an issue. There are other 5 star hotels in Ravello but none with Cimbrone`s atmosphere and unique location, views and grounds.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

Ravello and Villa Cimbrone are must-see destinations. The views are stunning throughout the town with the best view of the Amalfi coast from Villa Cimbrone. The staff at Villa Cimbrone could not have been friendlier or more helpful. The hotel itself is quite impressive and well decorated. The hotel website will provide you with a very accurate depiction of the hotel and grounds. The food served at its restaurant is world class, and it too is served with a fabulous view of the coast. Our room was quite comfortable, but most impressive was its balcony with stunning views of the coast, the pool and gardens, the town, and an intriguing medival courtyard. Villa Cimbrone is located on the edge of town, about a 10 minute walk from the main square. The walk is most mostly uphill but virtually each step on the narrow stone pathways is filled with unbelievable picturesque views. Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Outrageously expensive for what it is. There are 11 better hotels in Ravello according to Tripadvisor, I would say it comes closer to 21...

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

So its just amazing .. the location is incredible, the gardens are stunning, its not too big, the food is Michelin star standard [and such good value] the service is impeccable, the strawberry bellinis are amazing .. so whats the catch ... every night we were there there was a wedding in the hotel.. underneath our rooms .. although they ended quite early it became annoying after the 3rd night listening to their discos taking place at full blast when you would like a little quiet romance of our own!.... The hotel probably only has about 10-12 rooms .. and while we stayed an Australian family including two toddlers basically took over everything.. more a complaint about them than the hotel ... they kids cried [as kids do], and their grandmother was ordered her kids the staff around loudly and basically treated the pool area and the hotel as if it was her's .. the hotel didn't intervene [we complained and got yet another lovely strawberry bellini!] but it was really unfair to staff .. I'm all for families on holidays .. but really all guests should have an equally good time regardless of the party size ...

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Forest City, North Carolina
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

We spent our last night of an Italy vacation at Villa Cimbrone. After 3 days in Rome and two on Capri, Ravello was a welcome quiet spot. Arrival at the hotel involves a walk from the town square, but luggage is picked up by a golf cart, so the walk wasn't unpleasant and some of the views were spectacular.

The property itself is exactly what we expected. It is NOT a shiny, modern hotel. It is an old building with a ton of character, but those expecting the same level of amenities as a Ritz or Waldorf Astoria may be disappointed. But if you're looking for something different and luxurious in it's simplicity this is a great place. The gardens are beautiful and the view from the Infinity Terrace is nothing less than breathtaking.

Our room was comfortable, though a bathtub wold have been nice instead of just a shower. The view from the room was incredible though and the bed was very comfortable. Everyone we met, from checkin, to the bars, to the pool to the restaurant were very friendly and helpful. The pool is a highlight of the property and dinner at the restaurant was one of the best meals I've ever experienced.

The only real 'bad' experience was the huge centipede in the shower, but a rolled up magazine soon convinced it to be less alive, so all was well.

We wont hesitate to stay at Villa Cimbrone when we are on the Amalfi Coast again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Cimbrone Hotel
Address: Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010, Ravello, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Ravello
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ravello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Cimbrone Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Villa Cimbrone, 12th century villa, is in the beautiful hill town of Ravello, situated about the extraordinarily scenic Amalfi Coast. Nestled within a magnificent park overlooking the sea, the Hotel is a 10 minutes walk from the town’s centre over stone paved walkways that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding country side. Ample space and exclusive services are reserved for the discerning guests of just nineteen rooms.The amazing swimming pool overlooking the mountains and seaside, as well as, the fitness centre with high-tech cardiovascular trails and free internet access.Inside the gardens, a private helipad is the exclusive point of departure for an unique experience to overfly the spectacular Amalfi coast. ... more   less 
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