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Best hidden gem on Amalfi coast

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 May 2007
We have been staying in this hotel for 3 nights in April/May 2007 and this is certainly the best hotel on the Amalfi coast. We got a large room with nice furniture and a large private terrace facing the ocean where we had breakfast. The service was friendly and excellent. There is also a very good restaurant which could get one or two stars on the Michelin guide (far better than in San Pietreo di Positano hotel where we had a dinner).
The four courses degustation menu at 45 euro is unbeatable in Europe (we are used to travel and visit top restaurants in Europe). This restaurant, which just open a few months ago is for the moment not mentioned in Italian restaurant guides, rush there before the price change!
You can also enjoy the gorgeous gardens of the Villa, closed to the public after 8 PM.
To get to the hotel, you need to park the car in the village car park and walk 10 minutes but the place is worth the walk.

Note for Tripadvisor :
This hotel was for years a bed and breakfast and two years ago and after a complete renovation it became a 5 five stars hotel. It should not be anymore in Trip advisor “speciality lodging” category but in “hotels” category.

Date of stay: May 2007
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2007

Incredible!!! My family (all 16 of us, including 8 kids) rented the whole hotel out and it was amazing. What a beautiful setting soaked in history and coastal beauty. The gardens are serene and gorgeous. The service was excellent. The breakfast on the terrace overlooking the whole Amalfi coast was unforgettable. I can't wait to go back. Be warned that you have to climb about 100 steps to get to the hotel. I loved the exercise (even 7 months pregnant)...it was quite manageable.

Date of stay: April 2007
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Reviewed 11 September 2006

I also decided to stay here for four nights, during my honeymoon - and I have to say that for all its good points, the Villa Cimbrone also has a few disappointments. I'll list both and let you make your own mind up!

First of all, good points: the Villa itself is stunning and the gardens are beyond belief. People who are not staying at the hotel pay 5 euros to walk round them, but they close at 8pm and after that only residents can use them. They are stunning, really. The pool area is also great - a huge pool with beautiful views and a very friendly man looking after the pool and the guests there. Ravello itself is also a very quiet and beautiful place to spend a few days.

The slightly less good points - I think the one thing which made this hotel not perfect for me is that they are not big on luxury or comfort. I like those things, and especially when I am paying a lot of money. The beds are really quite hard and the bathrooms are very old fashioned - ours did not even have a shower at all. Now I know that this is an old villa and they probably don't want to spoil things by putting in modern bathrooms and things but there were no luxurious touches at all - cheap toiletries, no big plump pillows, tiny TVs and that sort of thing. And a comfy bed is important anywhere surely? Our room was also v noisy on the basis that all the corridors are tiled and therefore you can hear everyone walking past all the time ... but hey. Breakfast was not a lavish buffet like in some places but a mean affair, with everything having to be ordered (and paid for).

Overall, I did love being at the Villa Cimbrone and was willing to put up with the downsides because of its beautiful location. However if you want a relaxing luxury break this may not be the place for you.

Date of stay: August 2006
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20  Thank Holly29
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Reviewed 6 September 2006

It is hard to articulate how spectacular our visit to Villa Cimbrone was. We stayed at Villa Cimbrone 3 nights of our 10 night Italy vacation. It was definitely the highlight of our trip. The property is absolutely exquisite and beautiful. I've stayed at many 5-star hotels and what makes this one so unique is the timelessness of the property, amazing grounds, size (just 19 rooms), architecture and of course the fantastic views. Our room had a large balcony overlooking the pool and sea on one side and mountains on the other. Breakfast, which is included, was very nice and in a lovely setting. The service was great, too. Lydia was very helpful as we organized our trip -- there was a real warmth in the whole place. I recommend staying here and checking out the larger 5-star hotels in Ravello for a cocktail, but definitely stay at the Villa Cimbrone.

Date of stay: August 2006
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Reviewed 8 August 2006

We stayed at the Villa Cimbrone during our honeymoon June 2005. It was truly amazing! We has the Greta Garbo Suite which was the largest room we have ever stayed in with the most gorgeous handpainted tiled floors and bathroom walls.

One of the best parts about staying at this villa is the private use of the expansive gardens at night. It is open to the public all day and all yours at night! We must of taken 200 photos of the walkway to infiniti and the statues at the end of the walk overlooking the most incredible view of the sea.

If you are not able to stay at the villa, you must still go to the gardens during the day!

You MUST eat at Campo Cusimo in the town of Ravello, we ate there 3 meals in 2 days!! We heard of it from our taxi driver.

All in all the best vacation ever!

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Reviewed 3 July 2006

I have just returned from one of the best holidays of my life staying at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. The setting is absolutely stunning in the large gardens and with an incredible view from the Infinity terrace which could just as easily be called the Vertigo terrace. The hotel is first class and the pool wonderful. The only fault we could find was the restraunt, though the food was excellent it did not really cater for younger children and the staff seemed a bit tense. However there are many other excellent places to eat near by that are more child friendly. Ravello is lovely being mainly pedestrian with small winding streets, very tranquil with a very peaceful atmosphere. It is not really suitable for anyone not good on their feet as the only way to may places is to walk, much of it uphill or up steps. Ravello is the jewel in the crown of a very beautiful area of the world and I would recommend it to anyone wanting good food, good wine and beautiful scenery in a very romantic setting, though do not expect to do it on the cheap, quality comes at a price.

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