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Villa Maria Hotel
Ranked #10 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 January 2011

Hey guys David Rocco here. I get lots of e-mails asking for recommendations on hotels in Italy so I thought I would post something here too. I have used Villa Maria many times as a location on my show David Rocco's Dolce Vita and have featured recipes from their restaurant in my cookbook. Villa Maria is an absolute MUST if you're going to Ravello as their rooms are gorgeous and have some of the best views in Ravello. The staff is very helpful and welcoming and the food is great. If you're just passing through Ravello definitely stop in for lunch or dinner on their terrace, their food is unmatched in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

This is our 5th summmer to breath taking Ravello & although we initially stayed at The Caruso (on our 1st trip to Ravello), we found by accident this quaint little hotel on the other side one day & decided to try it the following year after the owner (Vincenzo Palumbo) graciously gave us a private tour of his rooms (very clean & charming) & facilities as well as the pool at his other hotel (Hotel Giordano). We were so impressed that my finacee (at the time & now my wife :) ) & I decided to plan our wedding at Villa Eva (also part of Villa Maria). I am a self professed "hotel snob" (& clean freak....lol) & can tell you that for the value there is no comparison. You will recieve beyond your expecations here. Of course you cannot compare "apples to apples" (or lemons to lemons.....lol...the fruit of Ravello) as The Caruso & Villa Maria are two very distinctive & different hotels BUT I can tell you that I have had no problems with our decison in staying at Villa Maria (as opposed to The Caruso, also an amazing hotel), as saving money (much different price points but dont let that fool you.....just like a great bottle wine doesnt mean you have to buy a known brand name.....its Italy & there are many pleasant surprises......Villa Maria is one of those surprises) was never the issue but the money we saved means we can stay longer, especially now that we are a family of 4 (two kids). The charm, the service, the food (amazing, even if you do not stay here, go to Villa Maria's Restaurant when u r in Ravello & you will keep going back.....I gurantee it). Regardless if you are a couple (as we were) or a family (as we are now), you WILL NOT be disappointed. I cannot say enough about Villa Maria & its other facilities, as we have experienced it all (as a couple, a wedding & now as a family) & Villa Maria is now like our summer home & its owner & staff is like our second family. I dont want to sound like a advert for Villa Maria but take it from an experienced (and somewhat snobby traveller), you will be pleasantly surprised!!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

We have recently returned from our wedding in Italy and have only just come down from cloud 9!
We got married in the Duomo, in the main Square of Ravello and had the reception at Villa Eva, which is owned and managed by Villa Maria. Our wedding planner organised everything, but as you can imagine, we did not know what to expect on arrival. Villa Eva, and Villa Maria exceeded our expectations. Tina, the events planner from Villa Maria went through every fine detail of our day, it was so incredibly organised, we could not fault anything. They were so kind and attentive throughout our stay , and our reception was outstanding. The venue (villa Eva) is simply amazing, the views are breath taking (worth the walk up the stairs from the main square) the service was impeccable and the food, sensational! It is a day we and our guests will never forget, as it was simply a once in a life time experience. Our guests are still talking about it, comparing the wedding day to a fairy tale or something out of a film! It was simply perfect.
We stayed at Villa Maria before and after the wedding. The staff were so attentive prior to the wedding day, pressing bridesmaids dresses, wedding dresses and suits. We met the owner of the hotel, and his son, who were incredibly friendly, attentive and welcoming. We ate at Villa Maria for breakfast, and dinner, and it was incredible. The atmosphere was wonderful. We would recommend anyone to visit Maria, for a stay, drinks or dinner as it is a wonderful place. If you are thinking about getting married in Ravello, then Villa Eva will not disappoint! We cannot say enough about how fabulous it was!
Our wedding was organised by Rosa, from Weddings made in Italy- and all credit goes to her, as she was so incredible and we would have not had such a perfect day without her planning and knowledge of weddings!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

Dreamlike terrace restaurant and beautiful rooms. We were looking for a quiet place away from busy city life and choosing Ravello and Villa Maria was the best we could have made. The small village's center is accessible by foot (not more than 5 minutes).

Villa Maria is a family owned hotel and you feel that. The lovely staff is very helpful and really interested that you are comfortable in any moment of your stay. Beautiful view overlooking the sea, great breakfast outside, relax at the pool and in the evening dinner on the beautiful terrace. I can only highly recommend Villa Maria if you just want to relay and get out of the everyday trouble, for a romantic stay with your partner or - even more - for honeymoon (saw a lot of couples in love ;-).

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2010

We had our wedding reception at Villa Maria, and it was an asolute fairytale!!
Everything about this venue was just magical and from the moment we set foot in there we felt like royality. The staff were so friendly and helpful and went completley out of their way to make sure we had everything we could possibly need.
The views from this venue are just spectacular and the food sublime!
During the planning of the wedding the lady I dealt with Tina, was amazing and helped me so much, she was also there on the wedding day and was equally amazing.
Once we arrived in Ravello we had to choose wine for the wedding and were greeted by the head waiter who went through everything with us, giving us a free cheese board and dessert to go with our wine tasting!!!!!
All of our guests did nothing but compliment everything.
We also stayed at the hotel on our weddng night and were brought breakfast in the morning to have on our terrace.
There is also an amazing breakfast buffet served....wow!
I really could not recommend this venue enough for everything but especially a wedding, they really made our day perfect!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

My new husband and I caught wind of Villa Maria from the show David Rocco's Dolce Vita on the Cooking Channel and decided to go there for our honeymoon - it was everything I imagined! It was exactly like the show and they really did treat us like family! The view of the vista was gorgeous, the food and service were incredible. It was one of the most romantic places I have ever been - HIGHLY recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

Our stay here was completely relaxing with superb food served in the terrace restaurant. Although our room was not in the main house, and required climbing and descending sets of steps and stairs, it was well worth the effort. The room was delightful with a beautiful terrace overlooking the valley and sea.
The staff were lovely and very helpful with any arrangements we requested.
This is a venue for a quiet stay as it is located away from the centre of the town and yet is accessable by foot to the centre.
The pool and beauty salon is situated about five minutes away at a sister hotel.
Highly recommended

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Maria Hotel

Address: Via Santa Chiara 2, 84010, Ravello, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ravello
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
#10 Family Hotel in Ravello
Price Range: £123 - £338 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Maria Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the historic centre between the Clarisse nunnery and S. Francis Convent, in a restful aristocratic area so much as to be chosen, the only hotel in the area, by the French guide-book "Relais du Silence" as an oasis of peace and by the Italian "Charme e Relax" as Ravello's pearl. Villa Maria assures his guests in addition to maximum tranquillity also the most services including the parking of nearby Hotel Giordano (of the same property) where it is possible to park for free the car and take advantage of free luggage handling and of the swimming pool (parking and swimming pool situated at the sister HOtel Giordano, approx. 5 Minutes walking distance). Rich and interesting is the history of this villa which was roman noble Marquis de Cinque family's manor, an history which blends with Ravello's and the Amalfi Coast's. The structure, while preserving the elegant forms of a lordly mansion, in the years has undergone noteworthy redecorations which have fashioned its actual splendour. ... more   less 
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