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“Paradise”
Review of Villa San Michele

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Villa San Michele
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Great views, good food, and nice weather are the perfect setting for a great vacation. But the interaction with the people may make it go beyond great. This review is about the people running Villa San Michele. Nicola, the owner and manager, said to us when we arrived: "You have arrived in Paradise, now you can relax", and set us all in the right mood for our vacation. No request, however big or small, was a problem for him. Emiliano refused to be tipped for carrying our luggage, although it was over a 100 steps from the reception to the room; he gave us good recommendations for nearby restaurants and economic parking locations. Antonio, the restaurant waiter, remembered by heart the specific breakfast requests of each of us already from the second breakfast ("chocolate per la signorina"...), and was always kind and pleasant to start the day with. They all contributed to a perfect holiday in the Costiera Amalfitana.
Besides that, Villa San Michele is perfectly located in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, a short driving distance from Maiori and Minori and walking distance to Atrani and Amalfi. Dinner at the Restaurant (served from April 10) offered a fixed menu with high-end dishes, and was changing each day based on the "fish of the day" that Nicola found in the fishermen stores, so it was always a surprise.
Bottom line: rewarding, relaxing, and enjoyable!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

From the incredibly warm staff to the breathtaking scenery, gorgeous rooms and great location make San Michele the best spot to stay along the coast. It's location between Maiori, Minori and Atrani, Amalfi makes it perfect for a stroll down to the next town. The bus stop across the street is perfect for hopping on a bus to Ravello, and the alimentari is handy for a quick caffe and some snacks. We can't wait to travel back and stay with Emiliano, Nicola & everyone working at the villa. Mille mille grazie San Michele!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

One of the most beautiful and quirky hotels I have ever stayed at - with an incredible friendly welcoming staff at all times. You need a little stamina to cope with the steps up and down the lovely cliff side terraces between rooms, restaurant and reception - but every stop for a rest has such a lovely view that this is no problem. Our room had a big balcony overlooking the sea, and the 'view from the loo' was as stunning, with a big window in our bathroom as well. Food choices were interesting, local, and limited to two for each course (maybe the time of year?). The shrimp risotto was our favourite. My only criticism (which would not stop me from returning) was the rather plain breakfasts (croissants, rolls, cereal, yoghurt). Having said that, every item was good quality and tasty. And as base for exploring the Amalfi coast, it was fantastic. I km pleasant walk to Amalfi, from where boats took us to Sorrento, Salerno, Positano. and the delights of Ravello, 1200 feet above, were only a bus trip or exciting climb of 1000+ steps through Italian countryside away.
Don't be put off by seeing it is on the main coast road. As others have said, when you drop down to the terraces, rooms etc you cannot hear a thing!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

My husband and I stayed here for two nights as part of a whirlwind tour of Italy. It was the perfect spot from which to relax for a couple of days before heading off to Rome. The location is absolutely spectacular. We didn't want to leave our balcony which overlooked the crystal blue sea. As the spring season was just gearing up there was quite a bit of maintenance happening but I can't hold that against them as we were there at the tale end of the low season. Our room was a tad shabby around the edges but for the price, it had everything we could have needed and included a delicious breakfast in a stunning dining room. The staff was also super helpful and accommodating, lugging our massive and heavy bags up and down the (MANY) steps to and from our rooms and making wonderful meal suggestions. We'd absolutely stay there again.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms have a balcony, but if not, make sure you get one that does. The view is what...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

My cousin and I made this our home base for the Amalfi Coast part of our trip in May 2013. This was one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in, and by far, had the best food of any hotel ever. We didn't want to leave. It was ideally located on the coast highway, just up the road from Amalfi on the way to Ravello. There is a bus stop right across the street, but most days we chose to walk the 15-20 mins or so into Amalfi. They served a three course dinner every night. The menu was always different and always delicious. Because they had two options for each course, we stopped having them tell us the menu and just asked them to bring us one of each, so we could share. We were never disappointed. Our room had a balcony with a gorgeous view (of course it was gorgeous, it's the Amalfi coast) and the staff and owners were lovely, warm, and welcoming. It was truly a magical place. Leaving was the hardest part of our trip.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

This is truly our favourite hotel in Italy. We try to get there whenever we can usually with some friends. Nicolas, Rosa and all their staff really make us so welcome and Rosa's cooking is just wonderful. We will keep coming back to tis gem of a hotel whenever possible

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Margot A
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We spent 5 days here during a trip to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The hotel rooms were very comfortable, clean and with spectacular views out to sea. The family went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. Food was terrific with simple, local dishes and plenty of seafood.
We were very sad to leave, which says everything about the place and the hosts. The terraces and gardens were all beautifully presented and all the staff were consistently pleasant. We would go back in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: All the rooms have a wonderful view but those with a balcony add a very nice touch.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tuck C
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Address: Via Carusiello 2, 84010, Ravello, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Ravello
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ravello
#2 Family Hotel in Ravello
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
Price Range: £110 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa San Michele 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa San Michele on Amalfi Coast is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing holiday relishing the sea the sun and the views of the Amalfi Coast. A charming refuge from which the most attractive towns such as Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento can be easily reached. The hotel built upon the rocks is in perfect harmony with nature situated in beautiful garden from here to the sea takes only a moment following a private route. The air and the eyes are filled with the fragrances and colours of the lemons and bouganville creating the right atmosphere for a romantic stay. ... more   less 
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