We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Heaven”
Review of Villa San Michele

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Villa San Michele
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Ravello
Certificate of Excellence
dorset
Level Contributor
17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Heaven”
Reviewed 14 June 2009

We needed a very relaxing break with fantastic food and a variety of things to do. We were away from our two very small children for just one week and it was our first holiday in 5 years. This is exactly what we wanted. Our room was clean and comfortable with a balcony and a terrace looking over the sea. We were half board apart from two nights during which we went to a restaurant recommended by Nicola which was fantastic in the nearby town of Atrani. On the other nights we ate at the hotel and the food started off average, and finished being very good. It seemed to get better each night. The pasta starter was generally the best coarse, and the pudding not very exciting but by that time we were so full it didn't matter. The wine was absolutely delicious and the staff very friendly, professional and helpful. Breakfast was simply bread and croissants and I did miss fruit, yoghurt or something healthy but all I needed to do was pop up to the shop opposite the hotel where I could get these things and there was a fridge in our room we could keep things in. Also we got wine and wonderfully fresh olives at the shop before dinner. We'd sit at a table looking over the sea surrounded by flowers and lemons.

Having got a picnic of mozzarella and parma ham ciabatta rolls from the shop, we hired a boat for a day and loved it so much that we did it again for a half day, despite the euro being a nightmare at the time. The boat was delivered to the hotel. It felt luxurious, decadent and such fun. We drove the boat to Capri, not our cup of tea on the island but going around it was beautiful. We stopped in Positano where we got the taxi boat from our boat to the town which was 10 euro there and back inclusive which we thought was very expensive but it is the same price whether there for an hour or a day. Positano was lively and pretty with fantastic shopping. Going back to the hotel was a wonderful very peaceful hideaway, like escaping to our own little bit of luxury away from the crowds.

We swam in the sea and snorkelled (watch out for jelly fish - my husband got stung on our first night!), sunbathed, explored Amalfi and Atrani, both a walk away and took the car we hired up to Ravello which is beautiful, particulary Villa Crimbone which is a must.

We enjoyed the freedom having a car gave us and explored all over the Amalfi Coast. Our conclusion: we had picked the best spot!

Apart from being able to hear fellow guests walking around and shutting doors, we have nothing negative to say. Even the noise of the guests never was that bad because there are only 12 rooms and it is not the kind of place you go for a big party.

We arrived home well rested, well fed and wanting to go back one day definitely. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank DorsetVicky
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

627 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    514
    91
    11
    4
    7
See reviews for
91
419
14
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (80)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Wolfville, Canada
Level Contributor
29 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2009

We booked the VSM many months ago when I fell in love with it on Trip advisor. They accommodated our request to book for 4 days (in high season they prefer 6 days +) When we arrived, tired and hot from our journey, our reservation was not on the books. After a view of the emails, it was discovered that the final confirmation had never been sent and therefore was not recorded in the book and our room had been booked by someone else! I was almost in tears! Well, Nicola to the rescue. He quickly told us not to worry and that he had several different options available to us. I won't go into too many details but the final decision was to spend the first night in their sister hotel (only 150m down the road) free of charge and then spend the remaining three nights in a vacation apartment rental next door with access to facilities at both hotels for the entire stay. We were quite satisfied with the arrangement to say the least.

The sister hotel (Sparragio?) is very beautiful and similar to the VSM built into the cliffs below the road. It has a swimming pool and a swimming platform. There was no restaurant so we went out for dinner to a lovely little spot around the corner. They comped all of our mini-bar items. Our room had a large private balcony over-looking the sea. It was so gorgeous. The rooms were huge!

The vacation rental is a full condo. It had a kitchen with laundry facilities, a dining area, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a large balcony overlooking the sea. We enjoyed our stay there very much.

For dinner the remaining three nights we ate at VSM and had lovely dinners prepared by Nicola's wife.

The swimming at VSM is superb and I spent far too many hours lying by the water burning to a crisp.

There is a small bar/store across the steet from VSM that sells great snacks and bus tickets so that you can go up the hill to Ravello or to any of the other beautiful towns along the sea coast.

If I ever have the opportunity to go back to Italy I will definitely stay at Villa San Michele again!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank NovaScotiaAnniero
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
worcestershire
Level Contributor
19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2009

The location is stunning - terraces down the cliff-face, vertically above the sea - and the steps will get you fit, if nothing else ! The bedrooms are cool and comfortable, simply furnished but with plenty of storage space. Balconies give lovely views over the bay; there is also a terrace with flowers and lemon trees, and steps to a sun-deck right down at sea-level. Nicola and his staff are exceptionally welcoming and helpful; the dining-room is friendly and relaxed, with a choice of freshly-prepared , home-cooked dishes using local ingredients, and Nicola will advise on a choice of good, reasonably-priced local wines.
The hotel is by a bus-stop, with services around the coast and inland, but the town of Amalfi is within easy walking distance, from where you can catch regular boat services to Positano, Sorrento, etc - recommended. The main coast road (which everyone warns you against) is actually of a pretty good standard, but is twisty and can be VERY busy -probably not the place for your first experience of Italian driving . . . However, if you do take a car (we did), you can easily drive across to the sites at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum within a couple of hours. We managed to find parking space at or by the hotel every day.
Villa san Michele is not big and glossy; there isn't a beach and there aren't lots of leisure facilities immediately nearby; there are LOTS of steps (and no lift), so you need to be reasonably mobile. But if you want genuine Italian food and hospitality in a spectacular setting, this is a lovely place for a holiday.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank PandaWorcestershire
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Vancouver, BC
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2009

There were alot of great things about this place: the location, the beautiful private patio in each room, the gardens patios, the swimdeck/boat dock, and most of all the beautiful dinner that is included in your board. The onwers are very happy to assist you with any special arrangements for tours, transportation etc during your stay and in that regard were a godsend. But it was absolutely less than ideal for a family. We brought along our 2 year old daughter with us on this trip. Though dinner was beautiful at the hotel, the restaurant does not open for dinner until 7:30. By the time we got our food, our daughter had fallen asleep on her chair most nights. The nights she hadn't yet fallen asleep, they never offered her a single crumb to eat. Even when I specifically asked for some gelato for her, it mysteriously didn't show up, and another night I asked for an extra peice of cake for her, he only brought 2 and asked if I 'still wanted a 3rd'. She might as well have been a lap dog because they patted her on the head and then didn't feed her a thing. Not even offer her a drink!! We would certainly have payed extra to have our daughter fed, but instead we had to make do with going into town and buying her some cold snacks we kept in the mini-bar fridge, and obviously portioning off our dinners to ensure she was fed. Also, the hotel is litterally built into the cliffside, so the property is over a dozen flights of stairs from top to bottom - so if you have bad knees or any condition that would prevent you from doing several flights of stairs several times a day, this isn't the location for you.

The rooms were actually quite charming, and though it would have been nice if they swept our pation once or twice, the rooms and bathrooms were well maintained. We ate and drank from the minibar for 4 days and when we got the bill, by our calculations, they charged us exactly what they would have paid for each item at the store. Excellent value for your dollar overall.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Booboomama
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
amalfi, Owner at Villa San Michele, responded to this review, 30 May 2009
Dear Madame,

I write this e-mail to thank you and to clarify some things.



I’m really glad of most of the words you’ve written about us and I can say that I miss the point about something. I accept your critic words and I will try to get better, but I also want to remind you that I’ve a family that for me comes before anything else.



My personal life philosophy puts children and old people above all the others and, life is strange, in these days we’ve, in the same room where you stayed, a couple with a 18 months old baby. The parents ask day by day a different menu for their child and we fulfil their wishes every day.

This can happen as they talked to us about this particular need.

I’m very sorry you use such words to describe the situation, it was never in our intention to create something like this.

Unfortunately, I don’t remember you let me know you had particular necessities, therefore I thought that, as most of the families with very young children, you had your meals to feed your baby at the most appropriated time.

I would like to remember you that, beyond me and my colleagues, in the kitchen there is also my wife who is miles away far from being insensible as she's a mother as well.

Plus, if you just pointed this to us, we could open the restaurant at least 20/30 minutes in advance.

I think it can be useful to know that I’ve the celiac disease and I’m very close to this kind of matters.

In our restaurant we feed also people with particular alimentary intolerance and it’s testified by some reviews.

The key point in this history, in my humble opinion, is to let the management know about specific situations.



I still remember the way you and your husband enjoyed the atmosphere, the chat with the other guests and our way of working with the smile always on.



I really apologize for the situation you’ve been through, but it’s a relief to read that your stay has been good anyway.



Best wishes,

Nicola Dipino
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 May 2009

I travelled to Italy with two friends and our first stop was the Villa San Michele. We were not disappointed in our choice of hotels. The staff were absolutely wonderful and it was not an effort for them to greet us with a smile and a wave every time we saw them. They were all so warm and welcoming and we were sad to leave our beautiful little villa on the Amalfi Coast.
Thank you so much for making my first trip to Italy such a wonderful experience.
Linda Lorrain, Ontario, Canada

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Gnomekeeperl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Shasta
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2009

Over the past 24 years we have tryed to visit Europe every year and missed few! We spent 3 weeks in Italy this past Sept/Oct., Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Ravello & Tuscany. Rick Steves, Trip Advisor & Frommers our guides. We enjoyed Ravello as much as the Cinque Terre, and would rate it 3rd behind Venice, Belliago. The food is Rome was expensive and bland, if you go eat only at the family run "locals". Capri on this trip amazing....But then came Ravello and Villa San Michele. Dinner was a bargain, and the food home made, we ate here all 3 nights! The Tabaccoist across the street is perfect for a quick sandwich; made fresh $3.00, espresso $.85 and fresh fruit, drinks or gin/tonic $2.00. Views from room #4 (our rm) Superb. The bus stop up town (Ravello), across the street.
When you go be sure to eat at the Terrace Restaurant right at the bus stop athe the top of the hill in Ravello, excellent food, view, price. I simply cannot say enough about Emiliano and Nicola, they let me leave my rental car in their car park for 3 days while we back tracked by bus( I hated driving the coastal road in the rental car) to Positano, liked this place far better! No charge by staff for 3 days! They may not do it for everyone-but they went out of their way for us. Note: they also apologized for not serving lunch because their own chief-a family member had died the week earlier, we learned this at check-out. Read "Crocandbeard's review-and you might get an understanding of what they were going through at the time of her pregnant visit, bad timing on both parts! You can travel the world over and we have, Hawaii, Bora Bora, Newport Beach/ Balboa, Napa Valley and Manka's in Marin, All in all, this place is sheer magical! If you miss Villa Cimbrone Gardens shame on you. For the money you can't beat it!! The photo's posted by others capture some of the beauty found here. We''ll be Back!!-The Davis'

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank NewportDino74
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
New York City
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2009

Nicola was a wonderful host during our 4 night stay. First 2 nights we had a cute room with a balcony overlooking the sea. Unfortunately, the 2nd 2 nights we had to stay in a nice room without a balcony. Supposedly, when I booked in February, the villa was already almost filled for June! Despite that, there are beautiful views from the various terraces on which the villa "hangs" overlooking the Mediterranean. Both rooms were very clean and the villa in general is kept well.

Nicola's wife and her staff prepare wonderful dinners. We had breakfast and dined at the villa with the other guests, but enjoyed long lunches in surrounding towns (I recommend Amalfi). Dinners were served with wine and the cocktails were also available. I particularly enjoyed the desserts.

Picturesque views everywhere. There are steps to walk down from the terraces to the water where you can swim. You can also sunbathe on the terraces.

The guests were all very friendly, but respectful of privacy.

Wireless Internet was available only in the office at the entrance, where it was a bit spotty as well.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank wannabenomad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Ravello
0.4 mi away
Ravello Art Hotel Marmorata, BW Premier Collection
0.9 mi away
Palazzo Avino
Palazzo Avino
#1 of 21 in Ravello
721 reviews
0.9 mi away
Belmond Hotel Caruso
Belmond Hotel Caruso
#3 of 21 in Ravello
726 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.0 mi away
Hotel Parsifal Antico Convento del 1288
1.2 mi away
Santa Caterina Hotel
Santa Caterina Hotel
#1 of 29 in Amalfi
972 reviews
0.6 mi away
Villa Maria Hotel
Villa Maria Hotel
#7 of 21 in Ravello
424 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Villa San Michele? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Villa San Michele

Property: Villa San Michele
Address: Via Carusiello 2, 84010, Ravello, Italy
Phone Number:
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:
#2 Family Hotel in Ravello
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ravello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA, HRS and Evoline ltd so you can book your Villa San Michele reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Villa San Michele Hotel Ravello
Hotel San Michele
San Michele Hotel

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing