We have been to Amalfi many times and this was our second stay at the Hotel Villa San Michele. It was a relaxing 6 day visit – absorbing the spectacular views of the sea, mesmerized by the ever-changing light, watching fishermen in the distance hauling in their nets at sunrise, and waving at the occasional tour boat passing by. The amazing location of the hotel perched on the side of a cliff below the winding coastal road offers such views from all the rooms. The cliffside location does make for lots of steps to climb past the beautifully landscaped terraces to the rooms below. However, in addition to great exercise, this also ensures complete privacy and quiet from the traffic noise far above. Also, the friendly hotel staff will gladly help carry the luggage to and from your room.
We began each morning with a typical Italian breakfast of fresh-baked rolls and pastries, caffé-latte and freshly squeezed orange juice. The hotel's half-pension plan freed us to be out and about all day before returning to the hotel for the wonderful dinners that awaited us there. The three-course menu was different each day, and each meal was a delight – typical local dishes lovingly prepared with a traditional simplicity featuring the natural flavors of the day's fresh ingredients. After all, that is why one GOES to Italy, no?
We left our car with Nicola when we arrived, who kindly stowed it in their nearby parking garage for us. Parking otherwise is extremely difficult and driving hair-raising anyway on the Amalfi Coast, so we were glad not to have to worry about the car during our stay. Instead, with the bus stop directly across the street and a multi-day pass in our pocket, it was easy to take the bus everywhere. Also, the town of Amalfi is only 15-20 min. away on foot (depending on how many picture stops you take), a walk that takes you past the sleepy fishing village of Atrani, nicely isolated from the tourist hubbub of Amalfi.
We love the Amalfi Coast and, with the attentive services from Nicola, Rosa, Emiliano, Leopoldo and the rest of the friendly staff, we feel that Hotel Villa San Michele is the perfect base from which to enjoy its scenic splendors and cultural offerings.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa San Michele Hotel Ravello
- Hotel San Michele
- San Michele Hotel