Having visited Ravello on 2 occasions in 1998/99 we had always planned to return and our aim was to stay at the Bonadies. I can only assume that once allocated 4 star status, they just let standards plummet. The rooms are so basic, the public areas are dirty and there seems to be no care or attention paid to any of the problems that are so evident to guests. The hotel owners obviously rely on long term returning Italian guests who seem quite satisfied with the low standards. The only saving grace for this hotel is the team of staff on Reception, housekeeping and the wonderful dining room staff who make guests feel so welcome. Marcelo the maitre di runs an excellent dining room team and is wasted in such a shoddy establishment. The food service is excellent but the food is poor.
if you don't mind tatty chairs in the dining room, dirty cloths on the tables at breakfast time, and overloaded ashtrays on the tables at the front of the hotel, again with grubby tablecloths, then this is the place for you.
They don't deserve 4 star status and need to seriously consider refurbishment in many parts of the hotel. It may well have been a place of grandeur some 50 years ago but alas no longer, and nobody seems to care.
We paid extra for a room with front sea view and it was so basic, bordering on primitive. We didn't expect such low standards in a hotel with such a good reputation. The room was situated just 10 foot or so above the main road and the traffic noise made sleep impossible.
All in all, Ravello itself has certainly lost its allure and, considering visitors have to pay a local tax per night per star of the hotel, perhaps the community should think more about cleaning up the streets. Even in the bars in the Piazza Duomo it was impossible to find a table with a clean tablecloth. The bar owners must assume that visitors have no expectations of good standards. We have in the past recommended Ravello to many people but will not be doing so in future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1880 Hotel Bonadies has been providing wonderful hospitality in Ravello, one of the most panoramic spots of the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy comfortable rooms, a warm welcoming and good food. Hotel Bonadies offers an outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi area, where you can enjoy the beautiful sea view. The establishment also offers Shiatsu and relaxing massages. All rooms are elegant and refined. Different types of rooms are available, and each with a different, yet amazing view of the sea or the mountains. The real treat while at Hotel Bonadies is the exquisite food. Many couples choose this hotel to get married in in style. All dishes are prepared only with the freshest ingredients and following traditional Mediterranean and regional recipes. Most ingredients and products come from the establishment's La Rotonda gardens, open for visits. During this visit you will be able to pick the precious Limoni Sfusati (a local variety of lemons) used in many of the hotel's menus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bonadies Hotel Ravello