My husband and I stayed at the Albergo Ristorante Garden for three nights in July. Ana was fantastic. The view from our balcony was simply breathtaking. Also, the location of this "hotel," if you are visiting Ravello, cannot be beat. It is steps away from the heart of this delightful and indescribably charming village, including Cumpa Cosimo restaurant, which canNOT be missed if visiting the area. So that was spectacular. The staff is friendly (when they are around): we even sat and watched one of the final matches of the soccer world cup with them, and the restaurant serves delicious food. The ravioli in lemon sauce, spectacular, as was a filet of beef with arugula dish.
Now, this is a restaurant that happens to rent out a few rooms during the summer months. It is really, absolutely, not a hotel in any true sense, and potential guests should know this. The towels are just slightly larger cloth dish towels, which I had not seen in Europe in years. The room and bathroom were definitely on the musty side. Breakfast was the smallest we saw in all of the five medium-priced hotels we stayed in in Italy on this particular trip. And as a fellow reviewer said, the coffee was very sad, and it was the only poor-tasting coffee I had in all of Italy. Also, the staff is very rarely present/available for guest needs. They really are running a restaurant in the evenings, period, and tend to forget that there is a "hotel" component to their business. So that was disappointing.
Ravello is a breathtaking town, and the location of this "hotel," again, would be very difficult to beat. So for the money, it was alright and we didn't have many bones to pick during our actual stay. However, we were certainly not impressed either. They mean well, but are just not actively invested in making this a worthwhile hotel.
Also, please do not rely on the Sita bus system for moving around the Amalfi coast (Amalfi, Sorrento, etc.); it was totally unreliable and a significant problem when planning day trips from Ravello. Perhaps day trips from Ravello was a mistake in our planning ... only go to Ravello if you intend to spend your time there, THERE, and it is certainly worth it! :) Just a warning re: Sita buses. Happy travels ... !
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- Also Known As:
- Ristorante Garden Hotel
- Ristorante Garden Ravello