We stayed at Villa Giuseppina in mid-May and really enjoyed our week here. We did have a slightly bumpy start when we discovered on arrival at 10pm that our room wasn't available due to an overbooking, and our first night would have to be spent at La Margherita - just up the road. After a long day's travelling this was about the last thing we needed to hear, but Annamaria at La Margherita made amends by giving us a free dinner (despite the fact the kitchen had just closed) and our room there was perfectly comfortable. So we moved up to Villa Giuseppina the following day and our holiday properly began. The hotel is in a beautiful setting (the pool terrace looks out over an ever-changing view of the mountains and Ravello - stunning) and the staff are genuinely lovely - from the ladies who served breakfast to the reception and bar staff (especially Cecilia and Carla), and of course the urbane Patron Vincenzo. There is a small bar that serves a simple lunchtime menu, and we did prevail upon them a couple of times in the evening to feed us which they obligingly did. Scala itself, although very pretty and typically Italian, is quite small and has limited evening eating options available if you are on foot, (Il Pinguino was good for pizza/pasta and we ate some good Panini at La Campagnana) but Ravello is a 20 minute walk with a better choice of restaurants and there are regular buses to Amalfi. One evening we bought ham, olives, cheese, bread and fruit from the local Alimentari and ate it on our balcony, washed down with a bottle of the local Sammarco wine, which was very drinkable. The room itself was small but had everything we needed, with the welcome addition of a fridge - great for keeping your Peroni cold. So, downsides? Our shower was broken so it wouldn't stay on the wall, which was annoying but not insurmountable. Secondly, La Giuseppina is popular with wedding parties - three bookending our week there. In itself this isn't really an issue - everyone was very pleasant - but at times it felt that the wedding group dominated. Finally, it would also have been nice to have the free wifi work in the bar as well (it is limited to the reception/pool terrace area) but that really is a very small thing! In summary, lovely, helpful staff, a beautiful spot and somewhere I would happily go back to - there's nothing like sitting in the bar as the sun goes down with an Aperol Spritz!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly built, with every modern comfort, the Hotel "La Margherita - Villa Giuseppina" is situated in Scala the heart of the Amalfi Coast, between Amalfi and Ravello.Open the whole year round. All rooms with private shower and balcony. Central heating. Large terraces for sunbathing. Swimming pool and solarium. Family management. Very reasonable prices. Excellent cooking. Own parking ground. us connections during the day. The hotel is situated in a prticulary quiet position, away from the traffic noise. It is the right place for a perfect stay and relaxing holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Margherita Villa Giuseppina Hotel Scala
- La Margherita Villa Giuseppina Scala, Italy - Amalfi Coast