Need to know
43, 10 of which are suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $727.54 (€650), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.50 per person per night on check-out.
Room rates usually include a buffet breakfast.
The town holds an annual music and arts festival which runs for several months throughout the summer. It draws world-renowned musicians who perform a huge variety classical pieces; some of the recitals take place on an open-air stage in the gardens of Villa Rufolo.
The hotel is closed annually from the end of October to the end of March.
At the hotel
Stepped gardens, several terraced areas (including one on the roof), free WiFi throughout and laundry service. In rooms: desk, flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, air-conditioning, and free bottled water. Some rooms have terraces with sea views.
Our favourite rooms
With the hotel facing such a dramatic stretch of coastline, our favourite was always going to be a room with a sea view. For something indulgent, try a Junior Suite, which has three sets of double doors that open onto a balcony overlooking the Med. A Queen Double with Partial Sea View is smaller, but still gives you a slice of that postcard-perfect scene.
The 20-metre heated pool is in the tiered gardens, so it gets an excellent view of the sea and coastal hills. It’s ringed by a lawn on which sunloungers and pool furniture are arranged, and it’s family-friendly too: it’s supervised by a lifeguard between 9am and 7pm.
Located next to the pool under a vaulted ceiling, the spa has a historic setting but all the bells and whistles of a newer facility, including an indoor hydro pool, hammam steam bath, sauna, massage and treatment cabins, and a covered outdoor gym. The products used here are made specially for the hotel, and contain extracts of the fertile region’s fruits: Sorrento lemon, Annurca apple and Vesuvio apricot.
A notepad, just in case Ravello’s views bring on a flash of inspiration as they did for Wagner. Incidentally, DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Salvador Dali and Tennessee Williams were also drawn to the town at one time or another. Perhaps there’s something in the water…
All of the hotel’s common areas are wheelchair accessible, as is one of the Deluxe Suites.
Pets can stay for free, but mention that you’ll be travelling with one when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Amalfi coast.
Children of all ages welcome. Cots are free for under-twos. Extra beds are available on request (€120 a night in high season, €110 in low season), and can be added to all rooms except Queen Rooms. Babysitting is available for £15 an hour.