This is the real deal—the only great hotel left in Ravello that's still a monument to the Grand Tour sensibility that first put the town on the map. Legendarily old-fashioned (originally a 12th-century palazzo), the Palumbo has long welcomed visiting somebodies: Wagner, who composed on the piano in the lobby; Bogart, filming Beat the Devil; a young Jack and Jackie Kennedy; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, whose relationship blossomed while filming a scene (later deleted) from Mr. & Mrs. Smith here. Ancient marble columns, mosaic-tile floors, and museum-quality antiques create an elegant ambience, and innovative Continental cuisine is served in the gloriously gilded Confalone restaurant.
Nov 12, 2007
We have just finished spending 4 nights at the hotel in November 2007. Genteel decay is one thing , actually allowing a hotel to go completely to seed is another. Facilities are decrepit , room rates are exorbitant for what you get. The almost entirely Sri Lankan (!!!) staff speaks no English .Most of the furniture is falling apart, water stains on ceilings are everywhere & our room had cockroaches !! Internet WiFi access requires you to sit within
5 feet of the front reception or else there is no signal. TV's in the rooms have no English channels at all . This place needs a complete makeover & some money spent on decor , furniture & facilities. Avoid !!!