Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Palumbo

Via San Giovanni del Toro 16, Ravello, Campania, 84010, Italy

Editor's Note: This location is reported to be under new ownership and therefore this review may contain inaccuracies.

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; and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. 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.

PROS

  • impossibly romantic throwback
  • wonderful coastal retreat
  • incredible Bay of Salerno views

CONS

  • no on-site pool
  • breakfast lacks Campanian feeling of abundance
  • some find style very dated

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
RomanticViews
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 089-857244

HOTEL DETAILS

17 rooms

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