Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Villa Cimbrone

Via Santa Chiara 26, Ravello, Campania, 84010, Italy

Suspended over the azure sea and set amid legendary rose-filled gardens, this Gothic-style castle was once home to Lord Grimthorpe and a hideaway for Greta Garbo; since the 1990s, it's been an exclusive if pricey visitors haven, with guest rooms ranging from palatial to cozy. Though small, the Peony Room is a favorite, as it's the only one in the castle with its own terrace overlooking the bay. A newer wing has a bevy of options with sea and pool views. Furniture, artworks, and vintage art books that belonged to the lord's daughter still grace the enchanting sitting room and 19th-century Music Room. Gourmet restaurant Il Flauto di Pan is well regarded.

PROS

  • gorgeous pool and views
  • surrounded by beautiful gardens
  • top-rated restaurant

CONS

  • a longish hike from town center (porters can help with luggage)
  • daily arrival of respectful day-trippers
  • special place comes at a price

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
RomanticViews
Sophisticated
Countryside
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 089-857459

HOTEL DETAILS

19 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Apr.

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