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.
- gorgeous pool and views
- surrounded by beautiful gardens
- top-rated restaurant
- a longish hike from town center (porters can help with luggage)
- daily arrival of respectful day-trippers
- special place comes at a price
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Apr.
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