Ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.0 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
3.7 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Hertfordshire,UK
Self catering apartments with stunning viewsPosted Jul 5, 2014
Pros: The views , the swimming pool and the fact that the staff left you alone to enjoy your stay.
Cons: Nothing I can think of
Location: Amalfi is about 20 minute walk, very busy town with lots of shops and restaurants.
Villa Rosa is made up of 9 self catering apartments built into the side of the mountain. We were in apartment 5 which had stunning views down to the small town of Atrani and the sea. The apartment was basic but spotlessly clean. We were met on arrival by the villa's agents (Paola) she was very friendly and very helpful as Mr Nicola the head gardener and the on site contact didn't speak a word of English. If you struggle walking this is not the holiday venue for you. There are approximately 300 steps of all shapes and sizes from the apartment to Atrani, walking down takes about 10 minutes, however the walk back is much longer and more difficult. There are buses from Atrani which I'm told will stop outside Villa Rosa. Tickets must be bought from the Tobacconist in Atrani, you cannot pay on the bus. We choose to walk and by the end of the week our legs were accustomed to the walk. If you are a light sleeper then I would advise ear plugs, the church bells ring on the hour and then every 15 minutes throughout the day and night. There are also a few local cockerels that start crowing about 4am and go on for a few hours.
by Robbo from UK
PicoloPosted Aug 5, 2013
Pros: Clean and comfy bed
Cons: Lack of space in the apartment
Location: Great in terms of views but 500 steps to Atrani and a 15 minute uphill walk to the shops on narrow road with no pavement
We were disappointed with the size of our apartment as there was no seating and the terrace was overgrown, small and completely shaded all day. It was clean and the bed was large and comfortable, and the pool area was lovely (apart from the sun loungers which kept collapsing!) but we felt completely let down by the lack of space for relaxing, i.e. a comfortable chair to sit on - which I think you need in a self-catering apartment! The lack of space meant that we had to go out every night as there was nothing to do / nowhere to sit in the apartment. The shop is said to be 15 mins away but this is an uphill walk on the coast road and there are no pavements so be warned! The bus is easy and quick but these Villas are not for those that don't like to walk. Atrani is the nearest town and can be accessed down 500 steps so my advice would be to walk down and across to Amalfi, go to the shops there and get the bus back up the hill. We were in apartment 9 which is the smallest by a long way and there were others which looked lovely and some had amazing terraces so my advice would be to be careful which one you book. Also be warned the owner of the place does not speak one word of English which made checking in and out very difficult too - we had to resort to google translate in the end!
by A verified traveler
Italian ParadisePosted Jun 9, 2013
Residenze Villa Rosa took my breath away from the moment I arrived. Perched on a near cliff-face overlooking terraced lemon groves and the sea. In the afternoon you could hear goat bells chiming in harmony and the scent of jasmine drifts in through the windows from the beautifully kept gardens that surround the apartments. Now it's true, if you have any kind of mobility problem this probably isn't the place for you. On arrival you either have to negotiate a steep path down from the gate from the road (where a bus from Amalfi can drop you off), or up 300 steps from the village of Atrani, but it's totally worth the effort. Once you arrive you feel that you've left the tourists behind and you're seeing the real Italy. It's incredibly romantic. Amalfi is 20 mins walk away with its huge selection of restaurants, but Atrani has some great little family run places to eat which are more authentic and cheaper. I stayed in Room 5 which has a large studio room, a comfortable bed, a great little kitchen, spectacular views and the biggest private terrace that I've ever seen. To stock the kitchen I just walked 10 minutes up towards Ravello to the Spar supermarket, and then on the way home I was coming downhill with my shopping. My one word on warning would be that Franco (who is wonderful) who runs the place doesn't speak a word of English. Having an Italian phrasebook in hand for check-in will make your life a lot easier. Really cant recommend the place enough. Thanks Franco!