Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy
A 17-room upscale hotel in the heart of Ravello, the Hotel Palumbo Palazzo Confalone is housed in a 12th-century former monastery with all the splendor -- and age -- of a historic building. It has spectacular ocean views at every turn and an excellent location near the town’s main square. The lobby is striking and light-filled, with gorgeous terra-cotta tile floors and a high white vaulted ceiling. Fine artwork abounds, and the ocean-view gardens are lovely. Rooms, which are in both the historical building and in modern Casa Polumbo, on the same property, range from rather plain and unimpressive to truly superlative. The hotel oozes charm and history but lacks some amenities one would expect at this price point, such as a pool. For more amenities, consider the nearby Palazzo Avino.