This hotel was perfect for our long weekend in Sorrento. Not a modern, faceless hotel, instead one with character, a hint of grandeur, beautiful gardens and a good location. Our room was spotless and very spacious, as was the bathroom. You could just about see the Bay from our room, if you craned your head around the balcony.
We visited in November, and it was a little quiet as we were out of season for the Amalfi, but that didn't really spoil our trip. The staff there are very professional and clearly about their guests.
Sorrento itself is lovely and the perfect gateway to explore the Amalfi coastline, or get a ferry and nip over to Capri or the other islands. You can buy tickets for all ferries down near the marina. We used to walk there, but you can catch the local 'train' (more of a fun ride taxi, no tracks involved!) that will take you down the hill.
The narrow cobbled streets are lined with a variety of stores and bars. You'll find everything you need, and a nice selection of tourist nicknacks to take home as gifts for family.
Using local transport was easy - we hopped on the train, catching it from Sorrento to visit Pompeii.
Food wise - some great restaurants and some nice restaurants which you'll find on the beaten tourist track. Just wander down a few of the side streets and you'll soon find some eateries worthy of a second visit.
Travelling to and from Naples - definitely catch the ferry/cat. Our flights arrived too late for either and we had to taxi it there - 100 euros the worse off. But you learn! Naples itself...our experience was not great, very busy, rubbish on the streets, graffiti covering all vertical surfaces; this was our memory as we walked to the national museum primarily to view the artifacts kept there from Pompeii.
We'd love to go back and explore more of the coast line in season, and perhaps we'll stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This elegant and refined superior four-star hotel in the heart of the city of Sorrento is situated on a cliff top above the sea, overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, and set within a large, historic park with an assortment of exotic plants, marvellous camellias and orange and lemon trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Grand Hotel Royal Sorrento