Stayed at the Grand Royal during the off-season, so I have to admit it’s quite possible we were among very few guests at the time – I don’t recall even seeing anyone else staying at the hotel! But having the place to ourselves only added to the charm of a hotel that I imagine is alive and brilliant in the summertime with the beautiful pool (too cold to use when we were there) and Jacuzzi. As it was, for us, we got an immaculate room with inlaid wood furnishings and a bathroom with a spacious Roman tub, and a peaceful private balcony. After spending nearly 24 hours in flights and trains, etc, to get there, this was the perfect place to finally rest our weary selves. The included great breakfast was brought directly to our rooms at no extra charge (I think in the high season there is a breakfast room). They also had absolutely delicious room service meals which that first exhausted night we took advantage of and actually considered it one of our best meals in Italy. Try the Carbonara. Location was ideal for exploring Sorrento and was just steps away from the Circumvesuviana train station (a somewhat icky, but very functional train ride through graffiti covered suburbs from Naples that really doesn’t start to look pretty until a stop or two before Sorrento, the end of the line). The customer service was good and everyone made us feel welcome. The only problem we experienced here was the fact that the first night we left our breakfast order on the door as instructed only to realize in the morning that no one had picked it up. But when we called and let them know the situation was quickly rectified and they brought our breakfast very shortly thereafter. Overall, this is one of the best hotels of its type that I’ve stayed at. Highly recommended.
- 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