The Hotel Bristol was outstanding!
Stellar location in a lovely city allowing you to explore the Amalfi Coast.
Our ocean-view room with a balcony was wonderful. Crisp, modern, clean and amply sized. And the view - sigh - the view was just breathtaking! We were greated by a bottle of wine and fresh fruit and just drank in the view.
If possible, request one of the rooms with a balcony located on the 8th floor...The drawback is that you do not get sun on the balcony during the day, the upside is that it's far removed from what I can imagine would be a potentially noisy road located below. Either way, a balcony is a must!The pool and the lovely sundeck offered ample space for relaxing and sun. Beautiful gardens featuring century-old olive trees, fig trees and flowers with paths winding up the hillside were ideal for stealing away with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Great housekeeping staff, front desk (Salvatore) and restaurant (Massimo) were just the best during our stay in Italy. And the hotel is a virtual museum - artwork throughout the hotel makes passing a raining moring easy! Be sure to check out the salon (bar) and the cigar room is just a little hidden treat. Some amazing inlaid wood artwork there. The painting of the Sirens on the 6th floor is amazing. Walk up the flight of stairs from the dining room to see it!
Breakfast, which is included in your stay, was AMAZING! A huge selection of pasteries, fruit, yogurt, breads, along with hot options including eggs (your way) bacon, sausage, hasbrowns and roasted potatoes (and tomatoes - yum) were available each morning. Dinner, however, was featured some overly complicated combinations - roasted duck with orange sauce and gorgonzola... too many flavors for my palette. And the portions were huge. Ask to share if ordering ala carte.
Sorrento is just an ideal location. Beautiful views, plenty of comfortable shopping, lovely ports and accesss to cruising to Capri or along the Coast, and even light rail to travel to Pompei, Vesuvius or the whole way to Naples for the truly adventurous. English is spoken well throughout the city and the people are charming and very welcoming to visitors.
General tips for Americans planning a trip to Italy.
Service at dinner is slow. Get over it! This is a culture that cherishes breaking bread and sharing relaxing meals. So, RELAX.
If youre brave, take the bus. Not my cup of tea, but I'm certain bus riders would feel right at home. If you're not as brave, take the train. The train from Sorrento was well signed and easy to use. Although I did get my international drivers license ($15 at AAA) there is NO WAY I would ever rent a car. Treacherously narrow roads, hairpin turns, centerlines that are merely a suggestion, scooters darting in and out, and a serious lack parking... save your money and invest in a great pair of walking shoes. I recommend Merrell. Lightweight and comfortable.
If you are thinking about it - do it!
This hotel, this city, go to Italy now. Don't wait. It's a workout, go now. Enjoy it.
Buy bottles of wine at one of the convenience stores in downtown (A 2.50 euro bottle of chianti was awesome!).
Learn a little bit of the language - the effort is appreciated.
Shop in the alleys - get off the main street. It's fun! and there are lots of great restaurants.
Don't buy a tour in downtown, go to the marina to buy your tickets. Less than half the cost!
8th floor if you want a room with a balcony.
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