Have just returned from 6 nights at the Hotel Riviera where we stayed on a B&B basis. From the moment we arrived I knew we had made a good decision. The hotel is charming, elegant and serene and I was so dissapointed when we had to leave. The whole place a lovely feel to it.
The entrance is a beautiful well kept garden with a sloping path to the reception (most of the other hotels on the walk into town are set right on the road - amasciatori, royal, europa etc). The reception is bright, airy and spotlessly clean. The staff are very efficient and helpful.
Our room (204) was tastefully decorated - white and pale green - making it bright and airy. The whole hotel has the same motive running through and it's this attention to detail that I notice!! We booked a partial sea view and I was expecting to overlook gardens with a limited side view of the sea. However, we faced the bay and the only limitation to the view was because we were set back in the U-bend of the hotel - ie we couldn't see the entire bay and vesuvius. The room was comfortable with plenty of storage space - my partner commented is was on the small side but seemed a fairly standard hotel room to me. The bathroom was a little tired but shower was great and it was always spotlessly clean.
Breakfast was lovely. Staff happy to help. Very good coffee and a great selection of breads, preserves, pastries, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, ham, cheeses etc. The breakfast room is quite stunning. The view is amazing. Again, a real calm serenity about the place.
The pool area was great - thankfully we had wonderful weather during our stay. Bit cheeky that you have to pay for sunbeds (5 euro a day) but then this is normal in Italy. You do also have the option of using the free deck chairs. Again staff are only too happy to help. Area was always clean and tidy.
We had lunch at the hotel several times and always thoroughly enjoyed this. Simple fresh food was served and the service was always great. I read on another review of the hotel that glasses of wine weren't available - they were if you asked! Again the snack bar has a great setting overlooking the bay so you are surrounded by stunning views (and maybe even a cruise ship or two!)
The bar is a wonderful place to sit in the evening and watch the sun set - inside or out.
All in all we had a fantastic stay. It's a peaceful setting with a slow 10 minute walk into the Piazza Tasso. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Hotel Riviera. I would love to return soon. Perhaps next time we wouldn't pay the extra for the partial sea view as you are surrounded by stunning views at the pool, in the bar and in the restaurant and we spent very little time in our room.
I didn't find the hotel expensive. I would say it was similiar to the prices in the town and in Rome (where we had travelled from). Yes you can find bars where drinks prices are cheaper but you won't get the views or the comfort that you have at the riviera. I always say "you get what you pay for"!
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Grand Hotel Riviera Sorrento
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a few short steps from the centre of Sorrento, the hotel enjoys a splendid position overlooking the sea and with a panorama of the entire Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.The warm welcome reserved for our guests and the professionalism of our staff make the Riviera a first class hotel, where you can enjoy a vacation in which our hospitality takes care of your every comfort. The hotel offers an American bar, Restaurant, Swimming pool, Solarium, Garden, Private beach and wide panoramic terraces set on various levels from which to enjoy the beauty of the Sorrento Coast.All areas of the hotel have centralised air conditioning and heating. Wi-Fi access is completely free. ... more less
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