Our room was on the second floor at the front. As the Corsa Italia is one of the resort's main streets, I thought that the room may have been noisy bit I needn't have worried. The double glazed doors kept out all but the loudest of noises. The balcony was small but even in October we managed to sit out in the evening without feeling too cold. The room was quite small but kept spotlessly clean by the staff. The air conditioning worked well and was exceptionally quiet too. Breakfast was very good - plenty of fresh bread, croissant,s and Italian specialities. Proper fresh coffee and fruit juice would have improved it however. The reception staff were always friendly and cheerful. Overall I would put this hotel on my "good value" list for short breaks.
The reason for our trip was to see Pompeii, Vesuvius and Herculanium. All are reached very easily and cheaply by train (5 minutes to the station, E3.80 return). Pompeii is a vast site but a little disappointing as it has just about been stripped bare of statues etc. that we were told had been moved to a museum in Naples. We took a mini bus from Ercolanium station to Vesuvius (E16 including entry fee ). It was a stiff, dusty walk to the summit with 3 or 4 stops to regain our breath. Walking around the rim as far as was allowed with stops to look at the views took about 40 minutes and then 25 minutes back to the car park again. Decided to go to Naples (1 hour 15 mins) to look at the exhibits from Pompeii etc. I had heard that Naples was dirty and dangerous. Although we never felt in danger, it was certainly dirty with rubbish blown everywhere on the wind. The city was also choked with traffic and its fumes. Bedlam would be an apt description. The museum lacked imagination in the way it displayed its collection and one of the major rooms was virtually empty (although they were setting up a (visiting) collection at the time.
The hotel did not have it's own restaurant, so we ate out every night.. We tried a restaurant on the main square and another further down the road that was made attractive by being like a garden on the inside. Both were less good value and the food was no better quality than the Leone Rosso (Red Lion) close to the station which served some of the best pasta I have eaten.
Overall good hotel, well located for what we wanted. Sorrento was good for a short break but after a week I think you would be bored and ready to go home.
- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Sorrento
- Sorrento City Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A jewel in the heart of Sorrento, Sorrento City Hotel is a boutique hotel a short walk to Piazza Tasso: a living room to live the harmony of Sorrento Peninsula hospitality; a hotel, completely refurbished, which was the first Maison Meublè built in 50’s, where you can spend days of pure wonder. Style and elegance, prime quality of service and discretion make this hotel a symbol of Sorrento Peninsula hospitality. ... more less
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