Previous reviews seem a little harsh and as a result we were not expecting much. The Hotel has been recently refurbished and our room was nicely decorated with air conditioning full ensuite and a working safe you can program your own code into which was handy, and we had a terrace with table and chairs overlooking the front. It is not a 4 star hotel, more like a good 2 star. We arrived to find one person on reception who was courteous and pleasant. We had our two sons with us and had asked for one twin bedded room. We were given two double rooms as the booker for our holiday hadn't passed the request on, but the situation was rectified the next day. True, to one side in front of the Hotel the view is of the Naval Dockyard at Castelmarre di Stabia but a few degrees to the left and you have a fine view of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. There are trees growing up which in time will partly mask the dockyard. It is a little bizarre that the the Hotel does advertise a pizzaria, Bracceria and a Restaraunt, and there is a fully furnished Dining room with views over the Bay of Naples and a Grand Piano, but we saw no staff serving in there and no one eating there. We never saw where the Pizzaria or Braceria might have been. We had already decided that we would not eat much at the hotel even if it had been available because of expense, so treating the place as a fancy self catering venue or just a place to sleep we weren't too disappointed. There are a couple of pizza places to eat a 15 minute walk up the road with nice views over the town and bay or a short drive into Castelmarre and there are some sea view Restaraunts on the Promeanade of the slightly down at heel town. The Hotel has a nicely decked out bar area outside and partly undercover and we did get a drink there one evening but it seems you have to get reception to serve you and it is not regularly staffed, which is a shame. There was no other noise from guests and we began to think we were the only ones there but in the morning we saw other guests at a perfectly adequate included continental breakfast with cereal, Yogurts, Croissant, Cheese and Ham, jams and Honey, coffee, tea and Fruit juice. True there was no kettle in the room and it does front onto the main road to Sorrento but we were weren't too bothered about that given that it actually was one of the cheaper Hotel options we searched in the area. The cleaning was to a high standard everyday. You definately need a car and there is a free car park attached to the Hotel. Other guests also with cars can mean that it fills quickly but the night porter twice offered to mind our car when we had to park on the pavement.and moved it into an available space overnight. The Hotel is in a convenient location on the main road for all locations in the Bay of Naples Area. We, having accepted all the slight faults, had a perfectly good time during the week we stayed there and if you are not too demanding in what to expect then it is a perfectly acceptable place to base yourself.
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