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“Charming hotel in fantastic location” 5 of 5 stars
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Aequa Hotel
Via Filangieri 46/48, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy   |  
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Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Vico Equense
Leeds
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Charming hotel in fantastic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

This is a really lovely family owned hotel in a wonderful location between Naples and Sorrento, a short walk from the railway station. We were part of a group doing a classical sites tour and so were out every day but the hotel was wonderful to come back to. Be sure to make sure you get a room at the back as the view across the bay to Vesuvius is amazing, and it's nice to see the pool and lovely gardens too; and it's probably quieter. We were there in May and the pool wasn't opened at first but they opened it during the week and it was very refreshing. The service was excellent with lovely waiters. The room was fine and serviceable but not exciting, but there was so much else in this hotel's favour. Vico Equense is also a very nice untouristy place which is well worth exploring.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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South Wales UK
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

What a nice clean, happy and central hotel.
Rooms are being updated but still retain their charm.
Would recommend to anyone wanting a quiet stay in a town that has excellent transport links to Naples and Sorrento

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

The Aequa Hotel is in an ideal situation in Vico Equense, being a short walk to the train and bus station, close to shops and restaurants. There is a great ice cream parlour just the other side of the town square open late into the night, great for an after dinner extravagance! The reataurant next door is good for local specialities, and there are other choices nearby. We did book a taxi one night but thought that 15euros each way was a bit expensive for a short ride. The staff in the hotel all speak excellent english and can tell you all about the local area. They are extremely helpful. The room was adequate with a good firm bed. The bathroom is basic with very thin towels. However the balcony was to die for with its view over the bay of Naples to Vesuvius. We had a table and chairs and two sun loungers. We had a free safe in the wardrobe, and TV with english news channels. Breakfast is good with plenty of fruit, yoghurts and croissants, but poor orange juice. Cooked food is also available. The swimming pool is wonderful with free comfortable sunbeds, but closes between 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. We did not try the local beaches as they seemed expensive when we had a good pool at the hotel. I would not recommend this town for anyone with small children who perhaps prefer a sandy beach.
This hotel does suit adults who enjoy walking, italian food and mixing with the locals.
If we ever return to this area this is where we would stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire, England
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

We were part of a group visiting archaeological sites in the area - would definitely recommend that. We had a double and a single room and then changed one of these part way through, so can report with some insight!

Very good points:

The view from some rooms and the main terrace is across the bay to Vesuvius. It is a tremendous view. Our group had a small get together with wine and nibbles on the terrace and it was a very pleasant gathering place.

The staff were all exceptional - mines of information, kind, helpful, thoughtful, multi-lingual, etc etc.

It is well located - good, local restaurants and some shops close by. The Vico Equense Circumvesuviana train station, connecting Sorrento to Naples on this line - change in Naples for more options, is just 5 minutes walk away.

The pool area was well appointed and the gardens very pleasant.

Not so good:

Our first double room, (third floor), was a bit worn but the bathroom had been updated and the view was good. It was quite small and the bed was a bit firm but it was fine. There was a balcony outside - though just a grille between rooms so not at all private.

Our single room was thick with cigar smoke. Leaving the window open helped but then it would fill up again each evening. Perhaps the end of the air conditioning run? Whoever thinks it is OK to smoke cigars in a hotel room needs educating but so does a hotel who pumps it around other rooms. The bathroom did not look appetising so our single occupant came to our double room instead. A fellow group member said they had changed (single) rooms twice before finding one that suited.

We had to move rooms during the week - plumbing problems which just happen sometimes so couldn't blame hotel for that. Our new room was on the 2nd floor. It was better appointed and bigger. However, the bed was extraordinarily uncomfortable. We prefer firm to soft but this was rock solid.

Breakfast was a bit of a crisis area for us. If you got the croissants before they dried out in the warming cabinet, they were good. The rest of it was not brilliant. The orange juice didn't seem to have had any brush with the fruit - the many citrus trees in the garden probably cringe at the association.

Perhaps tour groups get the shabbiest rooms - would make sense in one way but return trips by individual members of the group then become unlikely.

It must also sometimes be a bit disheartening providing breakfast - another group seemed to hoover up the contents into napkins and then bags to provide cheapskate lunch too. Fruit was taken out by the armful and we even saw the aforementioned "orange juice" being brought over in cups and poured into a used water bottle.

This hotel just has so much potential - no doubt the constant tour groups provide enough to keep it going, though the tough negotiation on rates may result in the view that is OK to not refurbish or provide and it becomes a the way of doing things. The public rooms are good and you can see that private events are done well.

It could just be so much better - and we'd pay for it. However, when we return on our own, we'll go to Sorrento instead.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guernsey, Channel Islands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

We recently booked our wedding reception at this lovely hotel in Vico Equense through www.naplesvillas.co.uk. If you are looking for old world charm with attentive staff and a beautiful backdrop then this is the place for you! We married at the Villa di Fondi in Piano di Sorrento and then had our meal here afterwards. Everything about the venue was perfect from the staff to the backdrop to the food! The staff bent over backwards to make us feel special on our big day and as for the food...well we had never seen so much! There were 10 of us and it could have easily fed 20! It was very well presented and very tasty and was very good value for money. The rooms although not modern, had a certain charm to them and each room seemed to have a lovely view of the Bay and of Mount Vesuvius! We fell in love with Sorrento and will definitely be returning to the hotel and the area.

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridgeshire
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99 reviews 99 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

Any hotel that is used by Page and Moy and Bare Bones Andante can be assumed to offer value for money and a good experience. This is not a smart modern tower, in fact it is somewhat "lived in" and old fashioned, but the heavy furniture in the large reception area is just right. The rooms are quite small but have everything needed and are clean. The beds are comfortable. Many rooms have balconies with tables and chairs. The toiletries are meagre and the towels the thin variety often found in Italy. Our stay was just after a spell of bad weather so the air conditioning was off and central heating on. As the temperature never fell much below 20c we had to sleep with the window open. The area is very noisy with barking dogs and someone sorting bottles most nights long after midnight! Added to this is the fact that the main road round Vico Equense is currently closed and all traffic to Sorrento has to pass the hotel. Despite all this we enjoyed our stay and can recommend this hotel. It is a popular venue for weddings when floral decorations line the entrance and the function room is swathed in white. The outside patio/garden with flowering plants climbing over the pergola
is a lovely setting for pre dinner drinks.
There is plenty of choice at breakfast, both hot and cold and also cereals and yoghurt and fresh fruit. We did not eat in at night but some groups did and non residents also came in.
The reception staff all spoke good English and were friendly and helpful. They would advise on restaurants, organise taxis, help with public transport etc.

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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South Wales UK
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2009

First stayed here in Sept 2008 when my son got married and the reception was held at the hotel. Decided to return here in May 2009, on both visits we had an excellent time – the staff couldn’t do enough for us. Vico Equense is very central for sightseeing and the hotel is very close to the station and bus routes.
Only wish I was sitting at one of the bars on the square now, or on the hotel terrace overlooking the bay with Vesuvius in the distance. Will certainly be going back.
I would recommend the wedding service that the hotel provides.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Filangieri 46/48, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Vico Equense
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Vico Equense
#3 Family Hotel in Vico Equense
#6 Romantic Hotel in Vico Equense
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aequa Hotel in Vico Equense (Naples) is situated in the enchanting bay of Naples, the very heart of one of the most attractive areas of Italy. There are 60 rooms and 4 family rooms all with air-conditioning, telephones and TVs. Rooms have views of the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius and the islands of Procida and Ischia, so guests can take full advantage of the stunning location throughout their stay. There is a range of public and private beaches only 5 minutes walk away and the hotel's garden and pool provide a relaxing alternative. ... more   less 
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