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“Simply good” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Sporting
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Filangieri 127, Vico Equense, Italy   |  
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Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Vico Equense
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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94 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Simply good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I just returned from a tour of Italy with 30 friends, which included 5 nights at the Hotel Sporting. The last 3 nights our group were the only guests at the hotel. Dining room staff was composed of "Old Mike" (aka Mr. Blackwell due to his elegance) and "Young Mike," who also served as our friendly bartender. We left the HS with regrets as we had lovely service, rooms, views, and meals (breakfasts and evening meals) during our stay. Our travel agent told us while we were en route to Rome that HS staff wanted us to visit again!

I was able to see 3 seaside rooms and 3 'back of house' rooms, one of which was mine. All rooms were pleasantly and simply furnished with pretty, Euro-sized, ceramic tiled bathrooms. Yes, bathroom towels were skimpy but I've found this to be true at most Italian hotels so I'd brought a spare medium-sized towel from home. Euro hotels do not provide washcloths so I'd brought my own as well.

My room was large with a king-sized bed and could have accomodated a cot if needed. I checked my bed & room closely for bedbugs or other creatures (as I always do) and found none. My bathroom included a standup shower, large sink, bidet, and toilet. Shower pressure and temp were fine. Daily room housekeeping was well done, too.

Room Tip: Bring an extra towel. Ask for a seaside room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Good and beautiful location which is the only saving grace.
Bad room condition, broken shower door that was not fixed throughout the 4 night stay.
Very low water pressure and not hot enough for a normal shower.
Very thin towels not fit for showers.
Refrigerator not working.
No electrical outlet available in the room.
Broken light fixture in the balcony.
Poor Breakfast with poor service with mostly none fresh products.
Very bad value for the money and definitely not in par with 4 Star hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Hotel Sporting has definetely great location and great view from the balcony. However you should make sure that you will get the room with a big balcony with a view on a Monastery and Vesuvius, otherwise you will be completely disappointed.
The rooms are O.K., but nothing very fancy. The breakfast is good. The dinners are also good and are good value for money. The restaurant has a great view as well, however try to get to breakfast early in order to get the table on a balcony, otherwise you will have to sit at the boring restaurant , and not on a veranda.
The hotel has an elevator which goes through the mountain down to the beach, which is quite interesting.
Beach is good, they have a bar with some snacks and soft drinks.
My suggestion is if you are searching for a good and convenient base at Amalfi coast that can be your choice ( as Vico is located between Sorrento and Napoli), but if you want something more fancy, try to find a different hotel, but I cannot give a guarantee that a more luxury place will have such a magnificient and romantic view like there is from Hotel Sporting. Plus the staff at the reception is very friendly and ready to help. So, think...

Room Tip: Take the room with a balcony and the view on a sea and Vesuvius!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Flower53_10
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Buckingham, Pennsylvania
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Spent a week here as a base for exploring Naples area and Amalfi coast. Hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the sea, with a private beach and gorgeous view of Vesuvius and the bay. Desk is on 6th floor, at street level, guest rooms below. Very pretty hotel, but more a designer's idea of what a room should look like than one that functions well. Large room with comfortable beds but poorly laid out, with no storage space (one hook, no shelves) in the bathroom. Oversized "rainshower" shower head but not enough water pressure to make it useful...wire soap dish slanted so that the soap slipped right thru. Our room had no balcony, just a railing, so no place to hang wet towels, bathing suits. Separate elevator from 2nd floor to a rock tunnel that leads down to beach. Extra charge for use of beach chairs/umbrellas, which I would not expect for hotel guests. Dining room personnel purposefully wander away when you sit down for breakfast, so every morning was a game to wait for coffee, even tho there were very few guests. Desk personnel even worse. Upon check-in the desk clerk wouldn't even look up from the computer for 5 min. Even if he were engaged in something urgent, the right thing to do is say: I'll be with you shortly. Not a word. Same guy sat watching TV one night a few feet away while we waited at the desk for our room key. He was so sour that we dubbed him Signore Sunshine. Made no effort to interact with us until checkout, when all he wanted was for us to write a good review on TripAdvisor! If the hotel wants a good review, it needs to learn how to engage with guests courteously. Other 2 desk clerks and beach personnel were a bit more engaged but just barely. Hotel is about a 15 min walk from Circumvesuviana train station but beautiful view makes up for less-than-convenient location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank RgrGTI
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Tirana, Albania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Amazing views and good value of money

We stayed a week in hotel sporting. It was very clean and well maintained. The location is unique. From the balcony of my room I could see all the bay of Naples and Vesuvius. The personal at reception is very polite and was in our disposal every time. They gave us all the information we need and helped us giving good advices to find excursions, boat trips, etc. The hotel is right in the centre of Vico Equense with many restaurants, cafes, and night life. It is two minutes drive from Marina di Vico were the boat trips start. It is near the bus station and five minutes walk from Circumvesuviana railway station. The pebble beach was very good and well maintained. The only problem was that the sun reached the beach after half past ten in the morning. The see was warm and mostly clear and clean.
The breakfast was good but till half past ten. Sometimes this is a problem for families with little kids. The beach restaurant was not so good, with not many possibilities to choose and the service was slow. The beach bar and the beach servive werw very good.
I recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Sporting as part of a tour last week, the view from the rooms was unbelievable, checkin was a breeze, rooms were clean, plenty of hot water...what more could you ask for!

A bar near the balconies would have been nice, in such a prime area, a nice place to sit on the patio and have a few drinks and watch the sun go down however you have to find a waiter for every drink order which can be hard when they are trying to serve a huge resteraunt full of people.

Great work guy's keep it up!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

Only stayed here one night, as was overbooked at the Grand Hotel Moon Valley by our tour operator
Therefore made up our rooms (to twin) last minute
Maid very helpful, even tho, no English spoken (we were in Italy after all!!)
Lovely and clean, basic accomodation, but the beach was the best of all!
Private beach right on the beach, access via lift from hotel (Altho a bit difficult working how to get back into hotel, as door opening out only from hotel- securitiy reasons??)
Great local beach tho, full of local people.
Free wi-fi code obtained from guy on reception ,presume free for guests.
TV a bit of an antique, but who's in Italy to watch TV (OK yes did watch a bit of the music channels, and CNN!)
Also a short stroll into the town centre, great location,
would stay here again!!!
(can't comment on parking, as was on a coach trip)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Address: Via Filangieri 127, Vico Equense, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Vico Equense
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Vico Equense
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sporting 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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