I recently spent two weeks in this hotel, traveling with a Saga group. I was just delighted with Grand Hotel Moon Valley. This was largely due to the manner in which all associated with it seem to work together as a team - always ready to step in to see that whatever needs doing at any given moment is done. I saw a waiter bringing down suitcases, a van driver helping to set up umbrella tables, the
owner-manager preparing coffees in the bar. I felt that the hotel's wheels are kept turning by
mutual respect and a sense of common purpose.
The location is superb, with Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Herculaneum easily accessible. Many rooms have views across the Bay of Naples to Naples itself, with Vesuvius looming overhead. The town of Vico Equense is within walking distance and is a charming blend of old and new.
I don't know what dining arrangements are offered to guests who are not members of a group; however, I believe that the buffet breakfast is available to all, whether at an additional charge or not. Hot dishes included scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, and grilled tomatoes. There were always freshly baked croissants and rolls and pastries, white and whole-grain bread for toasting, juices and fruit, yoghurt, cereals, cold meats and cheeses, and a large assortment of jams and marmalades.
As Saga guests are on a full-board basis, both lunch and dinner were provided. The food was almost always very good, sometimes excellent, and any culinary lapses were few and far between and usually a matter of individual taste. The pasta was outstanding, especially the ravioli with mushroom sauce and the lasagna with a bolognese sauce so good that one could eat it by the cupful. Vegetables were very fresh and perfectly cooked. Artichokes were in season during my stay and the little hearts were served quite often - a wonderful surprise. Local asparagus, dark green and as thin as a pencil, were also in season and made several appearances. Main courses usually included meat, fish or poultry, and vegetarian options. To complete the meals there were cakes or pastries, gelato (made on the premises), and fruit or cheese. Maître d'hôtel Luigi supervises his staff with a combination of firmness and kindness that seems to bring out the best in those who work under him.
At the end of my stay, I needed a taxi to take me from the hotel to Naples Airport. The driver that Franco in Reception arranged for me - Pasquale LaMura - was a perfect match for my temperament. He drove carefully, observed the speed limits, and did not attempt to pass every other vehicle on the road.
I want to thank Franco and all of his colleagues in Reception for their never-ending patience and helpfulness.
Would I recommend Grand Hotel Moon Valley? Well, if I could, I'd go back tomorrow...
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- Grand Hotel Moon Valley Vico Equense, Italy - Province Of Naples
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