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“Perfect View from a contemporary hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Torre Barbara
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Corso Caulino 75, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Vico Equense
Colchester, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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“Perfect View from a contemporary hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Great amenities comprising of pool and sunbed grassed area, patio for meals & drinks overlooking an exceptional raised view of the sea.

Food. Breakfasts comprise of a cold buffet including croissants, jams, cakes, fresh juices and standard hot drinks. Lunch here only offers a panini (use a pitta out here) cheese and/or ham. Dinner available with a great selection but needs to be ordered in advance.

Location. The hotel is not in Sorrento but Seiano. The hotel is near the top of a hill, not near local amenities. You cant walk anywhere from the hotel as its on a busy road with limited paths. The hotel offers a shuttle service, free of charge to collect/drop off from certain locations throughout the day. They only need 30 mins notice from you. To get into Sorrento go by the train from Seiano. It costs €1.30 pp one way. Tickets can be bought from the hotel.

Rooms. Very Good clean and contemporary. There are sea view rooms available but no balcony. The patio offers the view anyway.

Staff - very helpful and multilingual. They have good knowledge of the area.

Overall - Definitely recommend this hotel. The inconvenience of the freedom of travel opportunities easily offset by the complimentary shuttle service provided.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Our family of 4 have just returned from spending 3 nights at the Torre Barbara and what a treat this hotel is. The staff could not do enough for us, from giving lots of advice on the local area, selling the local train tickets (best and easiest way to get around) and recommending a great restaurant.The rooms were a good size, spotlessly clean and with a view that was to die for. Breakfast is served on the lovely terrace as was dinner and sitting under the stars with the amazing view eating a very pleasant dinner is a memory that will always stay with us. The hotel supply a free shuttle bus which we made good use of although this bus doesn't run during the afternoon so we were then dependent on the local buses which appeared to run when the drivers decided that they were ready! The location was great for visiting pompeii, sorrento and all the attractions in the area. As other reviews have pointed out the hotel is on a busy road but our room had excellent double glazing, good air con and we all agreed that it was worth the road position just to get the view of the bay of Naples, our only regret was that we could have a longer stay at this lovely hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front so that you can enjoy the views
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 1 night before moving into a holiday apartment. The staff were helpful and communicative throughout, patient with the little Italian I knew. We were given a warm welcome and the room was very comfortable with a well filled fridge and views of the terrace and bay. The food was some of the best we had whilst in Italy! Dining on the terrace was very special with romantic panoramic sunset views of the bay. We felt it was a great deal.

We booked through Travel Republic and should have looked on the website in more detail to see the free shuttle bus service. It would have been great if the staff could've told me in one of the emails we exchanged but unfortunately we ended up walking the 30 minute uphill walk from Seiano station as Google Maps has it incorrectly placed. This is the only negative aspect of our stay! It is a bit out of the way from central Vico and Seiano but the free bus will give you a lift to the beaches too.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Our family of 4 spent two nights here in July. I chose this hotel after deciding not to risk driving on the Amalfi coast and wanted someplace easier to drive to, kid-friendly and near Sorrento. My highlights in a nutshell:

The Good/Great:
1. The staff - Rafaella, Daniella and Marco were wonderful, basically answering every question with an answer of 'yes'.
2. The family room was terrific - although I would not be comfortable if my kids were under age 3 or 4 (ours was a two-level room with stairs), my 10 & 12 year old thought it was the best room ever. One of their beds was very very soft - too soft - but our daughter had no problem with it. Am sure we could have asked for a different mattress and gotten it if we wanted.
3. The dinner on the terrace was amazing. They serve drinks/beverages themselves from the terrace/lobby. The food/menu is a bit limited but price was average - even god for a hotel.
4. The shuttle service to the train station and to Vico Equense was great - Marco was great, on time and so helpful.
5. The location - outside of Sorrento - was easy to drive to and parking is free.
6. The pool was perfect - small (an above ground pool) but no one else was ever in it so the size wasn't an issue
7. The gardens/landscape was gorgeous
8. The hotel itself is kind of a funky building with high ceilings, an interesting lobby and stairwells. Really unique.

The Not So Great
Only one: The traffic outside - while very few hotels seem to be close enough for one to hear water or waves from their rooms (due to the very high cliffs everywhere), this hotel is on the main road and the cars driving by - required us to keep the doors to the terrace closed and the air conditioning on, so we wouldn't hear the cars. Its worth it to have the view of the water but would have liked one night with fresh sea air. If the doors/windows were closed, we barely heard any traffic, fyi.

Overall, a great stay - thx folks!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

I can't say anything negative! There's a beautiful view over the sea and to the volcano. The staff is very friendly, the room was clean and we had everything we needed. The deco is very modern, and there's a parking area. You see lemon trees and a lot of other fruits or veg. The hotel is near the street but it's not noisy. When you walk about 5 to 10 minutes you reach a restaurant.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Hotel Torre Barbara is a beautiful small hotel 17 rooms in Vico Equinse near Sorrento.The hotel has been recently renovated and is extremely clean. There are beautiful views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvious from the hotel .Breakfast is-- served on the terrace overlooking the bay--a fantastic start to our day. Lunch and dinner are also available here if you wish to eat at the hotel.The food here is very nice and vegetables are picked freshly from the garden.There is a small but adequate swimming pool .We sunbathed near the pool next to a lemon grove looking out at the beautiful scenery. Raefella(Manager) and her staff were totally focused and very attentive to our needs at all times.The hotel is on top of a hill a good distance . from the beach and the train station but the hotel provides a shuttle service to both and Marco the shuttle bus driver was very efficient..Sorrento is four stops from station..We loved our holiday here and hope to go back again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We had an amazing stay at Torre Barbara. The description is very accurate – the hotel overlooks the water, the breakfast and/or dinner is on a beautiful terrace facing the water, the rooms are new and exceptionally clean. We had 3 women staying in a room and it worked fine. Rooms are big. The customer service is exceptional – Big thanks to Rosa and Raefella – the staff go OUT OF THERE WAY to make sure you enjoy your time. They helped us book dinner reservations, sold us train tickets, advised on tours etc.

Marco, the shuttle driver, is very accommodating. If you’re looking to stay somewhere outside the hustle and bustle of Sorrento – I highly recommend this hotel. We laid by the hotel pool for 2 days (nice pool, good lounge chairs), spent 2 days on the beach in Vico Equense and a few day trips in Sorrento/Capri. The hotel is 2 stops via train (5 mins) from Sorrento.

Breakfast is the typical Italian breakfast – lots of bread, cheese, meat, pasteries etc. They had hard boiled eggs which was nice. If you travel in May it’s great – you beat the big tourist crowds. Ask for a room facing the Bay for the best views.

Room Tip: Try and get a room overlooking the water with a french balcony
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Corso Caulino 75, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Vico Equense
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Vico Equense
#6 Romantic Hotel in Vico Equense
#6 Family Hotel in Vico Equense
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Torre Barbara 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Torre Barbara is the ideal place for those who wish to spend an unforgettable vacation overlooking the Gulf of Naples, just a few kilometers from the centre of Sorrento and places of major interest in the Campania region: Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Caserta, Positano, Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast. ... more   less 
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Torre Barbara Vico Equense
Hotel Torre Barbara Vico Equense, Italy - Province Of Naples

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