We needed a base to explore Pompeii & Vesuvius. Initially we looked at Naples itself but were put off by warnings to unwary travellers so felt the Sorrentine peninsula would suit us better. We booked our holiday at the last minute & were struggling to find suitable accommodation in Sorrento so came across the Grand Hotel Angiolieri instead. As was a theme on our holiday it was important there was car parking available - even more so on the hilly peninsula - and fortunately there was plenty of space below ground.
The hotel is an attractive building & has a stunning location overlooking the bay of Naples across from Vesuvius - it is worth a visit for this alone. The reception staff were friendly & helpful to us - our luggage was dealt with quickly & efficiently. We had booked a Suite of which there are two. These were priced the same & we knew one of them came with a large terrace but it was not possible at the time of booking to specify which of the two suites you got. We were therefore a little disappointed to get the Zeuxo suite with the French balcony. The room itself is nice - with a large lounge area & big comfy bed. The view from the bedroom window/ French balcony is amazing but made us long for an outside space even more. One of the ‘lounge’ room windows overlooks the pool area which was disconcerting as other guests can see in.
To be fair we did not spend a great deal of time in our room. We were there to see Pompeii which is a magical place. The hotel is a short walk from the train station & this proved a great way to get around. Much better than driving!
There is not much else in the immediate vicinity of the hotel as the town of Vico Equense is actually on the next hill. However there is a complimentary shuttle to take you there & the staff were very accommodating in taking us to & from the town one evening. We did take the steep path down to the Marina of Seiano for a look around but to be honest we found it a little run down & did not want to find ourselves there after dark.
The hotel has its own Michelin starred restaurant & this proved the highlight of our stay. We enjoyed it so much we ate there twice. The food was stunning - the waiters were excellent & very friendly. We were celebrating a special occasion so a complimentary cake was brought out at the end of our meal which was a nice surprise & left us stuffed. The breakfast was also excellent - served on the terrace with a wide spread of treats available.
In summary I thought this was a nice hotel with stunning views & a great restaurant on site. I think it does make a nice place to stay & a great base for sightseeing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, Grand Hotel Angiolieri is a five stars hotel, laid down on a peak overlooking the sea, positioned in the village of Seiano, belonging to the municipality of Vico Equense. Grand Hotel Angiolieri is an oasis of peace, serenity and great charm, situated at the same time in an unmatchable strategic position. In fact, famous sites as Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples are easy accessible by car, train or boat. The hotel itself is immersed in a garden rich in citrus plantations and secular palms, offering several green corners, with simply unique sea and landscapes.The Rooms:Restored with considerable competence, Grand Hotel Angiolieri disposes of 37 rooms, all well groomed, with particular attention to details, with sober and refined taste, presenting functional and elegant furniture. The classic pastels colours lend them a touch of simplicity. The rooms offer sea or garden view, with terrace, balcony or window. Rooms at a glance:21 Standard rooms with window and garden view; 9 Superior rooms with window and sea view; 3 Deluxe rooms with terrace and sea view; 2 Junior Suite with terrace and sea view; 2 Suites, one with open terrace and sea view, one with French balcony and sea view.L’Accanto Restaurant:L’Accanto Restaurant, awarded with a Michelin Star for the year 2010, where our Chef delights the guests with creative local gastronomic specialties with an appeal to regional products.The Services:Grand Hotel Angiolieri offers a peculiar and highly customised range of services, in order to satisfy all kind of demand the guest may have. The hotel provides a sea view swimming pool, panoramic restaurant, free internet access and underground parking. A massage room is available for all lovers of relax and wellness. Main reference for the guest is the reception desk, formed by a specialized team, able to offer and organize a wide number of services, such as boat, car and scooter hiring, transfers, private excursions, shopping tours and further leisure activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Vico Equense
- Grand Angiolieri Hotel