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.