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Hotel Antico Parco del Principe
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via San Pietro, 8, 80063 Piano di Sorrento, Italy   |  
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Ranked #11 of 12 hotels in Piano di Sorrento
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“Never ever again!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

I never before stayed in such a poor hotel. The images on the webpage do not come any close to what the hotel looks like. You should know that the hotel has only 9 rooms in the main building, from which 3 could not be used due to water damages.
Therefore, we had to stay in a small one bedroom apartment, 0,5km away from the hotel, without having towels etc.
They told us there would be a shuttle bus to the main building. However, whenever we wanted to take it, the driver was not available. In the end we had to find out that it was not worth going to the breakfast anyway, as you'd only get one croissant per person - no breakfast buffet, nothing.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

The pictures that are available on web site are NOT pictures of this hotel but of a home residence that has the same name and is near by. Also the swimming pool is NOT part of this hotel, so if you want a swim, forget it! Rooms are clean, but the service is terrible, very unhelpful receptionist who will not give any information or help with problems! Also, forget about breakfast, we stayed 10 days and got ONE croissant each every day plus some prepacked toast with butter and jam. That was it. Sometimes water.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Newport
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2009

We booked this hotel after being misled by the lovely photo's of the place, we arrived in Sorrentto & the taxi driver took us to the Parco Del Principe which looked really nice despite the swimming pool being empty & the weather was boiling, we were over the moon when the receptionist told us this was'nt our hotel as we were all looking forward to a dip in the pool as it was around 30 degrees, until we arrived at Antico Parco del Principe ( our correct hotel ). The receptionist made Basil Fawlty look friendly ( although she was much prettier than Basil ) when my wife asked for a drink from the bar she was told by the receptionist/barmaid that she could'nt have 1 as she was far too busy, customer service really wasn't her strong point. The beautiful castle shown on the photo's was closed, the pool which looks fantastic on the photo's also had 1 missing ingredient ( water ) & the most annoying thing about this hotel is that there was no restaurant ( despite the huge fliers advertising 1 in the foyer & on the back of every door in the hotel rooms ) if you arrived in the evening after 10pm you had to starve until the next moning when you could enjoy the delights of Breakfast which was of the continental variety although the toast was pre toasted & packed into vacuum packed bags ( vile ). 1 plus point was the views which cannot be faulted. 25-30 Euro's for a taxi ride to Sorrentto, although is bus was much cheaper at around 2 Euro's. Sorrento itself is absolutely beautiful & I'd recommend it to anyone ( although very expensive ) but as for the hotel, nah!! I'd have to say book elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2009
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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calgary
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

We found this hotel on Bookings.com the pictures looked great but were very outdated. The place was extremely hard to find as we drove around Sorrento for 2 hours looking for it with miss guided directions from everyone. When we arrived the room seemed lovely but in 1 hour we found it to be infested with baby ants in our bed and all over. They gave us another room and it had no ants but you had to be an ant in order to get in and out . It was tinyer than a Cruise ship cabin room. The pool was way up the hill, you had to sit in the back of a truck to get taken there, they had no towels so we chose not to swim. I would have thought they could have told us that before we went there. Breakfast consisted of coffee , thin sliced white bread jand and plastic wrapped cheese. We were not at all impressed.

  • Disliked — ants
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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10 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2007

The hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the Basy of Naples, with views towards Vesuvius and Naples. We booked a sea view room for 2 nights. It was spacious and comfortable (although the decor looked a bit old fashioned) and the balcony with superb sea views was splendid! Service in the hotel was good on the whole and the staff were pretty friendly. The grounds of the hotel are large, beautifully tended and very attractive and restful. They run along the cliff and so there are lovely views all along (actually a garden view room would be quite good). As the hotel is accessed along via a long path, it is very quiet. Surprisingly for a Sorrento hotel, the food in the restaurant is very good indeed - better than many of the restaurants in town actually. The main disadvantage is that it is rather far from town (about 30 minutes walk) and the courtesy coach is limited.

  • Liked — Fantastic views
  • Disliked — Infrequent courtesy coach service
  • Stayed September 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2007

The 4 of us have just returned from a half term break here (mum, dad, 2 kids). We were booked into the Vicalvano Apartments, but on arrival we were offered an apartment in the castle instead. We happily accepted but it turned out to be a poisoned chalice as the weather turned bad and strong winds whistled through the huge, draughty, unheated living room. It had 2 bedrooms, one of which had the same draught problems, the kids room didn't however, and I slept in their room one night to escape the howling wind, rattling windows and creaking shutters. On the plus side the views were amazing, the wind having blown away the constant haze the bay of Naples appears to be shrouded in. The pool was large, very clean, had crystal clear water and was nestled in a secluded area on the hillside, and once the sunshine returned we couldn't fault it. The castle apartment is not for toddlers, however, because of some odd sliding doors about 2 ft high at floor level to let in light into the bedrooms from the rooms below, it is complicated to explain, but trust me if a toddler fell through to the room below they'd be seriously hurt. The Vicalvano Apartments were a little way up the hillside, we only saw them from the outside but they looked perfectly ok.

The property is not walking distance to anywhere of note, you would need a car. There is plenty of free parking. It was a good base as we were able to visit: Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Naples, Solfatara crater, Pompei and generally explore the Amalfi coast.

The castle grounds were nicely kept. There is a great walk along a pathway up the hill that takes you above the level of the castle where you can see the sea on both sides of the penisula and watch spectacular sunsets. To get there walk up to the vicalvano apartments and take the track to the right.

We had a great time.

  • Liked — Terrific views, good base for exploring surroundings.
  • Disliked — Unsuitable for very young children, uncomfortable in cold weather.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cincinnati
2 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2007

Our room had incredible views. The staff was very friendly. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast. It was an average european breakfast. The shuttle would take us to the drop off and it is an easy walk to town. This hotel was a great value for the price considering the view of the Bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvius. The grounds of this hotel are landscaped so beautifully.

Stayed October 2006
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Address: Via San Pietro, 8, 80063 Piano di Sorrento, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Piano di Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 hotels in Piano di Sorrento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Antico Parco del Principe 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Antico Parco del Principe is situated on the Amalfi Coast, near the National Road 163, 4 km (2.5 miles) from Sorrento and 7 km (4.3 miles) from Positano. The 15 rooms have air-conditioning, Tv colour and refrigerator. They are different in colours, but all of them are refined. Guests of the hotel have free admittance in the swimming-pool, tennis and beach-volley courts, table tennis of the tourist complex nearby. ... more   less 
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