It is a 15 minute, fairly level, walk from the train station to the convent and, yes, for the last 200 yards there is no pavement. Don't worry - it is nothing compared to walking around Naples itself or most of the other places where the traffic is chaotic! Just think of it as a good preparation for what is to come. Trains are easy to get to Sorrento (one stop) or Naples (about an hour) and the various tourist sites on the way; Pompeii, Herculaneum and others.
The place is large, the rooms are large, the views are the best (expect to pay many, many times more for similar views in a Hotel on this coast) and the nuns are very helpful (there only seem to be about 6 living there). Yes, only one speaks English so a bit of Italian will help. We don't speak Italian at all but still got by.
Breakfast is very basic - but after a day you get to used to it - and for the price I do not think you can complain. If you are English - take your own tea bags (you will find it hard to get any decent tea anywhere on the Naples coast unless you bring your own bags. If you like "infusions" then you will be fine.).
From Naples.airport it is easy to get the "Cerruti" bus to just outside the train station at Sant Angello - this is definitely better than going via Naples. Cost is 10 euro a head and the trip gives some fantastic views of the coastline. Leaves every 90 minutes throughout the day.
This place is definitely recommended; a little quirky but that only makes it more interesting and something special to talk about when you get home.
Negatives: no hair dryers or tea/coffee making in rooms. So take a hair dryer. And even a portable kettle if you have one. There are vending machines on the premises to get cold drinks and hot drinks though - at a low price. If you buy some food at the local shops and bring it back they will supply plates and cutlery - sit out on the terrace and enjoy the evening sun and the amazing views across the harbour and the bay.
We spoke to other guests and some had been a little hesitant to book because of the "religious" theme. It is nothing to worry about; the hosts are Nuns but they do not expect you to be! It is just a quiet, spacious, relaxing place.
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