Reasons to go - Parco dei Principi was a delightful discovery. Its design is as distinctive as it is historic. The first ‘Design Hotel’ in the world, Gio Ponti led work is like a step back in time to the sixties. Almost museum-like in the quality and authenticity of its retro decoration and architecture. And its location is probably the most stunning in Sorrento. The land side is graced by the one of the largest gardens you will find in the area. And the ocean side sits a top a tall cliff which startling views of of the coast and Vesuvius across the bay.
Reasons to avoid - People might find it a little stark and even cold at first (but maybe good for a hot Med day) with all of the tile and ceramic. This antiseptic ambience is at its worst in the dining room at night. Blindingly bright lights destroy any dining atmosphere as well as any ability to see any of the dramatic coastal night lights (the hotel should really replace the dining veranda flourescents with the soft blue lights of the bar and put candles on the table to turn a bland dining atmosphere to a romantic one). Compounding this problem is the hotel’s distance from Sorrento centre. A good kilometer with no hotel shuttle means that you are either stuck with their limited range, over priced dining offering or have to undertake a significant odyssey into town for some local eateries.
Pet Peeves -
• No postcards of the hotel especially when it is so iconic and filled with such sumptuous design.
• No Wifi in rooms (in this day and age, you can’t really call yourself a 5 star and not have this)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-star accommodation and a prime location sat high on the ancient rampart of tufa, the Parco dei Principi is a testament to the timeless creativity of Gio Ponti, one of the most enlightened advocates of Italian architecture of the 20th century.Between the blue sea of Sorrento Coast and the lush greenery of the botanical gardens, Paul Leopold of Bourbon, the princes of Cortchacow and the entourage of the Russian aristocracy fell in love with this incomparable natural scenery, giving it a solemn historical heritage.Minimal atmosphere and space characterises the 96 rooms with original furnishings designed by Gio Ponti and customized specifically for the Hotel: the famous headboard-beds (1948), toilet set 'Vanity' with circular mirrors (1950), the chair 'Lightweight' (Cassina, 1952) and large fitted wardrobes. A variety of ceramic floors - as many as rooms - in shades of blue and white, in antique Majolica D'Agostino from Salerno, to reflect the colours of the sea and sky of Sorrento: moons, circles, triangles, stars and leaves are also used to tell a different story in every room.At the Restaurant Gio Ponti, a spectacular window over the Gulf of Naples and its islands, the day starts with a grand breakfast. Through striking tunnels in the rock, you arrive at the private beach or at the equipped solarium on the cliff. The pier is home during the summer months to the restaurant Poggio Siracusa where you can enjoy the fresh offerings of the sea accompanied by the sounds of the waves below.Among the horizon, the ancient oaks and the rare trees essences of the enormous botanical park, there is a seawater swimming pool designed by Gio Ponti as 'a mirror of water to wood nymphs'.To restore harmony to the body and spirit, guests can access the Fitness & Beauty Center of the Hotel, the charming majolica rooftop terrace with a view, and the marbled terrace of Villa Cortchacow dating back to the eighteenth century, on which the first ballerina performed to the Court of St. Petersburg.Since 2012, the lobby, with the incredible view of the Gulf has hosted the 'Museum of the Opera', an exhibition of original drawings and furniture in the rooms and in the common areas that have marked the history of Italian design.The business center of the hotel offers several meeting rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and innovative technology: from the classic style of Sedowa hall with a terrace overlooking the sea, to the most modern modular Leonardo hall, surrounded by the garden Bourbon, with a seat capacity of 350. The outdoor areas offer a pleasant alternative for coffee breaks, lunches and dinners.Within the enchanting scenery of Monti Lattari sloping terraces lined with citrus, Parco dei Principi is an excellent location for pleasant walks through the typical craft shops and luxury shopping streets in the center of Sorrento, and for excursions to the nearby Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri and the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. ... more less
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