Il Nido (The Nest) is family run, from the front desk to the back office to the kitchen, by an extraordinarily hard-working family. One of the brothers who own the hotel is also the front desk guy and the waiter. When asked about a delicious dish he told us that mama was in the kitchen. The hotel is not fancy, but it is clean, air-conditioned (we visited during a heat wave), has satellite TV with CNN, and has great food (try the thick vegetable soup, the gnocchi, and the home-made limoncello liqueur, far better than what is sold in town. Some TA reviewers have said that the beds were not comfortable, but ours was fine. As other reviewers noted, the hotel has old-fashioned European flat bath towels, rather than fluffy thirsty ones, but that was really not a big deal. There are two computers available to guests for Internet access, and the staff did not complain when I spent hours on one of them to handle a work emergency that came up during the trip. Il Nido is about three miles from Sorrento, up in the hills with a spectacular view of Sorrento and Vesuvius. We picked it because we wanted a quiet place to stay and had read on TA that downtown can be noisy. The hotel runs a van to and from strategic locations in town on a regular schedule. We found it pretty easy to live on that schedule. There is really no place you can walk to easily from the hotel, other than Il Borga, a restaurant just down the hill (we ate there one night and it was very nice but not as good as the restaurant at Il Nido). On only one occasion did we end up needing to take a cab from Sorrento to Il Nido, a pricey ride that we were happy to take after a very full and exhausting day touring Paestum, when we did not want to eat downtown and the van would have gotten us back to the hotel too late for dinner. We recommend it highly. It is not luxurious, but at 90 Euros a night it was a great value and just right for us.
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- Also Known As:
- Il Nido Sorrento
- Sorrento Il Nido Hotel