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Il Nido Hotel Sorrento
Ranked #23 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Washington, D.C.
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Just what we wanted”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2005

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2005

If you need new and fancy surroundings or have to be in the middle of lots of action, this is not the hotel for you. However, it you value tranquility, a spectacular view of the Italian coastline from the balcony of your room, and a hotel staff that goes out of their way to please their guests, then this hotel is an excellent choice. In case no one has warned you, Sorrento is loud and hectic, overrun with tourists and traffic. Every evening, we were thankful that we could return to the hotel, which served as a refuge from from the noise. We found this hotel and restaurant to be the best value for the dollar in our entire stay in Italy. It is true that the beds are not particularly good and you have to rely on the hotel shuttle to get around, but these things are greatly outweighed by the atmosphere and service you receive. Anyone traveling on a limited budget will not find a better value.

  • Stayed June 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2005

We choose this hotel because it was not in the center of town and offered free parking and free shuttle service to and from town. It turned out to be a wonderful experience and we'd highly recommend it to everyone who wants a beautiful location within easy reach of the center of Sorrento via the free shuttle service.

We spent 4 nights at this terrific hotel in early May 2005. We reserved a garden room via the internet at 80 Euros per night including breakfast and were promised that we would be upgraded to water view room at the same price if one was available when we arrived. We charged a one night deposit to our credit card but were told it wouldn't be processed until we checked out. Communication back and forth prompt and all our questions were answered before we reserved.

We had a wonderful, large, spotlessly clean room with a great view of the Bay. The queen size bed was firm and comfortable and the room had a mini-bar, satellite TV and telephone. The bathroom was large as well with a tub, large lavatory, bidet etc. A small balcony contained a table and 2 chairs and a clothes line.

The free shuttle service was a blessing since traffic in the center of Sorrento, even before the height of the season, is awful and parking is practically impossible. In the morning, there were 2 trips into town and beginning around 3 p.m. there were hourly trips back and forth until 11:30 p.m. The van would drop people off at the marina or the train/bus station in the morning and to and from a central location later in the day. We were able to go at various times to walk around, have dinner, take the ferry to Capri, the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii, Naples, the buses to Positano and Amalfi etc.

Il Nido also has a restaurant with a terrace which serves nice dinners at moderate prices. A very substantial breakfast, included in the room price, was served buffet style and had cereals, pastries, bread, fresh juice and fruit, cold meats, cheese and hot drinks. Breakfast was a nice time to meet fellow travelers too.

There is also a lounge area in the lobby with magazines, books etc. and a small bar area which wasn't in use during our stay. There is also a roof terrace. There's an elevator and for those who can't stand to be out of touch, the hotel has 2 computer terminals in the lobby with free internet access.

The staff was terrific and English, French, German and possibly other languages are spoken. They gave us good recommendations for eating and shopping in Sorrento too.

We can't recommend this place too highly. We originally found it on Trip Advisor and were glad we chose it for our stay.

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Property: Il Nido Hotel Sorrento
Address: Via Nastro Verde 62, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Sorrento
#7 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#15 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Il Nido Hotel Sorrento 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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