My wife and I have just returned from the Grand Hotel Ambasciatori having spent our 10 day honeymoon there from 10-20 July 2006. Before going I had read many reviews on here and had no doubts whatsoever that we were going to be staying in a top class hotel. When we arrived at the hotel we were checked in promptly and shown to our room. We had upgraded to a sea view room (classed as deluxe I think) and I'm glad we did. The views are breathtaking, really stunning. The room itself was big and pleasant enough, but I wouldn't class it as 4+ star. The bathroom was a bit of a let down in particular and would struggle to meet 3* in some countries I think. The balcony was small, but big enough for us to sit out on each evening. I can't help feeling some of the reviews on this website for this hotel are a wee bit over the top and generous. Maybe the beauty of Sorrento itself is helping people get carried away? I'm not sure. Either way I was a bit shocked and disappointed to find a hotel charging €260 per night for B&B would then charge us an additional €5 per day per sunbed. The overall impression I got was that everything was an add-on, the place seemed a tad greedy. For example we ordered two glasses of beer one evening to enjoy on the balcony. Not only were we charged almost €5 per glass, but then an additional €4 for someone to bring it upstairs. Is this the norm? Does a 4* hotel charge extra for room service? We ate in the hotel restaurant only once. I found it to be vastly overpriced for what it was and can only assume you're paying a premium for the views across the bay. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants to be found in the side streets of Sorrento that offer nicer food at a fraction of the cost.
Overall the hotel is nice enough, but I can't understand all the huge fuss made over it myself. And having stayed in beautiful hotels all over the world this one wouldn't even make my top 5. The staff were friendly enough, but again, only what you'd expect from a 4* hotel. Don't let this review put you off going, but don't expect the world!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Characterized by the uniqueness of its position close to the city centre, the Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, is a prestigious 5 star rating Hotel, immersed in the green of a luxuriant secular park, on a cliff overlooking the sea, with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius. Quiet location, exclusive private beach, Wellness center and parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento