My initial hopes were high. A phone conversation with Francesco [I think that's his name] about leaving my suitcase a few days before checking in so that I go off walking was polite and helpful - as he continued to be in person. His employer was rather different though, a supercillious man, who seemed to view his clients as undiscerning fools it wasn't worth his while wasting time on. After all if you were idiot enough to check in to his place, you were clearly lacking something!
On my arrival he'd instructed an apologetic Francesco to demand full payment in cash up front. I politely refused. I was then shown to a dark cell with no window except the frosted one in the door leading from the dark hallway.. I asked for another room.
The new room next door was only marginally better, opening directly onto the noisy covered terrace & bar with a bar table right outside. There was at least a window opening on to the street though. The room was poorly furnished with cheap, ancient, scratched furniture and walls painted a pale yellow with scuff marks and stains. The floor tiles were cracked and the toilet/shower room looked ancient, with a high window that opened onto the public terrace. The noise from the terrace and the street meant I needed ear plugs to sleep.
At E 65 per night [allegedly a discounted price for one person!], the hotel is an appalling rip-off. [At E20, I still wouldn't have been impressed, but I might have been more tolerant.]
Mercifully I stayed just the one night. Having to leave very early in the morning, I asked if I could take some fruit with me in lieu of breakfast. 'Not possible' was the reply.
I can understand that people offered better rooms might have a more positive view of the place. And if they only get to deal with Francesco they might think the customer service is good. My advice though is - it's not worth the risk. For a similar price there are far better places in Sorrento. [See my review of Villa Pane for example]
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel del Corso is located in Sorrento, nearby the central Piazza Tasso, 100 mt. from the Train and Bus Station, and only 10 min. walking from the port, where boats leave to Napoli, Capri, and the other islands of the Gulf. Furtermore the beach of Marina Piccola is only 150 mt. away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Del Corso Hotel
- Del Corso Sorrento