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Grand Hotel Aminta
Ranked #25 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Drogheda, Ireland
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“We just loved the hotel”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Myself and my wife stayed here at the end of May for our 20th wedding anniversary. The hotel is located on top of a very steep hill overlooking Sorrento. We arrived on the train from Naples and got the hotel bus from Sorrento which is only about a 5 minute journey. All the web sites and reviews suggested to get the bus as the taxi prices are outrageous for such a short journey (€25!!). It took a while for us to find the bus stop but it was actually quite close to the train station. We used the bus every day and it was very convenient. You can walk from the hotel to Sorrento along a pathway which is very steep and has steps in places. You would need to be reasonably mobile to use the path. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the hotel to the centre of Sorrento. We did on one occasion walk up to the hotel but we wouldn't recommend it unless you are fit.

The weather was quite disappointing. A lot of very heavy showers and at time quite cold for the end of May. It did begin to spoil the holiday a bit at the end as it felt that everytime you stepped outside the heavens opened.

We had a lovely room partly overlooking the sea. We stayed full board. The food was excellent and we looked forward every evening to the meal. The waiters were superb and the atmosphere in the restaurant was very relaxed. We had a bottle of house red every evening with the meal and it was a surprisingly good wine. Highly recommend it.

We went to Pompeii, around the coast to Amalfi and also to Capri. Would recommend them all. Avoid Naples it was very disappointing. Quite dirty and intimidating.

Overall we had a really great time at this hotel and we would go back in the morning (we wish!!!)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Grand Hotel Aminta in September/October, by choice, having selected it from the Riviera Travel hotel options and after consulting TripAdvisor’s reviews. We were delighted that we did. All the favourable reviews proved to be well founded – we loved the Hotel. It was scrupulously clean, well appointed and a real pleasure to stay in. Staff at all levels were a pleasure to deal with from reception to bar staff and our dining room waiters were a real delight, all with a sense of humour.
The meals, we found, were very good. Other fellow Riviera travellers (who stayed elsewhere) seemed quite envious of what we experienced. The choice at breakfast (buffet style) was amazing; surely no-one could have left unsatisfied. Evening meals were a pleasure to look forward to. Wine was enjoyable and we thought, reasonably priced - we selected the house wine. Our table companions were a pleasure and added to the experience of breakfast and evening meals.
Our room (317) was a balcony room on the sunset side but, as it was at the end of the hotel, also afforded side views over Sorrento and views towards Vesuvius too. Highly recommended. Be aware you might have some difficulty to walk into town (but not impossible) as this hotel is on a hill side, high above and overlooking Sorrento. Taxis and a timed courtesy coach do run. It has a lovely swimming pool and it was still warm enough to swim late in the afternoon on returning from the daily trip.
Like most Riviera holidays they were packed with activity and enjoyable, providing coach trips to Vesuvius (shrouded in cloud), Pompeii (stark), Herculaneum (better preserved), Naples (interesting but not a favourite), Sorrento (lovely), Capri (gorgeous) and Amalfi (the drive, impressive). No journey was over long but the nature of the terrain meant some roads were travelled more than once to visit these places and full marks to the skill of the drivers who took us. While in Sorrento do try the Foreigners Club (it is not really a club!) for a meal with views over the sea toward Vesuvius.
The only constructive comment we would make is that the visit to the Archaeological Museum (in Naples) is, of necessity, only two hours long and not long enough to see so much! It took some while to understand that the supplied audio system only identified certain exhibits which were, in our opinion, far too discreetly marked - very small labels - with simply an earphone symbol and a number. Worth knowing - to get full value for your money and limited time.
Our tour guide, Effy, was an extremely pleasant, knowledgeable tour guide and went out of her way to shepherd us safely and keep us informed where ever we went.
No criticisms – a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and would love to go back to the Aminta for an independent holiday.

Room Tip: Would suggest - not ground floor (potential noise) or top floor (Sloping roof?) we picked 3rd on the...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, Canada
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We spent a week at the Aminta in October. It was our home base for an Amalfi Coast Food and Wine tour. It is a lovely property. Beautiful views, nice clean rooms and good food. The staff were very pleasant and always helpful. I only wish it had been warm enough to enjoy the patio and the pool. The walk to the downtown area is a bit of a workout, but well worth it.
We would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for 2 night on a 7 nights holiday across Italy and France. This hotel was very nice, the staff were really friendly and helpful in giving us advise on where to go and eat, room was spotless. Rooms could do with a bit of an update but nothing wrong with them at all. Cannot walk into sorrento from hotel as is on hill but hotel offer a free shuttle bus into sorrento. Will definatly be staying at this hotel on our next trip to sorrento

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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PARRISH
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

One perfect Hotel....dinning room, food, wait staff, just excellent. Such a memorable experience and outstanding memories of a perfect vacation. There is not one thing to mention here that would be negative. Looking forward to returning to most ideal spot and breathtaking views.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

Really nice hotel about 10-15 minutes to/from the town of Sorrento (by free shuttle bus, which runs about every half an hour). You can also walk into Sorrento which would take about 30 minutes, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Great views across Sorrento bay and Vesuvius (on a clear day). Rooms are small (we stayed in an attic room) but cosy and clean with plenty of storage space for cases etc . Breakfast was good and served in a lovely spacious dining room. We also ate dinner there on the first night as we arrived a little late and were trying to get our bearings. Not greatly impressed with the food when considering the price compared to some of the comparatively beautiful meals you can find in Sorrento. It was a little odd actually, the service was a little 80’s/90’s style pomp to the point where we didn't feel very relaxed to be there. When our meals arrived (and unveiled from underneath grand silver domes) we were a little bemused to find fairly tired-looking food, including tinned vegetables (!) staring back at us. A little re-thinking of the ‘style’ of dinner and the menu would make this a much better experience. Aside from that there was nothing to fault here and I would stay again (but always eat at one of the amazing restaurants in Sorrento itself!).

Room Tip: Attic rooms are fine - especially if you are facing out to the coast!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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kent, uk
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Just got back from 8 days staying in this hotel. It is absolutely lovely! We had an attic room which was spacious & clean & had a lovely view of the bay from our window. In fact there are fantastic views of the bay from all over the hotel!. Terrace & pool area is a lovely place to sit & relax, again with lovely views! Breakfast was great, cooked food as well as an array of breads, rolls & cakes, cereals, juices, yoghurt, fruit, cold meats, cheese...even the most fussy person would be spoilt for choice! You can even have boiled or poached eggs especially made for you There is a free shuttle bus to run you to & from the town centre which was a nice (& useful) touch. I simply cannot praise this hotel enough, we will certainly be returning!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Aminta
Address: Via Nastro Verde, 23 | Neapolitan Riviera, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#18 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#21 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Aminta 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aminta occupies a commanding position overlooking the Gulf of Naples with breathtaking views, just 3.5 Km from the centre of Sorrento to which it offers a courtesy bus service. Complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. ... more   less 
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