We had been to Sorrento twice before but the Riviera was very highly recommended to us so we decided that we would try the Riviera the following year(2012), after having a look around, we were very impressed !!! We had booked to go in September just for 1 week, however our plans changed and I phoned the hotel and within 2 minutes our stay was extended by 4 more days and arranged a car to collect us from Naples airport,without any fuss or hassle!
We had a wonderful welcome and the gentleman who I had spoken to, made us feel like VIP's when we arrived. We asked about visting a fish restaraut in the marina and within a couple of minutes they had book a table, a car to collect us and pick us up again, all with a smile!
Top marks to all the reception staff!
We had the most beautiful room, that even had a superb view of the volcano from the bathroom, how cool is that! The bed we found to be so comfortable with beautiful linen and towels, spotless bathroom and plenty of toiletries, thick gowns which were changed on a regular basis rather than weekly as most hotels do! The maids did a excellent job again top marks!
We had breakfast every morning out on the terrace with a full view of the bay of Naples and Sorrento's marina.The breakfast was plentiful and suited every nationality!Top marks again!
We were just staying on a bed and breakfast basic, however one night we stayed in for dinner and Steve ordered Pea Risotto as starter which I tried after I finished my prawns. What a risotto!!! It was just heaven, I had never tasted a risotto like it, simply the best ever!!!
We spent a lot of time down on the deck which has a lift down to it and is a private decked area, which has ample sun loungers, towels and parasols.The area is looked after by Carmine (sorry if it's spelt wrong), he was such a funny and friendly guy with such a dry sense of humour, he had us in stitches but was very knowledgeable about the area and was very attentive to all the guests.Top marks again!
We were very sad to leave but we said that we would come back in a couple of years because we had arranged to go to America in September 2013 to visit family! However we have now booked 1 week back at the Riviera in May because although we are looking forward to visiting the States, I feel that I left my heart at the Grand Hotel Riviera in Sorrento, beautiful hotel, fabulous views,rooms, food but I think that the staff are the best and it's the staff that makes a holiday special, they certainly did for us!!!!
This year we are celebrating 20 years of our meeting so it's a special year for us and I can't think of any where else we could go to make our anniversary so special!
PS. This year we are going bed, breakfast and dinner so we don't miss out on that Risotto!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a few short steps from the centre of Sorrento, the hotel enjoys a splendid position overlooking the sea and with a panorama of the entire Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.The warm welcome reserved for our guests and the professionalism of our staff make the Riviera a first class hotel, where you can enjoy a vacation in which our hospitality takes care of your every comfort. The hotel offers an American bar, Restaurant, Swimming pool, Solarium, Garden, Private beach and wide panoramic terraces set on various levels from which to enjoy the beauty of the Sorrento Coast.All areas of the hotel have centralised air conditioning and heating. Wi-Fi access is completely free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Grand Hotel Riviera Sorrento