My wife and I (New Yorkers that love to travel), while touring SW Italy by car, came upon this hotel. Our GPS was leading us into the middle of town and along the way we saw this beautiful looking hotel, realized it was on the coast, and stopped off. We stayed for 2 nights - the first night was $170E and the second night cost us $210E for a "better" room, which was a mistake.
The only positive change was that the room was slightly bigger and we had a direct sea view from our balcony, as opposed to the first night's partial view (looking to the side, which was really nice in itself).
We thought we'd be checking out after the first night to continue our journey, but after a long hot day walking around Pompeii and a ridiculously long walk to dinner (at the Marina Grande), we were exhausted and just didn't want to go anywhere. We were told the walk from the train station (which we took to Pompeii) to the Marina Grande (Fisherman's Pier) wasn't that long of a walk. It was.
The room the second night had really weak a/c and the satellite tv didnt work (but it was a flatpanel as opposed to the old clunker the first night, which actually worked...go figure).
This hotel definitely has some 4 star qualities, as well as some 2 star qualities...The sea dock is absolutely amazing. You can sunbathe, drink (bar w waiter), arrange a boat rental, or swim off the dock in a beautiful, sweet little alcove-type area that's on the sea, just a few steps down off the pier. There are also many other hotels that offer this option, as one can clearly see from the Riviera's property.
The outside of the hotel, including the pool, the dock, and the front where you park your car was immaculate, along with the lobby.
The bar inside the hotel was also extremely chic, with a few really awesome bartenders. Shoutouts to bartender Claudio, who, after he got off work, took us to a very close nearby neighboring town called Santaniello, that he likes to frequent. We went to a place simply called "Wine Bar" which must be experienced by all lovers of the vine...Good prices, amazing selection. At his suggestion we enjoyed a nice plate of antipasto along with some local ice cold spumonte with a nice splash of fresh peach juice...delicioso!
Back to the hotel, the rooms were somewhat dillapidated, with paint chipping and old showers, etc. Nowhere near 4 star caliber...Some other areas of the hotel were also very old and obviously hadn't been renovated in quite some time.
The gentleman at the front desk, Ciro (pronounced Chirro), was nice, spoke decent English and was full of helpful info.
All in all a nice memorable experience...Not the cheapest hotel in town by any means...Some beautiful 4 star attributes, along with some not so 4 star qualities.
If you want an amazing place to stay on the Amalfi Coast, check out Positano...Stay at Hotel Bougainville...much cheaper and more things to do...bars, beach, shopping, and amazing restaurants...and gorgeous. Positano in general was nicer than Sorrento, but Sorrento might be more authentic in some ways...They're both excellent towns.
- 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