On arrival at Naples airport, I was seriously worried I'd made a mistake in persuading my husband into our first holiday in Italy!
Wasn't at all prepared for the shabbiness of Naples, and for the first part of the taxi journey I tried to reasure myself - surely so many people couldn't be wrong in telling me Sorrento was beautiful!
Well - we arrived after a ride of an hour or so ( yes indeed scary at times!). The hotel is about the first one we came to in Sorrento, so it is a little way from the action, with narrow pavements and busy (narrow )road. Saying that it is walkable,(about 10 mins) even for a teenage daughter who would have taken taxi each time if we'd agreed!!! The nearest supermarket is in the centre, so we were limited in what we could carry back, especially in the heat of the day. We took a taxi back after a night out and it cost 13euros for a 2 min ride.
The hotel is set in a beautiful location, and is just as shown on their website. Check in was friendly ,and took about 2 minutes. First impession was very good , modern and clean!
We had a first floor suite, overlooking the bay (room 110) which was spotlessly clean, and fresh. From what I could see, we had a much bigger balcony than the other rooms. The bed was superking size and comfy, our daughter had a bed settee which wasn't quite as comfy!! Think it was worth extra for sea view, as some rooms were overlooking car park or the side of the hotel which were right over the field of fruit trees next door (sounds pretty, but balconies were in the shade). Lovely to sit out each morning before breakfast watching the cruise ships anchor right opposite our room.
Bathroom was modern, big with good supply of towels,
toiletries a bit of a let down, but adequate supply daily.
Breakfast was nice, amazed at first at the size of plates provided - side plates for everything! And considering the number of orange trees we saw, couldn't believe how horrible the pretend orange juice was!
We ate lunch each day at the terrace bar. Good choice of menu, reasonably priced, and freshly prepared. (Pizza was fab!!).Claudio and Illary provided a warm service, always with a smile.
We ate dinner a few times in the hotel, only a set menu which was a surprise, but each time it was most enjoyable - watching the sunset in airconditioned surroundings - bliss!
The lift down to 'beach' wasn't as scary as I'd feared, taking just under a minute, and well worth it to make the most of the lovely sea breeze!
Good mix of ages there, but due to location think it's more suited to people looking for rest and relaxation.
After a week, we left totally relaxed, and already planning our return visit.
- 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