We’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Sorrento, staying at the Grand Hotel De La Ville, having seen some very positive reviews on TripAdvisor, and as it was my first visit back to the area for 29 years and the hotel played a big part in making the holiday such a success I thought I’d post a short review.
The hotel is one of a small group of family-owned properties – Manniello Hotels – in Sorrento. Only a short walk (5 to 10 minutes) from the bustling Piazza Tasso in the town centre, the hotel sits on a quiet street with the ubiquitous lemon groves (a regional speciality) at one end of the street and in front of the hotel. If you travel to Sorrento using the Circumvesuviana railway, as we did, it’s only 5-10 minutes walk from the station. This made it an ideal base from which to do low-cost trips round the bay (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Naples). Typical return fares cost less than €4,00 per person.
The air-conditioned hotel room was immaculate and very well-appointed. We had a 2nd floor room, with balcony and views out over the lemon grove in front of the hotel, though the view of the Bay and Vesuvius beyond it were partially obscured by trees. This really didn’t spoil it, though, and had we been on a higher floor I’m pretty sure our view would’ve been unobstructed. The bathroom was clean with a good over-bath shower and separate basin and we had a TV and mini-bar, though beware – it’s possible, as everywhere, to run up a sizeable bill very quickly if you plunder the mini-bar too often!
Unlimited wired internet access is available in the rooms at a cost of €32,00 for 7 days – a range of different price plans are available, for example for 24 hours only, but as we were staying for 7 nights the 7-day plan was the obvious choice for me.
The hotel boasts two pools – the full-sized pool is in a sheltered courtyard to the rear of the hotel and the other, that we made most use of, is a much smaller rooftop pool with hydromassage jets. The rooftop pool, though smaller, is better for sun-worshippers (though was never crowded while we were there) and also sports fabulous views across the bay of Naples, to Capri, Ischia and Vesuvius.
There’s also a bar on the roof and quite a few sunloungers, with umbrellas for shade if you need to escape from the mid-day sun. We found the rooftop pool and bar an ideal place to have “chillout” days between days of active sightseeing.
We stayed B&B at the hotel and breakfast is served in the courtyard garden at the back, in the dappled shade cast by the pergola supporting lemon and orange trees. The buffet breakfast was a choice of cooked breakfast, or “continental” breakfast (sliced meats, cheeses and break), with fruit, yogurts and juices available. They also served a very nice cup of morning coffee! The courtyard has limited tables but there is also a large inside dining room.
I’d very strongly recommend anyone staying in Sorrento to go B&B and do what we did, potter round Sorrento to find nice trattoria’s to eat at each evening. That said, we did have our evening meal at the hotel on a couple of evenings and the food was good and the staff very attentive. The cost was €32,00 per person.
Aside from the rooftop bar, there is a large ground-floor bar near the restaurant, with “happy hours”, live music on some evenings and, should you want it, TV. The bar was a frequent haunt of ours in the evenings, serving as it does a wide range of cocktails.
The staff were all, without exception, very friendly and extremely helpful.
I love Sorrento – it’s an ideal base for a holiday exploring the Bay of Naples and the beautiful Amalfi Coast, to the South, and the Grand Hotel De La Ville didn’t disappoint as a base for our stay. We'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm and welcoming atmosphere, a relaxed ambience with every type of comfort and the spectacular setting of the Gulf of Naples, combined with the cordiality and professionalism of the staff, are among the main features that make a stay at the Grand Hotel De La Ville unique. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento