I did have reservations about booking this hotel having read other, rather mixed, reviews. However, I was pleasantly surprised on arrival to find it located just a few hundred yards from Tasso Square, yet quite quiet. The reception is large and airy, if rather old-fashioned, the service was good and, yes, the lift is minute (but there's always the stairs!) The breakfast is standard, european fare - cold meats, cheese, bread, cereals, tinned fruit and pastries, with tea/coffee/juices - no different to many other hotels I've stayed in abroad. The Dining Room is also large and very smart, as are the waiters, with their white jackets and dark trousers.
We paid for a sea view and this was key to the whole experience. We entered our room on the 3rd floor, stepped onto the balcony and marvelled at an outstanding view across the Bay of Naples to Mt Vesuvius in the distance (we had room 315). We spent many hours sat outside in the sun sipping cold beer that could be purchased from a Limoncello factory just yards from the hotel at only 2.5euros for a 660ml bottle of ice cold Peroni (there was a fridge in the room, which was ideal.
The swimming pool is really quite large for a hotel and also deep enough to actually swim! Service at the pool bar was, however, very slow at times. For what we paid this hotel was good VFM - if you want "5 star" stay at the hotel across the road and pay 3-4 times the price!
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton International Sorrento
- Hotel Carlton International