The sorrento.cc website stated that the convent "is in a quiet place and far from the traffic". However, the windows from our room opened directly over a railway line, and parallel to that a very busy road. The trains thundered past until around 11.30pm, and traffic continued strongly throughout the night. Given the lack of air conditioning, the windows do need to be left open during the night when it's as hot as it is in july/august. So make sure if you're staying you get a room around the back - although then you lose the astonishing views out over the bay. Note though that unlike the delightful Oasi Madre Della Pace up on the hill, there are no mosquito guards, so only open your windows after lights out, to limit the number of bites!
Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment - the bread seemed to be stale, and on the days we were staying, there was no fruit or yoghurts like at Madre della Pace. There was bread with jam and butter, and cake. And my mother so disliked both the coffee and the tea (I don't drink them) that she stopped having them (which is a big thing for her!).
Be warned that if you don't speak Italian then some things can be a struggle. There was a very polite and helpful gentleman who spoke good english, but he's not always present. It meant that for instance dinner was a total confusion for us. We had no idea what was going on - different tables were given different dinners, although we were never asked what we wanted, and it all pretty much came at once. Much to our amusement, after being served a very tasty rice based dish, we (english) were given meat with mashed potato, whilst the french table nearby got meat with french fries. And the italian table behind us got ham and cheese with salad (no amount of smiling or "scuze"s secured us any salad from the helpers). But with it all coming at once or at random, my mother ended up having her cold rice dish with hot mashed potato, followed by a piece of meat with one slice of cheese (a lone slice given by one nun before that tray of cheese and ham was whisked away by a different nun to the italian table!). I'm sure the dinner would have seemed less confusing and frenetic if you spoke the language, but all was served, eaten and cleared within about 45mins! I personally would recommend heading in to town and getting a more relaxing dinner of your choice for less than the eur18 they charge at la culla.
The room we were in was enormous - we booked an ensuite twin room, and got a twin room, a double room, and a bathroom plus utility room. We had three sinks in all! Although it was very spacious with fantastic views, it was not particularly clean (but the noise was our main concern as above). The bedding was fine, but the floors didn't feel clean when in bare feet. The shower hook had broken so you had to hold the shower head up to have a shower, and there were quite a few ants around.
We also had a confusing time at the end when paying, as the convent seemed to think we should only be charged eur202 for the three nights, whereas the agent had said the total was eur282 as it was eur94 a night for our room. The nuns (translated by the gentleman) first said that if we had paid eur80 already then it would be eur122, but then another nun said nothing had been received from the agent and we had to pay eur202. Then after talking to the agent on the phone they said actually the total is eur282, the agent has eur80, so we must pay eur202 to cover the rest. So it seemed to us that the eur80 difference was an agency fee - we may have misunderstood, but it seemed to us that the agent was absolutely fleecing us.
All in all, we weren't best pleased. We didn't make any form of complaint about anything, as it didn't seem right to do so in a convent, despite being paying guests! But as long as you don't mind a long walk/bus ride in and out of town, I would thoroughly recommend Oasi Madre della Pace up the hill over La Culla.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday house La Culla is 10 minutes from the center of Sorrento, Is managed by the Oblate Sisters of the Child Jesus. The hotel has 16 spacious rooms all with private bathroom, some also have available a corner with kitchen to be put to any apartment. From the last recent renovation all the rooms have air conditioning, a mini fridge, wifi in all rooms, TV, telephone. TThe house is equipped to accommodate disabled people. The rooms are cleaned by the staff each day and is included a change of linen every 3 nights. It is offered free breakfast from 8:00 to 9:30. To promote relaxation, the return at night is expected by midnight. The house has large terraces, and free parking where you can leave the car to enjoy all the wonders that the area offers. Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Massa Lubrense, Pompeii are just some of the destinations that you can reach easily from our hotel by public transport. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Per Ferie Hotel Sorrento