The hotel was an excellent choice for our group of 22. Rooms were well appointed. Sea facing rooms, many of which had balconies, gave views across the sea to the island of Ischia and Mount Vesuvius. The hotel lies just outside the village of Massa Lubrense overlooking the small harbour of Marina Lobra. There is a steep walk down to the pretty little harbour - approximately 65 steps - where there is a bar and shop.
Meals at Piccolo Paradiso were plentiful and varied. Dinner each night consisted of a pasta course and for our week's stay we had a different pasta each evening and we were always offered a top up. The main courses were normally a choice of fish or meat with appropriate accompaniments often served with a side salad and the sweet course was a choice of ice cream, melon or a bowl of fresh fruit. Service was very efficient given the large number of diners to be served.
Breakfast was the standard continental selection of cheese, ham, cakes, breads and a huge range of jams, honey, etc. with fruit juices and yoghurts.
The dining room is vast as it caters for large groups and although there was a comfortable lounge on the ground floor, our group either remained in the dining room after the evening meal (there was a grand piano there which we used for our evenings' entertainment) or we would move to the balcony where we would invariably gather for pre-dinner drinks.
Staff were friendly, courteous and extremely helpful when any problems arose. A member of staff popped up to the village to obtain some travel sickness pills when one of our party was suffering the effects of a long coach, plane and another coach ride to reach the hotel on our arrival and again two of our group who opted not to participate on one of our excursions were taken to Massa Lubrense by car to catch the regular service bus to Sorrento.
The walk to Massa Lubrense is a very steep uphill one and will take about 15 minutes. The alternative is a rather infrequent bus service. Once in Massa Lubrense however there is a good bus service to and from Sorrento.
The Piccolo Paradiso hotel seems to cater mainly for groups. We were a party of 22 and there were several groups of Germans staying there at the same time.
There is a turning point/parking area for coaches immediately opposite the hotel which perhaps explains why it is so popular with coach parties. The only downside with the location is that to get anywhere one has to travel via Sorrento and the narrow roads combined with the morning school rush mean that the journey can take from 20 minutes to almost an hour depending on the time of departure.
On the other hand the small harbour really is a delight and you won't find any tourists there except for those staying at the Piccolo Paradiso who are prepared to tackle those 65 steps (in both directions!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The three star hotel Piccolo Paradiso, is a delightful hotel which has always been managed by its owners. Elegant and comfortable, it lies in a marvellous position between the countryside and the sea in one of the most beautiful parts of the Sorrento Peninsula. ... more less
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