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“Lovely views but look out for the hill”
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Cristina Hotel
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Sant'Agnello
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Stayed here for a week in June 2011. The bus journey took 2 hours which dropped us off at the train station we then had to get a taxi to the hotel which took about 15 mins.

When we arrived we had the lunch time buffet in the hotel which was getting cold. We also had the evening meal a couple of times during our stay which was a set menu this was good but slightly over priced. You can also order from the menu during the day which was good pizzas etc. The buffet for breakfast was very nice lots of choice, cereals, cakes, fruit etc however no fried breakfast.

Rooms were average but clean a bit old fashioned. Plugs were in funny places not near mirrors etc. Views from the hotel are we're lovely.

Hotel is situated on a streep hill which may be hard for people with young children. It took about 10-15 minutes to walk into town, once there, there's quite a few restaurants and shops however things are very expensive.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

I would like to rate this hotel 4.5 but I can't. This is a good, clean, comfortable hotel without being flashy.

Location & Staff
The location is great. The hotel perched on a hill away from the hustle and bustle. But it does mean that you have a steep (but not long) walk up from Sant'Agnello. It is a short drive or long walk into Sorrento. Fortunately we had a car and there was no problem parking for free on the road outside. There is a courtesy bus which generally runs about 4 times. Taxis are expensive.

All the staff hotel staff are really helpful, from the receptionists to the waiting staff to the chamber maids - all very efficient.

Bedrooms
When we were first shown to our room I was a little disappointed as, yes, it did have a sea view but it all so had a view of the main road and the petrol station. But I very quickly came to love the view, because it felt real and interesting - I have had a sea view before but this one was of the town and the mountains going down to the sea. For a more uninterrupted sea view you could request a room a the front of the hotel but I wouldn't bother. There are plenty of mirrors and power points which meant that I could dry my hair without having to stretch the cord on my hairdryer. The bathroom was fine, there was a small bath with a shower over it. The pressure on the shower was decent and for the first time in living memory we were able to shower without flooding the bathroom. I would agree (with other reviewers) that the walls of the rooms are a little thin but that is not that different from any other hotel, you have to accept that nothing is ever perfect. The chamber maids were very good, they cleaned the rooms in the morning and spruced them up again (turned down the bed, whizzed around the bathroom) in the evening.

Hotel Generally
The continental breakfast was good, all the usual things - selection of cereals, fruit, cheese, cold meats, breads, cakes, yoghurts, etc. Novel but effective machine for boiling eggs. Breakfast taken on the terrace was such a lovely start to each day.

The swimming pool is smaller than it looks in the pictures but it was nice - we didn't spend a lot of time there but always took our own bottled water and the hotel didn't seem to mind although there was a sign saying that you shouldn't do this. We hired hotel towels for 2 Euros for the length of our stay, I think that this was reasonable. Another great thing is that we didn't have to pay for sunbeds, I think that it is a scandal, but some hotels do charge. Poolside snacks were also reasonable, for instance a pizza cost 5 Euros.

We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis. We ate at the hotel once in the evening as they had a Neopolitan Evening for 30 Euros per person including water, wine and entertainment. I wouldn't say that this was a rave but it made a change from going out. I thought the food was good as it was all fish (with the exception of the dessert obviously) but my husband said that he didn't have enough to eat and the fish wasn't popular with my two teenage daughters. I think overall that the hotel wasn't that suitable for teenagers although my daughters enjoyed the holiday very much. They disagree that the hotel wasn't sutiable for teenagers.

Driving
The roads around Sorrento were windy but well maintained. The problem occurs when you meet a coach on a narrow road, I didn't even consider driving but my husband is used to driving around London so was happy to drive. I would say that the drivers are good but impatient and watch out for all the mopeds!

General info and things to do
This isn't a cheap holiday, sometimes it feels like it costs to even breathe. We went to Positano and for four of us to have sunbeds and an umbrella on the beach we were quoted, 50 euros!! This was reduced to 45 Euros but in the end we bought an umbrella from the tabac shop for 13.50 Euros and lay on our towels. Positano is beautiful though but just be aware that it costs plenty, 5 Euros for a coke or a Granite in a beachfront cafe. Parking in the Sorrento area is usually 3 to 4 Euros an hour, space is at a premium so generally you leave your keys with the parking attendant.

I recommend all the usual tourist things. We hired a small dingy with an outboard motor and went to Capri. It cost approximately 200 Euros for this plus 70 Euros for a mediocre lunch on Capri and mooring costs of about 10 Euros, but it was a special day.

Eating out
If you want to economise stay away from all seafood and stick to pizza and pasta, Until we did this we were spending more than 100 Euros per night. One of the cheapest restaurants is actually in a side street of the main tourist shopping area in Sorrento. The restaurant is called something like La Lanterna, very nice atmosphere. We had a really memorable meal at La Tagliata (high in the hills over Positano, nightmare drive to get there) but it cost 35 Euros each which was more than we wanted to pay. I would recommend it though provided you treat it as a special ocassion and stave yourself all day in preparation. I also recommend Vino Vero in the hills above Sorrento, this is open every day in high season but I know that is it closed on Wednesdays in September. On one ocassion we managed to eat for approximately 50 Euros here having stuck to the pizza/pasta 'rule' (but the pasta portions were small - In Italy pasta is often intended to form part of the meal rather than the main course). Another time it was nearer 100 Euros. In all the time that we ate out never once to any waiter wave a huge black pepper grinder over my food. On the whole the food was really good but, with the exception of La Tagliata, no different to that you get in London.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

After a long trip to Naples and to Sorrento train stations, the staff sent us up free desserts and a drink after seeing us so spent. What a view, amazing. Very South Beach looking, alot of white and open to the air. Room not as modern, but not a problem, gave feel of Italy not the States. Its a bit outta town and taxi's to Sorrento can add up. Very reasonably priced, cheapest hotel we stayed at in Italy on our trip.
Would recommend to others. Pool area was really cool too.
Sorrento is one of my favorites places on earth! Probably best food overall in Italy!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2011

Last night we asked the waiters, that we need to go early the next day, because our flight will start at 8 o'clock.. We also told this to the porter. We went down to the reception at 5 o'clock in the morning, but it was closed. There was no one anywhere. We were frightened by the fact that we miss the airplane. We were searching somebody, we bellowed next. Somebody, who may have awoken then, came out after 10 minutes. He let us out, but
our breakfast was not packed up. I think it was a horrible service.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank rmark28
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

Absolutely perfect. Not in the centre of Sorrento and therefore quieter. Wonderful roof pool. Exceptional service. What else to say??

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed November 17, 2009

I stayed here with my fiance (proposed at this hotel) back in July. The view over the bay of Naples and the town of Sorrento. The staff is friendly, fluent in several languages (including English) and is always willing to help. Rooms are large and clean, with amazing views of the city, bay, and mountains.

A shuttle runs regularly to the city center, or you can walk to town. The walk is about 20 minutes on a narrow sidewalk. We had a car which we had rented and drove back and forth, as well as up and down the coast (highly recommended). Capri is only a short ferry ride away.

Sorrento is my favorite city in Italy. It is large enough to do some shopping from the locals, but small enough to get that true Italian feel with great food, great music, and great hospitality. I would highly recommend a trip to this region and a stay at this great hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

we travelled with our friends, both families with small children. as we changed travel plans due to weather, we arrived in Sorrento in early evening with no booking or idea of hotels. Chose Cristina hotel from a booking website. the hotel is in the neighbouring town of St Agnelo but not really far from Sorrento centre (probably around 2 km) and 250m up the hill from the main street (however if you mind the walk of around 30 minutes, the taxi costs EUR 15! and there are only 4 hotel shuttles during the day). Rooms have recently been renovated and look nice. We had one double and one triple room, the double room was however so small that the closet doors did not fully open as it was so close to the bed. I must admit that the service was, however, the best we received in Italy and the staff sopke good English. Breakfast was ok but nothing special (but good coffee was free). The only but at the same time major problem with the hotel is that the walls seem to be made of paper (at first we were startled by the noise that the toilet flush or shower of our neihgbours up down or on the side made) our room was also next to a marb le stairways...we could hear the talking in the next room. after the first night we thought we will move but ended up staying 4. also, the room rack rate of EUR 90 is probably decent value in Sorrento.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Address: Via Rubinacci 6, 80065 Sant'Agnello, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sant'Agnello
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Sant'Agnello
#5 Romantic Hotel in Sant'Agnello
#8 Family Hotel in Sant'Agnello
Price Range: $100 - $294 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cristina Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TUCKED AWAY ON THE SORRENTO SEABOARD Between the coast and the hills, It overlooks the town of Sant’Agnello and is located 1200 meters from the central Piazza Tasso in Sorrento. With its breath-taking views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius the hotel offers the possibility to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay in a stylishly furnished and welcoming environment. ... more   less 
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