Hotel-Everything that has been said already about this hotel good and bad are 100 percent accurate. We enjoyed our 2 week break. Most staff very accommodating and like any other hotel some are a bit grumpy but in the main they are v good.
You have to compare this hotel to Italian stds and by these this is a 4 star as i have stayed in 2, 3 and 4 star hotels in Italy and elsewhere and this would come under the Italian 4 stars however it would be unfair to compare this to UK or Spanish stds which require higher spec for 4 star rating. Anyhow read other reviews about staff, food and accommodation and they will all be accurate dependent on rooms allocated. Ours was on 2nd floor and we had no issues however the rooms can do with a bit of an upgrade and more meticulous clean.
WiFi update- appears they have fixed this as of the 24th July with new router etc and this is much improved with some customers advising they could stream the commonwealth games opening ceremony.
Groceries - for families cheap juice and sweets etc is essential as you can really spend a lot here if you buy at the hotel. If kids want a lunchtime pizza you can get a margarita pizza for 4 euros at the takeaway if you turn left out of the hotel, cross the road and its about a five min walk. Also at night time if you want a change from hotel food, they do a family pizza for 8 Euros if you turn right out of the hotel, cross the busy street, turn left and its the small restaurant next to the Galleria wine bar / shop. Also they do a bottle of coke which will do you all for 2 Euros rather than 3 Euros per coke from the hotel. We spent nearly several hundred pounds the first week at hotel and only a fraction the second week once we became more streetwise.
You will get coke and juice for the room if you turn right out of the hotel go to the top of the street and cross the busy road and you will see a greengrocers with fruit outside.
Alternatively turn right out of hotel and at busy road (this is the Corso Italia and reason for referring to it as the busy road as it is horrendously busy), turn left and about 4 or 5 shops along past the laundry you will find a small local grocers with everything you need for a reasonable price. Carry on along this road and you will see the railway station about 5 - 10min walk and not 15 like someone has posted, walk towards station and at the steps of station make a right and at and of this small alley if you turn left there is a large supermarket. We unfortunately only found this on one of our last days.
Hotel- Another tip is at supper if going half board, purchase a couple of bottles of water at 2.50 per bottle if family of four rather than coke as this will cost 3 Euro for v small bottle each. This can mount up over 14 nights.
Sight seeing-For going to Sorrento always turn left out of hotel and take first road that takes you round to the left and follow it having to detour to the left slightly and carry on on running parallel to the sea for about 25 mins and you will reach Sorrento. Beware, periods of having no pavement and having scooters and cars hurtling past you but i didnt feel it was that bad compared to taking a right out of hotel and following busy road Corsa Italia which is horrendously busy. (There are good maps at reception that will direct you and the receptionist will run through everything with you once you ask for the map.)
Walking to Sorrento vie Corsa Italia, Imagine a constant traffic jam with honking horns, scooters everywhere, buses and lorries too emitting horrendous fumes which you smell and taste for days. (No use for asthma sufferers.) Turning left out of hotel might save your lungs permanent damage.
Anyhow back to the hotel, dont make an opinion about the hotel from initial sight. Give it a few days and you will come to enjoy the heart, soul and unique character of it.
Holiday to this area-If like me you thought this hotel and area would offer lovely night time walks along promenades and lovely sights of the Amalfi and coastal towns, then forget about it. Think more about traffic, fumes and scooters. This will be my over riding memory of our walks to Sorrento.
Trips- my opinion, forget about tour reps ones as you can do it all yourself. Vesuvias and Pompeii can be done by train. Take train at weekend as it appears it is half price (either that or grumpy railway man misunderstood return and my hand gestures.) Pompeii tourist site is right next to station and we were 3.50 Euros on a Sunday each by train and 11 Euros each to get in. Take photocopy of passports or student or school ID for students and under 18's for majority of sites. Under 18's free, teachers if providing evidence are free or discounted and students over 18 about half price in general terms. Also for vesuvias you can get a bus from Pompeii to Vesuvias for about 12 Euros each therefore a fraction of Reps price.
Capri is 35 Euros each for jet foil return and whilst we didnt do this trip, we were advised it was 1.80 Euros each way for bus trip into AnaCapri on arrival and the same for chair lifts. There is a 2 hr trip on arrival at Capri by boat for 12 Euros each.
With Thomson they were charging 79 Euros each for family of 4 nearly 320 Euros for you trip. You had to make your own way to Sorrento harbour where they gave you your ticket and gave you a bus with some commentary in capri. Why would you do this when you could do it yourself for about 39 Euros each. For less than reps price you can also do boat two hr trip and chair lifts and still have change for an ice cream and a poke of chips. Anyhow if you have money to burn and are lazy just hand your hard earned cash over to tour rep.
Holidays are about your own experiences rather than others. Hopefully I have allayed any issues and given you some insight and useful tips along the way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immersed in a big park by citrus groves and beautiful villas, the Hotel Majestic Palace welcomes its guests in a refined and warm atmosphere at the same time. Thanks to its location, within walking distance from the sea and the main square of Sorrento, the Hotel is the ideal starting point for discovering the most beautiful and evocative sights of Sorrento area, Amalfi, Capri, Pompeii, etc., to spend in short, a seaside vacation culture or relaxing moments. Built in a Mediterranean style, the Hotel Majestic Palace has large indoor and outdoor spaces. Attention to even the smallest details, the Majestic Palace Hotel offers to the guests excellent services and facilities: pool restaurant at lunch, pizzeria, Don Geppi Restaurant open for dinner, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, solarium, beauty center and possibility to enjoy beautiful excursions by sea and by land. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Majestic Palace
- Majestic Palace Sorrento
- Majestic Palace Sant Agnello
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