I stayed here for 6 nights with a friend at the beginning of June - we booked a studio apartment with twin beds for a special offer price which was very good value and included breakfast. When we arrived at the resort we were upgraded to a 1 bed studio which had twin beds in the main room, with kitchen area etc and then a seperate double bedroom which was great for us to be able to have the extra space and privacy at the same bargain cost.
We were greeted at reception by Sabrina who was extremely helpful and friendly as were all the staff we encountered.
The apartment was great - the double bedroom looked like it had been refurbished but maybe not the main area but it was still nice and what we were expecting if not better. The beds were a little interesting - the two twin beds were ridiculously soft, I suffer from a bad back so could not have slept on it and would have had to put the mattress on the floor (however my friend slept fine on them). I was lucky to have the double room as it had a rock hard mattress - great for my back but the hardest mattress i've ever slept on so again perhaps not great for some people! We were so tired at the end of each day sightseeing we could have slept on anything though I think.
The pool area is beautfiul - when we went it was very quiet and always spare sunbeds. It is tranquil and pretty with lemon and orange trees surrounding it. The water wasn't too cold either. The pool bar was unexpected as it wasn't so busy but although it was pretty basis - drinks, and crisps and only the choice of two pitta bread sandwhiches for lunch it was adequate if you wanted a day by the pool.
5 min walk to supermarket - we were on a budget so made lunches in the kitchen area everyday to take with us on trips out so was good to have this facilty. We had read other reviews about what the kitchen area was equipped with and so brought with us some washing up liquid and tea towels. The hob is gas so we also had to go out and buy some matches and left them for the next people but might be an idea to pack those too - especially if you want a cup of tea as there is no kettle so have to boil a saucepan for it.
The breakfast was fine - lovely breakfast area to sit in , light and airy and modern (some dodgy tunes playing on the cd though!!). It was fine for what we wanted - yoghurts, bread, jam, tinned fruit cocktail etc, pretty basic but again very good for the price we paid. There were cakes and things on offer for breakfast too but didn't fancy that at 8am!
Reception said to us it was about a 25 minute walk into sorrento - we tried the first evening and it took as at least 40 if not longer! We only did it the once in the end and preferred to get the train. The trains are ok and only 2 mins to sorrento but only run every half an hour so not overly convenient but not bad. Its only 1,20 E each way too. There is a bus stop outside the hotel but we never used it as you can't buy tickets on the bus you have to get them from newsagents or station and we were never organised enough to have a spare ticket when we needed it!
We ate in Sorrento a couple of times but also Sant Agnello when we didn't want to go back in to Sorrento - not a huge choice of places but if you turn left out of the resort there is a sign to Moonlight which was a pretty cheap and fairly nice restaurant. Then there is also La Terraza i think it was called which looks a bit like a cafe but does reasonable evening meals but with a stunning view over the sea. Again turn left out of the resort, not right towards Sant Agnello town. We sat here one night having dinner and watched the sun set and then the lights come on in sorrento - great photo opportunities and amazing to have a seat outside with such a great view for the price of a 10 euro plate of pasta!
We were glad we stayed at Espiridi resort , we had a lovely stay, and I think it was better than staying in sorrento unless you can afford to stay in a luxurious hotel with a pool. But for our budget this was by far the best option and I think we would both return and I would recommend it to others.
One last negative while i remember - a slight sewer smell in the bathroom but we just kept the door shut and the window open and it wasn't too bad but might be something to be aware of. Also we unfortunately had the bathroom light shade explode shattering glass everywhere - very lucky neither of us were standing under it - the glass went everywhere - now this could happen anywhere to anyone so its not a criticism of the resort, but a positive as straight away a maid came along when she heard it and cleaned it up for us, and then that afternoon when the housekeeping came to the apartment the light was fixed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A tourist village with designer style and a glamorous atmosphere, the Esperidi Resort is an innovative solution for spending pleasant vacations in a resort in Sorrento, the ideal starting pointing for exploring the Sorrentina Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast. In a 30000 sqm park guests enjoy rooms and services of a 4 star hotel such as pool, restaurant and lounge club and may choose the accommodation that best fits their style: from the junior suites to the apartments and bungalows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esperidi Hotel Sant`Agnello
- Esperidi Resort Italy/Province Of Naples