Staying in Sant'Agnello at the Hotel Mediterraneo was the perfect way to relax and end our 2 week whirlwind trip to Italy. It is off the beaten path from the trinket shops and tourist traps in Sorrento; well worth the 20 minute walk or the short shuttle ride to Sorrento. We spent more time than we thought we would just lounging on our balcony, sipping champagne in the posh bar, and relaxing to the sounds of the seagulls and sea. It was, unfortunately, quite cold during our time there so we were unable to enjoy the gorgeous swimming pool or beach facilities on our visit. There were a few things that kept me from rating the hotel excellent; outdated bathrooms, mediocre coffee at breakfast, and spotty service depending on which member of the staff you interacted with. But even with that we would highly recommend staying at the Hotel Mediterraneo, especially during the warmer summer months!
Service: Meeting Joe, bartender and waiter at the Mediterraneo, was one of our highlights of our time in Italy. Wonderful man, incredibly attentive, funny, and a total character! Of all the service staff, I trusted him for recommendations on where to go and what to eat; he was genuine and gave us the pros and cons of the choices. Some of the other members of the hotel staff were a bit aloof, and it often felt like their recommendations were based on which places the hotel would want them to recommend.
Happy Hour: Amazing! Not just great deals on drinks, but delicious little pre-dinner snacks were also provided. The lounge and bar area is hopping at happy hour with guests from around the world. Incredible diversity in conversation and people watching.
Room: We booked the Superior sea view room, giving us a balcony in room 305. We opted for the superior vs. the classic because we wanted to spend time on the balcony watching the water, the boats, and the sunset. The balcony is quite small, but we managed to get a table and two chairs out there for some seaside dining. The bathrooms are quite dated, but clean.
Location/Shuttle Service: The hotel is on a main strip in Sant'Agnello, but a main strip in a small seaside town is much less busy than anything you'll see in a bigger city or even Sorrento itself. We took the shuttle into town just once; the times were not completely convenient for what we wanted to do and the walk is only 20 minutes. With all the pasta and gelato we ate in Italy the walk into town was welcomed exercise! There is a bus stop right outside the hotel, but the one time we tried to take the bus we waited, and waited, and waited... Sant'Agnello has a cute little town square with some restaurants and wine bars and we found them more authentic than anything in Sorrento.
Breakfast: The food was decent, lots of breads, some protein. The most disappointing thing was the coffee. Italy, the mecca for an amazing cup of coffee, and the coffee here was a bit watered down. The breathtaking view from the top of the restaurant almost makes up for the bad coffee.
WiFi: We got a password upon checking in, it worked for multiple devices, was included in the rate, and seemed to work everywhere we went except for the top floor restaurant and the beach.
Noise: Other reviews mention the noise in the square below. We were there off-season so we did not experience large crowds partying or gathering below. I love sleeping with the windows open, and one night I did have to close them when the glass recycling truck started making tremendous noise at 4am. Once the french doors were closed, it was much quieter. Some noise is the price we pay for vacationing in a populated area and not the South Pacific.
Getting There: We arrived at the Naples train station and took the Circumvensia to Sant'Agnello. It's certainly an experience; watch your wallets! From there we walked about 10 or so minutes to the hotel. When we left we took the shuttle bus from downtown Sant'Agnello to the Naples airport which was cheap, efficient, and quite pleasant. I would opt for the bus if that is an option for you.
Sorrento vs. Capri vs. Positano: I'm glad we stayed in the Sorrento area for this trip; it gave us the ability to hop around and see other places. Positano was lovely, but is a bit further away from the transit centers in Naples if you don't want to spend a ton of time traveling. We are considering staying on Capri if/when we return to the area to experience the magic of the island after the hoards of daytrippers leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento sits on a cliff overlooking the sea of Sorrento bay about one kilometer from the city center. It is an easy walk but you can also take our free shuttle. The breathtaking sea view and friendly, personable staff make it the perfect place to spend your vacation on the Sorrentine Peninsula in a 4-star hotel. The Mediterraneo has a pool surrounded by palm and orange trees, a private beach, parking and a free wi-fi connection. Get ready for an unforgettable experience that is surprisingly affordable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento Italy/Province Of Naples