Just got home on the 6th June and I had high hopes for this hotel but feel a little bit deflated. There are many good points though. The staff are lovely people throughout and provide a close to excellent service. The position of the hotel is good, close to the beach and within a couple of hours of some excursions. Be very careful when you book any though and make sure there are no bank holidays. Thomsons were a little bit naughty and kept that bit of info to themselves resulting in many people having a 4-5 hour return journey from Venice. I wouldn't even risk it at the weekend as the resort gets flooded with daytrippers. The road that runs through the square extends for miles in both directions and is full of shops, restaurants, ice-cream parlours and bars.
The section of the beach is behind the Excelsior Hotel which you can see to the right from the hotel. You have access to three columns and about twelve rows. The 'deck chairs' are regular sunbeds. The first 20 meters or so from the sea is roped off and can be used by anyone. During the weekend it is crammed with Italians enjoying themselves and great for people watching. The rest of the time it was pretty empty. It's a lovely sandy beach but if you aren't in the first few rows you will be quite a distance from the sea.
Here are some example of prices of drinks in the hotel in Euros - Beer 4, Cider 5, Cocktails and Long Drinks 6, Coffee and Tea 2, Soft Drinks 3, Wine 2.5 by the glass, Water with dinner 3.5, Wine with dinner eg Asti 25 per bottle.
You can buy some cheap plonk from iN's supermarket, 2 roads behind hotel then 50 metres to the left. You can get all sorts of booze from the supermarkets, which you can put in your fridge and drink in your room, but not in the hotel bars. The tv has only got the news in English, but there is sport on Ch 39, 57 and 58 but you'll have to listen to it in German and Italian while you lay on one of the 2.5 foot beds which we had in our twin room.
Here are my reasons for being so deflated - The food menu in the poolside bar is just like a cafe back home. We ended up having chicken and chips & egg, bacon and chips on our one and only visit. The breakfast was okay but the bacon was very greasy. The buffet was fine in the evening but the al a carte meals were not that impressive. You wouldn't pay more than £5 for the pasta dish and £8 for the main meal back home. They are small meals too. Think of a small piece of lamb and a few potatoes or a big duck leg and a bit of mash. Actually I think I was being generous with that £8. The gala meal on Wednesday was almost the same as the regular buffet starter meal you have every day. The main reason for us choosing this hotel was because of the food reviews. All I'm saying is don't expect too much. It was good but not that good.
I haven't been to Italy before and my mum, whom I travelled with, has been banging on about it for years so as she's getting on a bit I thought I'd accompany her. She was expecting the beautiful architecture and scenery of Sorrento and the lakes, and well dressed Italian families spending the evening out together. What we got was a purpose built, rather new resort where you are more likely to see large groups of lads with mohican wigs and a blow-up-doll, or a gang of louts who spend the whole night running around the square making as much noise as possible. It is safe and they are just having a good time but do you really want that? Luckily the double glazing works a treat but you would not believe the noise when you open the door at night. Fortunately this only happens at the weekend or in our case bank holiday.
I can understand people returning to this hotel many times but I won't be one of them.
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