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“Disappointment”
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Domus San Vincenzo
Istanbul, Turkey
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38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Disappointment”
Reviewed August 11, 2009

Based on the reviews, I was quite looking forward to the experience of staying at a convent. When we finally arrived after walking for about 1 km from the train station in the hot sun with all our luggage, I was ready to be impressed... unfortunately after having specified a quiet room my sister and I had a room that was right on the street - which was VERY noisy. As there was no air conditioning nor even a fan we left the window open, so I was not able to sleep for most of the night (noise of cars and motorcycles or even people talking)... the breakfast is very, very basic and frankly quite uninteresting, and when we came back to the convent at the end of the 2nd day, the room had not even been cleaned (and was none too clean to begin with). Thankfully we had only reserved for two days, and we were able to go to another B&B right in Sorrento which we appreciated much, much more (Casa Correale). I suppose that if you are visiting the region by car, and not in the hot summer months, this might be a nice place, but frankly to visit the surrounding areas (Positano, Capri...) it is more tiring too stay in a place where you have to take a train just to get into Sorrento, where you have to walk for about 10 minutes to get to the train station (taxis will not bring you there as it is too short of a trip for them). So I would say that if you go by car, and if you have a room overlooking the sea, and that it is not too hot, than you might have a better experience!

  • Stayed July 2009
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

My 24 year old daughter, my husband, and I recently spent 3 nights with the sisters at the Domus San Vincenzo. We had such a marvelous time there. The sisters are very sweet and so helpful- only one of them spoke English and our Italian is very limited, but that's part of the adventure. We stayed in a four person room with the most incredible view of the courtyard and gardens and the Bay. The room was quite large and had high ceilings. There is no air conditioning, but the breeze coming off the bay kept us cool. It was so quiet and peaceful. We never heard any of the other guests. The room and bathroom were spotless. When we arrived in San Angello, we were dragging our suitcases from the train station- no taxis about- and walking to the Domus. It's not a long walk from the train station, but be warned: some of the streets are very narrow and there are lots of speeding cars and scooters and precious few sidewalks. Be sure to print out the map for the Domus and realize that not all the streets have signs on them. It could be difficult to find the Domus after dark. When we checked in, the English speaking sister (I wish I could remember her name!) recommended a restaurant not far from the Domus and we ventured out on our first night to find it. The food at the restaurant was absolutely incredible. It was so wonderful that we went back again for our last night in town and would go back in a second! The restaurant is named "Il Chiosco" and is about a 10 minute walk from the Domus. The breakfast at the Domus is a little spare- some kind of breakfast bread, a roll, butter and jam, cornflakes, coffee or tea, juice and milk. It won't last you all day, but it gets you out the door. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Domus San Vincenzo and wouldn't hesitate to go back again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

My wife and I recently spent a week at Domus San Vincenzo. The rooms are large, clean, quiet and airy. Soure Congregazione Pallottine explained the rules of the house clearly and was very helpful with assisting in planning our activities to get the most out of our time in the area. She was ably assisted by the delightfully friendly sisters and they all made it easy to enjoy this unique B&B experience. The B&B is located within 10-15 minutes walk of 2 railway stations, so you can access all the local attractions with a minimum of fuss. Breakfast was basic, but if you want more cereal or whatever, just ask. The views from the terrace are sensational, and enjoying an alfresco meal or two there is a real treat. There are plenty of local cafes, eateries & small supermarkets / deli's outside the tourist hub of Sorrento that offer good food and service, at reasonable prices, if your prepared to pound the pavement, dodge the traffic and take time to engage with the locals. All of which, we enjoyed immensely. If you want to sample a great local pizza, look no further than the pizza restaurant near the Piano Di Sorrento rail station..their pizza's are very good. There are a few minor limitations in staying at a B&B with a resident religious order, but for us, it was part of the unique experience. If we have the opportunity again to visit southern Italy, we'll definitely be spending a few more days with our sisters.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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Pacifica, California
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35 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 25, 2009

Despite the overall rating, this is an interesting gem. Read on: this is not just a bed & breakfast, it is a bed & breakfast within a nunnery, run by sisters (Suore Pallotitine--Congregazione delle Suore dell'Apostolato Cattolico). The sisters are kind, delightful and generous. The rooms are clean, spacious and with wonderful views (the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius). While the beds are not the best, the views and the experience more than make up for it. The neighborhood is near the coast, with restaurants and other hotels, and if one goes further inland from the coast, there are typical Italian neighborhoods. And if they know you're staying with the nuns, you're automatically good folk. The nunnery is located in in Sant'Agnello di Sorrento, one short train ride from Sorrento itself. Where Sorrento is touristy and noisy, Sant'Agnello is mixed tourists and locals, and quite lovely. We lingered over espresso in small bars near the station.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Fort Myers, Florida
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 16, 2008

We had a delightful time in S.Agnello. A train or bus ride away from Sorrento - but miles away in atmosphere. A small quaint village. We adored the nuns who take care of the monastery. We were in a perfect location and were able to view the Blanca and Nera processions. Being a part of the Easter vigil in towns like Piano Sorrento, Sorrento and S.Agnello gave us an appreciation of the season. No wonder the Italians are so passionate....they live history every day. The rooms are sparse, (and a little chilly in the winter). But the view is worth it all. It has a lovely courtyard in which to savor wine and cheese bought in the local market overlooking the Bay of Naples. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

  • Liked — The Nuns - the location
  • Disliked — Nothing (well maybe a little more heat.....at times)
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
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Halifax
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24 reviews
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Reviewed October 20, 2008

This place is a little gem. It was so nice to get back to after a frantic day of sight-seeing, and be able to sit a while on the lovely terrace and chill out. The views over the bay towards Vesuvius are glorious.

The bedrooms in Domus San Vincenzo are very spacious, with big pieces of antique furniture, a huge bed, plenty of storage, an ensuite shower room and a small balcony. Breakfast is simple, consisting of rolls, jam, biscuits, cereal, etc, and good strong coffee. Curfew is at 11.00pm, but that didn't cause us a problem. We were able to park our car on the premises, but check with the nuns first, as space is limited. The nuns were extremely friendly and helpful, especially Shilti (hope I've remembered that correctly!) from India, who speaks excellent English.

There is a good restaurant across the bridge, but like in most restaurants in Sorrento, tourists seem to pay a premium. A brisk walk takes you to either Sant' Agnello or Plano Sorrento station from where you can travel to Naples for Pompei and Herculanium, or Sorrento.

All in all, if you want peace and quiet after a hard day in Sorrento, this is the place for you. Personally, I could spend a month here!

  • Liked — Everything, and it's excellent value for money!
  • Disliked — Absolutely nothing!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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London
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 19, 2008

We came to Sant Agnello after a stay at an Agritourism farm near Salerno and had been staying in a traditional rural setting. Coming to Domus San Vincenzo felt like a natural continuation of our trip. Instead of the busy, tourist filled Sorrento, Sant Agnello feels like more of a 'locals' area and the Domus a friendly, local run B&B.

We loved the building, it is light and airy with nice decorative touches. The terraces inside and outside the building gave beautiful views over the bay and out to Vesuvius. The Kiwi groves and small gardens were particularly lovely.
Our room appeared to have been recently decorated and combined light walls with dark and robust furniture, and amazing tiled floors -which I assume were the originals. It was close to the very busy road, so was quite noisy if we had the doors open. But this didn't particularly bother us, and the rooms to the rear of the convent would have been unaffected. Rooms were cool despite the lack of air conditioning and hot weather, the temperature for most of our visit had hovered around mid 30's.
Breakfast was very simple, and consisted of coffee, bread and biscuits.
The nuns were very welcoming and helped give the Domus a peaceful and serene air. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and would recommend to anyone, although as mentioned in previous posts it is not for night owls.

  • Liked — Lovely views, traditional feel, friendly nuns.
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Domus San Vincenzo
Address: Via Iommella Grande 120, 80065 Piano di Sorrento, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Piano di Sorrento
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Ranked #13 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Piano di Sorrento
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Hotel Class:2 star — Domus San Vincenzo 2*
Number of rooms: 5
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