We were saling around the Amalfi coast in a sailing yacht and booked a night away at Don Alfonso to celebrate me and my wife's wedding anniversary. It had been very hot on board our boat and we were looking forward to a night away in a cool comfortable bed. The hotel and restaurant were recommended by the charter company and I had no idea what I was getting myself in for!
We took a cab from the centre of Sorrento which cost us 40 Euro. The road winds round and round until you get to a village high up above Sorrento.
We were dropped off outside and whisked into the bibliotek by the manager. He addressed us by our names from the outset (it is not a big hotel) but my sister in law had booked it online from the UK so was suprised they knew who we were. In the bibliotek (sort of library) we were welcomed and asked for our photo ID. Unfortunately we had left them on the boat and Italian law says that you need ID to check into a hotel. Fortunately teh charter company sorted us out with a well versed fax!
We were then taken up to our room. The hotel is VERY swish, in an unusual way! The use of colours is very good but there i no point on describing the two tone pink corridors or the yellow and purple rooms since it will put off the traditionalists out there. The decor is immaculate, the floors polished hard woodand the lift lined with polished mirrors.
Our room (a junior suite) was perfect - great decor, emperor sized bed, flat screen TV, WOW armchair. The bathroom was beautifully appointed with water jets in the bath and a dustbin lid shower. It had hi-spec double glazed windows which blocked out ALL noise from the street, plush shutters on teh outside that blocked out ALL the light when required. We might have been biaised due to that fact we had been sleeping on a boat for the previous four days but we loved it. See our other reviews to see what standards we are used to! Hidden in an antique cabinet was a safe and a minibar. There was wifi.
We dressed for dinner, as best we could. My wife, looking chic as ever, dazzled the staff in the restuarant but my inappropriate shirt and footwear did raise an eye brow (or five). It is a smart restuarant. I was unaware of the two Michelin stars at that point!
We chose the 8 course degustivation menu. It was very good. It knocked the spots off L'Enclume (the other gastro michelin place we have been to). You really felt like you were getting your monies worth and there was NO room left at the end of the meal. We sat down for dinner at 8.30 and finished at 12. There was just enough gap between courses to avoid restlessness!
We had :
Two glasses of vintage prosecco
A bottle of champagne
Two glasses of desert wine
We were slightly embrassed as we could not eat as much of the deserts and cake as we were full because there was ALOT of delicious food.
Just before we left for bed they asked us whether we would like breakfast in bed or by the pool. We chose by the pool at 10am.
After the best nights sleep in at least five days, we had a leisurely breakfast beside the pool. Leave time for breakfast since it takes an hour and we had a cab booked for 11. Breakfast was a simple eggs and bacon, fruit, pastries etc with good coffee. Excellent.
Just before we departed we were taken on a tour of the wine cellars which are amazing. Apparently the tunnels were dug in 600 BC. Right at the bottom of the old well shaft is where they keep the strong cheeses. It is well worth the many steps and risking server clostaphobia.
On departure we paid a bill of 677 euros, which was kind of what I was expecting. dinner was 145 euros per head (set menu) and the room 325 euros. We were given a nice gift of some pasta and olive oil from the organic farm that the hotel owns.
We loved it at Don Alfonso. Ignore anyone who says that it is overpriced are just plain miserable! It is a two star Michelin restuarant in a beautiful location, I believe it is on the top ten restuarants in Italy, plus it has the bonus of having great rooms to stay in (you may have to redo your own house when you get home, though!)
If I was to change anything I would encourage the owner to stop coming and telling you all about the organic farm she owns since she told us three times!
Treat yourself - it is well worth it!
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