More about Alpha Hotel Sorrento
a fabulous holiday
Have just returned from a week half board at the Alpha and a wonderful time was had by all. We knew that the hotel was a little way outside Sorrento, which was what we wanted. To travel into Sorrento we just caught the local orange bus which stops minutes from the hotel. It costs E1 per journey and tickets can be purchased from reception. The bus runs every 20 minutes. No problem.
The hotel itself was in lovely gardens with a pool surrounded by orange and lemon trees. The staff, particularly those in the restaurant , were very friendly and helpful plus all spoke excellent English. The evening meals were among the highlights of the holiday and we were spoilt for choice. Happily the cuisine was Italian, not English as happens in some hotels.
The rooms were very clean and the beds comfortable.
I cannot fault the hotel in any way and look forward to returning in the future, especially for the food.
Better Than Expected
Late forties couple staying for three nights.
The hotel is not much to look at but most of it is concealed by the beautiful gardens, with palms, orange, lemon, grapefruit and other trees around the pool.The hotel is clean and well kept. The pool is large and deep, but chilly (October). The room was bigger than expected with a large balcony, the corridor doors are heavy and were always closing with a bang, and why do some people need to talk so loudly when walking down the corridor at 7am?Apart from some traffic noise around sunrise and sunset, the area was reasonably quiet, but we were out during the day. The staff were polite, professional and helpful. The breakfast was good and plentiful, although eating in at night (we were half board) was expensive and taken at a fast pace. The train station is 5 minute walk, trains and buses were used extensively, they were cheap and reliable. The area felt quite safe at night. If you exclude the evening meal it was good value.
Great Stay at Hotel Alpha
We just returned form a 13 day stay at the Hotel Alpha in Sant' Agnello, located just outside Sorrento. We were on a tour and this hotel was chosen by the tour company. At first we were a little disappointed we were not staying in the center of Sorrento, but we found the Hotel Alpha was in a quieter location and it was easy to take the train or a bus into Sorrento. The hotel is set in the midst of orange and lemon trees and has a beautiful swimming pool. The rooms are average size and each has a nice terrace with table and chairs. Rooms in the back are quieter
than those overlooking the pool which is near the street. There is a bountiful breakfast buffet each day in the dining room and the dinners are wonderful with a wide variety of dishes. We found the hotel staff very helpful. We stayed five days longer at the Hotel Alpha after our tour ended, and the hotel staff at the desk answered all our questions and helped us plan excursions each day. This was a perfect location from which we took day trips to Naples, Pompeii and all along the Amalfi Coast. We would definitely return to the Hotel Alpha.
Peppe & Sarah
Excellent stay indeed, we were very pleased to spend our weekend at Alpha, the staff was really friendly, we even foud a basket of fresh fruit in the room after a long day on the beach...for free of course! it was the quiet place we were looking for, the garden was not so big but we loved the nice smell of lemons and fruit in the air. Excellent location 5 minutes walking from Sant'Agnello station, and just 8 minutes to the beach "la marinella". Don't mind the distance from Sorrento, you can easily walk to the center or just catch the first bus stopping outside the hotel, but I honestly confess you may regret not to spend 20/30 minutes walking having the sea by your side! We'll come back for sure!
dont eat at the hotel unless you have pre booked
Hotel is a 15 minute walk from the under ground railway station or circumvesuviana. It took us about 30 minutes to find it, even though it was well signposted as long as you are coming from the righ t direction.
The bus stop to sorrento is right outside the front door but you need a couple of days experience to find your way about unless you have been here before.
We ate there the first night and it cost 40 euros each for a good meal but we ate out the remaining nights at a restaurant near the station with an excellent selection for less than half the price.Breakfast is good for the price but nomatter where the rooms are it is still noisy.ITALY dont forget.
Great Value For Money
We decided quite late on to attend a friend's wedding in Sorrento. As this was an extra unplanned holiday, we decided to search for slightly cheaper options out of town and plumped for the Hotel Alpha. It was a great choice.
Set among gorgeous gardens featuring lemon and orange trees, the hotel was the ideal base for our 5-day stay in the area. We travelled to Sorrento most days, either taking the 20-minute walk or hopping on the train for the 2-minute journey. We also took the train when we travelled to Pompeii and found it both cheap and efficient.
We spent 2 days by the pool which was clean and not overly crowded. The pool itself was a godsend and a great way to cool down from some extended sunbathing spells. The only downside was that the hotel backs on to 2 relatively major roads and, given the Italian's fascination with using their horns, made it quite noisy at times. It didnt bother us particularly tho I could imagine others would find it distracting.
We ate only once in the hotel, managing to attend breakfast just one day out of 5! The day we went it seemed fine if not all that exciting or wide-ranging. Perhaps we were just late....
We didnt have many dealings with the staff but when we did they were very helpful and courteous.
I would recommend this hotel if you want something a bit cheaper than those hotels in "downtown" Sorrento without sacrificing quality too much. We paid for a room with "panoramic views" tho in truth all we could really see were some trees and the nearby buildings. But it didnt bother us too much. The rooms were of decent size, nothing too fancy but more than adequate for our needs.
Great food, friendly staff
The hotel is very clean with good sized rooms. The staff are very friendly and helpful, don't be afraid to ask questions. Breakfast was buffet style wirh a good selection, cereal, meats, cheese, eggs, breads, cakes, juices, fruit etc. The evening meal was excellent (we stayed half board) waiter service not buffet but a good selection of italian dishes. The pool was clean and welcome in the heat, the gardens are kept very well. There is a bus stop outside the hotel and the train station is 10 minutes away ( 2 minute trip to Sorrento) cost E1 per trip. Buy your tickets from reception. The beach is about a 20 minute walk away. The hotel is located next to two busy roads but the noise is not obtrusive, the walls in the rooms seem to be on the thin side, noise from TVs and phone conversations can be heard if guests have the volume turned up. Ideal base for visiting Sorrento plus all the usual sites, best suited for people wanting a quiet stay not for clubbers or rowdy revellers.
I have just returned from Sant Agnello after a week which flew by far too quickly. The Hotel is situated approx 1hr 20mins from Naples airport, and as we arrived in the morning we were lucky enough to enjoy the sights and views of the Bay of Naples on the journey there. The hotel is on a corner, with a busy road in front and a quieter road to the side. The hotel is set high up from the road and there is an attractive stepped path which leads to the front door - pulling your luggage behind you as you go!
The hotel grounds are small but planted beautifully, with exotic flowers, grassy areas and fruit trees. The reception staff were friendly and helpful and made checking in a pleasant experience.
We had two adjoining twin rooms. They were simply yet adequately decorated, with clean well-equipped bathrooms and large balconies. The beds were comfortable although the pillows were a bit flat! The air-con worked really well, but at night in Italy it is quite cool and so we tended to switch ours off when we went to bed. Our children made use of the spare blankets provided - as did I! There was also an electronic shutter on the outside of the balcony doors - a great security measure - and a safe in each wardrobe. The rooms had Sky TV - "Spongebob Squarepants" is just as good in Italian apparantly.
The pool area was very attractive, well tended and very clean. The baby pool was shallow and perfect for toddlers but the large pool started at 1.5m and went to a depth of 3m. This meant we had to supervise our children in the water at all times. Most children at the hotel tended to play on the steps down into the pool - which wasn't always convenient for adult swimmers doing lengths.
Around the pool there are orange, lemon and banana trees, which make the area very attractive and offer shade from the sun. (We actually picked an orange, hid behind a sunbed and ate it - it was delicious and sweet! My son then spent the rest of the week worrying about the police coming for us!) There are plenty of deck chairs but we found that there was the invariable queue to get sun loungers when the gate to the pool area opened just before 9am. On days when we wanted to spend time at the pool we ate our breakfast and joined those already waiting (as we wanted beds near the pool steps so we could watch our kids in the water). My husband was elbowed out of the way by an over-zealous woman who was determined to get her favourite spot!!! If we went out for the day and came back in the afternoon it was a question of waiting and pouncing on a sunbed when someone left! The pool area is at the front of the hotel and the road noise carries badly (scooters mainly) but you do get used to it! It was also an unusually quiet pool area and we were very conscious of the noise our children made when playing.
Food and service at the hotel was brilliant. Breakfast was self-service and was eaten on the terrace under umbrellas. It was the usual continental fare - fruit, toast, cheese, meats, boiled eggs, croissants, sweet breads etc... The waiters brought tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc and you could order fried/scrambled eggs.
When we spent the day at the pool we ate lunch on the terrace. It was always delicious and the setting was very pleasant.
We were half board and always looked forward to our evening meal. Dinner at night was very enjoyable - sometimes lasting 4 courses. There were at least 6 starters and 6 main courses to choose from and everything was beautifully cooked and mouthwatering! I ate swordfish, quail, duck, steak, numerous pastas . . . There was always something for everyone - and the waiting staff were more than happy to offer alternatives for the children - which thankfully they didn't take. The wine waiter was very knowledgeable and was always able to recommend new wines for us to try.
The one thing we found unusual was that every drink, snack or lunchtime meal was not paid for at the time. We had to sign for these, put them on our slate and then pay (in CASH) before we checked out. This made tipping awkward - although we tipped the pool waiter and the night-time bar man for each service. It seems to be the custom to tip a large sum before you leave - to each waiter!!!
The hotel is well situated. Although we didn't have views of the bay from our room there is a great view of Vesuvius from the roof. The train station is a 3 minute walk away and it cost 1 euro to go one stop to Sorrento (4 mins). I wouldn't have walked it with the children but it takes 20 mins on foot (apparantly). Sorrento is beautiful, with spectacular views across the Bay of Naples, wonderful ice-creams and interesting shops.
Pompeii was a half hour train journey and cost a few euro. (Much better than a tour which restircts and controls your time). Wear sensible shoes (we watched one fashion-conscious girl try to navigate the cobbles in high-heeled wedges), if you're a teacher in the EU bring ID as you'll get in for half price!, and be prepared to spend hours. The site is huge and absolutely amazing.
From Sorrento we took the hydrofoil (25 mins) to Capri (100 euro return for our family of 4). Capri town is beautiful, with stunning views and exquisite designer boutiques! Well worth the visit but it was our most expensive day out - as the price of lunch didn't match the menu!!!
All-in-all the Alpha Hotel is a comfortable, tranquil (apart from scooter noise and the noise of my children) hotel where you will be guaranteed great food, sunshine and a friendly welcome. I would go back tomorrow if I could and was terribly disappointed when we had to leave! Its location, presentation and service are second to none and I would happily recommend this hotel without hesitation!
Show Me The Way to Sant'Agnello
We have just returned from a 9 night stay at Hotel Alpha. We stayed there on a Bed and Breakfast basis, and didn't actually eat in the hotel in the evening (we preferred to explore local restaurants of which there are many, we would particularly recommend La Stalla, on Via Pieta just off Piazza Tasso in the centre of Sorrento - reasonably priced, set in a lemon grove, with the most delicious pizza we've ever had.... and try the house Red too.... wonderful... only open in the evenings though.)
We are normally more independent travellers, and don't usually go for the 'package' deal. But this trip, we were exhausted and really didn't want to have any hassle.
Hotel Alpha was ideal for us as a base to explore the area. We spent most days away: visiting Capri, Pompeii, Heraculem, Naples and also spent a night away on the Amalfi Coast, visiting Amalfi and Ravello.
All these are really accessible from hotel Alpha. It's close to the train station for Sorrento or the bay of Naples, but also on the bus route which takes you straight down to the harbour to catch boats to Amalfi and Capri (and if your fancy takes you, Naples and Ischia).
Staff are friendly and helpful and our room was clean and had the most beautiful view of the sea. Yes, the roads are a little noisy, but in comparison to central Sorrento it's relatively peaceful and these are not major roads... but this is vespa country, and the sound of a hundred lawn mower engines is pretty much unavoidable anywhere.... for example at breakfast.
Do be aware that Italy's shops pretty much shut down after lunch for the afternoon, opening again around 5pm. So if you don't get there before 2pm you'll be waiting. However, they are open later in the evenings, and this does allow you to hide from the heat of the day.
We didn't have dinner at the hotel, although we have to admit that there is a supreme irony around eating tinned fruit cockail at breakfast when surrounded by a citrus grove. It's a fine breakfast, but standard and without any quirks.
If you're expecting white sandy beaches, this coast is not for you. Beaches here, including La Marinella a five min walk from the hotel, are more patches of dark volcanic sand and platforms jutting into the sea. You have to pay entry to La Marinella, 5 euro to enter, plus extra for the sun beds (you'll inevitably need) and umbrellas... around 12 euro in all each. The hotel has a deal with the beach which gets you a modest discount (8 euro each for sun bed and entry). What is amazing about the whole coast is the swimming, and if you're water babies like us it's a dream! Swimming with the view of Vesuvius is quite something!
The gardens are beautiful and the whole place is very well run. We enjoyed our stay very much.