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We stayed in the Hotel Bristol in September of 2003 for our honeymoon. We spent a wonderful 2 weeks in a superb location overlooking the bay of naples and sorrento town. The rooms are spacious, airy and well kept. The staff are extremely friendly and take pride in their work and all went to great lenghs to make our stay as special as possible. We have wonderful memories of our holiday. There is much to see and do. We thoroughy recommend a trip to Capri and a tour of the Amalfi coast, the scenery is astounding. One word of caution, you would have to be extremely brave and in fact clinically insane to attempt to drive there. However, there is no need as everywhere is easily accessible. One final tip, visit Cafe Latino for a meal, and eat and drink what the the waiters recommend, you will not be disappointed. We hope to return in the near future. P.S. Italian men do alot for the female ego, in other words, don't let your wives out alone.
We have just returned from a lovely holiday, staying 11 nights at the Bristol having previously stayed 3 nights in Rome (a twin centre holiday we can highly recommend (Thomsons)). A very strong point in favour of the Bristol is the very friendly and helpful staff throughout every area of the hotel, a special mention must be made of both dinning rooms, the food being excellent with wonderful service provided by the head waiters and all the other waiters, the views over the bay of Naples whilst dinning are second to none!
On the negative side, it has to be said that if you have a front facing room, the noise from the very busy main road could be a serious problem for some people, and a high floor is probably the only way out of it, we stayed in room 387 (3rd floor, annex) which was very noisy but did not bother us unduly as we felt the stunning view from our balcony made up for the noise to a large degree. The only other bad thing from our point of view was the swimming pool, this was nice enough, but lacked a proper shallow end for weak or none swimmers, the minimun depth being 1.7 metres! this meant my partner could not use the pool as she lacks the confidence to swim out of her depth.
All round we loved the Bristol and providing note is made of the negative points, we can definetely recommend this Hotel.
We stayed at the Bristol 2 nights in mid-October and would definitely go back. The views are awesome. If possible request a higher floor with a balcony. I was shocked at the size of the balcony overlooking Sorrento and the bay. Even with a view on the street, we had no noise, probably because of a higher floor - room 712.
The hotel is very big and has a lot of rooms. Finding your way back to the room the first couple of times can be a challenge, but it's worth it. The staff all speak english and were nothing but helpful. The location is only a 10 minute walk to town.
The only negative was that the hotel had no airconditioning. We couldn't figure out if it was just turned off or if it was simply broken. We were not in the room in the daytime and at night we slept with the sliding door to the balcony open so it was not a problem.
I definitely would stay at the Bristol again.
What an introduction to Italy!!
We spent 11nights, half board, during the last two weeks in October 2004 at the Hotel Bristol and loved the ambience of the Hotel and the complete professionalism of the staff. From the moment we arrived we were amazed at the helpfulness and courteousness of all the staff.
The whole Hotel is marble floored and with some intricate wood inlays. The wall decorations consist of beautiful paintings, old Italian memorabilia and magnificent very old mirrors giving the feel of opulence and elegance.
We stayed in a room without a balcony but were not surprised as we only booked it a week before we went. The views from our room were absolutely stunning and never failed to bring a smile to our faces at any time of day. The room was very clean, smart and the beds comfortable. The maid service was exceptional although we very rarely saw them, with service daily.
We must mention the dining rooms and staff. The dining rooms are huge, spacious, beautifully decorated and have panoramic views of the Bay of Naples but the staff deserve such a special mention.
The Maitre D and all his staff were always courteous, helpful and totally professional. He himself appeared to have the ability to scan the huge area and sum up in an instant who/what/ where some direction was needed. what a skill!!
We would love to return to this Jewel in the Bay of Naples and take our family and introduce them to Italian splendour and elegance.
And, finally, a few tips: think very carefully about hiring any sort of motorised transport:-the roads are a scenario of "inches to spare" and sharp intakes of breath : and number two- this Hotel operates a no-cash system and everything goes on the room number, so don't get carried away in the magnificent bar enjoying many cocktails!
We were so pleased with our Italian holiday and last minute choice, and do urge you to go yourselves. Ciao
Excellent Balcony Views !! with a Peroni
We stayed here for two weeks at the June / July 2004.
Initially we were not impressed with our Room, (403) it was on the small side. We arrived late at night and did not appreciate the view that awaited us in the morning.
The Balcony view was amazing - my husband' s highlight of the holiday was sitting on the Balcony drinking Peroni waiting for me to get ready for Dinner.
Food in the hotel was generally of a good standard; although we preferred the starters to main courses. One night my husband's main course was three boiled eggs and some soggy crisps - that apart we had no complaints. Staff in the restaurant were very attentive and could not be faulted. We preferred the smaller dining room rather that the main one.
Bar service was at times painfully slow; drinks were pricey but we have seen worse. We bought drinks from the wee shop halfway down the hill and stored in the Mini Bar.
We had no problems with noise in our Room; fourth floor over the main road, (busy road make sure you can run when trying to cross!)
Pool is excellent; best pool we have experienced - but maybe this was because it was a welcome relief from the heat.
Sorrento is probably the best resort we have been to and we could not fault it. Good for shopping and some excellent places to eat; Bouganville for snacks and ice cream and Fauna in the main square for lunches and beer.
All in all we had an excellent holiday and plan to return some time in the future.
Hotel Bristol is a great value for the Amalfi coast. Sorrento is an easy location to base yourself. The hotel is elegant, right on the water overlooking the Bay of Naples. We had a room high up,definitely quieter, with a large balcony, table and deck chairs for sunning. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The furnishings are modern, great bathrooms, breakfast is huge, way above usual standards for Europe in a beautiful room. There are many public areas for sunning, a great pool, a lounge at night with drinks and music, we did not have dinner at the resaturant. The hotel is an wasy walk into Sorrento. I would definitely recommend this hotel, the price is much better than some of the other relly fancy hotels in the Amalfi coast.
After having a bad experience at another hotel on our Honeymoon in Italy (Aug), we were so relieved to arrive at the Bristol. The staff are amazing. They cannot do enough for you. Our room was bright. clean and quiet. The pool was very large and there was never a rush to grab sunbeds.
The food was extremely good with the exception of the gala night where there was only one starter, main course and dessert. No other choices. So if you didn't like the main dish (kebabs) then there was no alternative. Apart from that night the food choice and standard was excellent. The Maitre D and his staff in the smaller dining room were professional and really friendly.
The Hotel has amazing views over the bay and is in a good location to walk into the town.
We would definately go back.
Fantastic end to Honeymoon
Having spent 1 week touring Venice, Florence & Rome, we wanted a nice relaxing week to end our Honeymoon. We got exactly what we wanted in the Hotel Bristol. We were met in our room with a bottle of Champagne which set the tone for the rest of our stay.
With beautiful views across the bay of Naples and Vesuivius and the roof top pool, we were in heaven. Despite the hotel being fairly busy we never felt rushed or claustrophobic and always felt as though we were treated as the most important guests in the hotel.
The staff were superb throughout the hotel. The room was very clean and the balcony gave us wonderful views of the bay and Sorrento below. We even had the opportunity to watch the World Cup 2002 (much to my wife's dismay) on a large screen despite Italy being knocked out!
I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for something extra and special for a holiday or Honeymoon.
Stayed at the Bristol August 2004. Had a double room on floor 7. Room small but stunning view from balcony more than compensated. And one could get the same view from the shower if window open! Room was extremely clean and well serviced daily. Busy road outside and I know the lower rooms have problems with traffic noise, however the upper floors have no noise.
The marble floors of the hotel can be a little noisy.
Food in restaurant was excellent and waiter service could not be faulted. They are sometimes over attentive. We found best thing was to go for dinner around time of the second sitting when "pressure" to rush the food was off and one could relax. Maitre D' of the old school - efficient, charming and runs his restaurant with smiling efficiency.
Reception staff helpful, polite and charming.
The interior of the hotel is beautiful - old paintings, statuettes etc. The bar is simply beautiful and a pleasant place to have an nightcap.
Sorrento itself is bustling day and night. Take a trip to Pompei or Herculaeum and the jetfoil over to Capri is a must.