Rione Cappuccini, 12, Sant'Agnello, Campania, 80065, Italy
A hotel on the beach!
Hotel Corallo is a very nice 4-star hotel. Its location is fantastic, it is situated on big rocks (just like all coastal Sorrento) facing the sea. Huge waves come crashing on the rocks and you get to witness that while having breakfast in the morning or dinner at night. Our view from our balcony was splendid, especially on clear days when we could see Naples and all the islands nearby. Believe me, it is not a view you see every day. However, if you mind walking, don't book this hotel because it is 30 minutes away from Centro (Sorrento centre) where everything is happening: bars, restaurants, bistros, shops. It is a 30-minute-walk from Marina Piccolla (from where you take the ferry to Capri, to Napoli and Amalfi Coast) and it is even further away from Marina Grande (for swimming or eating at traditional restaurants). However, there is a downside to the whole thing. Our room was nothing like the ones you can see on the hotel's website. We booked a Superior Room but, believe me, not even the Standard room is nothing like what you see. We were very disappointed with the room. It was old and you could smell the mould. Yes, it was clean, very clean but, still, our room at least could use a little renovation. The bathroom was very old and some light parts of the wall fell down on our very last day. We would give it 5 stars but because of the disappointment of the room, we'll give it 4.
Unique Quality: The view! There is nothing like the view the hotel has to offer! You become part of the serene atmosphere and you inhale the smell from the sea! You see the seagulls and the ships and ferries going on their way. It is magic.
Directions: It is a 20-minute walk from the Circumvesuviana train station.
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What is the best way of getting to Sorrento from Naples airport. I am arriving at 10.30 pm on a Saturday evening in May. Any advice would be appreciated.
Re: Airport travel
I think your only way to get to Sorrento that evening is either by taxi from the airport or else to arrange for a shuttle taxi to pick you up. You will have missed the last bus from the airport to Sorrento, and also even if you go into Naples, you will have missed the last train on the Circumvesuviana line.
Re: Airport travel
The general price of a transfer seems to be €90 for up to three people. If you are by yourself, it might be cheaper just to find a cheap hotel either at the airport or in Naples and continue on the next day by either bus (from the airport) or the train (from Naples).
Re: Airport travel
You are unlikely to be out of the airport much before 11pm so, as noted, your only options will be a taxi or a pre-booked transfer. Both will be expensive. The taxi fare tables for the Naples area are here;
under 'Visualizza le tariffe' (pdf). Airport > Sorrento is 100 euro, and there may be a night rate.
As Hawkhead notes, it might be a better option to stay overnight in Naples itself and then to continue on the Sorrento the next day.
Travel Tips for Sorrento
Campania Arte Card
The Campania Arte Card is a great way to explore Campania's many attractions and archaeological sites. Here's what you need to know in order to take advantage of this deal:
Anyone can use the full-price Arte Card. The reduced-rate card for those 18-25 can only be purchased by people residing in EU countries or countries with a reciprocal agreement with Italy. This does not include American and Canadian citizens. For childen, it is less expensive to simply pay the reduced children's rate at the site entrance.
The three-day card includes free admission to the first two sites and half price admission to any others, plus transportation. You can travel on the local transportation system (Circumvesuviana train, local busses, one return trip on the Metro del Mare's Line 1 and one trip on the airport bus). The three-day card costs EUR 25 for adults or EUR 18 for those 18-25 (see above).
The seven-day card includes free admission to all the sites for a week, but no transportation. It costs EUR 28 for adults and EUR 21 for those 18-25 (see above). If you're moving to the area, a year-round card is also available.
The card is available for purchase at the entrance to the sites, usually in the bookstore or information center. Once you buy the card, write your name and the date on the back and go to the ticket window, where they will activate your card.
You can enter each site only once using the card. No repeat vists are allowed.
Popular sites include Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and it's museum, and the Naples Archaeological Museum. Included are also a variety of discounts on local services and tourist attractions.
In Sorrento, the card gives you discounted admission to several museums.
Limoncello di Sorrento
The main local product is no doubt the Limoncello di Sorrento. It's a liquor made from lemons that are grown on the rich soil of the Sorrentine peninsula. The combination of the extremely mild micro-climate, the sea, the sun and the volcanic soil result in the best lemons of the world. It's from these lemons, that are biologically cultivated, that the famous limoncello is made. Limoncello is a very natural liquor that consists of sugar, lemons, alcohol and water.
TIP: Limoncello should be served very cold, preferably in a pre-cooled glass. A few recipes:
Lemon chill (aperitif)
1 part campari, 3 parts limoncello, 3 parts pineapple juice, 3 parts tonic
Mix all the ingredients and serve in a long drink glass with a slice of lemon.
Yellow hurricane (long drink)
3 parts limoncello, 5 parts cointreau, 2 parts dry gin
Mix all the ingredients together with crushed ice and serve in a long drink glass with a slice of lemon.
Golden sunrise (cocktail)
4 parts limoncello, 2 parts tequila, 4 parts tonic
Mix all the ingredients and serve in a cocktail glass with an icecube.
Exotic ice (dessert)
1 scoop of lemon ice, 1 scoop of vanilla ice, 1 glass of limoncello
Mix all the ingredients and serve in a champagne glass.
Limoncello only (digestive)
Limoncello, served ice-cold in a pre-cooled glass. Between 7 and 12 euro for a 500 cc bottle, depending from where you buy it.
Not a place to meet the locals
The Foreigners' Club is certainly not a place to meet the locals.
However, it does have one of Sorrento's most spectacular views. It has a large terrace, perfect for having drinks whilst watching the sunset.
If only the food was half as good as the view...
This dates from the 15th century, and is the only extant example in Campagnia of such 'sedile' or 'seats'. Apparently they were used for meetings of the Medieval aristocracy.
This one has four sides, arches created from piperno (a lava stone)and a somewhat garish yellow and green majlica-tiled domed roof (17th century). Inside there are frescoes dating from the 18th century.
I mean "Streetwalker" in the best possible way. :-) The only way to really get the feel of a city is to walk and look up and feel the stones beneath your feet. These narrow old streets are intrigueing, giving your imagination wonderful things to play with. I'm convinced that architects, builders and owners of property over time leave a bit of their souls behind. What do you think?
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Corallo Hotel Sant Agnello
Address: Rione Cappuccini, 12, Sant'Agnello, Campania, 80065, Italy