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Great time in Sorrento at the Grand Hotel Capodimonte
Me and my wife just returned from Capodimonte, had a fantastic time, would not hesitate to go back. Our room didn't have a view over the bay but looked out over lemon groves around the rear of the hotel. We stayed on the 10th floor, floors below us looked onto a cliff face. My only gripe about the whole week was that from the farm opposite there was a machine of some sort running 24 hours a day. It didn't keep you awake but did become irritating if you sat on the balcony to sit relax and read a book. The sevice in the hotel was first class, I had ordered flowers for my wife weeks before our departure, they were waiting for her on our arrival in the room We found the food to be excellent, especially the buffet night. On normal nights in the dining room you have a choice of 6 starters and 6 main courses followed by a sweet. The pool was excellent, views over the bay breathtaking. Thought it a bit cheeky to charge for sunbeds, 5 euro's. Entertainment a couple of nights, though we tended to go into Sorrento for a walk and a drink. The main area of Sorrento was 10/15 minutes walk, 5 minutes to closest bar. Directly opposite the hotel their was a handy little shop for buying bottles of beer, water, sandwiches, etc. To use local busses you buy ticket from Tabache (tobacco) shops BEFORE getting on the bus. You can pay 1 euro for a ticket, this ticket lasts for 1 hour from getting on the bus, or 2.10 euros and these tickets last until midnight on the day you first use it, unlimited useage. Nearest place to buy bus tickets is on way into town, less than 5 minutes walk. Took us about 20/25 minutes to walk to Marina Piccolo (without stopping), from here you can catch a boat to Naples, Capri, Amalfi, or sit and relax in a restaurant and watch the world go by. The ice cream shops, lemoncello, local wines, great restaurants, what more can you ask.
We had a great time, wouldn't hesitate to go back.
Eat Ice Cream!
Eating Italian ice cream should be an Olympic sport, or an extreme sport, or at least an activity that deserves a medal.
The medal is for.........choosing the right flavour, or maybe for finding the perfect combinatiuon of flavours, or perhaps even for managing to eat every single flavour in one week. Each of these is an impossible task.
I have travelled throughout Italy, but in my opinion Sorrento has the most perfect Italian ice cream, and Italy has the most perfect ice cream in the world.
I think there were thirty or so different chocolate-type flavours alone, There is a flavour for every single chocolate bar you know, and some extras to create surprises. Try the combination of one of the rich chocolate flavours with a tangy sorbet, or add some fresh fruit (though ice cream perfectionists might consider this an adulteration of the art).
Sorrento is dotted with great ice cream parlours, but my favourite was just down the road from the Grand Hotel Capodimonte.
Capodimonte lives up to its good reputation
This was our 2nd visit to CapodiMonte Hotel (we spent 2 weeks there some 4 years ago) and were very concerned about one or two reports prior to our trip. Relieved that we can report that our fears were not necessary. The food was of exceptionally good quality. Breakfast had a wide range of breads, cheese, cold meats, fruit, cereal, drinks - hot and cold (including 'Champers' - bucks fiz really). " chefs were available to cook freshly fried eggs or filled omelettes, bacon, toms etc.
Evening meals could start with a self serve mixed salad followed by a choice from 7 starters, 7 main course, 3/4 deserts - all served by well turned out, friendly waiters. [Pity that some residents thought jeans and tee shirt were appropriate attire - there you go]. Wine was reasonably priced. The pools were checked/tested (and cleaned where necessary) every morning at 6:30am ( I swam each morning at that time and chatted with the pool attendant).
All staff were friendly and helpful and we cannot understand the difficulties that the few others had about any of the above.
Not everything was perfect, but for a 4 star was pretty up to standard. It is true to say that the experience is greatly enhanced by having a balcony with a view of the bay rather than view of rock (we experienced both). Some of the buildings external appearance called be enhanced by a lick of paint and the bathroom furniture of some rooms need updating and maybe some of the linen couldbe replaced. These in reality are all fairly minor faults and did not adversely effect what was a great relaxing holiday in a beautiful location that's ideally located for some amazing sites (you MUST go to Pompeii and the Theatre for the Sorrento experience). We can recommend the Hotel for an assured value for money location.
Mike & Renata
fantastic views and service
Excellent hotel with fantastic views of the bay. Friendly and helpful staff, large, clean and comfortable rooms. Food excellent with lots to choose from. Try the coffee shop La Conca on the way to the town which is only 5 mins down the road.
We were deeply disappointed with the Capodimonte, which we visited in August 2004. The 'larger' rooms were twin rooms, and in order to accomodate a family of three,the staff merely crammed a third bed into it, making it a 'tight squeeze'.The floor was never adequately cleaned and there was a prevailing damp smell in the bathroom. The mirrors were never cleaned and we had an ant infestation at one point.The poolside was congested with barely 7 to 8 feet around the edges, overhanging the cliff.We had to pay 5 euros per sunbed per day, an absolute rip-off ! The 5 cascading pools barely add up to a full pool size when their volumes are added together. Also the sloping enclosed corridor on the way to the pool, is cut into the cliff face and smells strongly of damp spores; so much so that a fellow guest started with his asthma.Nobody will take money from you; it's all charged to the room. Drinks were expensive; 5.90 euros for a half-pint glass of beer and 3.20 euros for a 330ml can of coke !We paid for a seaview, otherwise you are looking at the cliff face. However, we paid almost £800 extra for the privelege ! The food was substandard and mushy. It was not traditional Italian and everything lacked flavour. It appeared to be mass-produced and plated out ready for the unsuspecting British palate.If you are vegetarian, you are limited to runny omelettes most evenings. The staff were rude and spoke about guests in Italian ( believe me, I know !!). Also, half way through the evening meals, they would swoop on your table and swipe any remaining cutlery, glasses, serviettes and bread rolls, then set them up on another table. And all this whilst you were sitting, eating your meal !
The overall impression was that they are trying to be 'posh' but they don't quite manage it, nor are they ever likely to. I wish I had read the reviews before I visited the hotel, as I feel that the less favourable ones are spot-on.
the chap who gave the review from manchester must have gone to another planet.we went to the capadomonte on the 6th august.it was fantastic we payed nothing extra and had a great view of the bay,the food was superb, a choice of seven starters and seven mains and the the buffet night was out of this world,the staff could not do enough for you,this hotel is truly 5 star.everybody we spoke to over the two weeks agreed with us,how anyone can come up with a negative comment is beyond me,
Good bits: We thought the staff were really friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and tidied daily. Design of hotel in cliff face was great. Cascading pools with the most amazing views of Mt Vesuvius, Naples and Sorrento were lovely, Good choice of food especailly on buffet evenings. Location of hotel is perfect!! Only 2 min walk to the town.
Bad bits: If you want a view, we were offered it for 35 euros per night - a rip-off especially as its not a cheap hotel to stay in. The cost of a sun bed and drinks in hotel took the mick! Breakfast was pretty average, not much choice of hot food.
Summary: The Capodimonte is a good hotel to stay at when visiting Sorrento. It is certainly not 4 star plus hotel so if you are used to 4 star standards you may be disappointed. But we had a great time and would go back.
My Partner and I stayed at the Hotel for two weeks and we got married in Sorrento on the second week. My first impressions of the Hotel were very good and the porters come and collect your luggage, we were then rushed to dinner as we arrived late, there are many different courses to choose from and we found the meals very nice, we ordered a bottle of wine which you had to sign for as you cant pay for anything, we did tend to go out for meals allot too just to sample the lovely restaurants in Sorrento. After dinner we made our way up to our room, this was on the 9th floor, we had to walk through a tunnel which does smell due to it being in the cliff, we were dissapointed with our room as it isnt decorated pretty at all and could probably do with re-decoration, we did have a lovely big terrace though with side-sea views overlooking a garden but were quite suprised that you could step off the terrace onto a garden especially being on the 9th floor, we werent overlooked at all which was great! We didnt pay any extra for this view! The service is excellent at this Hotel apart from the Reception Staff, the waiters are all very friendly and will do anything for you! Unfortunately there are no personal touches with it being a big Hotel such as a bottle of wine for honeymooners which to be honest we were expecting. There isnt any entertainment at all in the Hotel apart from Live Dancing which finishes at about 11.00pm, it did come in handy after our Wedding Day though as when we came back to the Hotel everyone was clapping and we danced which finished the day off perfectly. The prices of drink and food in the Hotel is very overpriced but we just bought drink at the nearest supermarket and kept it in the minibar with no complaints from Hotel Staff, The beds were changed every day and the bathroom cleaned with clean towels even when we had put a notice up saying do not clean during the day we took the notice down on the evening and when we came back the rooms had been cleaned which we were pleased and suprised about! The Hotel is in a great location and I would recommend anyone to get married in Sorrento as it was just a perfect day and Wedding in the Cloister, we paid extra for musicians and Horse and Carriage which was well worth it, we also had our Meal reception on the day at The Hotel Belair nearby which had excellent views, meal was perfect and staff did everything to make our day special, we will certainly be coming back to Sorrento in the future and will consider staying at The Capodimonte the only downside was there was a thunderstorm near end of holiday with heavy rainfalls and our room flooded but the Hotel cleared this up and seem to have resolved the blocked drain problem, all in all a fantastic holiday and will defo go back to Sorrento . I had read previously that you couldnt use an iron in the hotel which was rubbish as we had no problems at all using ours, also we had read that the pool was dirty which was also rubbish as it was lovely and clean, have a great time if you do stay at this Hotel but be carefull crossing the road outside of it, ENJOY!!