Favorite Hotel in Italy #1
We stayed at the awesome HILTON SORRENTO PALACE HOTEL right here in SORRENTO - one of the most unforgettable Italian hotels that I've ever had the chance of staying in!
The Hilton Sorrento Palace is located on a hill overlooking the town of SORRENTO. All guests of this hotel can expect to enjoy nothing but spectacular views of the beautifully framed jagged coastline of the Bay of Naples on the far horizon.... in addition to the unmistakable silhouette of Mount Vesuvius. Just around the corner (15.9km away - to be precised) unfolds the legendary Amalfi Coast - another Paradise on Earth; the magical ruins of Pompeii (29.9 km away) and the city of Napoli (48.3 km away).
Still...At Favorite Hotel In Italy #1
No guest of the Hilton Sorrento Palace can ever forget the awesome outdoor swimming pools! Yes, all SIX of them.... facing the breathtaking Bay of Naples! If you're afraid of the sun, there's an indoor pool to cater to folks like you too! ;-)
For more magnificent views of the Bay of Naples, why not have your breakfast or dinner at the hotel's 1,000 seater restaurant - "Sant'Antonio/Re Artu".
And if you're into Sorrentine cuisine, then go... you must to the hotel's "Il Restaurante Sorrento"
Room amenities include: air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, work desk, lamp, balcony.
Bisogna vedere per credere! Yes, seeing is believing!
Best thing about Sorrento
The Hilton Sorrento was an oasis in a less than ideal city. Sorrento is pretty but not the most exciting place in the world. It's also a real tourist spot. loads of bad restaurants and bad souvenir shops. But he Hilton Sorrento is gorgeous. It is a bit of a walk up the hill. Nice in the evening but a bit rough in the middle of the day. But when you reach the top it's beautiful. We got an upgrade that had a room with a view of the Bay of Naples. The pool is great with little water slides and great service. It was the highlight of 4 nights in Southern Italy
Big hotel, great view, way way up on a hill without shuttle bus
We were in Rome at the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora for the previous week and instead of taking the train to Naples and a 110 euro taxi from there, decided to hire driveamalfi---- for 400 euro to pick us up in Rome and drive us to the Hilton Sorrento Palace and get his tour experience along the way...it took almost 4 hours and was great for us because we have never been to Italy before. If you like this idea, don't accept anyone but Salvatore Lucibello as your driver - he speaks good English and is a kind man interested in you as a person. Ph. ------ We liked him so much we hired him for a 4 hour drive tour of the Amalfi Coast the next day 200 euros. We then decided to have them drive us to our next stay, at Florence, for 500 euros but we couldn't get the same driver and it was a terrible trip with someone who couldn't speak English and not a safe driver.
The hotel is very big - probably the biggest in the area. We had an Executive room, very spacious but brightly decorated in orange, etc. and hardwood floors. Our balcony view was of Mount Vesuvius, and we enjoyed the free champagne the hotel provided. The dining room service wasn't pleasant, and food quite expensive. Anyplace else to eat is quite a hike away, more than a walk especially coming back uphill all the long way! Surprisingly the service people couldn't speak English very well and we had more language problems here than at any of the 5 hotels we stayed in on this extended holiday around Italy. There was only one English TV channel (movies) other than CNN and BBC.
Upon checkout the hotel bill showed a fair amount of mini-bar charges and we didn't have any at all - but it was quickly removed when we pointed it out (perhaps too quickly?). Wouldn't go back as without a car we felt a little too remote from the town (even though they said it was a 4 min walk - far from it, especially coming back uphill). If you like walking, enjoy.
Two nights at the Sorrento Hilton. Very good impression, huge lobby and bar, fantastic views on the coast (the hilton is on the hills of Sorrento), large room (with a balcony), nice outside pool (closed in winter), good breakfast, excellent service.
However, Sorrento city lacks of interest, it is not the best city on the Amalfi coast. Sorrento is convenient to start a trip to the Amalfi coast and to drive to the very lovely Positano village or to take the boat (only 25 minutes) to discover one of the most beautiful island in Europe, Capri.
I spent 5 nights here and it was very good. The decor is quite retro and stylish. Staff very friendly and service is good. Centre of Sorrento is only a 10-15 min walk, but because the hotel is above the town, the views are fantastic. Drinks in the bar are pricey, so look out for the happy hour. In season, slightly badly behaved teenage guests are a minor problem but easily overlooked.
We made our reservation from internet description, but the place is marvelous and spacious. Decor is a bit modern for some peoples tastes, but the food and the service staff are the greatest. We used the place for a rest after weeks of travel in Europe, what a grand location to do just that.
Pinch me I'm dreaming! Sorrento! Capri!
"Arrival in Sorrento"
Italy, how to do a one week trip at a low cost.
We took a flight on Ryanair from Frankfurt Hahn to Rome. Our flight was 117 Euros round trip (taxes and airport fees included) We landed at Ciampino Airport at 9:30 at night. We knew that all train service to Sorrento stopped after 10pm so instead of going into Rome (at least 20 kilometers away) and having to find a hotel, we elected to sleep in the airport and wait until the first COTRAL bus came at 6:30am. We had some of our camping gear and our air mattress made it a reasonably comfortable night. We did have to show our passports to the customs official during the night.
We boarded the COTRAL bus and for 1 Euro, we were taken to the subway station at Anagnina. We asked at the ticket office for a ticket to Termini. That costs us each 70 cents. The trip took about 30 minutes. We did lots of people watching. We were with the locals now. At Termini we found our way up 4 levels until we were in the food court area. Yes, there are McDonalds here! We had no intentions of eating there! We, instead, followed the crowd to a bakery with good coffee, breads and sandwiches (Pannini). We did, however, sit at the Mickey D’s to eat our food. We went up the one additional flight to the main level. This train station has the feel of a huge airport. We located an information office where a pleasant gentleman gave us train information to Naples. We purchased our tickets for 10 Euro and boarded our train. This was a great way to see the land. The Seven Hills of Rome are plain to see. It is flat plains with mountains surrounding the area. Ruins of the aqueducts can be seen from the train. It is a long but pleasant trip as you head for the coast and watch the mountains, the vineyards and the towns speed by. The trip to Naples takes about 2 hours.
In Naples we had to do some searching for the Circumvesuvianna train but for the most part the signs are pretty clear. This train takes about 1 hour to get to Sorrento, the last stop. We arrived at 1pm and the weather was perfect.
The train station is high above the town. A walk down to the main street, Via Italia Corsico, will bring you to Piazza Tasso, the main square. This was Sunday and all the tourists (us included!) were out and about.
We are to meet our friend at the Hotel Del Mare in the Marina Grande. He is here for a conference and he invited us to share his room. This saves a lot of money. The room is really nice and new modern ‘Mediterranean’.
After dropping off our bags and changing into lightweight clothes we head for the marina and something to eat. After reading VT I want to find that ‘off the beaten path’ place to eat. We walk along this small marina and wander past restaurant after restaurant until we come to the last place, hidden behind all the others. Delphinos. It is very pleasant from the outside with a long and wide dinning area inside. The dinning area at the back is really a pier that extends out over the blue waters of the marina. We seat ourselves on the pier with an unobstructed view of Mt Vesuvius and order a white wine. Our hostess, who really becomes our friend, insists we try the local house wine. She says we will not be disappointed in this ‘Pinky’ wine. She is right! And this becomes not just our wine of choice while we are in Sorrento but also our restaurant of choice. The prices are wonderful, the food is perfect and the service we receive is the best I have experienced anywhere. It is my special find for Sorrento, my ‘off the beaten path’. This was my first relaxed view of Italy. The blue of the waters, the coastline weaving a jagged line to Mt Vesuvius sleeping above this serenity. We were sipping this lovely wine after having dined on fish and pasta. The sun is lovingly washing our travel dust from us.
"Luxury. The Sorrento Hilton!"
That evening we walk up the hill (lots of walking up hills in this part of the coast!) and find the Hilton Sorrento where our friend’s conference is. Now, this place is luxury! It is a self contained resort with gardens, a 5 tiered pool with waterfalls connecting them and several stories of meeting rooms, banquet halls and rooms. The next day we manage to take a swim in that pool while waiting for our friend. We take a walk around the main square of Piazza Tasso and people watch.
We took one entire day touring Pompei which is a 20 minute ride on the Circumvesuvianna. The train lets you off right at the entrance. The fee is 10 Euro and it is well worth the 5 Euro to get the self guided audio tour which gives you information at all the fantastic ruin sites.We actually got lost in Pompei! I loved that!
These old streets have wheel grooves in those rocks. There are larger stones that rise up from from this road. These are placed for pedestrains to cross the street when it is very wet or muddy. They are spaced so that wagons can roll over them. Pretty civilized, eh?
Should I stay a little out of town, up the hill over the water at Hotel La Tonnarella, 30 minute walk or a short bus ride, or should we stay right in town at Palazzo Starace, close to the main plaza and restaurants?
Re: Sorrento accomodations
The hill is great, and the Hilton Sorrento Palace up there is beautiful. 5-min walk to town, so best of both worlds.
Re: Sorrento accomodations
When I visited Sorrento I stayed at Hotel Settimo Cielo on Via Capo, outside of Sorrento and it took 20 minutes to walk to town. The view during the day was very nice, during the night wow! Walking to and from the hotel was one of my favorite things to do in Sorrento, since you just walk in taking in the view.