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friendliest hotel in italy
Hotel Admiral in Sorrent was superb, 2 weeks of wonderful friendly service and good food, with the most stunning location. Not for the 5 star brigade but for those that enjoy the simple things in life and most of all having a servce that is efficent and very very friendly. Our thanks to Santo, Annarita, Toni, Rafaele, Giuseppe and all the rest of the team not forgetting of course the manager Franco. Our room was light, airy and kept spotlessly clean. communal areas are comfortable and the sun deck overhanging the sea gives the most wonderful views of the bay of sorrento and the backdrop of Vesuvious. We only visit any area once but Sorrento and the Hotel Admiral will prove the exception to the rule.
Great holiday, great hotel
Spent ages on the net hunting for a reasonably priced break to Italy and, and after reading the other reviews, decided to book a week at the Hotel Admiral from 17 July 2006. We certainly were not disappointed. The hotel was very clean, staff extremely friendly and helpful, and the food good even for a vegetarian. The air con was a god-send as it was very hot so it was great to go out for the day, come back and relax in the room whilst cooling down before having dinner and going out again. We had read about the uphill walk into Sorrento but in all honesty, yes, it was a steep walk into town but the fact that the hotel was away from the main hustle and bustle meant that it was quiet and relaxing, and having heard from people staying in other hotels that the noise of scooters at all hours kept them awake we were even more pleased where we were. Marina Grande was great because it had not been overcommercialised - a few restaurants and a church, with Italian families visiting the beach, going to church and standing/sitting around chatting in the evenings. The whole atmosphere was lovely. Sorrento has a lot to do and visit. It is ideally suited to all age groups. We were just a couple but I think it is one of the few places that we could go with our children (girls 18 + 20) and they would enjoy themselves as well. Our main visits were.
Herculaneum - wonderful. We were both mesmerised by it - much more peaceful and less commercial than Pompeii.
Vesuvius - you have to go and see it as you are there but after a steep climb up it is only a big hole in the ground with a little puff of steam reminding everyone she is still alive. Funny watching the daft twits trying to push babies in buggies up the volcano plus the ladies in their stilleto slingbacks!
Pompeii - bit disappointed. Yes, it is amazing but it felt very commercial compared with Herculaneum.
Amalfi coast - Ravello and Amalfi. The scenery was superb and both Ravello and Amalfi were lovely (preferred Ravello though as it was quieter and less commercial). Went on a boat trip in Amalfi which was
Capri - well, overpriced and full of designer shops where designers had taken a dreadful design of fabric, made 5-6 outfits which were unflattering and awful and then overpriced them to a horrendous extent - all in the line of fashion. Nice pizza in a restaurant overlooking the marina.
Paestrum - wonderful - living history and the little museum was an absolute cracker. Such a delight that they had not sent everything to Naples (which was the constrant complaint by the guides - they found x and its in the museum in Naples).
Finally, I would highly recommend the Hotel Admiral as a place to stay which is good quality and not extortionately priced. We had a wonderful time and loved Sorrento. The only down side was we became a bit blase about the scenery - oh, yet another wonderful view, ho hum. We were disappointed to leave and hope to book another trip soon.
beautiful sorrento heaven to the eye
Sorrento what a beautiful place the hotel Admiral such a joy to reside in.The italian coast at this point is amazing and stunning arriving at Naples then sorrento itself was a journey into an idle i thought only of in a dream.My wife and i left bristol wet and stormy arrived in a heat wave wonderful,Naples airport is not for the faint hearted as things take some time to unload(luggage 11/2 hours)the journey by small coach full of italian drivingat its most entertaining.The hotel was down on the harbour overlooking the bay of naples-insist when booking a sea view and a balcony-the staff were very kind and helpful and nothing was too much trouble Santos the bar manager mixes great cocktails,the food in the restaurant was excellant and served to perfection my wife certainly liked the waiters,the room was clean bright and very comfortable with shower and bath excellant we have already decided to go back next year,the gala dinner is very good candlelight and the chef and staff bringing out each course lovely.Take a trip to vesuvius its worth the climb and the view is fantastic,pompeii is a sight to behold,enjoy-relax-sublime beauty
A wonderful week
What a wonderful week we had in Sorrento, we spent a week at the Hotel Admiral and were sorry to leave it behind. The hotel is situated in the beautiful Marina Grande and has fabulous views across the bay. You can enjoy a pre dinner drink on the terrace, which makes you feel as though you're floating on the sea. I would strongly recommend paying that little bit extra for the sea view rooms, as it makes your holiday so much more special waking up to that view each day. The rooms are comfortable, the food is delicious and the staff are friendly, with special mention going out to Giuseppe in the restaurant.
Having read the reviews from this site before going to Sorrento we were fully expecting having to walk up a hideously steep hill to get into the centre, but it's really not that bad! There are long wide steps up a slope, which may leave you a bit breathless, but it really doesn't take any longer than 10 minutes to get there. After all the fabulous food you'll have eaten in the hotel you'll probably be glad of the walk. Then of course you have a good reason to stop off at Davide's for one of his ice cream sundaes, which has to be the most delicious ice cream I've ever tried.
One thing to mention though, if you're intent on taking a cruise to Capri or Amalfi don't book it through your holiday company, wander down to the port and you can get your tickets there for a greatly reduced price. Also if you're going to Pompeii and you're under 25 take some ID and you can get in for half price. They don't seem to tell you this until you're on the coach on your way there which isn't too helpful.
Whilst we were in Sorrento we discovered that many people weren't on their first visit to the area but have stayed several times before. Once you've visited the area yoursef you'll understand why they keep returning.
i agree with all that has been said about the service and staff at this hotel however at the moment there is building work at this hotel some of the side rooms are facing on to scaffolding with noisy italiano builders starting work at 7am mon-frid there is one called pepe who seems to be very popular with his mates who are constantly shouting at him
WOW!!! what a holiday my wife and i had in sorrento, staying in this hotel in its beautiful location only made it better. set at the bottom of sorrento in the marina grande with fantastic views acrross the bay to vesuviuos. a 20 minute walk will have you in the town or the free shuttle bus will take you or the local bus for 1 euro will do the same. this hotel is a 3 star, clean and basic rooms, but you only sleep in them so what the hell. the manager franco (al pacino lookalike) is really friendly and helpful with information of the resort, all the staff from maids to maitre d, are also friendly and helpful. must go for 2 weeks next time.
Room with a view!
Just returned from two weeks wonderful holiday in this lovely hotel which is situated in what must be the best spot in town!
It is tucked away in the Marina Grande, an active local fishing harbour with several fresh fish restaurants, so is away from all the bustle and traffic of the town, it is built on rocks at the edge of the sea having a view directly across the bay of Naples- dominated of course by Vesuvius. Breathtaking!
We had paid extra for a balcony and sea view, this turned out to be a huge sun terrace on the 4th floor. We really enjoyed watching the light changing the scene and at night could see fireworks going off along the coast or watch cruiseships passing through. Very romantic!
The hotel was very clean and comfortable, towels were changed evey day.Food was tasty and varied,(special mention for the delicious vegetables, and the Vesuvius cake which of course was flaming) staff very helpful and friendly.
An easy 15 minute stroll up to the town centre or there is a local bus every 30 minutes for 1 euro or a free hotel bus 3 times a day.
This is a perfect place to holiday whether you like to sunbathe, visit sights (Pompeii etc.) or just explore the countryside and coast of the Sorrento peninsular.
Hotel with a view.
On arrival we were given a warm welcome from all the staff on duty. As we had arrived after lunch we were advised by the Head Barman-Santos (great guy) that the chef had saved us something hot. This is the only hotel down in the Marina Grande and is in a quiet location. There is a fifteen minute walk up to the town centre.
The room was spotless and nicely decorated with views of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.(Its worth paying the extra for sea views and balcony). Food was excellent especially the home made pasta and the risotto's. The local wine is great and not that expensive. We would highly recommend this hotel and are planning to return ourselves.
The Admiral must try harder!
Think again if you are considering this hotel and you are used to decent standards. The hotel apparently was refurbished in 2004 but you would not think so, it is very scruffy and dirty, we had to insist on a new shower curtain as ours was covered in black mould. The towels are dirty white and threadbare and the rooms need completely repainting. The food was acceptable but all the butter was rancid and the breakfast menu was monotonous, scrambled eggs and “steamed” bacon every day. The staff and waiters tried hard but it did remind us a bit of Fawlty Towers, and at the end of the week they all became rather too nice in anticipation of a large tip! We had booked a room with a restricted sea view but ended up looking straight into another building, but after making a lot of fuss ended up being moved to a sea view room. Mind you, we had to take our shower curtain with us as the one there was also disgusting. Other people there were also complaining about their rooms but were not lucky enough to get moved, so make sure you avoid rooms 119, 118, 117 and 116. Be safe and book a sea view room and insist it is at the front of the hotel. The sun terrace is small and only has deck chairs rather than sun beds and the pool was dirty. We spent all of our time on the local bathing platform which was spotlessly clean and reasonably priced with comfortable sun beds. The position of the hotel is great and a decent manager would be able to rectify most of the problems, but it seems a lot of people are happy to put up with the standards there. We only paid half price for the holiday on a late deal and this is all it was worth. If you are paying full price then you can do a lot better.
Sorrento - Hotel Admiral
Does anyone have any information or experience of the Hotel Admiral in Sorrento ?
Is it in a good location and what other facilities or attractions are close by ?
Re: Sorrento - Hotel Admiral
I have not stayed at Hotel Admiral so I can only comment about the location. It is at the waters edge in Marina Grande, an old fishing port with a small beach and bathing establishments. There are several restaurants here with good reputations. The main town is about 50 metres higher up and can be reached by steps or along the road. At the top you are near the edge of the historic centre. You can stroll through the alleyways with their shops, restuarants and bars on your way to the town centre, about 10-15 mins away. There is also a regular bus service to the town centre from Marina Grande.
Re: Sorrento - Hotel Admiral
My wife and I stayed at the Admiral hotel in may of 2005. It was wonderful. We loved the village Marina Grande. The breakfast was outstanding not the regular breakfast buffet but a full breakfast "and I mean FULL" ENJOY