Great View at Half the Price
4Our first choice of hotels in Sorrento was the elegant TRAMONTANO where all the famed writers and royalty stayed, but it was far too expensive.
Thus, our second choice was Belvedere Syrene because of its beauty and views to the Bay of Naples, but there was no vacancy. So, our third choice was next door at the Continental. The price includes breakfast and a view of the town park and the Bay of Naples.
The hotel was clean with large rooms, a balcony with views, English speaking news on TV, and big white fluffy towels with hoods! (loved them)
So, we had the view we wanted at half the price. Here are the reasons we stayed at the Hotel Continental in Sorrento.
Great location within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants.
Special services such as turning down beds at night and delicious chocolates left on the stand beside the bed.
Breakfast included in the price.
Balcony with spectacular VIEWS of the park and the Bay of Naples.
Hotel Imperial Tramontano - Beware - No Credit Cards accepted
Just got back from two weeks at the Hotel Imperial Tramontano at Sorrento (July 2004). I had booked (and paid) for room and half board before arrival. All further expenses at the hotel - lunches, drinks, wine, excursions, transport to airport etc have to be PAID IN CASH. Coming from Paris, France we did not take wads of cash or travellers cheques with us and were concerned to learn that you generally can only get 300€ per week out of distributors. We ended up not "daring" to take lunches at the hotel in case we ran up too much of a cash bill. The hotel is very good even if the half board dinner menu gets a little repetitive after a few days, but there is lots of choice for each course.
The pool is rather small but there is a larger area where you have other sunbeds. The beach is small and is not restricted to the hotel so gets very busy but it is a sandy beach which is rare in the area. You get a lift down to the beach which operates from 9 am to 2 pm and then from 4 pm to 6 pm. You can walk down and up (if you're very brave) between 2 pm and 4 pm. Two sunbeds and a parasol cost around 18€ per day but entry to the beach is free for hotel residents. We had a very good holiday and will definitely go back to Sorrento in the future.
After reading your reviews for several months, it was with trepidation that I booked over the internet at Hotel Imperial Tramontano. However, the rooms were better than expected, in fact clean, stylish, roomy and luxurious! As expected the view was to die for, the service excellent and friendly, and being so close to town made it very easy with a family. I would definitely like to return and thank the staff for their hospitality and for making our stay so enjoyable.
What a place to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary!
We stayed at the Hotel Imperial Tramontano for 2 weeks in July 2004 to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. We will keep the wonderful memories forever! The hotel was fantastic and the service second to none. All of the staff were extremely attentive and first class. We chose to stay in one of the senior split-level suites through Citalia Holidays. The room was out of this world with wonderful views across the Bay of Naples and Veseuvias which gave us the perfect opportunity of photographing some beautiful sunsets. The dining room was spacious whilst remaining intimate and dinner in the evening overlooking the bay, together with the sunset, made the evening meal a special occasion every time. Both the decor and furnishings were of extremely high quality.
We spent many evenings sitting in the Piazza Tasso with a bottle of wine or two watching the world go by, just like true Italians! The hotel is only a 5 minute stroll away. We would highly recommend the organised trips along the Amalfi Drive which included Ravello and Positano as well as Amalfi itself. Also Herculaneum and Pompeii were certainly worth a visit especially with one of the guided tours which ensures you get a full appreciation of the history. It is a good idea to make your own way to Capri and Anna Capri as the island is easily reached by either the hydro-foil or ferry. It's worth getting one of the early links to the island, well before the organised tourist trips start.
Sorrento itself is a wonderful place with its cobbled streets, extremely friendly atmosphere, good restaurants, bars and shops, all of which are open until the early hours. Davide's Ice Cream Parlour and the Foreigners Club are a must for any visitor!
We had a brilliant time and the memories will last forever!
Dave & Wendy Stevens
MY FAVORITE HOTEL IN ITALY
The best we love this hotel and their staff especially those in the dining room. Every one I have recomended the Tramontano to has loved it .My husband my father and I will be back in October Sorrento is a great base to explore pompei and other wonderful places. The town is very friendly and welcoming to visitors .What more can I say I love it and I love ITALY.
good location, poor restaurant
We stayed at the Tramontano in August 04 on the 4th floor, the room was small and not that great. The previous occupiers had been smokers and it took 3 days for the smell to clear.
Having arrived at 8.55pm we were told the restaurant closed at 9pm, I wish we hadn't bothered, although the staff were really OK, the food was cold and poor, according to the menu it is 47 euros each before drinks.
Even a relatively expensive restaurant in the town including drinks only came to around 90 euros.
Breakfast was even worse: fruit cordial - not fresh juice, tinned pineapple rings or fuit cocktail depending on the day, and cold and extremely unappetising fried or scambled eggs. (there was also cereals and some patisserie if you wanted that). We also regularly saw people leaving the fresh fruit there was available as it was either unripe or sour tasting. Therefore despite having paid for half board we ate out every night, and we were not the only ones.
Towels have to be back by with the pool attendant by 6pm or you pay 26 euros for the pleasure, and to cap it all on our last day - even though it says in the literature that you have to be out of your room by 12 noon, we had to vacate by 11am.
Wild horses could not drag me back to this hotel - try the excelsior.
Sorrento, lovely Sorrento
We arrived in Sorrento, via Naples train station,(be careful here- of theft) we are met by our driver, private car, by Carmine Monetti- a jolly italiano, and will take you most anywhere.
"THE IMPERIAL" was a great surprise,as we had visited Rome and Florence, and stayed at WESTIN EXCELSIOR in bothe cities. we did not expect to find the hotel, room, location, etc. to our delight , WE HAD A BEAUTIFUL SUITE, OVERLOOKING THE BAY. WE were treated very well by the staff, also the hotel van, which is available for trips down, to all the seaside restaurants have excellent seafood. A must, try "TASSO" owned and run by two brothers, wonderful food and wine. Also, note beach closes on Oct. 1, and A/C stops as well then too.
WOULD STAY AGAIN, BUT WE LOVED SORRENTO, RENTING A VILLA NEXT YEAR.