We stayed at the La Meridiana for two weeks in October 2006
Booked through Portland Direct.
Having stayed in "better" hotels in Sorrento on a few previous holidays up on Nastro Verde which is really beautiful this time my Wife and I decided we wanted to stay more central so mainly on the reviews posted here we chose The La Meridiana.
When we arrived what we found was a very basic 3 star Hotel but the accomidation was adequate and very clean the position of the hotel was excelent 5 to 10 mins. from the centre 5 mins. from the bus and train stations the hotel
had some stunning views from the roof, and as we were on the fifth floor we had no problem with noise and luckily the weather was brilliant wall to wall sunshine for 14 days.
The food was generally of a good standard except on the one or two occasion the tried to cater for the brittish tastes (why do the Italians do this when they have no need to) although the desserts were somewhat limited, the only grouse we would have is the size of the portions they were far big for us, although it was waiter service, the food was brought to the tables allready plated so we felt it would be ill mannered to send too much back so we generally ate far too much.
Some advise I would give is regarding organised excursions, with the exception of Pompei which is far better with a guide, avoid them like the plague as the are far too expensive for what you get, and most you can do on public transport which is really very easy and very much cheaper
Coming to the Hotel staff, we found them very pleasnt and freindly and nothing was too much trouble.
to Antonio, Rosalba, Salvatore, Luca, and all the rest "Grazie Di Tuttu".
All in all a very enjoable holiday and we would have no problems with staying in The Hotel La Meridiana again
Liked this Hotel
Recommended by Rick Steve's Italy 2007. We stayed in this hotel in Nov 2006. The price of 80 Euro was just right, breakfast good, location great.(acrossed the street from a lemon grove and close to all shopping!) It was quaint but a little run down. Staff pleasant. A good experience and good view from the balcony. Very safe!!
Good base for holiday in Sorrento
With the hotel being a short pleasant walk of just under 10mins to the centre of the town, it was a perfect base for us to explore Sorrento.
The hotel itself is fairly small but was very clean and the staff were both helpful and friendly. The rooms were reasonable in size and included a balcony with a beautiful view of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The rooms also had the usual amenities that you'd expect from a 3 star hotel but they could have done with having a mini-fridge included which would have made our stay almost perfect. There was also no pool but that wasn't something that we required.
The breakfast was buffet service and was accompanied with an menu for you to choose your evening meal from and was fairly varied throughout the week. Table sharing was used during meal times which may not be appealing to some. We had reservations about it beforehand, however, the other couple who sat with us were friendly and I suppose it's just your luck whether or not you enjoy this part of the experience.
During our week there, the best restaurant we found was the Red Lion. Despite it's British name, the staff were extremely friendly and the food was first class. It's located adjacent to the bus/train station (25 Martial Way).
Just Love The Place
We have just had two weeks in the hotel Meridana for the second year running. The hotel is in a great postion for seeing Sorrento and is very close to rail/bus station for going further a field.
We have always found the staff very helpful and frendly which makes our holiday that much better. The food is first class and plenty of it, in fact we have put on a few pounds!
The rooms are spotless and we got clean towels and bed linen everyday, which you don't always get in some larger hotels.
Overall the Hotel Meridana is perfect for a relaxing and peacefull holiday without the hustle an bustle of a larger hotel plus the warmth and frendlenss of the all the staff
Good hotel, great friendly atmosphere and fine food
If I start off with the bad, and hope you continue to read on because it does get better.
The rooms are very basic and as with most Italian hotels the air con doesn't come on until mid June and even then you have to pay £10 per day!. Basically if you have a balcony then you have the traffic noise, and this is pretty much the case which ever hotel you choose in the centre of Sorrento (even the 4 and 5 stars). Therefore not feasible to have a window open. If you have room pack a small fan :>)
If you do get rained in then you will have to listen to MTV or CNN as that's the only choice which isn't Italian. Our bathroom had a problem that when the shower was on the water came out of the drain in the floor flooding it every time we showered and one day we didn't have hot water in the morning. (Minor irritations.)
Now to the positives, the reception staff were very knowledgeable and helpful in getting us to where we wanted to be, giving us directions, timetables and useful hints and tips.
Take the operators free tour of Sorrento, (some charge £10 but then you get some more free alcohol samples (not worth it), the free tour gets you your bearings and the one we went on was very informative.
Back to the hotel, you keep the same table place for breakfast and evening meals and occasionally (and I guess in peak times) you do have to share your table, which is nice to meet people, but with the 19:00-21:00 window you don't always go at the same time. The breakfasts are basic (toaster but no other hot food), but enough to get you going. The evening meals in stark contrast were excellent. 5 courses (although we only attempted all 5 once). The 2nd course was almost an evening meal on it's own. A wide choice even for vegitarians, and each days menu is different (except gala night). The food was sometimes on the salty side however. Gala night, once a week probably isn't as good as other hotels, the staff get dressed up and there is a singer/keyboard player and no choice as to what you're getting.
(Remember evening drinks are not included and they give you your bill at the end of the week. The safe is 10 euros per weeks with a 50 euro deposit which tends to cover the price of your two weeks drinks if you're not splashing out on wine each night.)
This hotel does not have a pool but a very nice roof solarium on the top floor with superb views (especially of the sunset around 20:15).
If you are going with your partner leave a note with the maids or tell reception they'll put double sheets on rather than two singles as is the norm.
This hotel's prime location, great staff and very good food made this holiday excellent. The hotels in Piano de Sorrento or St Ageta were a good 3/4 hour walk and although most hotels do shuttle busses can be inconvenient. Note taxis charge you from when they leave to pick you up, so you can have 19 euros on the meter before you get in, best getting one from a taxi rank if you have to and try and agree the price in advance. The local busses only cost 1 euro and run very often.
Here is the gem: Sorrento is very nice (once you get over the mad drivers and scooters), this trip is not in the excusion list, go on the train (about 1.5 euros each way) to Castela Mare, and get off the train and go to the cable car up Faito moutain (at the end of the platform), it is 6 euros and 8 minutes of pure viewing delight. Don't tell me you're afraid of heights this is not worth missing. At the top there are great forest walks which are cool (not in the hippy sense)
Excursions: They all have to charge the same even the local ones, most you can do cheaper yourself except I recommend you take the Amalfi drive. Doing it on the local bus is not a good idea, they travel at break neck speeds and you could be standing for 2 hours. The cost is £31 and it is well worth it if you want to fill your memory card on your camera. The guide and bus stops you at ideal places to get that nice picture. Get on the opposite side of the bus to the driver to get the best views, there aren't half as many on the left side.
The meal isn't great and means less time at your final destination Ravelo in the hills, get a take away sandwich from Amalfi.
Capri, sorry not sure what the fuss was there, ok nice views but £200 for a bra and undies, sorry unless you're A list there is nothing here for you. Oh and the boat trip to the blue cavern here's some hidden charges to watch for. The boat trip is about 10 euros, then you have to pay another 9 to go in, then you have to pay a row boat man to take you into the 2 meter game sing and splash about abit for 5 minutes then take you out again. A couple of nice pictures but better off buying the post card, that trip was hairy!
Meridiana - Brilliant!
We arrived at the Meridianna for a short break, it was a base for us to use for a wedding we were attending.
The hotel itself is positioned perfectly and everything is within walking distance.
The staff were lovely and very helpful and happily provided us with maps and local information.
Our room was big enough for the 2 of us and being comfortable and clean it was perfect. The room itself overlooked the road at the front which wasnt ideal as far as a room with a view but it was ok and we didnt really find the road noise offensive and it was quiet at night which is when it really counts!
Our only niggle was that the room was located next to the stairs and some other guests were not so considerate as far as being quiet when using them!
Overall, I would definately recommend La Meridianna and would definately return.
Superb clean room with a very nice view (if you request a view room, we stayed in 326..). hotel staff most informational and helpful. good location-10 minutes to train station and town center. breakfast is good but other hotels we stayed in sorrento area were better... overall we enjoyed our stay very much. would have no problem recommending this hotel to fellow travelers
Worst/Dirtiest Hotel in Italy!!
My husband and I stayed at this hotel along with 20 other travelers in a group tour of Italy. It was horrible! There were dead bugs around the window sill and on the wall and floor, mold in the bathroom, cobwebs hanging in every corner and a live cockroach in the breakfast dining room.
Two of the travelers in our group woke up to ants crawling all over their feet under the sheets! The staff was unresponsive to complaints and blamed us for the bugs being in the rooms!
It was the most dirty and disgusting hotel I've ever stayed in. I don't care how great the location was....this place was a dump!
excellent value hotel in brilliant location
This hotel is a 5 minute walk from the bus/rail station and about a 10 minute stroll from the centre of the resort.
The views from the roof terrace are breath taking.
The hotel is a little dated in appearance and the main restraunt and reception area are bland. However the staff are very freindly and the rooms spacious and clean.
The restraunt provides very good food although to be fair some meals were better than others. I felt that the Italian starters were much better than the English main courses but really I feel I am being picky.
You can purchase very reasonable house wine to have with your meal and at 10 euros a bottle, there was no hugh mark up.
We traded a pool for the location, price and sun terrace and I feel that was an excellent choice.
I would recommend this hotel
Can you find the lemons?
The Basilica, Pompeii
clear waters of Sorrento
Little shops in the alley
Suggestions for Sorrento later this week....trash issues
I just heard that there is riots in Naples due to the trash issue.
We were going to Sorrento (to see Pompeii) from Rome later this week.
Any suggestions related to current situation or otherwise.
Re: Suggestions for Sorrento later this week....trash issues
Don't know about 'riots', but the army was moving the rubbish on 7th January.
Anyway, Sorrento is not Naples. I doubt you'll have (or be aware of) any problems at all. Just enjoy your visit. I shall be doing so in about 3 weeks!