It is hard to capture the beauty of the Excelsior Vittorio in a few words. It sits on 5 acres of beautiful and secluded grounds. While it is right in the heart of downtown, a long gated promenade separates the town (and noise) from the actual hotel entrance. The entry gate contains a barrier and a guard so that only guests and invitees (and select vehicles) can enter. The walk down the promenade is beautiful; full of flowers and benches in case you want to sit and enjoy the beautiful garden before or after a stroll downtown. The hotel itself sits on a beautiful cliff line at the edge of the sea. The rooms on the sea are well worth the extra price. We had a premium sea view room with a very large private terrace. The view of the sea and Mt. Vesuvius in the distance was gorgeous. Our room was very charming and I loved the antique desk and chest of drawers. Besides a king size bed, we had a great sitting area with 2 chairs, couch and table. In contrast with the antique furniture pieces, we had a new flat screen TV (although I must admit was little used due to the beauty of one's surroundings). The shower took a little getting used to, but, to me, was part of the charm of the hotel. The swimming pool area is also magnificent. This area is a very short walk from the hotel entrance and besides a great pool, there is a bar and separate cooking and outside eating area. All of this is nestled in an area full of orange and lemon trees (that were full of fruit when we were there last month). Adjacent to the pool area is a full service spa. While I did not go there, my wife reported that her facial and massage were excellent. Inside the main hotel, the public areas are all first class and spotless. There is a large and ornate banquet room (where a daily breakfast buffet is served), sitting rooms, beautiful outside terrace, downstairs dining areas, etc. many of which contain beautifully kept period furniture. Besides the beautiful physical features of the hotel and the grounds upon which it sits, I found the hotel staff to be one of the best I have ever encountered. I have had the privilege of staying in many fine hotels, (e.g., George V in Paris and others), so my expectations can run a little high. The tone and expectations at this hotel are clearly set at the top by the Hotel Mgr., Nicolino Grigio. The hotel is impeccably clean and the friendliness, courtesy and sincerity of all the staff, from top to bottom, was quite impressive. Besides Mr. Grigio, the Head Concierge Galano and his staff, Marco at the Front Desk, Danielle in Reservations, a seasoned waiter Salvatore, a housekeeper, Tina are some that I remember. However, that is not meant to take away from all the great service we had from others. With regard to food, there is a large breakfast buffet in the grand banquet room that has most anything you would want. While I usually avoid dinners in hotels, my wife and I had dinner one night in the lower dining area. The bottom line is that the food was excellent. We had already been to restaurants identified as the best in Sorrento and I was still favorably impressed. In the end, the ultimate compliment is whether or not you would return. Admittedly, at my age I am working hard on my personal "bucket list" of places to see and things to do. Yet, after 7 nights in Sorrento and at the Excelsior Vittorio, my wife and I feel a warm and strong connection with the area. I may be wrong, but I am almost sure that we will return to Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. One thing is for sure....if we do, you will find us at the Excelsior Vittorio and seeing the many friends we left behind there.
Stay on sea view side....worth the $.
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