I stayed for a week in mid-August with my wife and 9 year old son. We had a "sunrise" room on the 3rd floor of the main building overlooking Sorrento.
The hotel is located up a steep hill approx 5 minutes drive from the centre of Sorrento (we walked down one day in about 20 mins with the return journey taking approx 5 mins longer). There is a hotel shuttle bus available with some slightly annoying gaps in the schedule otherwise a taxi will cost 20 Euros up from Sorrento which feels like a scam given the distance involved (not the hotels fault but leaves a nasty taste in the mouth regardless).
The views from the room and various other parts of the hotel were stunning as most people have previously pointed out. The pastel colours of the buildings in Sorreno as the sun went down in the evening were quite spectacular. After dark the view across Sorrento was equally impressive. There were also clear views of Vesuvius from many parts of the hotel.
The room itself felt a little dated and really didn't feel of sufficient quality to merit a 4-star rating. Having said that, it was always clean and the beds were nice and firm. With a third bed in the room for my son it felt rather cramped and the door between the bedroom itself and the entrance vestibule couldn't be closed because of the location of the bed. Not a big deal but it just meant extra noise and light coming in from the corridor. The safe was tiny, there was no way it would hold my portable DVD player and no chance of holding a laptop and probably not an iPad either. We struggled to cram a couple of mobile phones, an iPod and a pocket camera in there. The air-conditioning in the room wasn't particularly strong either so i'm glad we had a sunrise room and didn't get the sun on our balcony all afternoon otherwise it may have been a bit on the warm side in the room later on.
Outside the Pool was fantastic. It was a decent size and the main section was pretty deep all the way around (from 1.75m to 3.10m) making it ideal for jumping and diving. The pool appeared to be pretty clean and the terraces surrounding the pool were perfectly pleasant too. If you wanted to reserve a sunbed though you had to pay 4 Euros per bed per day for the privilege otherwise it was the usual first come first served system.
Food was a bit of a mixed bag. Breakfast was OK but the choice of cooked food (bacon, eggs, tomatoes and occassionally sausages) was not extensive. Take your own HP too. Lunch was expensive and not very appetising. Having a hire car we drove down to Sorrento for lunch most days where the choice was far greater and (even with the cost of car parking) was much cheaper. Evening meal was probably the best of the bunch although not cheap at 30 Euros per person for a daily menu with about 3-4 choices of main course. There is also an a la carte evening menu with main courses between 15-25 Euros. We ate in Sorrento about half the time and again the choice is obviously more extensive and generally cheaper. Drink prices were generally more in keeping with other places down in Sorrento.
With a hire car we found parking at the hotel fairly painful. The hotel has a very small car park and if it's full you have to fight for a space on a small piece of scrubland across the road from the hotel. One day we were blocked in by somebody else and it took the hotel some time to find the owner of the car and get them to move it (not specifically the hotels fault but with better parking facilities it wouldn't have happened).
In terms of service, we found it polite rather than friendly (though there were exceptions in both the positive and negative senses) but again we didn't feel it was consistent enough for a 4-star hotel.
Overall I would probably have given this hotel 3.5-stars if it was possible but it's not and as a 4-star rated hotel I don't think it quite matched up. This was our 3rd trip to this part of the country and probably our least favourite hotel having stayed in Maiori and Ravello previously. That's not to say it was a bad hotel but I think if we came down to this area again we would probably look to stay elsewhere.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Hotel Aminta
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aminta occupies a commanding position overlooking the Gulf of Naples with breathtaking views, just 3.5 km from the centre of Sorrento to which it offers a courtesy bus service. ... more less
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