“The danger of giving a good review is that you might not be able to get a room!”
This is a lovely hotel - a little dated maybe but the wonderful views, the access to several terraces for relaxing and sun-bathing, the pretty pool overlooking the bay, the friendly staff, the convenience of having a 'kitchen-in-a-wardrobe' in a spacious bedroom more than make up for it. Anyway, ultra-modern doesn't suit Sorrento, which has a quietly dignified air to it!
The maids take good care of the rooms - I have taken to hiding the soap in the tooth-mug because they insist on replacing a used one (now they must think I don't wash my hands!), and the towels are changed daily (I leave the ones I have used on the floor), and the bed-linen every three days. I used plastic clip-lock boxes for packing my breakables, which I can use for my foodstuffs - there are plenty of little supermarkets at the bottom of the hill.
Much has been made of the 'corner-of-death' but one simply has to be patient and take one's time. Personally, where there is no pavement (and this is only for a short distance) I walk facing the oncoming traffic with my arm extended so that motorists may spot me early on!
The "A" line bus (towards Massa Lubrense) runs from the station (buy bus tickets at the station - currently €1.20 - you cannot buy them on the bus) and around every 20 minutes through the town up via Capo and the nearest stop to the Miramare is by the Hotel Belair. From there it is only 200 paces (I have short legs!) up to the Miramare which is on the left, just past the Hotel Tonnerella. If you get a taxi expect to pay €12 - but fix the price before you get in the cab - guests have been known to be charged €20. If you arrive in the evening expect delays because Corso d'Italia is closed for the 'passegiata' when everyone strolls along it.
It takes me about 15 minutes to walk up from the town and I'm unfit and 63 (with the afore-mentioned short legs), so any reasonably fit person can do it and it's a good way to work off the yummy meals you will have eaten in the town. I recommend Circolo dei Forestieri aka The Foreigners' Club (elegant, with good food and wonderful views over the bay), Verdemare (no views, but only 100 metres up the road, with lovely staff and a good menu), La Fenice, (good menu, reasonably priced), and for ice-cream go to Bougainvillea - all made on the premises, fresh every day!
So, at the risk of me not being able to get a room in the future, may I say "Buono soggiorno al Hotel Residence Miramare!"
P.S. I only gave it a 'Poor' rating for the restaurant because I am a vegetarian, and I cannot eat white carbohydrates so breakfast is is bit limited for me. And I didn't use the fitness centre.
P.P.S. I have just been told by some other guests that they were ripped off by a taxi driver from Naples airport who charged them €200. Utterly outrageous. Gabriella at the Miramare organised a driver to meet me at cost of €85 - reasonable, if not a little extravagant for me - but I have a slipped disc so that is my excuse! He also dealt with my luggage and waited while I went to the ladies room.
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