When my daughter (aged 32) and I decided to finally visit Italy, we chose Sorrento as our destination. The Mar Hotel Alimuri turned out to be an excellent choice.
While the hotel is not large, and lacks some of the amenities associated with others in popular resorts, there are many things in its favour. The rooms are quite large and beautifully laid out, offering a large balcony with sea views, and the air conditioning makes the room a welcome haven after the heat of the day.
As a pair of vegetarians, we often find the holiday diet restricted and repetetive... not at the Alimuri! To be fair, we expected pizza and pasta, but the hotel offers a separate vegetarian menu at dinner, and we ate well every evening. There are plenty of choices to be had on the separate buffet with fresh salads in abundance. Breakfast and lunch tend to be a a little more repetetive for us herbivores, but there is a lot of choice if you are a meat-eater.
The staff at the hotel are mostly lovely! We only encountered one unhelpful person on Reception on our first night... but we never saw him again! Christian in the bar will have a go (not always successfully!) at most drinks and cocktails you can think of, and is a really nice guy. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and helpful ,but the gold star has to go to the Maitre d' who is always ready to have a joke... and admonish anyone who doesn't clear his plate!
The shuttle bus that runs regularly into Sorrento is a godsend, and the drivers are brilliant and grateful for a tip as you leave the bus.
As for the resort... there are a few little strolls available and you can find a tiny bar or two (if you want to!) but the main area is Sorrento. Here, you can shop, stroll, eat and drink and watch the world go by. It's also the place to head for the Water Taxi to Naples or Capri... but the walk to (and even more so, back from) the port...lots of steps and the roads wind steeply uphill with very little space for the pedestrian.
Trips worth taking are the Water Taxi to Naples... lots of cultural interest and plenty of shops, and the trips to Pompei and Vesuvius (wear comfortable trainers or similar).
Would we go again? Definitely! Would we use the same hotel? Of course!
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- Also Known As:
- Mar Hotel Meta
- Mar Hotel Alimuri Meta, Italy - Province Of Naples