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We spent stayed at this hostel using it as a base from which to explore the region. We booked this hostel rather than other hotels in the area for two reasons, its reasonable prices and its modern facilities in comparison to the other reasonably priced hotels in the region which sounded past their sell by dates for decor and amenities. Prior to arriving I contacted the hotel with a request for a taxi to be organised to pick us up from Naples airport, I was sent a very polite email very quickly and it was all arranged for us. (By the way I do know you can catch a 10 euro bus from outside the airport to the main square in Sorrento which is only a 5 minute walk from the hostel but we had saved so much on the hotel booking that we preferred the comfort and convienience of a taxi rather than wheeling our cases through the streets). The hostel was beautiful, spacious and had lots of plush seating and relaxing areas in the main area downstairs. The reception staff and managers were very helpful and answered all our many touristy questions (how to get to places, how much fares were etc.) with great detail often providing written guides and brochures of the places we enquired about. Our 2nd floor triple room was immaculate, towels and sheets were changed daily (by the friendliest and most efficient maid I've ever met in any hotel anywhere), all floor and bathroom areas were cleaned and disinfected daily and she could not be faulted for thoroughness in her cleaning. We had lovely views of the folliage covered cliffs opposite the hotel and these were lit up at night time to look almost enchanted. The rooms here have no balconies but with the double window open it was still lovely in the evening and the morning and with automatic outside window blinds (operated by a switch near the window) the security of the room was great while the day time sun could be blocked out for us to return to a cool room each afternoon. The hotel has an internet room which we found useful for checking email etc, the charges were 3 euros for 30 mins 6 euro for 1hr, if your session only lasted say 10 minutes the rest of the time was still available later on the same password and username, one hour lasted us the whole holiday with time to spare (after all how long do you want to be sat at a computer while you are in such a beautiful area!). A walk down the hill from this hostel takes you to Marina Grande a lovely fishing harbour. We walked down on our first night here to find an amazing festival going on, what a welcome to Sorrento that was, fireworks and everything, we had fresh fish for supper and then got a bus back up the hill. A 30 second walk up the hill and first turning on your left takes you straight into the warren of small alley ways filled with shops and stalls (artisan and touristy mingled together), cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlours, little tucked away churches and garden areas and market stalls. A walk along here (about 10 minutes or 30 minutes if you are like me and keep stopping to window shop or exlplore a new alley way) takes you directly to Piazza Tasso the main square where there are tourist open top buses or 'mini-trains' or horse and carriage options to explore the whole area and get a feel for where everything is. We did the mini-train one, but I think the hop on-hop off bus would probably be better with hindsight as you can spend a day exploring at your own pace. There are also 'real' public transport buses from this square with one of the buses (there is service ABC or D on these little local buses) having a bus stop right outside the hostel, very useful. Keep walking onwards from the main street on from Piazza Tasso for 5 minutes and you come to the bus and Circumvesuviana train station, from here you can go almost anywhere in the region very cheaply even on the bus to Rome for 17 euros each (buy the tickets from the travel centre just up from the bus station or pay 21.50 euros on the bus itself). The little local shop just up from the hostel is also great. We got water, bread, ham, cheese etc. from here and kept it in the hotel fridge (which was not charged extra along with the safe in the wardrobe) for our lunch sandwiches. From our base here we went to pompeii, herculanium (better than pompeii), oplonti, up the cable car to Mount Faiti (you MUST do this by the way what an amazing view as you go up the mountain and then lovely walks on top of the mountain also. Make sure you go to the scruffy looking but amazing cafe across from the cable car exit and have the palma ham and mozzarella crepe - look at the pics on the wall while you are there this obviously has been here for years and looks like it used to be a barn or grannery). We also went to Rome for a day, to Capri and Positano and of course (the reason we went) up Mount Vesuvius to look down into the crater, that is a must do but make sure you wear trainers and trainer socks its a hard walk up (at least I found it hard). Every day after our explorations we would return to the hostel and really appreciate the modern comforts in our room, shower with great pressure, jacuzzi bath for tired muscles, clean towels, lovely big beds with clean sheets etc. I would especially reccomend this hotel for families wanting to explore the region rather than laze by a pool all day (although for 10 euros you can spend the day at the pool in a nearby hotel with views across the bay, the reception staff told me about this and we had one quiet day here). I particularly would like to say how nice the waiting staff, the cleaning staff and the reception staff are here, very helpful and professional. The breakfast is the usual continental combination of cereals/hams/cheeses/fruits/cakes/jams etc. however all the pastries/cakes are freshly baked on the premises (I saw and smelled this being done myself one evening while sat at the bar - lovely fresh baking smell!!) and the bread rolls and bread for toasting were always fresh and nice too. The tea and coffee come from urns and were not brilliant but you could order a pot of tea or a cappochino from the bar to have with breakfast if this really bothered you.I am a tea addict and found the tea acceptable for my morning cuppa. The waiters at breakfast are lovely both very friendly and continually refreshing the supplies of breakfast food as needed with fresh items. Everyone here seems to know what is expected of them and undertake to do their jobs to the best standards possible. We would stay here again if we visit Sorrento in the future and would reccomend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set In The Heart Of Sorrento, The Hostel Boasts A Convenient Location Within Very Easy Reach Of Sorrento’s Premier Sights And Attractions. Elegantly Styled, Beautifully Furnished And Equipped With All The Service Of A 3 Star Hotel: 50 Rooms All Air-conditioned, Minibar, Personalised Safe, Wi-fi , Underground Garage, Wellness Centre And Pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ulisse Deluxe Hotel Sorrento