Maison Tofani is located in the small, pedestrianised shopping area of Sorrento. Entering between two enormous wooden doors into a old stone courtyard the ancient appearance of the building is delightful, there was a book for sale at the hotel detailing it's history and restoration.
We were shown around the hotel by Nunziana who took us to our room up a few flights of ancient flagstone steps, your bags are taken up in the lift and there is lift access if required. Our room was 104, the room was a generous size, the floor beautifully tiled, with a high wooden ceiling giving the impression of space and light. The bathroom appeared newly tiled with a power shower, double basins and good lighting. Tea/coffee making facilities are supplied with decent size cups, and plenty of wardrobe space and hangers.
When I first sat on the bed I initially thought oh dear the bed feels a little hard however, I was amazed to see it was a new memory foam mattress with pillows of the same. I can honestly say that this was one of the first times we both woke without bad backs in the morning, especially after all the walking we were doing. The bed was incredibly comfortable the sheets and towels were changed regularly and the room was immaculate.
Maison Tofani is basically a very upmarket bed and breakfast. It has a small bar for pre dinner drinks, but it is not a hotel with pool, spa, etc. This is a place to stay and explore the area. There are so many museums and places of historic interest to visit a short walk away, and the hotel supply beach towels should you wish to visit the beaches close to hand.
Breakfast was a generous choice of cooked food, typical Italian breakfast with roast vegetables, eggs, meat, sausage, olives, served alongside more traditional continental hotel breakfast of breads, pastries, cereal, juice etc. It is a self serve buffet in another beautiful room with incredible frescos on the ceiling. coffees and tea are served to you at the table.
Our room being over the main street I was concerned we might have suffered evening noise, but not so. The pedestrianised streets are quiet late at night, but there are two large shutters to close over the window which blocks out any stray noise you may hear. A quiet room and a comfy bed what more could you ask?
We spent four nights at Mason Tofani in October and had a few days rain mixed with sun which enabled us to see all the sights and more. Giovanni the manager was incredibly helpful and also arranged for a guide for Pompeii and taxi's to and from the airport.
Gaetano was our driver who also does day tours to mozzarella, olive oil and limoncello factories taking in the Amalfi Coastlne. We did not get the chance to do that trip but are returning to take in more of this beautiful place, and take this trip where I understand you get to sample the goods!
Giovanni also re-arranged my flights home and they kindly supplied me with a packed breakfast the previous night as I was leaving before breakfast was served, which I felt was very thoughtful.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend Maison Tofani, for the warm welcome, standard of , service and facilities, also it's situation, it is a 10 minute walk to the station and about a 15 minute walk down to the sea being centrally located. It is close to many good restaurants, so taxi's are not required just good walking shoes as the streets are ancient flagstones that can be slightly uneven.
Giovanni and all your staff, thank you for a memorable stay, we will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- While staying at the Maison Tofani, an elegant relais located in the historical centre of Sorrento, you will have the feeling of being surrounded by an atmosphere rich in history and charm.Maison Tofani is a magical and quiet place where renewed splendour of the eighteenth century is combined with modern elements.The picturesque entrance is that of a typical courtyard in a Neapolitan palace.The rooms are furnished with taste and elegance and equipped with all comforts, particularly suitable for the stay of even the most demanding and selective clientele. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maison Tofani Hotel Sorrento