We just returned from the Hotel Parco dei Principi and had a great stay. Although some of the reviews would indicate that this hotel is sub par and unfriendly we found this hotel be beautiful and what one would expect of a 5 star in Italy.
As it was our anniversary I requested a full balcony room. Manuela in reservations exceeded our expectations. The 4th floor room on the very corner had an unbelievable view of the bay, Vesuvius and the cliffs of Sorrento. The room was kept clean each day and we found the staff to be very helpful. The staff on the front desk even assisted us in trying to locate a specific gift from another city and offered to arrange to have it sent to the hotel. Very friendly.
The continental breakfast (which is included) was excellent and the patio overlooking the sea added to the experience.
The beach at the base of the cliff was also very nice and created a very relaxing atmosphere. There is also a very well kept garden with paths to stroll along which is beautiful.
The only negative that we would say is that the food and drink were quite expensive. However, you are in a 5 star hotel on the cliffs of Sorrento. Its to be expected.
The town is a short walk (15-20min) where you can find tons of very reasonably priced restaurants and shops. Talk to the locals, they know where to go! We were also surprised to find that the hotel had a free shuttle service into town every 30 mins that ran up to 7pm (just remember to call to book a seat). We used it daily to get into town and then took the walk back at night.
Overall a great stay.We would definitely return to this hotel in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-star accommodation and a prime location sat high on the ancient rampart of tufa, the Parco dei Principi is a testament to the timeless creativity of Gio Ponti, one of the most enlightened advocates of Italian architecture of the 20th century.Between the blue sea of Sorrento Coast and the lush greenery of the botanical gardens, Paul Leopold of Bourbon, the princes of Cortchacow and the entourage of the Russian aristocracy fell in love with this incomparable natural scenery, giving it a solemn historical heritage.Minimal atmosphere and space characterises the 96 rooms with original furnishings designed by Gio Ponti and customized specifically for the Hotel: the famous headboard-beds (1948), toilet set 'Vanity' with circular mirrors (1950), the chair 'Lightweight' (Cassina, 1952) and large fitted wardrobes. A variety of ceramic floors - as many as rooms - in shades of blue and white, in antique Majolica D'Agostino from Salerno, to reflect the colours of the sea and sky of Sorrento: moons, circles, triangles, stars and leaves are also used to tell a different story in every room.At the Restaurant Gio Ponti, a spectacular window over the Gulf of Naples and its islands, the day starts with a grand breakfast. Through striking tunnels in the rock, you arrive at the private beach or at the equipped solarium on the cliff. The pier is home during the summer months to the restaurant Poggio Siracusa where you can enjoy the fresh offerings of the sea accompanied by the sounds of the waves below.Among the horizon, the ancient oaks and the rare trees essences of the enormous botanical park, there is a seawater swimming pool designed by Gio Ponti as 'a mirror of water to wood nymphs'.To restore harmony to the body and spirit, guests can access the Fitness & Beauty Center of the Hotel, the charming majolica rooftop terrace with a view, and the marbled terrace of Villa Cortchacow dating back to the eighteenth century, on which the first ballerina performed to the Court of St. Petersburg.Since 2012, the lobby, with the incredible view of the Gulf has hosted the 'Museum of the Opera', an exhibition of original drawings and furniture in the rooms and in the common areas that have marked the history of Italian design.The business center of the hotel offers several meeting rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and innovative technology: from the classic style of Sedowa hall with a terrace overlooking the sea, to the most modern modular Leonardo hall, surrounded by the garden Bourbon, with a seat capacity of 350. The outdoor areas offer a pleasant alternative for coffee breaks, lunches and dinners.Within the enchanting scenery of Monti Lattari sloping terraces lined with citrus, Parco dei Principi is an excellent location for pleasant walks through the typical craft shops and luxury shopping streets in the center of Sorrento, and for excursions to the nearby Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri and the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. ... more less
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