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Hotel Parco dei Principi
Ranked #36 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 March 2012

I saw many bad opinions about the hotel so we decided to go and see hotel first before booking. Hotel is incredible nice placed. Service is very good and kind. I cant understand poplecznicy giving bad opinions. Really nice hotel.

Room Tip: Quiet place for incredible vacation
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. All of our email's were answered promptly prior to booking. Upon our request, the Hotel arranged for a driver to pick us up at the airport in Naples. Our driver was right on time waiting for us. He was a very personable, safe driver and pointed out many sights, and gave us some great travel tips on our way to the hotel which we appreciated. It is about an hour drive from the airport to Sorrento. Upon arrival, the hotel staff quickly ran out to us curb side with umbrellas (it was raining). We thought that was very classy. The staff gave us information about Sorrento, explained the area with a map and then escorted us to our room with a tour of the room. Our room was very clean (2nd floor room #211) with a nice balcony and a lovely view of the sea and Mt. Vesusvias. The room was large enough for 2 adults to "spread out" with luggage and relax. The bathroom was also spacious. 2 sinks, hotel robes, nice oversized towels. The tub/shower typical of Italy. In the late afternoon after sight-seeing we would walk to town to do some shopping. The shops are open in the morning and then in late afternoon 3-4 pm until 8pm. Each town and or store is a little different, but in February many shops close mid-day. It is a nice (easy) residential walk from the hotel to the center of town( no hills). You will pass many private residences, hotels, cobblestone sidewalks with charming views into gated gardens. The pleasant walk is about 10-15 minutes from town. The hotel also has a free shuttle which runs at certain times and certainly convenient after a day of sight-seeing. I highly recommend the walk if you are up to it. There is a nice viewpoint about mid-way where you can see the city lights of Naples at night and is quite romantic. You also walk by a soccer field on the way to town, which we stopped a few times to watch the locals play soccer. The hotel has a lovely gated entry with garden walls and beautiful, lush mature landscaping that surround the hotel with mature palm trees, lush ferns and exotic tropical plants and interesting paths. This really adds to the ambience and historical significance of the hotel. The grounds were very well maintained on a daily basis, and it was very evident that the owners of this hotel really care about the property and its surroundings. The hotel also has very beautiful terraced outdoor lounging/dining and seating areas. Unfortunately, due to weather and time of year we traveled we could not enjoy the additional areas including the pool, but it all looked very lovely. If you are interested in hiring a driver to see the Amalfi coast and or a tour guide for Pompeii, I highly recommend you have the hotel help you book the tours. We priced it out online and found their prices extremely reasonable and all of their recommendations outstanding. A tour guide for Pompeii is worth the extra expense. Due to the increment weather, a driver for the Amalfi coast was important to us and also worth the extra euro. We were extremely pleased with Tony, our driver, who gave us a grand tour of the Amalfi and stopped at the best shopping places. We cannot say enough great things about Tony! We ate dinner at the hotel one evening, and it was delicious. We had the Pasta with seafood which was fresh and excellent. Breakfast is nice which included: salami, meats, cheese, pastries, a nice selection of fresh juices, cereal, eggs etc. For eating breakfast/dinner with a view, this is by far our favorite hotel. The eating area is surrounded by glass so the blue tile of the hotel stretches out to a blue sea of the Mediterranean. I'm not sure I understand some reviews that say the hotel should be renovated. We found the architecture and decor given the location and setting positively stunning and hope they never change it. We would stay here again. The hotel staff greeted us every morning and every evening, wanting to know if we needed their help. The young gentlemen who served breakfast and cappacino were friendly and hard working and always greeted us with a friendly hello. I highly recommend Sorrento for a centralized place to stay along the coast. Especially in slower seasonal periods. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Sorrento and also some great shopping. Some of the other towns were pretty closed up at this time of year, so staying in Sorrento made for the perfect place.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

We don't usually pick a hotel based on the room itself or the view, but I have to admit that the views from our room were absolutely amazing! The hotel is a bit off the beaten path, and a little far from town, but the seaside views are worth it.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

The view from my balcony on -2 floor(room 34 I think) was by far the best view of the Mediterrian ever....The sunset from my balcony was breathtaking. Might not be a 5 star by USA standards but it is by Sorrento standards. Room was large and spacious..only issue I had this hotel was I kept blowing the outlets with my coverter but it wasnt my fault after all. The grounds are gorgeous, black sand beach...what a wonder. You must have the chicken club sandwich that was to die for...love it.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank kendr390
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

this is a hotel which seems to get an array of reviews
you have to understand before you go that this hotel is a homage to the architect and is kept the same as it was when built in the 60s with the odd modern day addition - flatscreen tv , bang and ollufsen phone etc.
we got a great deal on onhotels website for 4 nights for my brothers wedding in sorrento this summer.
breakfast was amazing . service was good. the setting was beautiful - views from room/breakfast. pool excellent and the hotels private beach as well.
this is a wonderful hotel and i really can only believe that the bad reviews come from people who havent done their research ,,,,,,
the grounds are lovely too

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

The Gio Ponti design & original features (& furniture) did not disappoint & the views from the sea front room were spectacular. Our dealings with the reception staff were good & they could not have been more helpful. The pool is a good size (salt water) & the hotel beach & pier with direct lift access from the hotel were great. On the negative side: the hotel was generally tired & in need of a really good clean (but to be fair it certainly was not dirty & the linens were spotless); the self-service breakfast was pretty poor (all of the baked goods looked to have come straight out of a packet & nothing except some of the bread was fresh & the coffee was awful) & the service was not very good. With some real effort & money this hotel could be absolutely fantastic - but it's just not there. A good 3 star property but absolutely no where near a 5 star by UK or US standards.

Room Tip: It's worth paying for the sea view if it's on budget.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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RoyalContinental_Nap, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Parco dei Principi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2011

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor, we apologize for the inconvenience, your comment is an inspiration to improve the services so we hope that you will allow us the opportunity to welcome you back to our hotel to let you see by yourself the changes that will make as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

Customer Care
Royal Group Hotels & Resorts

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Reviewed 21 September 2011

This hotel is badly in need of some money being spent on it. When we entered our room I wanted to cry, the website photos and description had been very flattering. We immediately went to reception and asked if we could have a refund so we could go elsewhere. We were told no, we asked to see the manager but was told he wasnt there. We were there for 4 days and asked to see the manager every day and still didnt get to see him. When we complained about the standard of furniture, bathroom and cleanliness of the room to reception, we were asked if we knew it had been designed by a famous architect and it was supposed to look like that and if the room was unclean that could easily be resolved. I hope that a room is clean before I stay in, not that I have to bring it to front desk's attention. The syle is 70's and I guess from not sleeping very well for 4 nights that the bed had also been purchased in the 70's. It was stiff and hard, I felt unclean lying on it. It didnt help that there was a band playing each night until 11.30 so had little option but to be wakened until then as the sound proofing is very poor. There was also a shuttle bus in to the centre, but last one was at 7pm, its about a 20 minute walk so if you wanted to get a taxi, it was E15-E18 a trip. And you needed to book in the morning for the bus for 7pm or it was full. The breakfast buffet was the poorest of all hotels we stayed at on our trip and some of the waiters were extremely rude. The concierge was extremely helpful and we had a lovely view of the sea and Naples. But everything else is just not good.

Room Tip: Seaview is spectacular but be prepared for having to listen to the hotel band
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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RoyalContinental_Nap, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Parco dei Principi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2011

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review, we are sorry to read that your stay was not up to your expectations. We are sorry to hear that you did not appreciate the hotel décor being Hotel Parco dei Principi a masterpiece of contemporary art, designed and built by a famous architect Gio Ponti. The hotel is under a continued refurbishment but each part of the property has been kept exactly as it was: all the interiors are original including the majolica tiles, the ceramics and the floors. We apologize for your breakfast experience but please, be assured that this does not correspond to the usual context in which our guests stay.
We hope that you will allow us the opportunity to welcome you back to our hotel.

Your sincerely,

Customer Care
Royal Group Hotels & Resorts

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Address: Via Bernardino Rota 44, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Sorrento
#29 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
#33 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#49 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £69 - £328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Parco dei Principi 5*
Number of rooms: 96
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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