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Hotel Parco dei Principi
Ranked #37 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
London
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“Oasis in Paradise!”
Reviewed 23 July 2012

We have just returned from a week staying at Parco dei Principi in beautiful Sorrento. I was sceptical at first because of some negative reviews about the hotel on TA but found the hotel beautiful and charming and all at a great price which is not to be sneezed at during high season in the bay of Naples!

I was excited about the hotel design as I am a fan of Gio Ponti design in the 50's and 60's and it certainly held up to expectations. Very pared down design in blues and whites was beautiful although I can see some people might find this too sparse. Amazing how this hotel, designed in 1962 still looks fresh and contemporary. The hotel is placed within a beautiful garden and we thought we were entering paradise every time we returned. The staff at the hotel were very helpful although we sometimes thought a little thin on the ground in what must be their busiest season.

The hotel is about a 15 minute stroll from town. We found this a blessing and a curse - lovely to be removed from busy Sorrento town although sometimes unbearable to walk in the heat. The hotel shuttle was very handy and will collect and drop off close to all the town amenities and harbour.

Breakfast was a normal continental affair of fruits/cereals, breads/pastries with some hot food to boot and eaten whilst looking at a breathtaking view. We never ate dinner at the hotel as we thought it was overpriced and Sorrento have an embarrassment of riches in cuisine. We had lunch at the beach restaurant which was good if a little expensive but I guess you pay for the convenience of literally strolling from your lounger to lunch.

Two complaints we have was that the air conditioning was not coping under the heat and even after an engineer looked at it, we still were way too warm in our room. Also, the wi-fi was very slow and weak in the rooms. Apart from those two small points, we were more than happy with our stay here and would gladly return to this beautiful part of the world.

Room Tip: If possible, request a sea view room!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

My husband and I spent 5 days in Sorrento in June, and we were so pleased with the hotel! We had a garden view, which was wonderful, but I think I would have paid the extra for the water view. We arrived late on a Saturday and had dinner in the hotel restaurant, which was a bit expensive, but Antonio (our waiter) made it worth every penny!! Also, ask him about the local wines, we were really happy with what we got!! We took the shuttle in the first day, but did not pay enough attention to the schedule (if we had we would have known it doesn't run most of the afternoon!), but were very glad to find a relatively short walk to the hotel from the city centre!
The view from the restaurant was beyond impressive!! We loved every breakfast and meal we had enjoying the incredible scenery. We had lunch at the beach restaurant once, and it was amazing!!
The staff were very pleasant and extremely helpful, for our 10th anniversary, it was a wonderful time, and I would recommend it to anyone!!
Also, if you venture down to the water, at least once, walk down!! I know there is an elevator, but walking down was a lot of fun, and worth the view!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

All aspects of this hotel are 5 star and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a luxury holiday in Italy. The location is excellent, it is kept private with the impressive botanical garden, the private beach and saltwater pool are very relaxing, and the free shuttle into Sorrento town was very useful. We did not eat in the hotel restaurant since there was so much choice in Sorrento, but the poolside bar with ice cream and salads was a lovely service. The decor is original and I enjoyed the history of the hotels design which was explained through references in the main lobby and our partial sea view was outstanding. I was worried with some of the negative comments I saw here but they definitely don't do the hotel justice I am so glad that I chose this hotel because of its 5star luxury standard and the friendly nature of every member of staff.

Room Tip: some rooms with a partial sea view have view of vesuvius as well as gardens
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

The hotel was wonderful and we had a fantastic stay. The views across Naples were incredible and the gardens and private beach was stunning. The staff were all very friendly and helpful- their good humour and excellent service really contributed to the experience of our stay. I like to keep fit and was pleasantly surprised the gym was well equipped and very comfortable. Breakfast provided a wide selection with lots of local fresh produce. We only had dinner in the hotel once- it was good but quite expensive, however this was not an issue as there was plenty of restaurants and places to eat in close proximity which provided a short pleasant walk in the evenings. Overall we had an absolutely fantastic time staying at the Parco dei Principi and we would highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

The grounds of the hotel are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The staff was helpful and welcoming. The atmosphere of the hotel is very unique. The pool is amazing and the beach wonderful. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Sorrento, just be aware that you will have to walk to town (a shuttle is available but must be booked through the hotel).

Room Tip: Make sure to get a room facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

But seriously...what a fantastic hotel, you get what you pay for folks. Our second visit to Sorrento. We did all the sight seeing stuff last time so this was a mission to relax and chill out.
I read all the reviews before booking and have just read through them again before putting pen to paper so to speak and am still amazed as to how diverse they are from "brilliant" to "terrible"! I note though that most, if not all, the "terrible" ones are from our American cousins. Read what you like into that. I'm glad I largely ignored them. I urge you to do the same.

Transfer from Naples takes about 45 minutes direct.....although when we arrived late on a Sunday afternoon there was a horrendous traffic jam and it took 2 hours! There is basically one road in and out of Sorrento from Naples and if there's a problem its gridlock.

Checking in was easy, the staff were polite, smart and welcoming on our arrival and showed us to our room rather than just giving us a key and letting us find it ourselves. However the check in desk could be better appointed. You basically stand at a window which feels rather inadequate and crowded. I was glad we arrived just before a large coach party.

We had a garden view room which was clean, light and well furnished with the design philosophy of the hotel very much prevalent. You either "get" the design concept or you don't. I'm amazed that some reviewers are negative about it, Didn't they check the place out before booking???? It's unique, stylish and I applaud the hotel for sticking with it. It's a big part of what makes it special. Well stocked mini bar but I already have one mortgage thanks.
Breakfast is pretty typical for an Italian hotel, adequate but not sumptuous,the service attentive but not intrusive. The waiters are happy to get you anything you need but they ain't mind readers! if you want something just ask. The view from the restaurant terrace is nothing short of breathtaking.
The beach area is very nice but don't expect Barbados, it's a great place to relax after a hot morning stomping around Pompeii, Herculeaneum etc etc. The restaurant down there is cool, calm and the food very good if expensive. You pay roughly double for lunch than you would in a town centre restaurant.
We did dine at the hotel in the evening a couple of times. Again food and service very good but expect to pay more than in a down town restaurant. However the cost is slightly mitigated by the stunning view, watching the sun setting behind Capri with Vesuvius brooding on the horizon and a chilled glass of the excellent local white wine in hand, what's not to like??
The hotel runs a shuttle bus into town that you need to book in advance. It doesn't do afternoons though. The alternative is a pleasant twenty minute stroll OR tortuous endless sweaty forced march into town, depending on what your your attitude to walking is.
What else?...gardens stunning, pool area looked good but too noisy for me. Good access and efficient lifts for the less mobile.
Check out is 12 noon and late rooms are 50 euro until 5pm if available. The hotel will however let you have a room to shower and change for your trip home at no cost if you have a late flight.
So altogether mission accomplished. I'm looking forward to going back...if that makes sense, but my credit card isn't.

Room Tip: sea view room if possible, garden view rooms are ok. Balcony a must.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

I returned less than a week ago from this hotel and after touring Venice & Rome first I have to say this hotel was my favourite of the trip.

The highlight was definitely the view over the bay of Naples from the breakfast/restaurant terrace. Especially lovely for watching the sunset in the evening. Of course if you pay extra for a sea view you can enjoy this luxury from your own balcony.

The service was great and the room was lovely, extremely large and airy and most importantly clean. We had a garden view over looking the front but despite looking out above reception it was lovely and quiet.

We had no problem getting a sun lounger by the pool or on the sun area by the sea.

Many people have posted about the distance from the town so I was surprised how quick it took us to walk. We didn't use the shuttle bus at all. It was a pleasant 10-15 min walk although there is a lack of pavements along some parts. From the town you can easily access the train or bus to many areas including Pompeii, mount Vesuvius and almafi coast. Plus the harbour has regular boats to Capri and Naples.

The only negative is that purchasing drinks at the hotel is expensive. Italy on the whole is expensive but it cost 6 euro for a 330 ml can or bottle of peroni at the hotel. We often purchased alcohol at the supermarket.

The staff were friendly and helpful at this hotel and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: Hotel Parco dei Principi
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
#44 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#49 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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