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.
- 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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