Our group of 6 chose the Parco dei Principe for this year's trip to Sorrento. We stayed 6 nights at the end of September. We booked superior sea view rooms with balconies. The hotel's architecture is a beautiful representation of modern design. Anyone who describes it as anything less misses the point of Gio Ponti's design. The hotel's lobby and common areas are lovely. I only saw a few minor areas (one floor tile and some grout) that needed some maintenance. The botanical gardens are extensive and a welcome bit of tranquility after a day of sightseeing. The hotel's location, perched directly on the cliff, gives a striking view of Vesuvius and the Sorrentine coast. Our rooms, 2 flights lower than the lobby, were spacious and clean and the balconies were interesting because of their stone walls. The restaurant served a quality breakfast each morning, enhanced by the view. The staff was polite, accomodating and attentive. Although we didn't use the pool, it seemed clean and inviting. We did swim from the bathing platform and enjoyed that. We used the hotel's shuttle service a few times to get into town, but unfortunately the last returns at 7:15 pm, so not too useful at the end of the evening. (I expected the walking and enjoyed it, but appreciated a taxi after dinner in Marina Grande.) In my opinion, life is a series of tradeoffs. In 2010, my husband and I stayed in a beautiful hotel 10 minutes closer to town, a block off the cliff, for one less night, for the same money. This hotel is a good 20 minute walk to town, but right on the cliff. It may not be as luxurious, but we were able to afford a 6th night. Everyone has different priorities and experiences, but I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this hotel.
- 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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