the hotel itself is about 10 minutes outside of Sorrento on the road heading toward the Amalfi Coast. If you're driving there via Sorrento, pay attention to the road signs since there are about 40 hotels listed on each one. Once you're on the correct road up the mountain, don't despair. You'll be convinced you have gone too far when suddenly the hotel appears on your left. This location offers true serenity if you're looking for a respite from the craziness of Sorrento, which is something of a tourist destination even when we were there (just after Christmas). Our quad room (1Q, 2T) was pretty large by Italian standards and had a private balcony with magnificent views of orange groves, the Bay of Naples, and Mt. Vesuvius. The bathroom was spacious and elegant by Italian standards with the best shower I've experience anywhere in the country. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant one night and were delighted with the quality of the food, the friendliness of the staff, and the overall value. Plus, there was the same view mentioned above. Breakfast each morning was, again by Italian standards, absolutely sumptuous: decent scrambled eggs, plenty of toast, ridiculously good pastries, fresh squeezed OJ (with a cool machine that entertained the kids), and a pretty decent attempt at American bacon. Plus there's that view again! The free shuttle whisked us to the station one morning where we caught various trains (very inexpensive) to visit Pompei (excellent) and Ercolano (don't miss it!). After returning to Sorrento and catching an early dinner, the shuttle was right on time (at a designated pick-up spot) to whisk us back up the mountain. Two computers are available in the lobby if needed. There is a special wi-fi room on the bottom floor but we did not use it. A few minor issues: since most European hotels do not have carpeting (like US hotels), the footsteps from above are very noticeable. The HVAC system is also rather frisky. We couldn't get it to work unless it was set on 28 degrees (hot!) but the system shuts off if you try to open a window to balance the heat. Ecologically sound but still irritating. There's a psychotic rooster nearby who crows sporadically during the night but not when the sun comes up. Some neighborhood dogs also proved annoying. Speaking of dogs, there is a hilarious one on the premises. He/she follows you around everywhere but runs away when you hold out your hand. Everywhere you go, the dog will be there. he/she appeared in the parking lot when we were leaving, followed our car to the exit, then barked like mad when we pulled out onto the main road. First time it made a sound. Il Nido is a first rate hotel run by friendly and helpful people. Don't forget to enjoy the view.
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- Also Known As:
- Il Nido Sorrento
- Sorrento Il Nido Hotel