We have stayed at this hotel on 3 occasions now, and we just love it! It first became know to from the film Avanti, with Jack Lemon & Juliette Mills, The front of the hotel to the left which is the original building and also the wonderful terrace looking out to the Bay of Napoli. This is the reason we originally wanted to stay there. It's an old family run hotel, and we travelled down from Florence for our wedding anniversary 4 years ago. The hotel is set in the most beautiful grounds, with a huge swimming pool, orangery & a private lift through the rock down to the marina below. It has a wonderful place to eat by the pool during the daytime, and a bar so you can order a cocktail & have it brought over to your lounger. The staff are very friendly. We went back for a week 3 years ago and had an amazing stay. They know us now, and we always have the same room with stunning views across the bay, but I'm not going to say which one, in case it isn't available next time we go. We stayed there again the year before last, when we did a bit of a tour around southern Italy. As always we were extremely well looked after & remembered. The hotel is situated on the rocks, and there is a long driveway with big gates at the end, and a guard is always on duty. You walk through the gates, and you are in the middle of Sorrento. Next time we are in the neighbourhood, we will definately return for another stay. Many famous people have stayed here over the years, including Caruso. We think Billy Wilder the Director of Avanti has stayed here, and also Sophia Loren. Anyway, there is a lot of history to the place, and it is just wonderful.
Actually, we didn't stay here last year, as we went to Sicily, it was 2011, but there was no option to put that date in, and this hotel deserves my review. Must get around to it, much more quickly next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Well-regarded Hotel comprising several buildings & newer villas in a clifftop garden, with fine views of the bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Excelsior Vittoria
- Grand Excelsior Vittoria
- Sorrento Hotel Excelsior
- Sorrento Excelsior