We stayed in average hotels in Rome and were pleasantly surprised at the satisfying experience at staying at the Grand Excelsior Vittoria. Earlier review described the gardens and privacy well. The hotel becomes an oasis from the sea of tourists visiting Sorrento on a daily basis. It was fun sight see during the day and escape to the peacefulness of the hotel at the end of the day.
The hotel held many pleasures such as: 1) ability to take a private elevator to the level where you take ferries to the islands of Capri or Ischia. You buzz the door on the return trip and the hotel staff will buzz you in. Otherwise you have to walk up or pay a euro to use a public lift. Dining options are at the street level off the marina. 2) a talented piano player plays in the mornings on weekends as you breakfast. In a sitting room off the door to the outdoor patio, they have musicians play in the evenings. The guitarist was so enjoyable that we sat and had a cocktail in the hotel. 3) Buffet breakfast was tasty with plenty of options including a made to order omelet. Other hotels in Rome included eggs as the breakfast but they were disappointedly runny. The Belgium waffles were to die for. 4) While it was too cool for us to swim and there is not a Jacuzzi, we took to sitting outside and watching the sunset from the pool bar. The bartender and staff were friendly and their snacks, "spuntina," were the best: Italian potato ships and snack mix.5) While the hotel is a luxurious the one, the staff are friendly. A waiter to whom the staff lovingly referred to as "Mr. Bean" was particularly endearing.
- 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