We have just returned from yet another wonderful holiday at the Hilton Sorrento Palace. This impressively large, modern hotel has so much going for it. Built into a sheer cliff, looking down over Sorrento, it commands a stunningly beautiful view over the town and across the Bay of Naples towards Mt Vesuvius.
Don't be daunted by the huge reception area which leads into an equally vast lounge bar complete with modern leather seating and a very well stocked bar behind which Gennaro or Pepe will mix you any cocktail you ask for which you can then drink on the wide, spacious terrace. The Sorrento Restaurant, which opens off the lounge, offers superb food and impeccable service - the meal we ate there, served by the highly professional but unobtrusive Franco, was one of the highlights of our stay.
Breakfast and dinner are taken in the San Antonio dining room (although we understand there will be no half board option next year) and are buffet style. Both offer ample choices of food - you may choose a continental or cooked breakfast (or both!) and join the queue for freshly cooked eggs, waffles or pancakes. If you wish, you can eat on the terrace which opens off the San Antonio, a magical experience in the evening.
Our room with a view (all sea view rooms are at the back of the hotel) was light, airy and spacious with plenty of storage, t.v., mini bar and a good sized bathroom. Towelling robes are provided and complimentary toiletries are Crabtree and Evelyn. Bottled water and fruit awaited us on arrival.
There was a small lift near our room, but, as we were with friends, we chose to walk along the corridor to use one of a bank of larger lifts. These would certainly accommodate a pushchair although obviously not if the lift was full. Children are well catered for - there is a kids' breakfast area in the San Antonio dining room and a kids' club by the swimming pool. And what a pool! In fact there are six interlinked pools of varying sizes. Towels and sun loungers are complimentary.
The Pagoda pool bar, providing drinks and snacks all day, is a well shaded area, although you can choose a table in the sun if you prefer. The pizzas are delicious and make a very substantial lunch and there is a "dish of the day" recommendation. There was also a very popular Happy Hour!
Sorrento is a busy town throughout the Summer so it was a relief to return to the quiet cool of the hotel. The town is an easy 10 minute walk, down hill all the way. A bus service runs between the hotel and Sorrento, 'linea E', although it can be unreliable. On one occasion, we spent nearly an hour waiting in town for the bus to arrive. Tickets cost 2 euros 40 and are timed for 45 minutes from the moment you clip them on the bus so presumably they can be used for more than one trip. The hotel sells tickets although they can also be purchased on the bus - for a slightly higher price.
If you are energetic there is a well equipped gym and outdoor tennis court but if you feel like being pampered, there are several beauty treatments available in the hotel garden.
We spent two wonderful weeks at the Hilton Sorrento Palace and were overwhelmed by the warmth and kindness of both the management and staff. Sitting on the terrace cocktail in hand, watching the lights of Sorrento and Naples twinkling below, was just heavenly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An enchanting destination all year round, the Hilton Sorrento Palace retains its charm throughout the seasons. The Hilton Sorrento Palace is only 5 minutes away from the historical centre of Sorrento, which is the ideal for shopping 7 days a week or enjoying the bustling nightlife. The Hotel offers a breathtaking sea view: just in front of you the enchanting Gulf of Naples dominated by Mount Vesuvius and from behind Punta Campanella you may catch a glimpse of the exclusive Isle of Capri. The Hotel offers rooms with sea view, garden view, mountain view and family rooms for 3 or 4 people. All Executive Rooms, Deluxe and Suites have large windows and balconies with breathtaking views over the Bay of Naples. Executive and Suite Guests also enjoy exclusive access to the Settimo Club Lounge, where a rich and varied buffet is always available and a private swimming pool waits for you. The property is located a 5-minute drive away from the port of Sorrento, where guests can catch ferries to the island of Capri. The Amalfi Coast is 30 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Sorrento Palace Hotel Sorrento
- Sorrento Palace
- Sorrento Hilton