Where do you start with this place.
Magnificent Views from the top 'deck' if as far as i will go...the hotel has the distinct feel of a cruise ship..not that of a 4 start hotel.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable week in italy, but much of this was spent out of the hotel on day trips to Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Pompei and so on.
The hotels bus runs at some questionable times. If your doing days trip then theres not enough trips from the pickup point to meet ferry times coming in any time after 6pm, which will leave you stuck in the town or face a 40 euro taxi up to the hotel. Dont try walking unless your really keen. Its doable one or two days but after full days out of the hotel it is a good hours trek up the hill...unless your after some warm weather training!
Food is generally good with cruise style waiter service and entertainment team members who welcome you to the restaurant, and try a bit of small talk on at the same time, in my opinion a bit over the top. Also entertainment during the day and evening is amateur at best. The west end it is not. And if you fancy some giant connect foor or Aqua box then its for you..
Room generally traditional in style and in good order, although not 4 star quality, and only 1 pool towel for the week?
The biggest problem with this hotel is the 'extras'. Everything costs. A sea view, around 70 EURO. And i counted only a handful that would give you the full sea view. the others are all obscured by hedges, walls etc or are at garden level with a hedge in front. so bring a step ladder if you get one of these rooms. It really is pot luck even if you book a sea view room.
As they have a captive audience up on the hill there are no local shops to buy basics such as water, and if you dare to bring some up from sorrento beware of the 5 euros a day charge to use the mini fridge within the room. As result we didnt use it but on departure i kindly left two bottles of beer in the fridge for future guests. We had settled our bill in the morning and checked out. Approaching the coach one of the receptionists chased me out waving a bill for use of the fridge for the full day! and charged me for a drink also! I assumed the maid was straight in there after us and passed this info on to the desk, which i felt was really underhand. As i didnt have time to explain, nor really wanted to argue over ten euros we paid and left.
We left on a rather sour point, but other than that a thoroughly enjoyable week.
Please dont be disheartened by this review, it is good hotel in a great location for views,but be warned, it has its flaws and by looks of things theres plenty of other great hotels in the areas. For the prices they charge i would expect a lot more and none of these questionable extra costs. Try the minerva, with still great views and walkable into the town of Sorrento.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel President, 4 star hotel in Sorrento Italy, overlooks the Sorrentine Peninsular and the Bay of Naples offering one of the best views in the world . A view which has inspired many artists and song writers for centuries. The splendid terraces of the Grand Hotel President with their sea views, the swimming pool, the beauty and fitness centres and the refined panoramic restaurant are all part of the services that combine to guarantee the full attention of the staff which is always attuned to satisfying the desires of the guests . The tranquil atmosphere in which the Grand Hotel President is immersed , accompanied by the scent of flowers and scrubs from the hotels very well maintained gardens, make it the ideal place for a relaxing and restful holiday. The centre of Sorrento which is only 3 klms away, is easily reached thanks to the free shuttle service of the Grand Hotel President. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Grand Hotel President Sorrento