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Grand Hotel President
Ranked #17 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 September 2011

An altogether delightful hotel! Views are unbeatable and staff service is impeccable -we have only stayed once before (in May 2010) but the maitre 'de, Luigi, recognised us on the first night as returning guests and gave us a warm welcome which set the tone for the whole of the holiday.
Our room overlooked the bay, Vesuvius and Sorrento giving breathtaking views by day and night and was well worth the extra paid for a superior sea view room. It is worth specifying a high floor where you are guaranteed a magnificent view.
The food is superb and the waiters so attentive that you are always made to feel a valued guest. Luigi does his best to ensure you have as nice a spot as possible in the dining room and we were fortunate to be able to eat on balcony outside on a few night sand have window seats on others thus taking in the lovely views too.
The staff at the bar are outstanding and the fruit juices we had each of the mornings we spent on the roof terrace were mini fruit salads - and works of art which got more spectacular as the week went on!! We enjoyed nights either in show bar or piano lounge or on roof terrace and our favourite tipples were soon remembered ,another example of being made to feel 'special' .
Our room was kept spotless and well provided with all neccessities each day. The additional bus times to and from Sorrento are very welcome and the bus driver unfailingly prompt and so cheerful he is a marvel! We spent a few evenings in Sorrento too and took in the atmosphere there. The italians know how to enjoy themselves and Sorrento by night is quite vibrant. The Amalfi drive is a must and we fell in love all over again with Amalfi and Ravello!
The Thomson Reps seemed very pleasant and efficient though we mostly did 'our own thing'. It does seem a shame that entertainment will not take place next year. We can see that entertainment every night of the week may be a problem but the location of the hotel begs for something to be happening some nights there - otherwise guests will slip away to Sorrento and this will cause problems with the bus on its final trip back at 11pm!
If I had one critisicm to make it would be the removal of the sun parasols from the roof terrace ,which last time we stayed were a godsend in the middle of the day. I do understand that health and safety regulations have brought this about but skin cancer is also a health concern! However, that aside, we would recommend this hotel without reservation , having had two of the best ever holidays there- due in no small part to the wonderful staff. We are already planning our return!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Fantastic views over bay of Naples and Vesuvius, service very good. It is a shame that it will not be a Thomson Gold hotel next year as having an entertainment team there really benefitted the hotel due to it's location high on the hillside therefore only suitable to go into town by bus or courtesy bus. If anyone from Thomson is reading this keep it a Gold please!

Room Tip: There was a high demand for rooms overlooking the bay as the view was so fantastic however we were n...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Apart from the beautiful view overlooking Sorrento & the Bay of Naples the best thing about this hotel is how friendly & helpful the staff are.
The breakfasts are good without being anything special but the evening meals are wonderful, you'd have to be extremely faddy not to find the various options tempting. Be warned though the cost of drinks is not cheap & your bar tab can quickly mount up.
The courtesy bus in & out of town is efficient & necessary, to attempt to walk back up is not practical for anyone but the super fit.
The Thomson entertainment people were all very nice & worked hard, however if you wanted to get away to use the quieter roof terrace there were no parasols up there.

Room Tip: Warning: If you haven't upgraded to a superior room you could end up, as we did, looking at a br...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We stayed at this hotel for a week late August, this was to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, and all I can say is what a fabulous hotel. We arrived late on the Monday evening, but there was a cold buffet waiting for us in our room and a bottle of wine and a bowl of fruit. I was a little disappointed at first as our room didnt have a sea or pool view, as we had paid extra for a superior room, but when I saw the other rooms facing the brick wall I thought thank god I did pay a little bit extra. When I saw the rooms facing the pool I was glad I didnt have one of those as you didnt have much privacy if you wanted to sit on the balcony throughout the day. You don't really need a seaview as the view from the roof terrace was out of this world.
The rooms were kept spotless and towels replaced daily, but your only allowed 1 pool towel for the week.
The food was really lovely, from the buffet breakfast through to the evening meal, could not fault it one bit, the waiters were so attentive, and 5 out of the 7 nights we were lucky to have a table out on the balcony looking out over the bay.
The waiters in the bar were really nice, always checking to see if anyone needed a drink and providing nuts and nibbles.

The Thomson staff were really helpful from Lee and Marcia the holiday advisors through the entertainment staff, nothing was too much trouble.
The walk around Sorrento with Desiree was good, but was just a bit of advertising for the local shops and restaurants to get you to go back and spend some money there. It is a fair trek into town by foot, but the hotel does provide the coach to ferry you back and forth.

The evening entertainment was excellent if you like West End Musicals.
Would definatley go back again sometime in the future.

Room Tip: Definately pay a bit extra for the superior room.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

I thought it was about time an up-to-date review was provided. This hotel and location is beautiful, the service very friendly and excellent and I found it to be of a comfortable high standard, without you feeling you were 'on show'. It's great if you want that extra level of comfort and the real benefit of no children under 16. As a veggie there was lots of variety with many delicious recipies I hadn't had before.
I found Tomson's service OK, yes I was a bit sceptical about the pool side and day time activities, but there was a lot happening if you wanted it and the standard was pretty good - some were quite fun like the water ti-chi and italien language lessons. If they weren't for you you didn't have to join in and they were not 'in your face' like some other hotels. The same went for the evening entertainment.
The views overlooking the bay are mezmorising, with many evenings on the outside terrace bar spent gazing over the lights with a glass of wine (sparingly at 6-8 euros a glass though). The regular courtesy bus was a real bonus but necessary given its position. The spa treatments are also well worth a visit, a great massage and there is 50% off a second treatment.
I haven't talked much about Sorrento as I'm sure there are lots of other sites and blogs that cover this, but a great base to travel north and south and over to Capri.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

Have been staying at the Grand Hotel President for over 20 years and it never fails to please, brilliant views, excellent food and the staff throughout the hotel are most helpful and friendly,

Room Tip: Try to get a sea view you will not be disappointed
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

We have been to sorrento many times, There is much to see in and around this region therefore it is an exellent base for exploring the many historical sites.
We have stayed many times at the grand hotel president and it has never disappointed
us ,always giving exellent service. We usually stay in a superior sea view room they are spacious nicely furnished with a wonderful view of the bay.The management and staff at the hotel offer a very high service and are always friendly and helpful nothing is to much trouble. The hotel restuarants serve delicious food of which there is a wide and varied choice.This hotel is a lovely hotel in a lovely location .

Room Tip: Superior with sea view
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel President

Address: Via Parisi 4, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Sorrento
#16 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
#26 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#29 Family Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £101 - £350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel President 4*
Number of rooms: 107
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

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