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!
- 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