What a lovely hotel. We spent a week there in September using it as a base to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum. Everyone mentions the view from the rooms at the front, from the pool terrace and the roof bars and they are fantastic but I would also mention the friendly and helpful staff, the waiters and the reception guys were superb.
The hotel building itself is a little uninspiring. It is built from concrete and is perched on a cliff overlooking the town. It has something of an old fashioned feel and a ‘comfortableness’ that I liked. You are waited on at table for example. The wine list is good. Okay, the food isn’t perfect but it is passable. I must mention the lovely guy with the handlebar moustach who runs the bar – outstanding.
Our room was 248 and had a small balcony with the superb view of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. The bed was comfortable and the pillows soft. The bathroom was fine too. Couldn’t fault it really. We had lovely thick white bath robes and our towels were changed frequently.
We didn’t do the walk down the hill into town due to my poorly hip so we had to use the bus. It runs a little infrequently but when you find out the cost of a taxi the hotel bus is infinitely preferable.
I must mention the pool and pool bar. The water in the pool was freezing and try as we might we couldn’t steel ourselves sufficiently to get past knee depth. One or two brave souls did get in – slowly. The sun loungers are a bit quirky to say the least. Take a blow up pillow if you like to read by the pool in a sitting position rather than lying down. Lunch in the pool bar was a real highlight and not to be missed.
Can’t wait to go again, as we must, because Pompeii is very large and simply cannot be seen in a day. We took a guided tour for our first visit because you get to see the major attractions and have it all explained by a guide. Next time we’ll catch a train and spend our time looking around at our own pace rather than at what seemed like 100 mph trying to keep up with the guide.
- 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