Good and bad from Sorrento folks!
We went with Thomson who were ordinary. We flew to Naples which is a total dump, as is most of the Neapolitan Riviera sadly.
The Hotel is outside Sorrento and is bit of a nightmare to get to quite frankly. If you fancy walking into town its a steep downhill journey through a winding street and the return jouney must be made by bus or taxi or you'll die trying to walk. The hotel bus dont run through the afternoon!
Sorrento itself is in need of a good tidy up but there are a few nice streets with shops, bars, cafe's etc.
The Hotel is decent. Our room was large with good views of the town and Bay of Naples. Nice bathroom and good sized bed. Room 422.
The Hotel staff were very good and the Food is 1st class. The restaurant is very good and the service is excellent. Views from the terrace are lovely.
The pool area is pretty average and we didnt use it all week. We used the Solarium which is basically on the roof of the hotel. The views from here are very good too.
Unfortunatly the hotel lacked atmosphere. This was probably due to the average age of the guests being very high. It was a bit of a nursing home to be honest.
I am a little disappointed with the Thomson staff and entertainment team. They seemed to do their utmost to keep the older guests happy and it was as if the younger guests at the hotel didnt exist. This was pretty annoying. We didnt go on holiday to make friends with the rep's (unlike the older guests who were all hugs and kisses) but I was made to feel a little 2nd class and I feel its because my wife and I are younger.
GOOD: Weather, Hotel Staff, Food, Views, Capri excursion
BAD: Hotel Location, Thomson staff, Sorrento town, Local driving, Pool area, Pompii & volcano excursion.
All in all an OK holiday. Pity about the nursing home atmosphere.. DONT GO IF YOU ARE UNDER 35..
- 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
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