We had a sea-view room (504) just below the swimming pool and with great views of Vesuvius and part of Sorrento. The room was spacious but no inlaid wood furniture (didn't know other rooms had these) but it was pleasant enough. The 'balcony' could be updated a bit and the light outside really wasn't bright enough to do anything but sit and enjoy the view.
The computer on the tv didn't always work but nice to be able to watch the news anyway. There wasn't anything to say there was a charge to use the fridge, just a polite notice asking us not to use it for our own stuff - we put the odd bottle of water in there overnight though but the room was cool enough to keep water out. Handy to have the safe, once we worked out how to use it (would be handy to have instructions) especially as one afternoon we found workmen doing pipework outside our room with our door wide open! We weren't happy as you can imagine but within 5mins we received an apology from the hotel and a complimentary bottle of wine chilled with ice-bucket. If there had been other problems we would have made more of a fuss but we accepted their apologies as there wasn't really much they could do. Turns out the workmen were building new rooms (505 & 506)!
Lots has been said about the expensive drinks, bottle of water 3.50 euros, same for coke which although pricey is probably equivalent to London hotel prices. I had a malibu & coke, which cost 8 euros, the slices of coconut were a nice touch and it certainly wasn't a single, I'm not even sure if it was a double as it was fairly strong and was only slightly more expensive than a double in a London pub. Coffee was 3.50 euros but you also got nibbles, gorgeous chocolate and jellies and in the evening nuts and other nibbles.
Staff were friendly (even the workmen!), didn't really use the reps but the entertainment team not bad. Yes they did seem more keyed up to the old brigade but try and go with the flow and you'll enjoy it more. Would have liked some comedy in the evening but that's just me (there may have been some but we could have missed it). Enjoyed the quizzes if a little hard but then everyone else seemed to have low scores too and it was just a bit of fun (unless you desperately wanted that Thomsons 2010 diary!)
Food was good, not much choice of veg which really was disappointing but it was all tasty and I enjoyed it all and I'm quite fussy. Breakfast was buffet with a fair choice, the cooking of the omelettes weren't rushed but very tasty. Hard if you wanted just a snack at lunch - a sandwich was about 4euros.
The walk down to Sorrento was a good 20mins but fun and didn't leave you dependent on the courtesy bus. You get a courtesy bus timetable on arrival which is helpful and although there is a gap of 4 hours to go back to the hotel early afternoon this is enough time for you to have a good wander, shop and a bite to eat for lunch before heading back to the hotel. Would have liked a slightly later last bus back, 11pm (had to miss the end of the football!) as the cabs are really expensive and didn't think we were fit enough to do the walk back up!
Didn't do any of the excursions (apart from Desiree's walk into Sorrento. Interesting but the furniture shop was pointless as it was all very expensive and not many people actually go furniture shopping whilst on holiday!). Did Pompeii and Herculaneum by train (preferred the latter) and the tickets only cost a few euros each so much cheaper than the excursions where you still have to pay the entrance fee. Go into the MAV museum half way up the hill from Herculaneum - it was surprisingly fun and we were basically the only ones in there - the voices in the street part were eerily spooky!
Would consider going back but would be worried about what room we got, definitely go for a sea-view as it really is worth it.
- 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