We found this hotel to be very disappointing and would not stay here again! There is nothing Italian about the food in the restaurant. Examples include; veal, rabbit, octopus, squid, and shrimps. Being allergic to seafood, I found it very difficult to find something I could eat on the menu. The maitre d' was unhelpful and at a push I managed to get some boiled pasta. The Thomson team were, if possible, even more unhelpful, one suggested I go down to the town and get a pizza.
The hotel is a long way from the town of Sorrento, and the courtesy bus does not run very frequently. My friend and I found ourselves feeling stuck in the hotel on an evening, and really quite isolated. Drinks at the bars or in the restaurant were unfortunately incredibly expensive, €3.50 for a can of diet coke, right up to €8 for a beer.
The excursions: do not underestimate how easy it is to make your own way to these attractions at a fraction of a price. My friend and I got the train to Pompeii and saved €50 each, took the short walk from the bus stop to the port and saved €38 each. We hired a car to see the Amalfi coast, which was also cheaper than the excursion. We had booked an excersion, and not heard anything about it from Thomson so the day before we went to ask what time we were meeting for it in the morning, only to find they had cancelled us of it. The reason being, was that we didn't pick up our tickets after the welcome meeting.
On the plus side, the room was very large and clean. We also had a jacuzzi in our bath, and a seperate shower (sea-view superior rooms). We had a fantastic view of Mount Vesuvius and the bay of Naples. At first the deck chairs by the pool looked cheap and uncomfortable but they were great, you could use the extra fold-away part to keep your face out of the Sun. The pool was a simple affair, but it had a working jacuzzi in it, and a seperate, shallow children's pool. However, it was far too cold!
- 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