The Bellevue Syrene with its stunning location and pheonomenal views of Vesuvius and the pumice cliffs of Sorrento was our dream hotel for a dream holiday. From the moment we arrived down the vine-covered walkway, we were entranced. We enjoyed freshly squeezed orange juice on the terrace and drank in the panorama while our luggage was brought to our room.
We had chosen a deluxe sea view room, and it was perfect: decorated in blue tones with quirky furnishings, a mini library and a large and well-appointed bathroom with a very generous selection of La Source Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries, a separate walk in shower, and best of all, a view of Vesuvius from the king size bed. Despite being so centrally located, it was quiet, with only the sea sounds and the occasional ship's horn breaking the silence. Service was excellent, and the room was refreshed several times a day.
The reception rooms in the hotel were special as well, as you can see from the photos - decorated in a style in keeping with the hotel's name, lots of mermaids, ships' sculptures, seashells, coral, etc. with lavish Murano glass chandeliers and opulent soft furnishings.
While the hotel has no pool, it has its own swimming deck down on the sea. Unfortunately, this closes quite early in the day in October because it loses the sun around 3 PM, so you can't swim much after that. It's a bit of a walk, too, but we didn't mind as it was quiet and quiet private.
We dined in the restaurant a couple of times. The food was good, not fantastic, but the atmosphere on the terrace, with views over Sorrento and back to the Naples night time skyline, was wonderful. The discreet piano music added to the ambiance. Even if you don't stay at the hotel, the restaurant is worth checking out for the views, especially if there's a fireworks display on for the cruise ships.
Breakfast was excellent, served in a large room with floor to ceiling windows affording more lovely views. There was a huge choice of food options, and freshly squeezed orange juice you made yourself with a machine that was fun to use!
Service was good - not the friendliest we encountered (outside of the housekeeping staff, who were very friendly), but efficient. English is spoken well, better than you'd expect from their website!
There is also a small spa with a good range of treatments.
The hotel has a real sense of bygone times and the luxury of the Grand Tour, and it played a major role in ensuring Sorrento was one of the best holidays we've ever had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bellevue Syrene is a 5* boutique hotel in peak of the sea, overlooking the bay of Sorrento. It is a charming house with ancient frescoes, in the historical centre of Sorrento. A spa and a private solarium on the water are available. Romantic terrace restaurant during summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellevue Syrene Hotel Sorrento