Imagine driving the autostrada for 5 hours, then getting lost on the Amalfi penninsula (in a good way) for another 2. Only to find our final destination Bellevue Syrene, an amazing hotel. Yes, we looked like a bunch of Californian Hillbillies after our pilgrimage down from Umbria (SPOLETO, read separate review). We parked in front, and were greeted by a lovely crew of polished pro's, who encouraged us to relax, enjoy the complimentary bar, Persecco? OK. We gave them our passports, and were quickly upgraded to a better room, King Bed! In Europe, this is a big deal since most are doubles. Our stay was for three nights, the last being Halloween. By far one of the best hotels I have ever stayed. Great staff, food, and location. It is believed emperor Agrippa had his summer home in this very location. Roman caves are carved in the volcanic Tufa stone adding to the historic and beautiful appeal of this magic place. Plus a pier, and a nice salty swimming area. So salty in fact, that it is difficult to get to the bottom, unlike the pacific ocean. Nonetheless, great stay, 5 star all of the way. Parking is 25 Euro per day, worth it. Take a day trip from the wharf to Capri 30 euros per adult, round trip. Want to check off an item from the bucket list? Rent a boat at the famous wharf to take you to the famous Blue Grotto, 16.50 eurp per adult. Once there don't stop the adventure, get in another small rowboad/canoe/panga with a captain, pay 12.50 euro each to enter the sacred grotto, and the rest is photo history. Note: at Capri, you will disembark at the main point in the Harbor. However, returning ships to Sorrento for example leave at the end of the adjoining peir, we almost missed this boat. Check with the locals when you arrive, they will point to the spot. Back to Syrene, awesome!
- 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