Stayed with family and missus at the Grand Royal Hotel in Sorrento and was impressed with the hotel. We stayed on a half board basis and found the hotel to be very clean with all mod cons, bathroom cleaned daily, towels changed daily too. The hotel is Grand probably on a par with some 5 star hotels in the UK and we found it to be smart, but certainly not pretentious in any way. Staff were fab and always on hand to help and assist. The food was simply delicious with plenty of choice on the menu. Simple dishes and more exotic ones with vegetarian options also. Beverage prices bit pricey (about 4-6 Euros for a small/large beer). The hotel views were extactly how they are shown in the brochures. You have a port very close by which is not at all noisey, taking tourists to Capri and Ishcia (spelling) and craft stop at about 8pm anyway. You have a great view of Vesuvius in the distance and the bars and restaurants are a 10 -15 minute walk away (taking it easy). The evening attire is smart/casual in evenings. Breakfast was a buffet affair and was dazzling with anything and everything you wanted from cereals to pastries, to bacon, eggs, ham, and all kinds of fruits. There was a bottle of champagne on the go and replaced with a new one when empty. We snacked at lunch times and to be honest could have done without due to the breakfast. Excursions: Do not... i repeat DO NOT book with the travel agents. We hired private taxi which cost 50 euros an hour. We did 8 hours with a company called www.francescomarrapese.com. Frances took our booking and his business partner Luca drove us in a luxury Mercdes people carrier with plenty of room and air con. Luca acted as our guide and chauffeur and Luca's brother called Sacha (spelling) was our guide at Pompeii although he cost another 100 Euros but for an afternoon he made Pompeii come to life. We saw bemused tourists trying to listen through headphones and read from guide books, but we had a knowledgable and highly educated local that brought the story and its history to life. I would fully recommend this company and the extra cost of the guide. For our 50 Euros an hour we took the Amalfi drive along the coast with breath-taking views and stopped off for photo opportunities along the way. We stopped off at Amalfi itself and Positano (stunning town), before going to Ravello (admittedly we didnt see much of Ravello, but we drove on then to Pompeii where we were personally met by the Luca's brother Sacha. We spent 400 Euros on the chauffeur itself and an extra 100 euros for the guide - between 4 of us. Expensive yes, but worth it. Thomson were charging an average of £50 per person, per trip. Although arguably you would have had longer in each place as it would have been a full day trip. We took the Hydro-foil at the base of our hotel to the Island of Capri on another day and WOW what a place. Do take the chair lift to the top of Capri from the town centre it takes about 10 mins, but shows stunning views and you can see why it was such a strategic point during WW2. Boutique shops and lovely restaurants and smaller cafes on Capri. My wife and myself fully intend to return one day and we are people that say we wont go back to the same place twice, as the world is large enough. BTW for our trips with Luca we thought 50 euros an hour was a lot at first but the hotel is more expensive and so were Thomson and yet we got to see a lot in a day. Feel free to email me any questions - I will answer as honestly as I can.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This elegant and refined five-star hotel in the heart of the city of Sorrento is situated on a cliff top above the sea, overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, and set within a large, historic park with an assortment of exotic plants, marvellous camellias and orange and lemon trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Grand Hotel Royal Sorrento