Coming back in to the hotel after a dinner in Sorrento was like walking into the lounge at a nursing home. The room was filled with old people sitting quietly on sofas upholstered in pastel floral patterns.
The hotel isn't terrible by any means. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast is superb. The views and location are ideal. The grounds and pool area are very nice -- and the poolside bar had very good service.
Rooms and bathrooms are large by Italian standards, although the linens were worn and second-rate. We were disappointed in that our room was on the side of the hotel, so we did not get the true ocean view we had expected.
However, the hotel -- while in good condition -- is very dated. It definitely appeals to an older clientele (primarily from the UK it seemed). There is no fitness center nor anything else to indicate the 21st century has arrived. Nor is it an old classic hotel full of art and antiques. It's not a bad option, but I have to believe one can do better -- particularly for the price paid.
- 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