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Imperial Hotel Tramontano
Ranked #33 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
yorkshire, england
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“Delightful hotel”
Reviewed 15 August 2012

We stayed at the Tramontano from 3rd to 10th August and thought the hotel was lovely. Stopped in room 101 which had a nice balcony and great sea views. The hotel was very clean and I loved the art deco feel to the rooms and the spaciousness of the communal areas. The staff in reception were friendly, helpful and some had a great sense of humour. The pool area was fine and not over crowded, the gardens very pretty, breakfast selection was good, we particularly enjoyed the fresh fruit each morning. I can't comment on the other meals as we ate out both at lunch and in the evenings. The hotel was in a great position for access to the town. We weren't very keen on the bathing platforms, sunbed hire there was expensive and the sunbeds very close to each other so after one visit we decided to stay by the pool. We did think the sea was quite dirty and we really disliked the scummy stuff around the rocks but maybe we are over fussy as plenty of people swam in the sea around there.
Drinks in the hotel are very expensive so we, like many other people, took to buying a bottle of wine at the 'corner shop', to drink whilst sitting on our balcony enjoying the spectacular views in the evenings.
Boat trip to Capri and visit to the Blue Grotto are well worthwhile if you're wanting to venture forth but wandering round Sorrento and exploring the quaint streets, restaurants and sights is not to be missed. All in all a lovely hotel and great location

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

After reading several reviews on here, we knew it would be a bit hit and miss with our room allocation. All I can say is that we must have hit the jackpot. We were on our honeymoon and had asked for a sea view and boy did we get it (see attached pictures). Sparkling wine was in our room on arrival, together with dressing gowns and slippers - welcome to the Imperial Tramontano - we could have stayed in our room for a week and not ventured out of the hotel. The food was excellent - breakfast served from 7.30am to 10.30am if I recall, though if you're a little late rising, they will keep a table laid for you and you don't feel rushed. All of the staff are very personable, though the restaurant manager really stood out for us - asked us every morning at breakfast what our plans were for the day, recommending local restaurants, places to visit etc - reminded us of Roger Moore turned out in his immaculate suit (actually as all the staff are).

The room (ours was 103 - apparently the best room in the hotel) - nearly everything you could need (I'll come back to the nearly in a moment...) Usual things included for a 4 star hotel (shampoo/hairdryer/shower gels etc), however, it was the small things such as a nail file set and dressing gowns/slippers which gave that little bit of luxury. There must have been some sort of SWAT commando team of maids waiting for us to leave our room in the morning, as nearly every day by the time we finished breakfast and went back to our room housekeeping had worked their magic.

If you can't get stamps (which we couldn't buy in any shops despite the guidebooks saying that the Tabacs sell them), simply give your postcards to the Concierge who will post them for you with the hotel mail at cost (70 cents each), job done.

Downside - mosquitos and flies around the pool - we got bitten to death, and had to buy repellent at the local Pharmacy for approx EUR 11 - not cheap with the weak Pound. After the first couple of days you get fed up with swatting them away and just let them feast :-(

No facility to iron your clothes yourself. Sorrento was our last stop after Venice and Rome, and whilst we'd managed to wash and dry some of our clothes en route, some shirts/suit jackets were looking a little crumpled. The hotel does have a laundry service, but it takes 36 hours,and quite honestly I begrudge paying someone a fiver to iron a shirt that would take me 2 minutes! Most hotels we have stayed at have delivered an iron and ironing board to your room if requested - in the 3 hotels we stayed in in Italy they looked at us as if we were quite mad! If you like your evening clothes (suit jackets etc) to be crumple free, bite the bullet at take a travel iron - no amount of hanging up in a steamy bathroom helped us.

Onto the town itself - we holidayed near the end of the season, several restaurants had closed down for the winter, however, some restaurant owners we spoke to stayed open all year so you'll always find somewhere to eat. One restaurant we would recommend was the Osteria Del Buonconvento, very near to the hotel (it's up an alleyway, so they have a table at the end of the alleyway with a menu on it) the guy who serenades you with his guitar is priceless (I Just Called to Say I love You - is a classic...), the pizza was the best we had in the whole of Italy.

Alcohol was very expensive with meals - a half bottle of wine was easily 13 EUR (a glass and a bit each!), so we took to having a bottle of wine in our room when we returned after dinner whilst sitting on our balcony overlooking the Bay of Naples - there are several wine stores which sell excellent local wines (and most importantly a corkscrew - screw tops on wines in Italy are unheard of!) for under 10 EUR a bottle and will send you to the local delicatessan a few doors up with the name of a very good cheese to try with the wine you have bought. Delicious.

If you really can't bear to leave Blighty behind, there are the usual English and Irish bars (one of each I think), a pint of Guiness will set you back about 6 EUR in the Irish bar.

Take the little Sorrento train/tram around for a quick tour of the town and down to the harbour area (costs 6 EUR and takes 30 minutes) leaves from the main square on the hour and half hour (ish - this is Italy after all...)

Day trips - we took the Caremar from Sorrento to Capri for the morning, however, these sailings are limited to 3 a day if I recall, though there are more sailings with the other operators. On arrival in Capri we got straight onto one of the tourist boats which did a tour around the Island (13 EUR each) - well worth it, but it took about 2.5 hrs in total, which didn't allow us time to get to Capri Town to oooohhhh and ahhhhhh at the fashionistas parading themselves around this celeb hotspot. Boooo. The boat trip was an absolute must though, and I can check out those celebs in OK Magazine whenever I want.

If weather permits, do take the opportunity to disembark from the main boat and risk life and limb to climb into one of the small rowing boats and take the Blue Grotto (Grotto Azura) trip, which does cost extra but well worth it.

Take the day trip to Pompei or get the train from Sorrento to Pompeii which stops right outside the ruins. If you do the organised trip try and get one that does Mount Vesuvius in the morning, best to climb it whilst you have a bit of energy. Wear closed in shoes (trainers), not sandals or flip flops, despite the paths being well defined, the ground is very unsteady underfoot, and slips are frequent - hang on to someone, or use one of the sticks that the old couple at the bottom of the mountain hire out in the car park (for a few Euros).

All in all, Hotel was fabulous and Sorrento made an excellent base to explore the nearby landmarks.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We stayed at this lovely hotel a few weeks back(unfortunately for too short a time).
We did reserve a sea view room and were hoping for one with at least a small balcony.
Well, we were wrong- we were given a room on the 4th floor with an AMAZING large terrace where we could sit outside and enjoy the most spectacular view of the Bay and Vesuvius.. i think we spent more time on the terrace than in the room.
There is nothing in front of you as you are right on the cliffs.
The manager was also very gracious and sent us up a bottle of champagne for our anniversay.
The room itself was fine. i guess the bathroom could use a bit of updating, but I am not getting this room for the bathroom. The view is what it's all about and that overshadowed any other concern I could possibly have.( although, don't talk to loudly in there as you can hear the neighbors).
The grounds were beautiful and all the staff was ready to help in an instant, from showing us around the hotel, taking us down their elevator to the beach, you name it, right there and always with a smile.
The bar and breakfast rooms also had the magnificent view. I couldn't think of a better location in which to start the day.
Our host remembered us from each day, our table, our drinks-very impressive.
It is very centrally located and an easy walk to the main shops.
Our only problem was that our stay here was far too short. We will be back!

Room Tip: If you are coming here, you have to get a sea view room
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Spent 14 nights here from 20july2012. The rooms are nice if you get a sea view which we did. My sister in law had a room without and much as it didn't bother her, I wouldn't have liked it. We stayed in 105 and then 333. Both rooms were great and spacious although 105 needs a bit of TLC. The staff were great, and very friendly. We reported two minor problems,the phone didn't work in our room and my sister n laws room had leaky air-con. Both were fixed within a matter of hours, no fuss. breakfast was great, lots of choice, fresh fruit, cakes, cereal, yoghurts, eggs, bacon. The hotels in a great location and the sea views are simply stunning. Would highly recommend the Tramontano. Just one minor problem....the bar prices. 4 drinks (spirits and mixers) cost €48, which is expensive, even for Sorrento.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2012 via mobile

We have been visiting the Tramontano for 7 years and after reading some adverse comments on trip advisor it is fair to say we were concerned!! NO NEED! Our 10 night stay had to be the best yet! Service, staff both front of house, restaurant and housekeeping were second to none; the location -perfect, the best spot in Sorrento especially with the lift to the beach/lido, proximity to the main square, shops and resturants.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

we stayed as a family from 15th July to 26th July, and from the moment we arrived the hotel and staff were fantastic. Although we had booked a sea view, we were upgraded to a suite which had the most stunning views of the bay and Vesuvius. The weather was fantastic and the pool and beach were a real must. We had read that the hotel in others opinions was not child friendly, but we found it the total opposite, they were great with our 9 year old, always smiling and making a real fuss of her. Location was spot on, 10 mins walk from the station, and 15 to the harbour. Would we go back, most certainly we would. A great hotel, with great staff

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Chicago, IL Suburbs
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

Stayed for three nights in July 2012. Location is excellent, very short walk to everything in Sorrento. Staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very nice, rooms were clean and comfortable. Our room was comfortable but not very big, but the ocean view was excellent.

We enjoyed our stay and we would return.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Imperial Hotel Tramontano
Address: Via Vittorio 1, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#28 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
#31 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Imperial Hotel Tramontano 4*
Number of rooms: 116
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