If you're reading this you've probably read the rest of the reviews so what can I say that's new ?
The Tramontano is < 100 yards from the centre of Sorrento old town. It sits above one of the beaches and there is a private lift from the hotel down to the (paid for) beach. Some poor soul has the job of standing in the lift and pressing one of two buttons - one to go down and the other to go up but, thats what you get when you stay somewhere nice.
You may have read that the "tunnel" at the end of the lift down tot he beach is in a "poor" state of repair. To be clear, the lift takes you down to sea level. there's a tunnel from the lift the twenty yards to the beach. the tunnel is painted and there is carpet on the floor BUT it is at sea level. So, it gets wet and damp. Not a lot that can be done really. What is nice is leaving the beach, going into the lift and being in your room within a minute or two. If having a dry tunnel to walk down is that important to you, you may want to take the public lift next door. €1.80 each way, you may have to queue and when you get to the top you have to walk back to the hotel. Your choice really but I would take the hotel lift.
Another tip is, if you go to Marina Piccolo, you can walk through town and go down a very long flight of stairs, you could catch a bus or take a cab OR you can take the hotel lift down and walk a hundred yards along the beach. Time to get to the marina using the lift < 5 minutes. Time to get there using the other routes ~30 minutes. Again, you don't have to use the lift with the damp carpet in the tunnel but I found it dead useful, especially after traipsing around Capri for the day and getting the boat back, it was great to be able to get back to our room so quickly and relax a bit before dinner.
Talking of the room, we had a junior suite, so two rooms and a separate bathroom. The bathroom had a jacuzzi bath and separate shower. The bedroom had a large (4 foot high) window and the lounge had french windows leading out to a private patio. The sitting room and the bedroom both had TV each with Sky TV. My next tip is to look at how Sky is configured. If you click the i for information button you can change the language the program is presented in. As its Sky most of the programs originate in the UK or America and so you just set the language to "original" and voila, you have english TV in your room. Very good with children who need to be kept entertained while everyone takes turn sin the bathroom. We had a child in the front room and so the separate TV in the bedroom meant we could put him to bed and still keep ourselves entertained as we stay up later.
Other reviews note the small windows. Walking around the hotel it is clear that there is a difference in aspect of each of the rooms. A very small number of rooms have the small windows described. These are right at the top of the hotel. If you don't have a Sea View then you wont have a (how can I put this) Sea View. that is, you might end up looking over the car park or you might end up looking at a brick wall. In short, it really is a case of "you get what you pay for". With this hotel it is also a case of "location location location". So, you pay for two things, the location of the hotel, the location of your room and the location of your bedroom. Due to its excellent location, even the smaller rooms are not cheap which is why you read reviews where people are disappointed with a small window or a poor view but thats because the location of the hotel itself means that even the most basic rooms are quit expensive. If you are going to stay here, it really pays to go for an upgraded room.
Breakfast was not great. the same breakfast every day which after several days gets very samey. No sous chef, no fresh cooked eggs, so special courses each day. Nothing. just the same every day. oh, and the eggs are left out on the side before being bought in to breakfast and so are frequently cold. We didn't eat in the restaurant but did note that the displayed menu also stayed the same every day so, if you are going to stay here, be prepared to eat out at night.
We stayed at the hotel during ferragosto and the hotel owners through a (free) gala dinner and the food was very nice so if you do eat in the restaurant I expect the food would be very nice, just a limited unvarying choice would be my expectation.
There is free WiFi in reception. if you ask at the reception desk you can get a code that lasts for the week. Also, next to the desk in a booth marked "Telephono" there is a computer running linux that allows you to access the internet using the code supplied so you don't have to bring your own device. Very useful for booking trips, checking in at the airline and looking up local restaurants.
Finally, a word about the staff, They were all lovely, very friendly and (somehow) knew my room number without me even asking whenever I collected the key.
All in all, the hotel is excellent and you get what you pay for. The only area they should look at improving is the breakfast menu.
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Sorrento
- Imperial Tramontano