We holidayed here from the 4th to the 11th September 2013 for 7 nights through Thomson on a half board basis.
The flight was on time. We were bussed from the aircraft to an arrivals hanger where we queued for half an hour to get through passport control. Once through there were two luggage carousels and 3 flights waiting but we were out of the airport in an hour. We boarded our transfer coach to Sorrento. The journey took an hour and 15 minutes. There were 5 hotel drop offs and we were the second to last.
Our first impressions of the hotel were good; the foyer is very simply designed with lots of glass; it has an elegant feel. Reception is efficient and helpful. We were given our key and taken to our room on the third floor (308). Our room was medium sized with a large double bed which was very comfortable. The décor was excellent, light and bright with a classic feel. There was a large wardrobe, It could have had more hangers and a fitted shelf. There was draw space in the bedside cabinets and the dressing table. We had a fridge stocked with soft drinks, water and shorts which was checked daily. Drinks from the mini bar were expensive. We also had a small kettle and supplies of coffee, T bags, sugar and dried milk. The hotel provides a couple of T bags on arrival thereafter there is a charge of 1E for 10. We took some of our own T bags and got a pint of milk in the supermarket.
The room had a TV, and chair. The balcony which overlooked the bay of Naples had two chairs and small table.
The bathroom was large with a hair dryer and toiletries provided. There is a bath with a climb in shower and a toilet and, bidet. There was a line where wet clothing could be hung. The décor is light in white and blue. The plumbing could at times ‘bang’ with air in the pipes but this is an old hotel and it adds to the charm.
This main Bar was on the 7 floor, a flight of stairs up from the restaurant. The décor was very rich and charming. This was a lovely room with windows overlooking Sorrento and the bay all along one side. The bar had an outside terrace which faced the view and was lovely to sit out on. The hotel provided nibbles with your pre-dinner drinks and entertainment in the evenings after dinner This is a lovely relaxing place to sit for drinks either before dinner or after and gaze at the sun setting. Wi-Fi internet is available in the bar/reception area free of charge so it is an ideal area to sync your iPads and laptops in the evening.
There is an area upstairs from the bar in the main lounge with a PC if you want paid for internet access.
Food and restaurant:
The hotel has two restaurants serving the same menu either side of the corridor from the lifts. The rooms are beautiful with stunning views in the morning of the bay and Sorrento and at dinner of the lights. The food was very good with 6 choices for starters, mains including vegetarian options and dessert. There was a buffet of hors d’oeuvres available should you wish it. The food was very good and plentiful and for dinner its waiter service. The waiters are dressed in ‘whites’ the wine waiters in ‘burgundy’. The wine list was extensive and reasonably priced.
Breakfast was a buffet in the larger of the two rooms. There was plenty of choice of both hot and cold food with an egg menu available on request. We couldn’t fault any of the food.
The hotel is spread out up the hillside and has lifts to the 7 floor where the restaurants are situated. To go further up to the lounges, terrace, pool, and gardens are steps. The terrace has comfortable furniture and there is sunshade cover if you want to sit and read and enjoy the views. Out only issue is that the chair/sofa cushions were not always brought out so you sat on a hard surface. I assume that was because the weather was temperamental. The gardens at the top are planted with olive trees and are extremely pleasant to sit in. There are some Bungalows situated up in the gardens for those not booking to stay in the main hotel. Needless to say the views are spectacular. The pool area has a bar which served drinks and snacks.
This hotel at this time of the year has a mature clientele rather than families with children.
The hotel dress code; men wear long trousers for dinner and around the hotel in the evening.
The ladies wore dresses for dinner some cocktail or smart trousers/tops. This is an up market hotel with an up market feel about it so it’s worth taking something nice to wear.
We got a mix of weather from heavy rain some days to 28 degree sunshine. You will need a kagool or raincoat especially if you are planning days out, but it was humid so no layers.
There is plenty to see and do in Sorrento with a good public transport service on the local train and busses. List everything you want to see before you go and plan your trips once you arrive. It’s much cheaper to do it yourself but the tour operators do offer a wide range of trips.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Bristol nestles into the cliff side, in one of the most enchanting corners of the coast, offering its guests stunning panoramic views, stretching from the picturesque fishing village of Marina Grande below to the Punta Scutolo in the distance and directly across the bay to the majestic Vesuvius with Pompei and Naples at its feet. For generations the highly professional Acampora Family have been offering a warm welcome to its international clientele, many of whom return year after year and consider the Hotel their second home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bristol Sorrento
- Bristol Hotel Sorrento