We booked the Hotel Bristol based upon visiting this website, brochures and the hotels own website, however nothing prepared us for what we got when we arrived.
The hotel looks amazing, both in pics and in real life. The view is fantastic, with Sorrento town, Naples and mount Vesuvius all being visible from both the pool, restaurant and hotel bar! It truly is amazing!
The hotel lobby is gorgeous, and thankfully, airconditioned! (after doing anything in the heat of Italy, you will be so thankful of aircon!)
The pool area is lovely, with lots of sunbeds and a reasonable sized pool with a good shallow area for kids, although the tiles on the floor get unbearably hot (I know this doesnt sound like much, but when your trying to walk over them in bare feet to get in the pool, you realise it makes it a bit unpleasant)
The food is very nice for hotel food. Different menu every night, all served by very very good waiters.
All the staff there are great! Cant speak highly enough of them, would help with anything at all, always happy and polite and speak better English than I do.
However there were some problems.
Firstly, the room we were given (room 802) was not even remotely as was seemingly described in the brochures/website/here. It was more akin to a Travelodge room. There was no real view to speak of, and no balcony either. When we complained, apparently we booked a standard room and that means they can stick you anywhere. We did see one or two of the sea view rooms and they look spectacular! If you book here definitely book at least one of these, if not the private villas or suites that are available. We thought we had a sea view room, so be sure to check exactly what your booking, we couldnt even upgrade and pay the extra when we were there as it was fully booked with other guests.
Secondly, it is quite noisy. Not in a keep you up all night way, but in a people in the surrounding rooms will be up very early for trips, breakfast etc... You get used to it, but still not ideal listening to the person above you moving furnature like an Ikea furniture builder at 6AM.
Sorrento town centre is within a 10 minute walk down the bank, and really is a nice centre, happily no Mcdonalds, Burger King, Starbucks or corporate entity in sight! The streets get really busy with pedestrians on a night after they shut off the road to traffic. Plenty of restaurants and shops open till late.
We did a couple of trips, organised through the Thomson rep (Bianca). Firstly the Amalfi drive. The views on here are amazing! The coast of Amalfi is spectacular. When you get to Amalfi, your offered a boat ride for a further E10. This was well worth the money and was a welcome break from the sweltering heat. You also go through Positano and Ravello towns, with stops in Ravello. Beautiful small town but not much to do. Overall a worthwhile trip, if not a bit expensive by the time youve paid for everything, lunch isnt included, neither the boat trip and you will need to buy lots and lots of drinks.
The second trip we did was half a day climbing Mount Vesuvius and half a day walking round Pompei. Vesuvius was quite tiring, you only climb for 20mins or so, but its quite steep, if you fancy this take some trainers. Gorgeous views from the top and worthwhile. Pompei is unbearably hot! Temperatures got over 40degrees as we were walking round. The tour guide (Elijah) knew what he was talking about, however the radio system was a bit unclear and he was heavily Italian accented. Its def a good thing to do and see, however I was glad when the experience was over, mainly because of the heat. Again this was another expensive day, as entry fees to both Vesuvius and Pompei arent included in the trip price, and neither is lunch. A hat and plenty water are a must.
Overall I would def go back to both the Bristol (in a better room) and Sorrento. Both gorgeous places well worth a visit. Very glad I went to Italy, just wish I'd paid more attention to the room description and upgraded.
- 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