My wife and I spent a week at the Aminta in mid-May. The hotel is very clean and well-furnished. Public areas are extensive and very comfortable - the very large lobby has comfortable and smart seating areas, the pool and outdoor terrace/bar is very nice, though the poolside area is a bit on the small side. The indoor bar area is cramped and uncomfortable, though, and a bit basic - great views from the picture windows, though. Staff are extraordinarily helpful and really do understand the concept of service.
Our room (on the 4th floor) was on the small side but perfectly adequate. The bathroom was very compact - you had to slide on and off the toilet sideways! No proper shower, and water pressure was poor. The rooms aren't well sound-proofed, either, with noise from above and next door. Very clean, though, and it looked recently decorated.
The views from the room and the pool/terrace are as impressive as everyone says - unless it's a hot day, in which case the haze is so bad even the mighty bulk of Vesuvius disappears. The locals say that, if you can see Vesuvius clearly, it's going to rain. On the basis of our limited experience, they ain't wrong - see Vesuvius on Sunday, take your brolly with you on Monday.
The hotel shuttle bus is excellent and runs throughout the day, every hour - except for siesta in the early afternoon.
Things they don't tell you: in-room air con is disabled until mid-June. That's right, even though it's advertised, it doesn't work. It's waay too hot to sleep with the balcony doors closed so you have to leave the doors open. Next thing they don't tell you: the area around the Aminta is incredibly noisy. We didn't get a decent night's sleep all week. The Aminta sits on the main road and there's LOTS of traffic and pretty much all of it sounds horns on the approach to the corners from dawn-to-dusk, and there are hordes of screaming 2-stroke tuk-tuk-like vans struggling up the hill; local dogs carry out long distance conversations at all hours, and if I hear just one more cockerel doing its cock-a-doodle-do routine at 4am...
Other things they don't tell you: shorts are verboten in the dining room for the evening meal, so make sure you pack some long trousers!
The biggest problem with the Aminta, though, is the food. Breakfast is OK but the evening meal is disappointing: it's presented well and service is excellent, but the food itself isn't great. It's bland, the veggies taste tinned, and some of the combinations are a bit odd. For an area of the world where food quality is so high this is a real disappointment.
If we were to return to Sorrento on holiday we'd probably choose a different hotel or, at the very least ask for a room away from the road and opt for bed-and-breakfast only.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aminta occupies a commanding position overlooking the Gulf of Naples with breathtaking views, just 3.5 Km from the centre of Sorrento to which it offers a courtesy bus service. Complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Hotel Aminta