Just got back yesterday from this beautiful hotel and couldn't wait to share our experience. We had two wonderful weeks. The location of the hotel is superb with fabulous views of Sorrento, the Bay of Naples and Vesuvious from the hotel verandah and we had booked a balcony with sea views and shared these beautiful views. We would put this hotel near the top of our hotel experiences as everything about it was perfect for us. The hotel was kept spotlessly clean. The staff were friendly, courteous, very hard working and helpful without exception. Reception staff, cleaners, restaurant waiters, bar staff, gardeners and all the staff behind the scenes diserve a big thank you from us. We were half board and the breakfast was good, coffee very good and evening meals were wonderful. Only complaint would be that we both need to go on a huge diet as three or 4 course meals of irresistable dishes each evening served with aplomb has spread our waistlines! (Gala and Neapolitan evenings were twice a week and 4 courses). There is an efficient shuttle bus service running hourly from 9am to 11 pm, with a break for siesta time. Last return is 11.30 which suited us oldies! The driver we had was friendly and helpful - of course! We walked down the country lane quite a few times, which was a really pleasant walk down hill, but always caught the shuttle bus back as it was so steep. (Watch out for the scooters free-wheeling though!) Only ate out in Sorrento for one evening as hotel food too good to miss. If we wanted an evening we would catch the 9pm shuttle down or walk with torches and the 11.30pm back. Bar 2000 is a great stop for people watching, friendly staff and very reasonable prices in the main narrow alley. Would agree that there is not much for children at the hotel , but this was more a bonus than problem for us. Service in restaurant and bar was great. Room was cleaned daily, and towels replaced daily so long as we did not hang them back up on rails to indicate that we did not need them changed. Lunch at hotel was reasonably priced and good. Particularly enjoyed shrimp and orange salad, which we would classify as king prawns in UK! Ate out a few lunch times and could recommend the tiny Bagnia S.Anna at the Marina Grande. Simple freshly cooked fish or pasta dishes, served on the little jetty. Were with Thomsons, and enjoyed the Amalfi Select trip with them very much, despite the cost. Worth the extra to be in a small party of about 16. Iskia trip was a disaster as the guide was totally disorganised, plus he took us to a restaurant which served us a plate of wilted lettuce as a starter, some chewy pasta as a main and ice cream which was fine for a desert. 12 euros with a glass of wine. The island is well worth a visit but could save a fortune by going over on the same boat booked direct and getting a taxi to the beautiful gardens. The Capri trip also booked with Thomsons was worth the guide who was everything the other guide wasn't. Went to Pompei by train for about 6 Euros return for both of us, and got an audio guide which suited us as we could do everything on our own and in our own time nistead of being rushed around with lots of people with a guide. If this is what suits you also, turn right out of the station at Pompei and you can book the audio guide and entrance tickets at the main gates just up the road on left. Just tell the guys who try to lead you to the left that you don't want a guide. We had such a lovely impression of Positano on our Amalfi coast trip, where we were allowed an hour, that we returned by boat booked from the main Marina stopping at Positano and Amalfi. We chose to get off at Poistano and got the 5pm return boat. Had a wonderful five hours exploring the tiny alleways and shops, lovely lunch higher up in town with beautiful views over the bay followed by a relax on beach and swim in sea. All in all a wonderful holiday in beautiful Sorrento.
- 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