This was our 5th stop on our 2 week long honeymoon in Italy. This is bar far the toughest trip. We started in Tuscany. Train ride to Rome was 1.5 hrs. Another 1.5 hrs to Naples. Jump on the local Circumvensuvian train for another 70 minutes before we arrived in Sorrento. Once we got there, it was very difficult for us to find the free shuttle meeting place. We had to find the tourist office and have them call the hotel to verify the meeting point. Luckily, we were able to find it 5 minutes before the free shuttle showed up. We were very excited about staying at the Grand Hotel Aminta because of all the great reviews. The hotel is located up in the hilltop with stunning views from our bedroom. We had a standard room with a balcony. For the views alone, we would definitely recommend this hotel. Common areas & pool are really nice as well. We were given a free bottle of champagne upon arrival because we were on our honeymoon. Breakfast has a good selection of bread, pastries, juices and deli meats along with a la carte items you can order (eggs, mushrooms, sausage, bacon, fresh fruits, etc)
Now the dissapointing parts: Rules and hidden fees. If you read their hotel directory there will be a list of fees for using the safe, storing personal food/drinks in the frig, etc. We couldn't even use the safe because it was so small! We found it rediculous that there is a fee (3.5 euros per day) for putting anything other than existing items in the frig. Unheard of!!! you have to reserve and pay for a sunbed by the pool. We had purchased a few bottles of wine from Tuscany so we asked the reception for a wine opener. We were told to go directly to the bar tender at the bar and get one. We did, and the bar tender was unhappy about the request but complied only if we agree to return it within 5-10 minutes because it's the only wine opener they have in the entire hotel?!!? Bizaar! The next day, hoping a different receptionist would be there (nope!), we returned from our day trip and asked for some ice to be delivered to our room to chill our complimentary bottle of champagne. She asked that we bring the ice bucket to the bar and fill it up there!! I had no idea this 4 star hotel is a "self-service" hotel. So unexpected!!!
I thought the free shuttle service wasn't that convenient either. The times were extremely random so we basically had to work our day around the times when the shuttle will be doing the pick up/drop off. We really looked forward to staying at this hotel but the rude staff, crazy rules and shuttle service will prevent me from returning. Too bad because the Sorrento views are great.
- 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