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Grand Hotel Aminta
Ranked #25 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
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los angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful views but...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2008

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.

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — Customer service
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2008

I would not hesitate to recommend the Grand Hotel Aminta. We stayed there for 11 nights for our honeymoon and had a fantastic time. The rooms were clean and the hotel is excellent with wonderful views over sorrento and vesuvius. The location is good you can either get the shuttle bus from the hotel into sorrento or walk from the hotel which only takes about 15mins.....need to be fit to walk back as the path can be quite steep but worth the effort!
The staff at the hotel are fantastic and extremely helpful. They tend to put people together at dinner but we requested a table on our own as it was our honeymoon and it was no trouble at all. The food at the hotel was worth going half board for. A great choice every night and the Gala dinners were excellent.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2008

Just back from a Wonderful holiday at the GRAND HOTEL AMINTA. Wouldn't hesitate to return there. Wonderful location, Wonderful food,Wonderful Staff.They really made us Welcome.Not to far from the main town,buses stop just outside the door, that will take you anywhere in the local area.Trains in main town for further afield trips. The Aminta is just so so Ideal

Stayed September 2008
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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2008

Stayed for 1 week at this beautifully appointed Italian stallion. Had a villa in the rear building with a great terrace and stunning views. A very short, but aromatic walk to the main building for breakfast and pool area which was just perfect. Got a great rate with breakfast included. Rooms were very spacious, with nice amenities including free WIFI. The staff at this property were incredible, very attentive and caring to all guest needs. As a prior visitor to Sorrento, I recommend a rental car to visit the surrounding areas. If not, you are at the mercy of a shuttle bus, and/or private driver/taxi for transportation. It can be costly. Do not be afraid to venture out to fabulous restaurants either in Sorrento, or near the hotel, there are plenty of them. Try a day trip to the Amalfi coast, or even the Isles of Capri or Ischia. They are amazing. This hotel proved to be a perfect base for your southern italian holiday.

  • Liked — location on the hills of Sorrento
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Northamptonshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2008

Just arrived back from my honeymoon at the Aminta. My views on the hotel are as follows:-

1) Staff simply 5 star.

2) Poolside and Bar area very relaxed. Sunbeds 4 euro but must be pre-booked. Bar has a selection of drinks, Cocktails 6 euro and a beer 4 or 5 euro. Live music Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

3) Restaurant serves a variety of excellent Italian food. Dinner - choice of four starters including Fruit Juice, Soup, Salad or Chefs Pasta special. Main courses has choice between fish, meat and game with a veg alternative. Desert - choice of three sweets.

Breakfast - Cereals, Fruit juice, Pastries, Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt, Continental, Scrambled eggs etc additional 6 euro.

Don't miss the Gala night.

You need to request a table outside for your evening meal at breakfast time. Stunning view over the Bay of Naples as you dine.

Wine at dinner - try the Aminta, at 10 euro a bottle it is the cheapest but certainly of a good standard.

4) Free shuttle bus down into Sorrento from just outside the hotel. First bus leaves 9.00 last bus back 11.30. Times staggered through out the day with an afternoon break, but if you want a night out in sorrento you will need to miss evening meal as this starts at 7 and next bus is 7.30 followed by 8.30. My opinion is that the times are organised to try and keep you in the Hotel.

5) Trips out - great value, the mini cruise to of the Isle of Capri (swim in the med) followed by drop of at Positano (a must) or Amalfi. Pompei must do yourself - train to Pompei scavi 3.7 euro return for two. Pompei entrance 200 yards from station and great cafe just outside the station (share a pizza). Entrance 10 euro with a radio guide 5 euro. Naples well worth a visit during festival.

6) Free internet ask at reception.

7) Rooms - good and clean. Serviced every day, with fridge including mini bar (expensive). Great views of the Bay if you get seaview. The achillies heal is the noise, you can hear the two rooms next to you and the cleaner as she arrives early in the morning. Air con noisy. This is the big draw back for the Aminta. Take earplugs for good sleep.

8) Sorrento - expensive but head quickly to the supermarkets in the town for reasonable provisions. For example you will buy a small bottle of water for 2 euro in a bar. you can buy six large bottles in supermarket for 1.9 euro. You will need lots of water. Supermarkets have a good range of food, beverages, clothes and gifts. Lots of hustle and bustle in the town but lots to do.

Eating out, average main meal 10 euro in cafe up to 30 euro in restaurant.

Finally we would return to the Aminta, had a great holiday because of the quality of staff, cuisine and setting, all overweighed the one downfall - noise.

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — Noise in rooms
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2008

Wow what a hotel! Although very expensive for food, drinks etc the setting is amazing and the staff cannot do enough for you. We stayed at the Aminta from the 18th August-25th August 2008 and had a wonderful time. The food is out of this world every night. I have stayed at a 4 star in Ravello, Amalfi Coast last year and the food was nothing compared to this place! The rooms are very simple, but clean. I would have preferred a little more luxury but you don't go away for the room do you! We travelled with Thomson and the only problem was that the trips to Capri were fully booked and getting there on your own is a nightmare because August is a very busy month in Italy. All in all the hotel is fantastic apart from being very expensive, and the rooms are small and simple. Also its worth bearing in mind, the hotel charges for sun beds. 4 Euros per bed per day and although it is handy to have the bed secured, the cost mounts up! I feel if you are paying for the hotel you are also paying for their services. We ate lunch at the hotel and it cost us about 50 euros a day including our drinks plus evening drinks. This was not going mad either. Take plenty of cash.

Sorrento itself is great but you do lose something of the real Italy compared to more rural and less developed places. The views all around this region are simply breathtaking. It's worth a trip!

  • Liked — Food & Sun!
  • Disliked — Rooms & expense.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Farnham,surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2008

The views of Sorrento from the rooms and also the terrace around the pool are fantastic. The staff are friendly and the hotel rooms are a decent size with v.good A/C. If you don’t fancy taking the shuttle bus (which is free and very regular), the walk down to Sorrento from the hotel is easy and only takes 10 mins. You can also walk back up from Sorrento to the hotel, although not recommended in the midday sun!

Sorrento itself is very quaint with old narrow walkways and alleys, but has clearly been influenced by UK travellers and the food is not all that great either, especially the larger outdoor restaurants with waiters that beckon you in, they are just as hasty at beckoning you out again once you have finished and it’s a busy night!
All in all The Amnita is a great place to stay if visiting Sorrento.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Aminta
Address: Via Nastro Verde, 23 | Neapolitan Riviera, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#18 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#21 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Aminta 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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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