Our first time in Sorrento was spent at The Grand Aminta which we chose for the views and in that respect we weren't disappointed as the hotel sits a mile above the town with unhindered views across the Bay of Naples.
Thought the bedrooms were a little tired, beds were very hard and the bathroom was a bit tight on space but looking at other hotel reviews this looks typical of the area. There are tea and coffee making facilities in the room so you can enjoy a cuppa on the balcony if you're not afraid of heights. Safe was tiny and just about got the passports in.
Hotel itself is spotlessly clean and the staff are excellent, very friendly and professional with several multilingual. Their knowledge of the area and advice on visitor attractions was brilliant and could save you a fortune. We did the trip to Pompeii on the train which was 2.20 euro each way and 11 euro to get in - slightly cheaper than the 110 euro a certain travel company wanted!
One downside for some people could be the shared tables at meal times. We didn't know this when we booked, neither it seems did the couple we shared our table with. Luckily we got on very well but I could see how some people could be uncomfortable with this. Food was a mixed bag as breakfast was just ok, lunch menu limited (and expensive) and the evening meals varied so much in quality e.g. tinned carrots and bland chicken one night, absolutely lovely beef and broccoli the next.
Courtesy bus down to the town leaves on the hour from 8am to 12pm then from 3pm to 11pm with returns 30 minutes later. If you can though take the walk down as it only takes 15 minutes and the 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