Just got back from 8 days at the Aminta - every hotel in Sorrento seems to have the title 'Grand'! Having read reviews of the hotel, we were expecting a hotel with four star accommodation. The bedroom - King size with balcony overlooking the Bay - was basic, but it was clean. The bed was very hard, as were the pillows. The bathroom was VERY uninspiring. There was nowhere to put anything, just a very small shelf above the washbasin. Small bottles of shampoo and just sachets of body wash + some facial cleansing cloth. The shower was not a power shower and was removable from the wall fitting to use as a hand shower. Having a shower was a challenge, especially when the shower curtain 'attacks' you whilst you are trying to avoid the taps. The bedroom and bathroom issues did not make for a relaxing time.
We also had problems with the air conditioning - it was on later in the day, but went off around 12.30pm; so you either had to open the patio door before then, which switches off the air conditioning, or get up in the night to open the door. It was lovely weather when we were there and in the morning, with the sun on the balcony, it was very warm in the room. Noise was a problem from the road, especially as we had to have the door open.
The best thing about the hotel were the staff on Reception- they were very pleasant and helpful. The restaurant staff were not as friendly and breakfast was pretty ordinary - the cooked breakfast was fine, but cereals were very hit and miss and the bread for the toaster was about the worst I have had. The staff didn't seem to keep their eye on filling up supplies. There were a lot of pastries, but they looked better than they tasted.
The pool area was very clean and the bar waiters were pleasant. There is an area overlooking the Bay, which is very neglected - weeds and dirt everywhere and the tables and chairs were old and cracked. It was a real shame, as it could have been a lovely place to sit and look at the view.
Re the shuttle bus - we only used it a few times, as we had a hire car and the driver was very efficient and helpful - but the times are very strange. If you get the 7.30pm bus down to Sorrento and have a meal, etc - you have to wait until 11.15 as the 9pm bus is too early.
We were very disappointed with this hotel - it was not cheap, and did not live up to expectations. We travel a lot around the world and were looking forward to a nice relaxing week in Sorrento. The area is lovely and the view is great - but there again, most of the hotels in Sorrento have a great view.
- 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