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“Not a 4 Star Hotel”
Review of Grand Hotel Aminta

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Grand Hotel Aminta
Ranked #23 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 June 2009

Three friends and I spent seven days at the Aminta and wished we had chosen a hotel on the outskirts of Sorrento as opposed to being way up in the hills. The food at dinner time was ok with a good choice, except for the Neopolitan and Gala evenings when there was no choice. Breakfast was very disappointing iin that it just "continental" unlike other 4 star hotels I have stayed at before in Sorrento when the choice was vast. No fruit at breakfast time and scrambled eggs on toast cost $6. I shared a room with a friend and it was very, very small with minimal wardrobe space. My two other friends, however, had a single room each and I have to say that all three rooms were virtually identical in size. The staff at reception were very helpful and some friendly but the dining room lacked atmosphere and the bar area lacked warmth and ambience which was a pity because being so far away from the town it was where we spent most of our evenings after dinner. After using the courtesy bus to take us to Sorrento one evening, a taxi back from the Piazzo Tasso cost us $28 so we did not venture out much after dinner. Perhaps the Aminta is graded a 4* due to the view but in my opinion for little else.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2009

This hotel is remarkable for its views, every day, evening, and morning they just take your breath away. We have only returned this morning but felt the need to balance some of the negative comments on trip advisor. The rooms are spotlessly clean with everything you need for a very comfortable stay. no charge for safety deposit. box in room. Flat screen TV with plenty of english channels ( if you need them). Full mini bar and great bed. The view from the balcony is better than any thing on TV. What makes this hotel extra special is the management and staff. Attention to detail is commonplace. In particular the reception staff are extremely helpfull, friendly and very informative.
Breakfast is freshly cooked and delivered to the table. There is plentifull Tea and coffee again served by a waiter.
Courtesy bus reliable and convenient, although we walked down into town (15mins) and back up (20mins) regularly. We are good walkers and many people would not enjoy the walk up.
We were not on Half board but the snacks we had were reasonably priced and of good quality.
Remember to bring your own towel's and be aware that a charge is made for use of poolside sunbeds, although comfortable deckchairs are free.
So many of the guests return year after year which is recommendation in itself. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending to anyone and will most certainly return. Thanks for a fantastic holiday.
Stuart and Alison Barrett

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank chaderoonie
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Reviewed 28 May 2009

We spent one week in this hotel in mid May. We picked up a bargain price on expedia.com. The hotel staff were friendly and our room was both spotless and spacious. The hotel enjoys fantastic views across the bay and its location means the rooms are bright and airy. We would gladly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank sligowavegirl
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Reviewed 22 May 2009

Just got back from 7 nights in Sorrento, staying at the Grand Hotel Aminta. A few things to bear in mind when booking.

1) Adequate, 3-star, accommodation. Don't expect plush. I was disappointed as I was expecting a bit more due to it's 4 stars. So much choice in Sorrento. Rooms were basic - for example, hand-held shower in the bathroom, very small tv - 15 inch - in the bedroom and no tea/coffee making facilities. Pay extra for a balcony and sea view.
2) Breakfast is continental - choice of 4 cereals, toast and lots of cakes/pastries. Juices and tea/coffee available. Eggs are available but you have to pay extra.
3) Charges to use the room fridge and room safe. Charges to use the sun loungers by the pool. Towels are not provided at the pool so bring a beach towel to use at the pool.
4) There is a rural path into Sorrento from the hotel. This path is very steep - don't expect a gentle stroll into town. Bring your trainers and/or hiking boots. However, there is a hotel shuttle bus going to/from the hotel several times a day.
5) We booked half board - remember that drinks are not included - even coffee after the meal is charged at 3 euros per cup.
6) No air conditioning in the bedrooms until mid June. We slept with the balcony door open due to the heat. However, the hotel is located on a major road so if you are a light sleeper you will be disturbed by the traffic noise and constant car horns.

In conclusion - hotel is fine, just not special, and I unfortunately cannot recommend it. If I came back to Sorrento I would not stay at this hotel.

Excursions recommended - Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Pompei, Mt Vesuvius & Ercolona, Sorrento.

Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

1st let me start off by saying how beautiful the view from the Aminta is, as well as the hotel itself. It is about 10 minutes away from downtown Sorrento, but it is worth it. We visited in November, so the pool was closed, but i can only imagine how great it is in the summertime. We ate at the hotel 1 night, and it was just as good, if not better than finding a local restaurant. Be sure to visit Capri while staying in Sorrento!

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

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.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank jeanjeannie
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

I had heard from locals that the Grand Aminta was beautiful but I did not find that the case. This is an older hotel, albeit well-kept; yet despite its grand views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, that's about all this hotel has to offer. It is too far from Sorrento's Piazza Tasso to be convenient to anything and the hotel's shuttle bus is not that frequent. A taxi to and from the main square is ridiculously over-priced at 25 euros on the meter for a 10 minute ride - truly highway robbery!

The room offered a great view of the Bay but the small balcony had absolutely no privacy and I could easily hear what my neighbors were doing. Also, since it is up in the cliffs above Sorrento, there is a main road directly outside the hotel and you can hear the traffic noise ALL night long, as well as the local dogs which also seem to bark all night long. The noise factor did not make for a peaceful stay.

As for the food, the Aminta, as with other hotel's in Sorrento, has the worst food imaginable. My room rate included breakfast and that was such a waste. I ate a fruit cup only one morning and the cappuccino was bad as well.

As to the other guests, it is mainly an older crowd sprinkled with a few honeymoon couples who obviously didn't know better to book a more romantic location.

The staff here was pleasant and spoke English fluently but there was never a porter around and the front desk clerk actually had to help me with luggage upon check-out. All in all there are much better hotels centrally located in Sorrento and this hotel is not worthy of a four-star rating except for its views.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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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:
#11 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#18 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#20 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £59 - £247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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