My wife and i have just returned from a week in Sorrento staying at the Aminta. My wife chose this hotel after reviews from this site and i have to say it was a good hotel with one exception the "villa" we stayed in. The hotel is about two miles out of the main centre of Sorrento on a hill accessed by a windy road. Don't let this put you off as the hotel lay on a regular free bus to take you to and from the centre. You can also walk down an alley that takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get to the centre but it is not lit up so don't go in the dark. I would not advise walking down the main road as there are no pavements and the driving in Italy is best described as scary. If you take a taxi from the hotel we were charged £20 euro's one way.
The hotel was very clean, warm welcome and our bags were taken to our room promptly. We were advised that we were staying in the villa that is a seperate block within the grounds. You have to walk past the pool down a path and along a shared driveway that also leads to someone's house. The villa is a large rectangular building that has a staircase in the middle and rooms on either side. It kind of reminds me of a hostel. The room was basic but clean unfortunately the view was into the living room of the neighbouring house. The main problem is the noise, you can hear the next room doing their business in the bathroom, doors banging, people in the hallway, the whole place seems to echo every sound. It doesn't help that the dog's in the area seem to come alive at night constantly barking and the air conditioning sounds like a plane taking off. I would like to think that the main hotel was better.
The food was nice not a lot of difference in price to some of the resturaunts in the town.
One thing that i do find annoying is that they charge you 4 euro's for a sunbed even though you are a guest, they also charge you 3.50 euro's to put your own food and drink in the fridge in your room which i think is disgusting.
Apart from this it was a pleasant stay in a lovely area of Italy.
- 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