Without a shadow of a doubt the fantastic staff make this a holiday to remember. My wife and I spent two wonderful weeks in the Aminta in August and had a great time. The Aminta is set in the hills overlooking the bay of Naples, breath taking views during the day and so "romantic" in the evenings.
Allow me to get the bad bits out of the way first:
The rooms are small but that seems to be normal in Italy. What we call "3 star" at home is classed as "4 star" in Italy.
You are not in Sorrento, you are in the hills, so it's either a €30-40 taxi fare, a half hour walk or the courtesy bus. The bus was always busy but we were never left behind. The times however are crap and the last bus home is like a cattle market. Forget about forming a queue only the British and Irish seem to do that!
The road outside the hotel can be a death trap with buses, lorries, vans, cars and those horrid vespas with a family on board zooming from every direction.
Those are my only complaints and the hotel can't do very much about the road outside. None of the complaints dramatically impacted on my holiday and you do get used to it all, though watch out if you hate queue bumping :-)
The sun was hot averaging around 30-35 degrees during the day and around 25-30 degrees at night. Believe me this is constant heat and an absolute joy. There is a nice breeze most evenings around the hotel, but if you make a trip to Sorrento, bring a fan, you will need it.
If you fancy a day at the pool book your bed the day before. Yes there is a charge but I like this idea as it stops the clampets who put a towel down on a bed and turn up at 3 o'clock to claim their spot. We never had any problem getting a bed and they are well maintained and towels are supplied.
There are two pools, a splash pool and a main pool. The temperature is simply perfect, enough to cool you down and not freezing when you hop in. The larger pool is rather deep though so if you can't swim use the splash pool as it is a safer depth.
The pool bar is quality and the bar staff give you a 5 star service both day and night!
The FOOD at the hotel is simply to die for. I have eaten in many places in Italy and this food I promise you is good, with plenty of variety and served by waiters who are both courteous and very well presented. If you still struggle to pick something from the menu then they will try their best to somehow accomodate you.
There are about a dozen tables outside, and if you fancy that book one in the morning with the head waiter at breakfast.
We read on other reviews that we would have to share a table but found that not to be the case for us as a couple. I don't think it would have troubled us too much had that been the case.
You will love Sorrento, especially if you like to shop, eat, drink and go to shows. If you don't do any of these on a holiday then I am not sure what to say. There are no beaches but they do have these bathing decks down on the rocks. They are a long way down and VERY expensive, expect to pay €25-30 per day for 2 beds and a brolly and then walk 1,000 steps back up to the main streets.
Is Sorrento expensive? I guess that is a relative question so better to give some examples I think:
Typical bottle of House Wine is around €8-10
A meal with say a starter and main course and a bottle of wine for two is on average €0-60
A pint of local beer is around €3-5 depending where you stop
Clothes vary from cheap to "Oh my God" prices
It is a lovely town but the car pollution is bad and the driving is beyond the realms of normality, but I find that again is the Italian way. Never step on a zebra crossing with any expectation they will stop as that will be a life changing experience.
In summary, great hotel, fantastic staff, great food, great weather and lovely people at the hotel and Italians in general. Main downside was the road outside the hotel, the rip off taxis, the shambolic driving and the pollution of exhaust fumes.
- 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