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“Disappointing - very expensive location”
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Grand Hotel Aminta
Ranked #23 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 July 2010

We spent 7 nights here from 28th June. and we were on the 2nd floor in a room with a balcony with a partial bay view. One downside for us was the lack of tea/coffee making facilities in the room and the charge for using the room fridge (3.50 euro's per day). The room was clean but the fittings werre of poor quality and the veneer was lifting on the wardrobe shelf. The batroom was very dark with shampoo sachets and soap supplied as a courtesy. There were a few stray hairs on the wall and the towels were of poor quality (worn/thin). The blanket on the bed was stained and worn which I found surprising as this is meant to be a 4 star hotel. The air conditioning was very welcome as it would have been impossible to get a good night's sleep with the doors/windows open mainly due to traffic noise as the hotel is right beside the road and on a bend so the cars and buses beep every time they go round the corner and nearly every part of the hotel is beside the road (I am surprised that no-one has mentioned this in previous reviews). It is a 5 euro deposit to use the room safe - returnable at the end of your stay. Internet access is free - you need to get a code from reception to access it and it can be a bit intermittent. Everything else that is extra has been mentioned in the 15th June review and is accurate.
As they point out in the review of 15th June 2010 'enough has been said in previous reviews about this hotel', however like them we will just clarify/update a few points as we have also just returned from a Thomsons/Portland holiday here.
The Aminta, we feel, does not justify a 4 star rating - possibly a 3 star plus at a stretch. It certainly has a wonderful view view from the terrace - marred only by the constant traffic noise and beeping because of its proximity to the road leadig into Sorrento. The courtesy bus is fairly regular if operating at somewhat odd and, in the evening, inconvenient times. We agree that the staff were fairly efficient but not particularly friendly and sometimes not very helpful - particularly on reception. They could be somewhat impatient and, having been told by one guest that I spoke to, that they provided stamps for postcards, etc. the receptionist was quite abrupt and said that they no longer did so and advised me to go down into Sorrento to the Tabbachi to purchase one. This is 5-10 mins by the courtesy bus or a 15 minute walk down and a 20-25 minute walk back up! I would have thought that a 4 star hotel could, and should have provided this simple and basic service for guests. The restaurant staff and terrace bar staff were very helpful - particularly when I had to order separate food for the themed night as this is a set menu on both of these nights and I do not eat meat and there was no choice of the main course. On that point though, the food is not great. Most of the fish is frozen and the meat is (I understand from my son and husband) of a poor quality as are the vegetables. The coffee and tea are appalling, possibly because the milk is longlife and not fresh and this taints the taste. If you want a cooked breakfast it is something around 17.50 euro's each per meal as previously mentioned - and for the first few days of our holiday that was indeed the case (although we did not order one). On the 3rd/4th morning it all suddenly changed. Hot food was freely available from the buffet, plus some fresh fruit, at no additional cost. Not entirely sure why this happened but we suspect that several guests complained as the hotel began to fill up and this motivated them to respond to customer requirements and the fact that most guests do not want to feast almost entirely on the huge array of cakes and pastries that were displayed each morning (and barely touched).
We did eat in Sorrento on 2 occasions at Delfino's and Emilia's - both were excellent if you love fresh seafood and cheerful, good service. However, it was very expensive especially as there were 4 of us (parents plus one19 year old and one 21 year old) and the euro is not in our favour (against the GBP) at this time.
The overall standard of the hotel was disappointing and, initially the service was poor but this picked up in the restaurant as the week progressed and a restaurant manager appeared. I appreciate that Sorrento is an expensive area and that the economy in the area is totally dependent on the tourist season as there is no benefits system in Italy apparently - hence the price hiking. However, some of the basic room and facility issues(and the charges for the sunbeds and pool towels) and service issues mentioned above could be addressed, I am sure, with minimal additonal cost to the hotel and this, I am sure, would encourage people to stay within the hotel and use the restaurant and bar facilities more and thu spay them more dividends.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2010

We have just returned from a week at the Aminta. We arrived late (around 11:30) at night and were greeted by friendly and helpful staff. Facilities at the hotel were great, the pool area and bar are lovely and the views from the terrace second to none. We only breakfasted and lunched at the hotel as we like to eat in a local restaurants. Lunches and cocktails were great, breakfast had a good and unusual variety of choices from sweet pastries to scrambled eggs.
Staff were extremely helpful.
The hotel is a little out of the town and the walk down relatively easy. Walking back in the heat of the day is not to be recommended, it's quite a climb and it seemed poorly lit at night. The shuttle bus is regular and always on time and the SITA (local bus) stops outside the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Aminta. The hotel staff are very friendly especially the bar staff and they are always smart and professional. The public areas of hotel are topclass the outside bar, pool area and outside terrace are all wonderful and the views of the Bay of Naples are out of this world, even on a misty day! Although there is a charge of 4 euros per day to hire the sun loungers they are very comfortable or there is an option of the deck chairs that are comfortable too and there is no charge for these.

The bedrooms are basic but clean and they must have very good double glazing as you can't hear any traffic noise once you close your window.

I thought the location of the hotel was great, it was actually nice to be outside the centre of Sorrento not just because of the great views but the centre is crowded and very hot and humid too. You can walk from the Hotel to the Centre and it takes about 15 mins but it is a very steep walk. The hotel bus service is great so there isn't much need to walk.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

The Aminta is a lovely hotel. We stayed there for a week with our grown up children. The hotel staff could not do enough for us, nothing was too much trouble. Our room was beautiful with a fantastic view. The hotel was very clean in all areas. We paid for half board although we ate in Sorrento three nights. Half board represented excellent value and the food was of a very good standard. They had a good wine list which was reasonably priced. We booked to eat outside one night which really added to the enjoyment. We used the free bus service which covered our needs on all but two occasions when we returned from a day trip between buses and wanted to return to the hotel for dinner. The local bus stop is just outside the hotel which we found useful when retuning from Positano as we did not need to go all the way into the town. I would recommend this hotel and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2010

Hotel was recommended by a friend and it more than lived up to expectations. Hotel is on the hill, 5 min. bus ride from Sorrento. Hotel has an excellent, very regular, free shuttle bus and the local bus stops just outside. Do book a balcony, sea view (room 319 was great because balcony was in shade during the hot afternoon), the views across Bay of Naples are spectacular. Room was spotlessly clean. Enjoyed the style of the hotel, lots of lovely places to sit inside in the air con or outside on the terrace or around the pool though they do charge for sun loungers. Plenty of other seating though. Beautiful pool (unheated). The staff are superb! They are so friendly and helpful and take a real interest in you. We were so glad we had half board as the food was so good. Would have liked fresh fruit at breakfast though. Evening meal v. good. Rooms v quiet at night. Hotel location brilliant. Its so easy to get on a bus and do the Amalfi Drive really cheaply but recommend going into town for the bus at the bus station to make sure you get a seat. Positano is brilliant and its a good idea to come back by boat. go to Pompei on the train. We travelled on a Thomson holiday and it was very good value. We look forward to returning to the Aminta. A big thanks to all the staff and all the lovely, friendly Italian people who made our holiday so special.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

Grand Hotel Aminta was a pleasure - lovely outdoor areas, great food and service and clean, well serviced rooms - Staff are great and really helpful - hotel bus to town frequently and reliably. - value for money.......

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

This was our second time in Sorrento and we returned to the Aminta, a beautiful and well-run hotel. The room was very comfortable, the views are wonderful, and the staff members are exceptional. We loved being out of the noise and traffic of downtown Sorrento. The hotel's free shuttle was very convenient. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#18 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#20 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £65 - £238 (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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