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“Beautiful views, good service, nice pool but shame about the food”
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Grand Hotel Aminta
Ranked #25 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful views, good service, nice pool but shame about the food”
Reviewed 30 July 2010

We arrived on 19 July 2010, staying for 11 nights, largely based on the positive reviews on this website. The hotal had spectacular views across Sorrento and over the entire Bay of Naples. It has a wonderful swimming pool and a lovely terrace. It does sit next to a fairly busy road but it's not really a major issue, as long as your room faces the swimming pool side of the hotel.
The service was excellent and the staff friendly and very professional. The drinks are reasonable and are about the same as in town. The room we had commanded a lovely view but i'd describe it as clean and basic, but i suppose all you do is sleep in it. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom clean and functional, but a little in need of modernisation. That said, the shower over the bath worked ok but the fittings were a bit cheap. Perhaps i'm being fussy but at £1,100 each, i'm entitled to be.
We went half board and the food in the evening was variable from poor to acceptable. Tinned carrots, awful mash potato, roast pork?????, gravy?????, peas that were boiled to death, luke warm meals and a real dissapointment for such a nice hotel. We expected a taste of Italy and seemed to get a taste of the local carvery at times. Any fish offerred was frozen, which was a real concern, given the fact that all the local restaurants serve it fresh. We got the impression that the hotel was clearly cutting costs on meals as the lunches were fantastic, but, of course, you pay the going rate for those. In summary the food was 2 star at best. If you want real Italian cooking then don't choose this hotel but if you don't mind average food and would rather have a great view and lovely surroundings then it's great. However, some people we spoke to liked the food, so maybe it's a personal thing.
Please be aware that the courtesy bus from the hotel into Sorrento is very infrequent. For example, it departs Sorrento at 16:15, 6pm, 8-30pm and 11:15 pm in the evenings. Be prepared to walk but that's no hardship, given the pretty views.
We had a lovely holiday in a very nice setting and if you want to enjoy a clean, friendly hotel with great views, then this is the one for you.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

The hotel is very nice, clean and spacious. Breakfast was very good with plenty of choice and good quality food. We found the staff very helpful and friendly except in the outside Bar where one of the Waitors was rude and arrogant, so we just stopped using the Bar - their loss.

The hotel is on a main road which has tight bends near the hotel and the regular Buses, coaches, etc pap their horns to warn other traffic and from 7am every morning in the morning it got a bit irritating to be woken up...again!

The parking is a bit limited but did not cause too much of a problem.

Overall they made us welcome, the pool area was nice, there were no rowdy guests at all. The bus service times were a little bit inconvenient it would be better to be hourly and the rooms would be improved by having Tea\Cofee facilities.

Sorrento \ Amalfi coast \ Pompei \ Herculaneum is great place to visit, even though very expensive we don't regret visiting. Give Vesuvius a miss it s just a big hill !!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 July 2010

I booked a week in this hotel due to the positive reviews on this website and it didn’t disappoint. The two most impressive things were the staff, who I found friendly, courteous, helpful and so professional...every single one of them. The food in the restaurant of an evening was also a highlight – a good array of options, beautiful fish, tasty salads etc. We paid for a sea view room with a balcony and were blown away. I admit paying extra for the sunbeds was a concern before the holiday but there were only two full days we spent by the pool and the deckchairs were perfectly comfortable. I haven’t felt so sad to come home from a holiday for many years and will be booking my return trip very soon! Thanks Aminta.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

We went for a special birthday and the hotel did not dissapoint. Having read several reviews online and via Thomas Cook & Thomsons, we decided to go for this hotel because of the views it offered from an upgraded room - and it did not dissapoint! We could see down into Sorrento, across the Bay of Naples and over to Mount Vesuvius from our bathroom window even, plus from the balcony. In fact there were great views from the outdoor pool area and main bar. The staff were excellent and very child friendly as we took our 10 month old daughter, as well as our 14 year old daughter. Food was good and plenty to choose from in the evening.

The walk into town down the cobbled side streets was well worth doing, although the walk back up is a bit more challenging to say the least - especially pushing a stroller! The views on the way down though are stunning... There is a regular hotel shuttle bus if you prefer..

Well worth a visit to this hotel, as long as you don't mind being in Sorrento town centre.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

Hotel was in a nice location and had a lovely view.

However the food really was not good at all. The mashed potato was like Smash! Yes the food comes under domed covers but its such a disappointment when the covers are taken off. I expect much better from Italy and have indeed experienced far better in other Italian hotels.

Drinks were pricey, but Italy is very expensive. Don't come here if you are on a budget.
I agree with the comment on doing the trips yourself, we did Pompeii and Capri ourselves and saved a fortune.

Overall I had a pleasant holiday and enjoyed my stay but I didnt think it was good value for money.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2010

Extended family - party of seven - travelling to Italy from England and Scotland and meeting up to share and enjoy family time together:
We returned yesterday from a beautiful and memorable holiday in Sorrento and much of our enjoyment is owed to this hotel. I have read some mixed reviews and I guess it`s each to his own - but I can not think of one thing that didn`t hit the mark as far as service, cleanliness etc were concerned. Yes - the bar bill at the end may have had me raising my eyebrows a little!!! But - that was our choice. We did get water, milk and soft drinks in town occasionally to save the pennies. I always take a kettle where ever I go in the world so I can do my own tea and coffee and the milk tastes just fine.
The restaurant and bar staff were outstanding - friendly, fast, efficient and soon learned our preferences with drinks etc. My Son celebrated his 17th birthday and they went out of their way - without us asking - to make the occasion special.
We stayed half board - and I thought the food was very good. A good choice at breakfast including toast, cereals, pastries, cakes, croissant, yoghurts, fresh fruit and always egg cooked in a variety of formats, bacon and sausages.
A sufficient choice at dinner - not always things I would have picked if in a restaurant but tasty and hot and always served under silver domed covers which were lifted off with flair by the waiters.
We had quite a few lunches at the hotel - tasty salads were enjoyed.
We did eat out a couple of times too - The Foreigners Club (which you are taken to on your Thomson Walkabout and meeting) and we also enjoyed a very special evening - combining a breath taking view and delicious food at the Bellevue Syrene. What a treat.

We had a day down in Marina Grande - Delfinos. relaxed on the bathing platform, swam in the sea and had lunch. A great place to watch the world go by - lots going on.
They had a concert there one night too.

Reception were always helpful and friendly and jolly and when walking around the hotel - we were always greeted with a smile and a hello.
The ladies who looked after our room - kept it spotless and were also always smiling and friendly.

The pool was a comfortable temperature and the surroundings tidy and clean. the deck chairs were plenty comfortable so we didn`t worry about the sun beds. I would think at particularly busy times it would be a good idea to reserve the sun beds the night before if you wanted one.
We walked into Sorrento many times - but it is a hot climb back up at this time of year. So we made use of the courtesy bus. And just to emphasise this point - because quite alot of people have complained about the times. This is a COURTESY bus and I, for one, was grateful to have the luxury of not having to go buying bus tickets or trudging back up hill. The bus was always on time and pretty regular. And once, just in our experience, the 12.30 bus was very full, I think because everyone wants to get back for lunch. (there is a gap here of two hours - because, of course, they have a siesta). Anyhow - there was no more room for those waiting on the pavement - so the driver went back to do a second run. I am sure he does that quite alot which I think is very good service.
the local bus also picks up and drops off very close to the hotel.
To top it all - what a fabulous view. We had a balcony on the roof near the bar - and the windows are double glazed so we could listen to the outside sounds if we wanted or close the door and wallow in silence and air conditioning!
I will admit - the road can be a little noisy. But fascinating in itself - one morning we listened to a lady practising her singing on her moped. We could hear her making her way up the hill - la la la ing - getting louder was she drew nearer!! You`ve got to watch some of the driving - scary.
Highly recommend the Amalfi drive - and Ravello. We also took a ferry out to Amalfi, 22 Euros return and made for a good day out. (plenty of choice of boats/ferries at the Marina. Herculaneum is very interesting, well preserved and offers shade for a summer tourist. It was very hot and I would like to come back when it`s a little cooler and spend a day at Pompei and enjoy some of the excellent walks around Sorrento and other nearby towns. Also visit Capri when it is a little less busy.
I do not recommend `Pompei by Night`.
We haven`t done a `package` holiday for quite a few years - having booked independently on the internet etc with long haul flights and hotels. But Thomsom seemed to offer to the best deal for our holiday this year so we went with them. We were not disappointed and Mandy, the Thomson holiday Supervisor who looks after the Aminta was lovely and helpful.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone and would love to go back one day. Every morning - I stepped out onto our balcony and looked around to take in the wonderful scenery - Vesuvius to my left and the bay of Sorrento displayed in front of me. Afternoons were often spent relaxing in the wicker chairs on the terrace, enjoying a cup of tea or a strawberry milk shake (recommend), reading and watching the activity down in the bay - or checking that Vesuvius wasn`t about to blow!!! Sun shining, service with a smile, feet up and relaxed. What more could you want.
Wonderful.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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manchester
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

We read some reviews before booking that said the food was poor. We were staying for B& B only but can confirm the breakfast was lovely. On occasions we ate lunch if we were by the pool and the food was ok, but then there are so many beautiful restaurants in Sorrento that we wanted to get out and explore. Would definitely recommend for the accommodation but we wouldn't return for on a full board basis as they are certainly nicer places to it in the town.

Oh and for a tip, don't pay over the odds for an organised trip to Pompei. The train from Sorrento is direct to Pompei every 30mins, takes 30mins and costs 3Euros each. It stops across the road from the entrance to Pompei. We went by train and saved ourselves 60Euros.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Aminta
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:
#12 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#18 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#21 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Aminta 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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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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