I stayed at Villa Oriana in March, and had a lovely time.
Sorrento itself is easily accessible from Naples airport, the bus costs just E10 and the coastal view en-route is just incredible. The hotel is actually nearer St Agnello station, which is where I got down, and took a cab to Villa for another E10 - which was a total rip-off given that it is just an 8 minute walk to the Villa. However, the side strreet leading to the villa can be easiy missed if you don't know what you're looking for - it is apparently marked out by a large tree, but as you can imagine, there are plenty of tall trees in Sorrento! The route to the villa is also very steep indeed so you would not want to climb up this with luggage.
Once you enter the grounds, it feels like you are in a different world, one where orange and lemon groves line your pathway! The villa itself is lovely, Elio and Maria are very welcoming indeed and settled me down with lemonade and chocolate cake before humouring my poor attempts at Italiano. My room was on the lowest floor, was simply but smatrly furnished, and had a lovely terrace area, which again was surrounded by orange trees...I enjoyed the splendid isolation! As well as the room and safe keys, you are provided with a key to the grounds and villa main door so you can come and go as you please, which was perfect for me.The room itself had a comapct bathroom with a hairdryer, and there was an empty fridge in the room.
I was limited in what I ciould have for breakfast, but Maria accomodated my needs on more than one occasion with her delicious home-made foccacia, there was also a wide range of cakes and quihes available very morning, along with freshly squeezed orange juice. It's not what you would usually have for breakfast, but the fruitbowl was overflowing with incredible local produce - including giant kiwis - and I was happy with this meal. Mreaia and Elio were very helpful indeed, there was a computer available for internet access, and nothing was too much trouble. I was ready to walk to the station on the way back, but Maria and Elio gently but firmly insisted they take me by car, which was a very kind gesture. Frpom what I could see, they often gave guests lifts into Sorrento (a 20-min walk away), and free trensport to and from the hotel had been pre-agreed with a list of recommended restaurants.
The only negatives about this place is the combination if not serving evening meals, along with the steep hill back to the villa. A steep climb is not what you want after a busy day of sightseeing, and it meant that I had to plan my day to have an early dinner before coming back to he villa, as I didn't want to walk back tioo late (the last 75m stretch of the hill is unlit and hence picth dark post-sunset, although very safe when compared with London!).I couldn't recommend this place to elderly or diabled travellers, unless they have a car (parking is free on site, unlike the rest of Sorrento!) in which case it is easy to access.
All in all I had a wonderful stay in Sorrento, and can see exactly why people are raving about this place, the combination of location, accomodation and hospitality is well worth experiencing. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again, particularly if I were driving in Italy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant and essential accommodation, refined and with all the comfort and welcoming of an exclusive retreat. Villa Oriana Relais is located in Sorrento, only 5 minutes by car from Tasso Square, the main square of the town and has a breathtaking view of the bay of Naples.The d'Esposito family, has managed this wonderful Relais with passion for years, welcomes the guests like friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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