This was our third visit to this hotel - although it had been some ten years since our last visit and previously we had visited with our teenage children
We had high expectations as we had returned twice within three years previously as the children loved the hotel and the area. However it was time for a more relaxed and leisurely paced holiday as a couple and we were not to be disappointed.
Whilst the hotel was basically the same the pool area had been revamped and together with the superb views this area remains the highlight of the hotel. It was also pleasing to recognise so many faces amongst the staff despite the ten year gap in visits - Guiseppe and his team continue to run a well organised restaurant and the food is enjoyable albeit nothing fancy. Breakfast was good with a wide variety on offer and it was a joy to sit outside on the patio area both at breakfast and for evening meals as the views are spectacular. The Gala Dinner is very enjoyable especially with a nice reasonably priced bottle of Orvietto.
On our earlier visits we had a large family room with sea view and we were expecting to be facing the cliff on this occasion as we had not booked a sea view - however we were very pleased with our room which had a side sea view.
Whilst we love Sorrento itself it can get very busy and we would not wish to stay in the busy hustle bustle of the town centre. The Gran Paradiso is located a short distance out of town at the top of a hill which gives you the sense of space, fresh air and fabulous views towards Capri, Ischia and Vesuvius whilst looking down on the terracotta roofed buildings/churches of Sorrento and St Agnello - stunning!
If there was a disappointment during this visit it was the weather which changed after a heat wave giving us quite a bit of rain, however we still enjoyed a very relaxing break and will certainly visit again - hopefully without the ten year gap!
We were a bit surprised to learn that the hotel is to become 'child free' from 2013 as the staff were great with the children present during our visit and also with our 11 and 13 year olds when we previously visited.
Overall good value for money - a great base to explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and definitely well worth a visit as the hotel gives you a very warm welcome and delivered everything we wanted from a holiday.
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