The hotel itself is lovely, nice rooms, lovely pool and very clean. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis. The breakfast was typical continental style with scrambled egg thrown in as a hot option. I only found out 2 days before leaving that you could also order boiled egg and toast if you wanted. There were no tea, coffee making facilities in the room so if you wanted anything you had to go to the pool bar or opt for room service at an extra £3 per person. The tv in the room has only news channels in english unless you pay but i still could not find any.
There were no information leaflets to advise on places to go or see, although they do have some under the reception desk but you have to ask. The hotel is about a 25 min walk into Sorrento but it is down a very dangerous road with no pavement. The hotel runs a shuttle bus but it is a free for all to get on with people shoving and pushing whether you are there first or not.We missed the bus home a couple of nights because of this and was 15 euros for a taxi so be prepared to forget your manners and push in like everyone else.
We decided to take a mini cruise we saw advertised which looked wonderful. It was called Marina Club Blu mini cruise, dont do it. The boat is about half the size it looks in the advert and was very overloaded. We did not realise it was Italian holidays so everyone and there children were there. The adults reserved seats for the children with bags etc although they were never used which left many people standing. We were lucky if you could call it that to get 3 plastic chairs to sit on then were climbed over and jostled untill we and many others had enough and got off the boat at Positano and got the local bus back to Sorrento.
Despite all the bad bits we did enjoy the holiday . The restaurants in Sorrento are wonderful and the scenery gorgeous. I would advise anyone to find out about the local transport as it seems to be the best way to see the area and is very cheap and reliable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a charming position, overlooking the enchanting Bay of Naples and right opposite Vesuvius you will find The Grand Hotel Vesuvio, built and furnished in a modern style. we have: large swimming pools, gardens, extensive lemon and orange groves, wide lounges, conference rooms, garage, parking, solarium, free shuttle bus into town, restaurants, bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento