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Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Ranked #46 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Reviewed 30 August 2012

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.

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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We had some reservations having read some of the recent reviews, but in the main, these proved to be unfounded.
The hotel is situated about 2km from sorrento centre, and set well above the town. We don't normally pay extra for a view but in this case, I am glad we did as the view was stunning over the bay of Naples.
Whilst the hotel is decorated in a slightly "old fashioned" style, it is in good order and has that classic Italian feel.
The pool and it's surrounding area is superb, and was never over busy.
We stayed b&b, but we're with family who were on all inclusive. The food was very good, but for us, there were lots of restaurants in sorrento, and we preferred to eat out. The town comes alive late at night and is family friendly.
The only down sides to the hotel is the lack of entertainment and the need to use the courtesy bus to get into sorrento, as this gets quite busy.
Not many facilities or entertainment for children, other than the pool.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, pay for a view. Our b&b rooms were better than the all inclusive rooms ou...
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

We visited this hotel last week. Provided everything we needed. Food was fresh and good quality, with a nice bottle of wine to top it off. Room was spacious and had a mini bar with soft drinks stocked daily. Pool was clean with good number of sunbeds. Pool bar was good and staff friendly. Regular coach into Sorrento centre was excellent if not slightly oversubscribed in evening - 11.15 was last one back which was a little early. Would recommend this hotel.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

We started staying at the Vesuvio in 1998 and have been back most years since. The staff, the food, the cleanliness, location and views are all second to none. We always travel in a family group of at least 6 including grandparents , parents and grandchildren, and although Sorrento itself doesn't offer much on paper for young kids, our kids are happy to play in and around the beautiful hotel pool all day at the Vesuvio and love mealtimes. The food suits us all - we are all really fussy eaters! - and we always receive impeccable service and an incredibly warm welcome. I can not fault this hotel.. it is perfect for us as we prefer to stay slightly out of town, though not too far for the odd shopping trip. Best of all worlds. Thank you to everyone who looked after us so well again this year. All the staff were as helpful and professional as ever.

Just for the record, we did miss Nino!

Room Tip: pay extra for a sea view
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

I would not recommend for couples or a quiet holiday, screaming babies everywhere! this would have been a five star but the decor is very outdated, looks like it was last decorated in the 1950's, these 2 things are such a shame as this is the only thing that let the hotel down.

Great points; Amazing fresh handmade food, so much choice, best ai experience. Staff couldn't do enough for you, so helpful, friendly and lovely. Great pool, national drinks, very expensive have to pay for alcoholic drinks after 11pm so make the most of everything!

The views are to die for, stunning!!!! Would go again for the views and service, but would go out of season to try get a more peaceful holiday as I went with my boyfriend and crying babies every 5 minutes is not our idea of relaxation or romance! There is no entertainment either which is fine for couples so was surprised there were so many families with such young children as there isn't anything in the hotel for them to do!

Room Tip: Always go for sea view, will not be disappointed
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2  Thank Kimberley B
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Superb hotel, stunning views, food, wine and service. Rooms clean and spacious, pool large with plenty of sunbeds. Pool bar area large and shaded, terrace bar absolutely stunning views across the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Not much in the way of evening entertainment, but a free bus service into town is very good as taxi's are quite expensive.
I would definitely return to this hotel, very good value for money on an all inclusive basis, food absolutely wonderful and staff very helpful and efficient.

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Reviewed 23 August 2012

This hotel was clean, elegant and had the best food ever. All the staff were kind and helpful and made different food for my fussy son. The view from our room was amazing, we could see over the bay and vesuvius itself. No evening stuff for kids under 12 to do but the bus done to town and the throbbing night life of Sorrento was great and free!

Room Tip: Ask for the seaview or you won't see the bay at night.
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2  Thank Susan F
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Vesuvio

Address: Via Nastro Verde 7, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#33 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
#47 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £120 - £224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Vesuvio 4*
Number of rooms: 250
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

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