Just returned from this first class hotel with the best views in the world. We had a wonderful time and can not understand some of the petty gripes some of the visitors seem to have.
1) The Restaurant: Guiseppe, Pedro and Luigi run a tight ship and couldnt do more for the guests. Not everything is on view but ask and thou shalt receive. A wonderful continental breakfast in the morning including hams, cheeses, jams etc. The best freshest rolls, some with sesame seeds which have to be tasted to be believed. There is scrambled eggs laid out but you can order on demand eggs as required on toast eg "Poached , fried or boiled".
Lunch is a buffet and then a 3 course a la carte dinner. There is normally 4 choices of starter or main course but once again if there is nothing to your taste, ask and the next night Guiseppe will arrange something to tickle your taste buds. The pastry chef at Vesuvio is of the highest standard and produces 5 star food and some. ALL the food here is of a very high standard. Twice a week there is a buffet one of which is also a barbecue including whole salmon, sides of beef, turkey, veal. If on all inclusive ask for wine and a bottle of good house wine will appear.
The waiting staff are very friendly and very good at their job.
The Bar: Beautiful view across the bay of naples and drinks brought to your table. Micelle and his staff work very hard. The drinks are often premium spirits depending on what you are ordering and the measures generous. Entertainment is minimal and perhaps leaves a little to be desired. Not to our taste. There is also a pool bar during the day with free home made ice cream and drinks. If on all inclusive alcohol only avail from 1300 till 2300 but you can pay outside these times.
The Room: PAY FOR A SEA VIEW. Its worth its weight in gold. What a beautiful view of Vesuvious and the Bay of Naples. We had room 354 which is one of the best looking out over the pool and then the bay beyond. Some of the others could be noisier in the evening as overlook the road and bar but do have a sea view. The room was very comfortable, huge bed, and a mini bar stocked with soft drinks every day. Kept spotless by our maid who was always very friendly. This is definitely a 4 star hotel despite some reviews. UK hotels could learn a lot from the Vesuvio.
Reception staff are very helpful and go the extra mile.
Top Tips: When using the sky tv, select INFO on the channel you are watching and usually will give you the option to revert to english from the dubbed italian.
Best coffee bar in town is by the railway station. All the locals use it and very good coffee.
Best view and bar is "Foreigners" in Sorrento on road to the port. Has to be seen to be believed.
Top Excursion is the 4 x 4 up Vesuvious with views across the crater and then lunch at a local vineyard after. Excellent!!
Overall very impressive and a shame that First Choice dont appear to have in their brochure next year. Their loss i think.
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