We stayed here for a week at the end of May and really couldn't fault this hotel. Our room looked out over the bay of Naples with a wonderful view of mount Vesuvius. Perfect! We took the all inclusive option and the choice and quality of food and drink were excellent. The only negative was that the all inclusive deal finished at eleven o clock rather than the usual midnight but as we were up and about quite early sightseeing this probably did us a favour! A few reviews have said that the hotel was too far out of town and you have to rely on the shuttle bus but we didn't find this at all. The first shuttle was at nine in the morning but as we were out earlier than this we walked into town every day. It took about twenty minutes to the edge of town and the same again to the train station. Coming back was no problem either. It is uphill of course but it isn't at all steep and if you are fairly fit it's no problem at all. There is a small section of road without a pavement,about 400 yards, but if you walk in single file and are vigilant it's not dangerous. Almost opposite the hotel there is a track which cuts off the first hair pin bend.
We went somewhere different every day, all under our own steam. It's so easy. We took a train to Pompeii and Herculaneum and would recommend both. The sites are near to the train station. At Pompeii turn left outside the train station and walk about 100 yards. The site is on your left. Don't be tempted to buy audio guides at the station. They are cheaper inside at 6 Euros for one and 10 Euros for two. They are informative and well worth the money if you are there for the day, which you will need to be if you want to see everything. You will need ID such as a passport if you want to hire these.
To get to Herculaneum get out at Herculaneum scavi and walk straight on down the hill for about 400 yards. Smaller than Pompeii but no less interesting for that. It costs 11 Euros to get into both but you can buy a combined ticket for 20 Euros which includes three other sites as well but you have to use it on three consecutive days.
We also walked up Vesuvius which wasn't as taxing as it sounds as you can get a tour bus almost all of the way up. Pick this up directly opposite Pompeii station. We did try to find a public bus that went up but didn't have any luck there. The tour bus was 22 Euros which included the entrance fee to the volcano.
The trip across to Capri was easily done. Pick up ferry at the port in Sorrento.we caught one at 9.30 and came back at 3.30 which was just about the right amount of time. We did a boat trip round the island which gives you some fabulous views of the cliffs and grottos.
If you want to go to Positano or Amalfi, jump on a bus opposite the station and buy a 24 hour ticket. Then you can jump on and off as you please.
If you are on all inclusive at the hotel then you can request a packed lunch in the restaurant the evening before and pick it up at breakfast. These are delicious. If you are staying by the pool during the day but don't fancy two three course meals a day then you can get a freshly made sandwich at the pool bar instead. two little things worth mentioning. I would take my own hairdryer next time. The one in the bathroom is not very effective. Also the hand towels are made of cotton rather than towelling and so not very absorbent. However, these are minor gripes. I would recommend a holiday here without hesitation. Go and enjoy!
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