We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Minerva Hotel.
After reading reviews on here, we were looking forward to the trip and we weren't disappointed. We had the quickest check-in ever and within a few minutes the porter had delivered our bags to the room.
We paid for a sea view with balcony and couldn't believe the balcony we were given (room 501). It was plenty large enough for the 2 sun beds, table and chairs and 'sofa' with fold down sun screen. We were directly over the reception/jacuzzi and although it meant some noise from the terrace etc..... it didn't detract from our enjoyment. It also meant that we could pick up the free wi-fi in our room which helped.
The room itself was small but well equiped. It was cleaned daily and the cleaning staff were very friendly. One downside was no tea/coffee facilities in the room. There is a free safe in room and you have a fridge (mini bar) too.
All the staff at the Minerva were very friendly and attentive. Antonio the bar man was brilliant, the waiting staff were first class, especially Nino (not 100% on spelling) who always remembered your room number and previous nights orders of drinks! The views from the terrace whilst eating is second to none in Sorrento.
We found the food to be excellent. Breakfast was the usual continental style with lots of choice.
We had read some bad reports about the evening meals but we found them to be excellent. The choice of 5 or 6 starters and the same in mains meant they catered for most tastes but be warned, the portion sizes are HUGE! The deserts are lovely, especially the tiramisu. We had the pleasure of the Grand Buffet (unsure if this is a weekly thing) but wow what a spread!
The pool area is great with even better views. The attendant (apologies but cannot remember his name) cannot do enough for you. The free towel hire is helpful too. Although the jaccuzi was freezing cold, and I echo another review on here that said it looks good but not that useful.
The location of this hotel means a 10 minute walk into the town and although this is along a narrow pavement on a busy road, we didn't find it too much trouble.
As a side note, visit the Kiosk bar in the first Piazzo after the hospital. Very friendly and will advise on anything to do with Sorrento.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Minerva Sorrento
- Minerva Hotel Sorrento