We booked our holiday on the last minute and took the only room left. Although we could see from pics posted on here that the hotel had lots of character and traditional features, which we prefer, we anticipated getting the room that no one wanted, without a sea view, so it exceeded our expectations. It would have been nice to have a balcony but we loved our little corner room in the loft with its small shuttered windows on two sides, traditional tiled floor and matching inlaid wooden panels on the headboard, spotless white walls and tasteful prints in good quality frames. The public areas of the hotel have the wow factor and attention to detail - good quality traditional furniture, fabulous colours, interesting ornaments, paintings and prints at every turn, red geraniums in terracotta pots on every windowsill, and amazing views. Every day you notice something else because there's so much to see. The thing that really sets the Minerva apart is the magnificent terrace, with its red and buff terracotta tiles and red inlaid walls, which runs the full length and has spectacular views of the bay and Vesuvius. There's a sunbathing terrace and immaculate jacuzzi at one end and a semi-circular spacious dining terrace at the other, with beautiful furniture throughout and pristine table cloths on the tables. An adequate breakfast is available self service and a choice of evening meals, with something to suit everyone, waiter service. The soups are wonderful and the main meals exceptional, but the sweets let it down as they are repetitive and unimaginative, but good nevertheless. It's a place where you can dress for dinner if you want to and every evening feels special. We didn't venture into Sorrento unless it was necessary, day or night, because it was too busy and too hot for us, plus it would be a pity to miss the sunsets and views from the terrace and the entertainment most evenings was preferable to that available in town, which was virtually non existant. The small pool and cafe is on the roof with good quality sun loungers and parasols. Again it is appointed beautifully in different shades of blue and is kept spotlessely clean by Franco, who insists on guests showering before entering his pool :-) Towels are provided free at the beginning of your stay and you hand them back at the end. The room safe is also free. The price of the lunchtime snacks are comparible with cafes elsewhere as are the drinks. Despite being on a busy road the rooms are so high up the rocks that it is surprisingly quiet, apart from the ocassional screech of a scooter and the shutters keep out the noise at night. The beds are firm as are the pillows which I struggled with a little and the air conditioning is adequate and not as noisy as we have experienced in the past. We can't praise this hotel or it's staff highly enough and may even make an exception and go back one day, if we fancy a relaxing holiday instead of our usual walk in the mountains. Other people have complained about the 15 minute walk into town along the crazy busy road and it being up hill, but there is an adequate footpath wide enough for two to walk side-by-side most of the way - you just have to walk single file when passing other people. It could be difficult with children but there were very few children in the Minerva and most of the guests were over 30. It is uphill on the way back from town but is not strenuous for those of average fitness, even in the heat of the day. If I was being picky I would paint the shutters in our little room and bathroom blue to enhance the other colours and I would put some new backrest cushions on the whicker terrace furniture in shades of red ... and then it would be perfect in every way.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Minerva Sorrento
- Minerva Hotel Sorrento