The Hotel Minerva is a perfect example of how 2 people can see different things when looking at the same object. When I stay at a hotel, it has to be comfortable, clean and quiet enough to sleep before I can rate it acceptable. The Minerva fails miserably. First of all, unlike the vast majority of Italian hotels (which are constructed solidly enough to provide good sound insulation), the Minerva is noisy enough to be like sleeping in a train station. Whenever anybody in a nearby room flushes the toilet, or, God forbid, takes a shower, all hell breaks loose. Second, the Minerva plays a particularly nasty version of the Italian hotel air conditioner game. That’s the game where they advertise that they have a/c, but then refuse to turn it on! The Minerva’s version of the game is nastier than most, because they lie through their teeth and tell you the a/c is on. Then they play a stalling game about the a/c being broken, and calling someone to “fix” it. In my case, I finally got the a/c turned on in my room after I made it clear to the desk clerk that my sole mission in life was to make his life miserable until the a/c was turned on. After hounding him continuously for 2 hours, he finally relented and flipped the switch. Thanks. Food at the restaurant is edible but not much more. In most hotels, this is not a big issue, because you are a walk away from a large selection of restaurants. In Sorrento/Capo, you are a 15 minute walk from downtown, so this is more of a problem.
As I read the other reviews, I think many people are confusing the *view* (which is spectacular) with the *hotel* itself (which, IMO, is terrible). There are at least a half-dozen hotels on Via Capo in Sorrento with the identical view. I hope that not all these hotels are as bad as the Minerva.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Minerva Sorrento
- Minerva Hotel Sorrento