We have just returned from our holiday in Sorrento where we stayed at Hotel Belair for 8 nights. This hotel met or exceeded our expectations from the start. The price, the service, the location and the intangibles combined to make our long overdue vacation exceptional.
The view is indeed amazing. The countless photos here simply will never convey reality. I believe that every room has just about the same panorama of Sorrento and Marina Grande with Vesuvio presiding, as alway, over it all. We stayed in room 307 which was a fine Junior Suite. Our traveling companions were in 301 which, while a larger suite by a small margin, did have a primary view of the hotel pool. I believe that just about any room or suite at Belair will meet your expectations. Spotlessly clean, well stocked and above all comfortable!
We only dined at the hotel restaurant once and, while a bit formal with presentation for our tastes, the meal was good and the service very attentive by Euopean standards. Try the risotto and the ravioli, you won't go wrong. We booked Bed & Breakfast and the morning "spread" was adequate if repetitive. My wife and I did appreciate the Mimosa bar that was made available each morning and the various breads, fresh fruits, meats and cheeses along with cooked to order eggs never left us hungry as we started our day's adventures.
While Belair is located some distance from the main square (Piazza Tasso), the walk was never unbearable and we could be in Tasso in 10 to 15 minutes at the most. Sorrento is a very walkable city and we never missed having our own car during our stay. Should you choose (as we did several evenings) to walk all the way down to Marina Grande for an evening meal by the water, you may decide hiring a cab to bring you back up to Belair is worth the 20 euro we paid twice. Maybe it was the wine, maybe it was the delicious meals we enjoyed or maybe it was just that we were on vacation afterall but that seemed a small price to pay!
The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, despite my very weak attempts at Italian. Mario, Monica, Francesco: Grazie mille! Your advice never steered us wrong.
Some minor issues that perhaps prevent me from a "five circle" rating start with an overall "loud" hotel. Everything is tile and stone and marble so when housekeeping starts at 8:00 each day there is really no way for even a heavy sleeper to, well, sleep. The necessary work of the housekeepers really echos throughout the hallways and rooms so if you wanted to sleep in it would be difficult.
The rooms, while kept spotlessly clean throughout our stay, were a bit tired and some of the furniture was a bit worn out. Also, if you are expecting a true "king" bed you will probably be a bit disappointed that it is two twins pushed together. I found myself sleeping "in the crack" quite often. Not a huge deal but still...
All in all we were very pleased with our choice of Hotel Belair and would not hesitate to recommend it to just about anyone. I am sure one could spend quite a bit more and probably get closer to city center and/or the sea but I seriously doubt Hotel Belair would disappoint most any traveler.
Safe travels and PEACE
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- Also Known As:
- Belair Hotel Sorrento
- Hotel Belair Sorrento
- Belair Sorrento