Our stay in Sorrento was one of the best holidays we have ever had. The town is just beautiful and the views from every room in the hotel were breath-taking. This is a small hotel, so you are treated as an individual not one of many. We had our meals on the balcony, there were always a choice of table at both breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was continental, rolls, cereals, fruit, cheese & ham etc, however the staff were more than happy to make an omlette if you wished.. Evening meals were a 3 course sit down affair, we really enjoyed the wonderful food, there was always at least 3 or 4 dishes to choose from. Unlike other reviews, we always got a sunbed by the pool, but be aware that after 3pm the sun goes off the hotel, but in next hotel up the hill, they have a lift that takes you down to a pebble beach which stays in the sun for a lot longer, its quite an experience using the lift, you have to unlock it and re-lock it after use.
The hotel was a short walk into Sorrento town, about 10 mins going in but about 20 coming back. The hill coming back up isn't steep its gradual but the heat can make it a bit of an effort, but a worthwhile one. We found lots of shops and restaurants in the area, as well as the port. You must try the ice-cream cafe on the left as you walk though the main street, yummy.
If you decide to taxi around, ask the hotel to book your taxi. We paid 20 euro's when we arranged it ourselves, but for the same journey the hotel can arrange it for 12 euros, this was to go from the main square in town back to the hotel.
We did some tours with Thomson's. Herclaneum was fab, I would advise only doing half day tours if its sight seeing on foot as its exhausting. We did a full day tour to the Amalfi Coast, we booked the 'Select' option which was about £90 each, the views were magnificent but the free lunch that was hyped up to us by the rep was dismal. It was in a mountainside restaurant ( up about 20 steps) and it was just pasta, the kind of Batchelors microwave in 2 minutes type, and then a bottle of the most watered down wine i have ever tasted, not plesant, it was a disappointing end to great day trip.
We traveled independantly to the isle of Capri, it was about 19 euros each return but some firms were charging up to £29 euros.
You will love Sorrento and the Belair hotel. My advice would be, first, please please pack a pair of trainers/sneakers. Walking around in flip flops or slip-on shoes on the cobbled roads and all the steps is hard work. Second, take a travel kettle for you room and also make good use of the fridge in your room to stock up on wine from the supermarket, very reasonably priced indeed.
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