I chose this hotel based on reviews on trip advisor and I was so glad that I did. The hotel is typically Italian, certainly not a sterile 5 star establishment, it has all the charm of a family run hotel and the staff are excellent, so very friendly and helpful at any time of the day or night.
On arrival at the hotel after a very early start, I was slightly concerned with the hotel location as it seemed so far away from the centre of Sorrento and I was worried that we would have to spend a fortune on cabs into town every day, but I was soon proven wrong as the area of Marina Grande has excellent transport links as well as a well trodden path (if rather hard going on a bad day) into town. The local buses that run from Marina Grande are always on time and it is a short hop into the Piazza Sorrento. Me and my husband soon got into our stride of catching the bus into town and then walking back down at the end of the day or evening. The buses also take you directly to the station where you can catch the buses or trains to Amalfi, Positano, Naples and Pompei.
Marina Grande itself is full of charm and has a number of excellent bars and restaurants, take particular note of the Azurro restaurant where the mussels are to die for and the small fisherman owned restaurant where the sardines cannot be beaten. The friendliness of the local people is awe inspiring and within a day me and my husband where treated as regulars, to the extent that on the day we got soaked in a thunderstorm, we were ushered into the fisherman's restaurant and provided with coffee and towels in order to dry off and warm up. They even offered to drive us to our hotel - how amazing is that.
We absolutely loved our stay in Sorrento and we are already talking about a return visit next year - and we will most definately be staying at the Hotel Del Mare.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the old sea hamlet of Marina Grande of Sorrento, the Hotel del Mare is a cosy 3-star hotel which offers its hospitality to all those who wish to get involved in the magical atmosphere of a unique hidden jewel, situated in one of the most enchanting towns in the Gulf of Naples. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Del Mare Hotel
- Del Mare Sorrento