Returned from a week's stay through Thomson and this is the hotel to go to if you do not want to be anonymous in a many-roomed hotel. The accommodation is excellent, the staff bellisimo and the swimming pool absolutely lovely as it is heated. There are loungers near the pool and you are not harrassed by staff to order coffee, beer, cocktails etc. as in some other hotels. The staff are very helpful and friendly but not overbearing. The chefs work hard to present a varied, excellent Italian menu. There are 4 courses to the evening meal which is exquisitely waiter served by Marcello and his experienced team.. The breakfast is buffet style with plenty of cereals, fresh fruit, scrambled & boiled eggs, a hot plate that might be sausages or bacon, plenty of butter and rolls. I did not see any soya milk, but I would think if you requested it, you would get it.
I have seen reviews where some people are not happy with the location of their rooms. If you book through Thomson, when the "seaview" rooms with balcony are sold out then the allocation is to rooms on the side. The hotel faces west which is seaview, so after that pick the south facing side and the 3rd floor or above if you want a view. I imagine if you booked the north side or the east facing rear, you would not get a view at all. It is difficult as your contract is with Thomson and contractually if you have a double room with balcony that does not guarantee a view. If you are booking direct, I expect you can specify.
I do not know why Thomson describe this as "off the beaten track" when they do not describe the Azzua Nastro which is bigger and definitely "off the beaten track" being way out of Sorrento. Although you cannot walk into Sorrento, there is a clean, efficient small hotel bus that leaves on the dot every hour for the centre of Sorrento 10 minutes away, and returns at 15 mins past the hour, every hour until 11.15pm. If you need to go for a walk after dinner and find the local windy, narrow road too dangerous, catch the Hotel Bus into town and have a walk around there. There is a volcanic "beach" more of an inlet with some tavernas and small fishing boats in the high season. It is a long walk down, and an even more strenuous and longer walk up. But it is possible. Better the lovely heated enormous pool.
The hotel bus makes it possible to to go to the Marina and catch the ferries for Capri and Ischcia and also to the Sorrento Railway Station and catch a train to many stations all the way north to Naples and beyond. Using this you can visit Pompeii and Herculeum (Ercolini). What is more difficult is going around the Amalfi coast south-east to Positano, Ravello, Minori, Maori, Salerno, Pastum, etc. as it is very narrow, long and winding but the local buses do follow the route but you would have to allow plenty of time.
This hotel is a lovely find and we noted there were many more mature couples who returned year after year - just for the food. We would definitely visit again. Thank you Ugo and All Your Excellent Team
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best Western Hotel La Solara is surrounded by lemon and olive groves, half a kilometer from Sorrento's picturesque Puolo Beach. It overlooks the beautiful Bay of Sorrento, with views of Capri Island and Mount Vesuvius. Parking is free. The Olympic-size swimming pool and the children's wading pool are both heated in the low season. At sunset, the friendly staff serves drinks by the pool. The rooms come with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms feature a private balcony or patio, with views of the grounds, of the pool, or of the sea. Hotel La Solara is 3.2 km from the center of town, and conveniently connected by a courtesy shuttle bus leaving the premises at 8:15 am and then every hour on the hour from 9 am to 11 pm. Delight in typical regional foods in a large dining room offering splendid views of the sea. A varied continental breakfast is served buffet-style every morning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western La Solara
- Best Western Sorrento
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