We have just returned from 2 weeks Half Board at the Grand Hotel De La Ville in Sorrento, staying between 22/07/11 & 05/08/11. A family of four with 2 children aged 14 & 12 in a twin room on the first floor.
On the first night we arrived late at approx 2130 hours but the Hotel had kept the Restaurant open for ourselves and another family to enjoy our evening meal. The bags were taken upstairs to our room for us.
First impressions of the hotel room were good, if a little cramped with a king size bed and two single beds pushed along one side of the room but there was enough wardrobe space. We were lucky enough to have a sea view but it could be a little noisy with the comings and goings through the main entrance of the hotel and traffic noise.
The air conditioning is excellent with no extra charge. The room safe was 3 euros a day. The internet was 4 euros for 30 mins. The television in the room had some English channels and sky movies which our children enjoyed.
I cannot praise Enzo, the hotel waiters and chambermaids highly enough. The waiters were great with the children and they both thoroughly enjoyed their evening meals. Over the 14 nights the menu was varied and never repeated. The Maitre 'D would recommend dishes if we were having difficulty choosing. Even my daughter found something she enjoyed and she is quite a fussy eater.
The breakfast buffet has lots of choice which I will not list as this can be seen from other reviews. All 4 of us looked forward to breakfast. We were able to choose whether we sat inside or outside each morning
The hotel provides towels for both pools at no charge, so we did not need the beach towels that we took with us. You can also use the bathing platform area of the nearby Royal Hotel where you can swim in the sea - they also provide towels at no charge.
We did have to buy a travel kettle on the 3rd day as there are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms and found it expensive to keep buying coffees at the bar. We found it much cheaper to buy items in a nearby Supermarket.
Both pools were well maintained and we had no problems getting loungers.
Beware of the room bill, you do get in the habit of charging evening drinks to your room and it comes as quite a shock at the end of the holiday when the bill is waiting for you (the staff at reception will give you a printout, when asked, which will allow you to keep an eye on your current total).
The Entertainment was the same each week and we did feel a little pressured to buy drinks whilst watching the acts. We watched them the first week but did not bother on the second week.
Overall, a very enjoyable holiday with lots to see.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm and welcoming atmosphere, a relaxed ambience with every type of comfort and the spectacular setting of the Gulf of Naples, combined with the cordiality and professionalism of the staff, are among the main features that make a stay at the Grand Hotel De La Ville unique. ... more less
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