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Hotel il Faro
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Reviewed 23 June 2008

Were just back from Italy having spent 2 weeks there. Traveled to Rome, Naples and Sorrento.
We ran out of Naples (that's another story) and headed one hour south on the train to Sorrento. We had no hotel booked and checked out a few hotels with availability. We finally settled on IL Faro Hotel, Marina Piccola, Sorrento.
When I say we, I mean myself, my wife and our 13 year old Daughter.
This hotel is AUTHENTICALLY Italian. Something hard to find in Italy! From the boss to the waiters, real personalities, real family. This is what really made our six days and nights in Sorrento, finally meeting real Italians who can cook a stone fired pizza and really good pasta dishes for a reasonable price (wine and seafood good but pricey). The service we received at breakfast was top class. Nothing was a bother PLUS full waiter service, no buffet here.

The hotel room (room 307) was a triple room and it's balcony had full views out onto Naples bay. The room itself was large, clean and cool (AC worked as required). The bathroom clean and everything working with large shower.

The only downside was internet access at €5 per hour

Breakfast was the best we had got in Italy. As for the negative reviews you may have read....mmm....maybe a night in Naples would have changed their perspective!!!

When you are there say hi to Mario and Nina at breakfast, I'm sure they will look after you well...

Great location for exploring and beach.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 June 2008

After spending a wonderful two weeks touring around italy i was waiting for the bubble to burst.

Hotel Il Faro certainly took care of that. Oh my god it was the worst hotel we stayed in for our entire holiday.

Firstly we were advised by our travel agent that we would have no parking costs. Wrong...$20 euro / night was the going rate. We were than advised by a very smug gentleman at reception that there is no free parking in Sorrento. Well i can tell you that set the tone for the rest of the stayl

We stayed on the 4th floor in a harbour view room, it was very noisey, however i was perpared for that. The bathroom. Well that's a whole other story. It was the worst i have ever seen, even for a hotel. The shower was barely big enough for one person. Revolting. The beds nearly folded in half when you laid on them. Sheets were filled with rips and holes. There was no bar fridge and the hotel does not even have an iron.

Breakfast, well that was an interesting experience. Don't expect it to get you through until lunch. Unless you are in a tour group it's an effort for them to serve you.

this hotel really put a downer on the remainder of the holiday. If we hadn't already paid for the stay i would of definately of moved on...do yourself a favour DON'T BOTHER !!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2008

Having spent two weeks touring Italy, staying in 5 different hotels this was quite the worst hotel I have ever come across anywhere, ever! Most Hotels have some redeeming feature, even when generally poor. The only redeeming feature of this hotel is that it is very convenient for the harbour.

The room was so small that I slept less than 6 feet from the WC. It was so noisy I only slept between Midnight and 5.30 am when the traffic was not rattling passed on the cobble stones outside.

Despite being virtually on the seafront the restaurant was fully enclosed and had no windows. Breakfast was what you were given, no choice and dinner was little better with a small choice but cold when the food arrived which usually involved a long wait!

Although a hotel, the bar was not open for drinks on a Monday evening and I was advised by reception to go to one of the bars elsewhere in the harbour area. Even had the bar been open it is in a tiny, enclosed and somewhat smelly courtyard.

My advice, stay elsewhere!

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed 31 May 2008

My wife and I booked through a travel agent Hotel Il Faro,.
When we arrived they did not have our booking even though we had confirmation.
They gave us a room for 160euros p/n which was dark and dingy, had a small bathroom that was not very clean.
The room had a loft and was described as a triple. we were being charged for a double. We asked for another room which they gave us on the 4 floor the only thing good about this room was the view of the habour; and thats all.
They charged us 150euros for this room. When we checked the room rate on the back of the room door it was posted as 130euros, on the internet we were quoted 115euros for a double room.
They made their money from us but as we were ment to be there 2 nights we found another hotel in Sorronto for half the price and in the city centre.
The hotel is located 50 or so metres from the habour which is very noisy during the day.
The hotel also has its own resturant at the hotel entrance, so if you want to go out you have to pass the front door of the resturant where the manager or wait staff insist you eat there.
You cant gain access to the hotel any other way.
At night the resturant is also very noisy so if you want some sleep wait until after midnight, then the harbour stars at 5.30am.
The acces to the main city centre is by bus or by walking up stairs 152 to be precise, thats after a 5 minute uphill walk to the stairs, not for the faint hearted.
The breakfast was served up to you not buffet as in most hotels and the food didnt look fresh.
I like to see and choose what I eat and so we left had berakfast at our second choice hotel
I am not being fussy but they seem to advertise as a 3 star hotel.
We have stayed in many 3 star hotels in Italy through May 08 and Il Faro is at best 11/2 stars, it does not meet the 2 star standard that is availabe in other hotels.
If you like a noisey unclean hotel that you need to have walking and climbing boots for, then this is for you.Remember 152 steps.
If you want honest and courtious service there is plenty hotels more convienently located in Sorrento

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2008

This hotel was the highlight of my trip to Italy. It's located right on Marina Piccolo, which is very convenient to catch the ferry to Capri. I was there in the off season and I was upgraded to a room with a beautiful view of the water for no extra charge. Opening the shutters and experiencing a view of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius was spectacular. The service was always gracious. The room was a nice size and the breakfast area was nice as well. There are frequent buses which run from Marina Piccolo to the main drag of Sorrento. Or, if you're like me and you prefer to walk, you can climb up the (extremely) steep steps to town, which is unique experience all its own. All in all, a fantastic experience at the Hotel Il Faro!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled solo
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