If it is possible that a hotel can add to the absolute joy of a trip, the Hotel Gardenia did just that. It is owned and operated by the entire Mauro family. Gaetano and his wife, Marie Helena , along with their beautiful daughters and nephew run the business and are available 24 hours each day. They are always so positive, greet you all day long with a warm and positive welcome, and will assist you with whatever you need to enjoy the area - whether it is looking up driving directions, suggesting some things that you might enjoy, offering you a cup of cappuccino at 11pm, interpreting and translating (in one of many languages), or anything else that might make your trip perfect! I was completely impressed with their exuberant nature - always so very happy to see you in a most positive and genuine nature. The hotel itself was centrally located on the main street in Sorrento, and was impeccably clean, beautifully maintained (beautiful marble floors, counters, etc) with every possible amenity. The rooms were perfect with beautiful balconies and modern bathrooms - all extremely clean. The hotel was in a central location, so it was possible to walk to many of the areas of interest (the historical center of Sorrento, many restaurants, the ferry to take to Capri or other islands) - if you have a car, the hotel offers parking - otherwise, the Mauro family can arrange for you to be picked up at the hotel for scenic tours of the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, etc.
Honestly, there was no end to how the Mauro family would assist in your enjoyment of your stay. I had gone to this area to acquire some long awaited official documents of my immigrant grandparents from the late 1800's (outside of Caserta - a more than 2 hour drive through the very large cities of Naples and Caserta). I was not sure of the actual location of the office of vital records, but was determined to get them on this trip as I had been in search of them for many years. Gaetano made phone calls for me trying to pinpoint where these documents were housed. He eventually found the place, went to the internet, printed out directions, and spoke with me about how to successfully make the trip and gather the documents. When he pinpointed the corrected place over the telephone (a lifelong dream of mine), I burst into tears of joy after finally getting the "right place". I have attached a picture of Gaetano crying right along with me as he was still talking on the phone trying to get me the right addresses, etc! He was so happy to be helping me with something that was obviously so important to me - that HE burst into tears! How many hotel owners do you know that would go to that extent to assist you?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Comfort Hotel Gardenia Sorrento Coast is a smart 3-star hotel located in the heart of the beautiful town of Sorrento. The hotel is situated in Corso Italia, Sorrento's main street, only 500 metres from the old town. Our hotel has 22 rooms and was completely renovated* in 2007 using soundproofing and eco-friendly materials in line with our commitment to safeguarding the local landscape and environment. With its new functional layout, elegant interior and exterior finishes, the hotel in Sorrento is a typical example of modern Mediterranean architecture. Our wonderful panoramic terrace complete with deckchairs and pergola is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Bay of Naples. The hotel has also been awarded the EcoWorldHotel quality trademark and is ISO 14001 certified. Guests can rest assured that they are staying in a hotel with a reduced environmental impact. We offer our guests a friendly yet refined atmosphere with a tastefully furnished interior and decorated in soft colour schemes. The hotel has a swimming pool, private car park (on charge), fitness center, garden with piano bar during the summer season, indoor bar, and TV lounge, nearby tennis court, free internt wi-fi. ... more less
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