We have just returned from a week staying at the Rota Suites in Sorrento & have had a lovely holiday :-) We decided to book the Rota Suites as we wanted to have the choice of eating out in Sorrento rather than all inclusive or half board, we were also keen to have some self catering facilities to make breakfast / lunch / keep wine in the fridge! The Suites were ideal for our needs, really clean, modern and spacious, the air con (which saved our lives in the August heat!) and the free wifi were very much appreciated. The location was also good, just a 5 min walk into the heart of Sorrento, although we live in the city centre and are not bothered by noise, it was noticeable how quiet it was once we were back in our room on a night. The staff were also very friendly :)
I have noticed a few slightly negative reviews about the self catering facilities available at the Rota Suites. It is clear to see from the website that the facilities are a little limited, e.g. the kitchen is hidden behind large cupboard doors! But really it is all you need to make some sandwiches and snacks, we cooked one meal (pasta) there on an evening, and really we had everything we needed.
The access to the pool and beach at the Grand Hotel Riviera was great, lots of time spent sun bathing and swimming. The only thing that left us feeling a little disappointed was the communication of what we were entitled to with our free access. When we checked in we were given passes and told to take them with us whenever we went to the pool, so we did. It was not until the 4th day that we were approached by one of the life guards who asked us our room number. We showed him our passes and he explained that we were not allowed to use the sun beds, only the sun chairs unless we wanted to pay 6 euros. Although at this point he kindly brought us over some of the towels available for the hotel guests. He told us that we were supposed to show our passes every time we arrived at the beach or the pool, so from the on we did, and every time they brought over towels. We just felt that firstly, it would have been great if on check in, we had been told to show our passes and only been told that we were only entitled to a sun chair and that sun launders were 6 euros. Secondly, if towels are in on the deal, then why not tell guests about this at check in too as this was a nice bonus - might help soften the blow that sun loungers aren't included!
Overall, a lovely holiday and the Rota Suites made a great home for us for the week. I would recommend the suites assuming you have similar needs to us, and just don't expect all the bells and whistles of 5 star luxury.
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