I last travelled to Sorrento area 25 years ago, so it was nice to go back with the family.
We booked the Hotel Miramare via Venere.com.
Rather crazily we walked with our luggage from the railway station in the afternoon heat!
It's an interesting hotel with lots of staircases and levels, we were in room 101 just off reception.
The welcome was efficient and friendly, Gabriella offered us a room on a higher floor which I'd requested by email and had turned down at the time. However we stuck with our original 2 room apartment because our son's friend was with us, and we wanted some privacy!
Staff were always helpful. We requested extra pillows, and although they weren't sure if they had spare they brought them to the door later (in fact twice, by mistake). English was good, and if you tried strangled italian, they just talk back to you in English!
Breakfast was typical continental, but plenty of stuff, replenished often. The coffee in an urn was rather weak, but they would sell you proper coffee from the bar, which is in the breakfast room.
We cheekily made up cheese and ham rolls every day from the breakfast to reduce lunch costs, but figured we'd paid for it! You can eat inside or on the terrace, and some people took it back to their room (unless they were doing the lunch thing!)
The pool was good, and yes its not massive but there are only 24 rooms in the hotel, and people are often out and about. Lots of interesting outside spaces including loungers up on the roof, as well as the solarium (sun terrace). Wasn't a problem to me that they were reclining chairs by the pool rather than loungers.
As you'll be bored of hearing, yes the hotel's on the corner of a busy road, but this is only a deal breaker if you're infirm or perhaps deaf. You do need your wits about you..quite a sport!
The only time I felt unsafe was the blind corners walking uphill to the local restaurant.
Room 101 was not quite on the first floor, but shared a landing with another room. Two good rooms. Decor was not our taste, but typical Italian/French non-chain hotel. Bedroom was 2 singles made into a large, very firm double. We didn't have a balcony but did have a sea view from both rooms which we weren't expecting on the first floor (2nd floor in U.S!)
The main room had two single (fold out) beds. Just about OK for 2 18 year old "boys"!) Both rooms have big sliding door wardrobes, the main room (like every room apparently) has a more than adequate kitchenette, with hob, fridge sink and microwave. We cooked pasta etc every other night here for four. Tiny but sufficient. Fridge was a bit small when full of beer and wine which is probably its main use! There's a dining table as well in the main room. Both rooms had air-conditioning which was very efficient.
Our room was just above the road but we made a positive out of this by watching the hundreds of Vespas and Fiat 500s whizzing past as the sun set!
If I remember I'll post pictures of the floor plans which were in the corridors. There are some rooms which appear to look out on a wall, and there are different sizes and directions of balcony.
Two disappointing aspects..poor wifi, and not in just our room, and useless TV with no reception. You don't go on holiday to watch TV though! The wifi was surprising since there was a router outside the bedroom! Reception was fine in reception and by the pool so we didn't complain.
We ate out near the hotel a number of times. We enjoyed the restaurant Verdamare just 5 minutes up the hill where we often sat by the open "windows" watching the craziest junction you've ever seen! We also ate in town a couple of times. Plenty of places are just 4-8 euros for a pizza. We also ate directly opposite the Hotel at the Hotel Tonarralla which was rather more expensive.
SORRENTO & AREA:
We travelled from Naples airport by Curreri bus (€10pp) and back by train to Naples and Alibus (€7.50pp). We did get a taxi down to the station which was a ridiculous €24. we were advised with 4 suitcases and backpacks we would need the minibus, rather than the €12 car. I'm not so sure.
We had a great time exploring Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Vesuvius, and Herculaneum. Bear in mind Italy is rather behind the times, and you will need cash not card, in lots of places!! We used our own water bottles and filled up from the hotel or taps when out and about generally.(saving money again). Conad supermarket is 10 minutes down the hill.
Beaches are nearly all pay beaches in Sorrento. We went (just once) down the lift across the road at the Hotel Tonarella. €55 euro is rather a lot for a day on the beach. (Cost for 4 adults, 4 loungers and 2 brollies). There's a rocky (free) area about 20 minutes walk towards the Cap.
Overall we loved the hotel and the area!
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Miramare Hotel
- Residence Miramare Sorrento