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“Room 101!”
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Hotel Miramare
Ranked #66 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 August 2013

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.

HOTEL:
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:
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!

Room Tip: Get a high room with a balcony if you can. Don't bring a car if you are doing the usual sights...
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We'd been to Sorrento before, but not to this hotel. It was ideal for us (family of 6), with comfortable rooms, beautiful views and a swimming pool. Lots of terrace areas for sunbathing. There's no restaurant for evening meals, but breakfast is fine and there's a basic range of tasty sandwiches if you want to have lunch. Pleasant walk down to the town, especially in the evening - although watch the traffic as you come out the front door. There's a private beach right opposite, and access to the coast a short walk away. The staff were friendly and helpful. It's not 5 star luxury but you don't pay for that either. I would come back again.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view if you can.
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Hotel:
Hotel is a 15 min walk into town on a gentle slope (down there, up back). State buses available, totally unreliable although cheap (E1.30 per adult per way. Need to buy tickets in advance from local shops) . We’re average fit (52 year old couple) but found it a nice exercise regime. Hotels further up the road start to offer shuttle services as getting too far to walk.

Room (104) we stayed in at Miramare was BIG, terrace was lovely – definitely book a sea view room as it’s stunning looking over Naples Bay and Vesuvius. A/C very effective, individually controlled. Very clean. Maid service to make beds, change towels etc every day.

Breakfast was bit dull (only ever saw croissant, yoghurt, toast, cheese, ham, tea & coffee) but suspect that’s same everywhere. No on-site restaurant and the bar (pool-side job) closes mid-afternoon. So you have to go out for lunch + dinner; either to pizza place 100 yards up road or that 15 min walk into town (where loads of choice).

A bit tired (mould in bathroom, shower dodgy, TV only 1 English channel (CNN) which kept losing signal) and pool is v small. Not far off standing room only when busy. Lots of families. Wi-Fi Internet totally rubbish.


Location:
Sorrento is lovely. Miramare is at the “Old Town” end which is slightly cheaper than the other more commercial end (Hilton etc), so pays your money makes your choice… Loads of alleyways with more restaurants than you’ll ever get through in a fortnight. They can be a bit hawkish (try to drag you in off the street as you pass).
Their driving is totally insane. Do not take a car. Sitting in road-side tavernas, I can say with absolute honesty there wasn’t a day where we didn’t witness a small accident (clipping of bumpers etc including 2 mopeds head-on).
Both Vesuvius + Herculaneum total must - you will remember these forever.

Tips:
For reasons I cannot now explain, decided to get ferry from Naples to Sorrento. Just don’t do it. Taxi from airport to ferry is Euro20 + E12 each (plus remember to buy tickets for luggage) + taxi from Sorrento port to hotel is E15. Whole transfer = 3 hours + E51. Hot & sweaty. Instead the hotel offer a meet & great by private taxi straight to hotel for E80 (we discovered afterwards….). Take it. Only 1 hour transfer.

Room Tip: Worth pushing for room with sea view. Room 104 has large balcony
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1  Thank Phillipm123
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

The Hotel Residence Miramare was an incredible place to stay! Our rooms had an absolutely incredible view of Vesauvius and the Mediterranean Sea. We couldn't have been more pleased with everything about this hotel. The rooms were attractive and comfortable. The hotel staff couldn't have been any nicer or more accommodating. Our only problem was having to leave this beautiful place with the most gorgeous view we have ever seen!

Room Tip: Our rooms opened directly outside to an incredible view, I would definitely ask for one of these ro...
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Thank Ginger B
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

First let me advise anyone booking this hotel on line. Make sure that it is paid for. We booked this hotel in February and we specifically through e-mails asked for the balcony with view on the golf of Naples. When we arrived at the hotel in July, they told us that they did not have this room even though I showed them the e-mails of the confirmation of the bookings with what we had asked. We were very disappointed. They offered to change the next day. They also told my wife that the reason we didn’t get it was because we didn’t pay for it when we booked it. Looks like they give the extras to those that pay when booking rather than pay for it after your stay is done as we are accustomed to. We also had issues with ants. So we were forced to move. They eventually gave us the room we asked for from the beginning. The rooms are very spacious clean and the washrooms are very nice. Breakfast was very good. The location is not the best, if you don't mind walking 20 minutes to the center. I would suggest they get some kind of shuttle especially the walk back as it's all up hill. They do have busses but in the evening it’s a long wait. Don’t listen to anyone telling you that the bus wait is only 5 or 10 minutes. IT’S NOT. WATCH out for the cars.....as soon as you walk out the doors there is no walk way for pedestrians. Its main doors are located right at a bend of the road, and the cars all ZOOM by. Be very careful.. The staff is very nice and they are very informative and eager to help. I would not be going back to this Hotel though because of poor on line booking and location of the hotel.

Room Tip: for the value as for balcony with view of the Golf of Naples.....Breathtaking. First floor rooms ar...
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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

Great hotel in Sorrento. Not a far walk from the main centre. All staff are incredibly nice and helpful at all times. The ocean view rooms were beautiful with a decent size balcony. The room was very big with a nice bathroom and even without the airconditioner on the room was still quite cool. Great to have a fridge and kitchen facilities. It is clean in all areas and the breakfast that is included is great with a wide selection of pastries, yoghurt, fruit, cold meats, toast, everything really and the view whilst eating breakfast is perfect. I would recommend this hotel to everyone and would recommend travelling to the beautiful and friendly town of Sorrento

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Thank Dominique1112
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We were looking forward to this hotel because this the only 4 star hotel we were staying in on our 15 days through italy, but alas we were left quite disappointed. If this pegged as a 2-3 start hotel, i would have given this place a better review and said it definitley met the standards.

It is a very nice place to stay, the rooms were very very spacious but definitely not 4 star quality. Upon reaching our room, we realised they had given us 2 single beds rather than a queen or king size bed as we had requested. When we asked the receptionist she initially out rightly refused to do anything about it and said thats what the reservation says. We had to argue a bit with them before they said that they convert our bed into a Queen sized bed. Although it worked out fine in the end, i think they could have handled this better.

The breakfast spread is pretty decent and the chocolate croissants were brilliant!! The wine at the restaurant is phenomenally cheap and is great place to start the night. The view from the pool is absolutely breathtaking. A tip, got to the roof top above the bar and watch the sunset from there.

All in all this place is pretty decent with big and clean rooms and a good breakfast, but it is definitely not a 4 star hotel

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Capo 60, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#42 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#46 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £118 - £220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Miramare 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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