I spent a week at the beginning of July at the Ascot Hotel - the first time I had ever gone on holiday on my own! Understandably, I was a bit nervous, but I had absolutely no problems whatsoever. All the staff were so helpful I couldn't fault them, and Maria deserves special mention for not laughing too much at my faltering attempts at Italian!!! Nothing was too much trouble for her. The dining room staff were great and always ready to help, and with a sense of humour as well. My room was kept immaculately, with an ample supply of towels and clean sheets, and to be honest, considering that half the time I left it like a bomb site, the housemaid did remarkably well. My room was small, although the bathroom was a good size with a good shower etc., only one slight thought - it could perhaps have had a couple of shelve for my toiletries? Anyway, there was plenty of storage for my (over-packed)stuff, a fridge, and wonder of wonders for us single travellers - a balcony! How cool is that, a balcony in a single room, I spent a lot of time on it, having a glass of wine, chilling out, and reading my travel guides.
Food was good to great, breakfast was more than adequate, although the toaster did take a while to get its mojo working! And I didn't go all the way to Italy to eat bacon, egg and beans! (There is a café not far down the road which serves these of you really have to have them). Dinner had three choices, so there was always something to try - I strongly recommend the crepes and the smoked salmon/pasta starter - as a definite pudding person, I was delighted by the choice. Didn't have the soup as I live on soup at home. The prices for wine/snacks/water in the hotel are very reasonable, and I was pleasantly surprised by my bill at the end of the week.
Loved the pool, although the sun loungers could be pretty well fully occupied depending on the time of day, there was always one to spare. I even plucked up the courage to expose my tubby little body in a cozzie and went in swimming every day.
Sorrento is truly magical and there isn't enough room to tell of all its charms - the hotel is a 10 minute walk from Piazza Tasso - or an hour if you window shop, or cut down into the narrow lanes filled with cafes and shops. I did all the usual stuff, Herculaneum - hot, hot, hot but worth it, the big red bus ditto, and of course, the Foreigners Club, overlooking the Marina Piccolo, lovely to have an iced tea and gaze over the Bay of Naples.
So yes, I had a ball and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going - I've already booked for next year, this time for TWO weeks, one just isn't enough!
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