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Hotel Admiral Sorrento
Ranked #43 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

This is one of my favourite hotels. I'm not talking about sterile five star perfection but a combination of location and atmosphere that was just about perfect for me. In some respects the hotel has seen better days and if you looked for it you could spot where the paintwork or whatever needed touching up, but that just doesn't matter.

The rooms are furnished in an uncluttered functional way, beds are comfortable and you have a couple of "upright" chairs. There is enough cupboard & wardrobe space and almost enough hangers. The air-con is either on or off, OK for getting the heat out of the room but you can't set your own temperature. TV is available if you want it. There are no tea & coffee making facilities in the room, I didn't miss them but if it's important to you... The one thing I did miss was a safe in the room, using the hotel safe is alright but just not as convenient.
The bathroom had everything you need, I'd only criticise the shower curtain, it's the sort that holds you in a clammy embrace once the water flows.

The restaurant in the hotel is very nice, the waiters are welcoming and the views across the bay as you eat are superb. On the whole the food was good. The buffet breakfasts felt a little repetitive, but don't they always? There is a different menu each evening (waiter service), the pasta and the sea food were always top notch. Just to mix things up a bit there is a buffet night and a gala night where the food it eaten outside on the deck.

When you're not exploring the area it's great to idle by the pool or on the deck, soaking up the rays and watching the boats zipping round the bay.

The Marina Grande location is excellent, it feels like a village within the town. A gentle stroll get you to the "square" where there are bars, restaurants, shops and a church, as I said just like a village. It's picture postcard pretty, each building seems to be a different colour and they're all lit up at night. If we weren't staying half-board we'd have been happy to eat in the area. There don't seem to be a lot of tourists in this part of town but it does seem to be the place the Italians come to enjoy themselves.
Cheap lunch tip: get a sandwich made to order in the "supermarket", they're generously filled and reasonably priced. Walk along the road an sit in the shade outside the church to eat your ad-hoc picnic.

Whilst the location is a massive plus it does have a downside: if you want to go into the centre of town it's quite a climb. Obviously walking times depend on how fit you are but all the estimates given seem to be optimistic (and you will be distracted by the views on the way). I'm fat & unfit but did the walk most days so don't put off too much. On the other hand the climb was too much for my wife so if we both went into the centre we used the bus. (The bus runs often enough from early morning to late at night - it just kills the spontaneity of a stroll round the old town.)

I would certainly stay at the Hotel Admiral again, possibly for two weeks as one week isn't enough to do the area justice and relax as well. My only regret is that I'm such a tight-wad, I didn't splash out room with sea view and balcony when I should have done!

A final tip: travel as light as you can if you're not on a private taxi transfer. You'll swap from the airport coach to a smaller coach for the final leg down to Marina Grande, you'll then be dropped in the square and have to carry your luggage the final stretch.
(This is really down to Thomson to sort out - they should use people carrier sized taxis for the final leg.)

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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I spent a week in the Admiral on a half board basis with my girlfriend at the end of June.
The holiday was booked with Thompson who are the only holiday company who use the hotel although it can be booked direct. About 50-60% of guest were british (presumably on Thompson holidays) the rest were from various european countries including Italy.
It is a smallish hotel (about 50 rooms) in a fantastic location at one end of the old port, which still a working fishing port.
It is well run, the staff are friendly and it is kept very clean, everything works (or is quickly fixed) and I understand the plan is to upgrade from 3 to 4 star.
We arrived at 2100 and they kept the restaurant open to serve us dinner. We then went up to the room to find it did not have the booked balcony, this was sorted the next day. Another couple had a similar problem which was also resolved on the next morning.
The food was excellent value, a buffet breakfast with enough variety and waiter serviced evening meals which were of good variety and standard. Although if you dined late the choice of desserts reduced (I missed the tiramasu, however the always available ice cream never failed to impress). We ate out one in one of the fish restaurants in the port and decided to stick to the hotel after that. They have a buffet evening and a gala dinner evening, both of which are served outside on the decking and very good too.
The rooms all had air conditioning, our second room's aircon needed a quick fix but worked well, if a bit noisy after that. The room was not large but had enough space as a bedroom, no internal seating area but ours had a adequate balcony space. We had an ensuite with shower/wc/bidet/basin. Finishes were fine but the plastic shower curtain ran on a rail held up with a piece of fishing line and a screw into the ceiling at the right angle. Everything worked well and no shortage of hot water.
The rooms don't have minibar/fridges.
The hotel has a small pool and a decked area with about 20 lounge chairs for sunbathing. There are no shades for the loungers but because of the shape of the building and its aspect to the sun you can always move into a well shaded area.
There is a public beach in the port (the sea was warmer than the pool during our stay).
There are private decking (beaches) areas in the port, I understand it is about 10 euros to go on one of these.
At evening meals the wine is available by half or full bottles (no wine by the glass), You can have the bottle stored for the next day if you don't finish it.
The Tabac shop in the port next to the bus stop sells snacks and importantly screw top wine (although I only discovered this on the day before we left).
The location is great, the port feels very Italian whereas up in town it feels like a tourist centre. I understand there are two hotels in the port but all the other accommodation is for locals so it has a more authentic feel than I expected.
It is a uphill walk into the town, adjust your pace if it is hot and you will be ok, otherwise take the bus at 20 and 50 past the hour (ticket from the Tabac shop)
All in all a great place to stay.

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Reviewed 6 July 2012

Quiet spot at the end of the Marina. Hotel is quite small, clean and the staff are all friendly. The bus for town leaves at 20 and 50 past. Tickets are bought in the small shop next to where the bus stops. There is a very pleasant (but steep) walk to town and takes around 15 minutes at leisurely pace. Take the path up to the right of Emilio's. Found all restaurants to have friendly staff. Starters are expensive and, as the main meals are usually substantial, probably not required. The regional wine is pretty good and the cheaper wines are OK. Close to the hotel, we liked Delfino: family run and very friendly/ relaxed. They will let you use the sunbeds at the back if you are at the Admiral (or eat there). The Amalfi coast is worth seeing. We took the bus out which was a bit frantic and returned by boat. Not impressed with Capri - too much hassle and expensive.

Room Tip: Try for the fourth floor and a proper sea-facing balcony (not a side room)
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

The Admiral Hotel has seen better times and I believe is due to be refurbished at the end of this season. The jewel in the crown for the admiral is the staff, food and location. The staff are friendly, helpful and fun to be with. The food is excellent with few exceptions. The location is wonderful at the end of the marina grande, admittedly a quarter of an hour by foot to Sorrento town centre. There are very good restaurants and beaches in marina grande seconds from the hotel. This hotel has excellent views from balcony ours was of Naples bay dominated by Vesuvius.

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3  Thank keykeepers
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

We are just back from a 2 week stay at the Hotel Admiral in Sorrento and had a fantastic holiday. The 2 main attractions of this hotel are the location and the fact it's so quiet. Because it's a little bit away from the town centre, there is no traffic noise, no loud pubs etc.. And the location is second to none. We were lucky to get a room with full sea view (314). There is only one side of the hotel facing a wall and even then 2 of the rooms would get a partial sea view.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, the room bright and cleaned everyday by the friendly maid.
The pool is quite small but adequate enough and the sun loungers face the sea.
If like us you are not a pool fan, there is a really cute little beach 3 min walk from the hotel. You can hire the usual sun loungers and parasol but you can just turn up with your towel and the beach is free.
The food was ok /good, a bit repetitive with the desserts. Two nights a week dinner is out on the decking and depending on how busy they are, you might have to share a table but it's good to meet new people. There is a good selection of restaurants on the marina itself if you want to sample more seafood.
The hotel is a good 15/20 min walk to the main square Piazza Tasso and is all uphill with steps so maybe not good if you have mobility problems. There is however an hourly bus from the marina to town. For the train station allow 30 min walk.
Overall a really good stay, I would not hesitate to go back and I would recommend this hotel to friends and family. Really good value for money (we booked with Thomson)

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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Firstly let me say that this is not the best hotel we have stayed at but it is now my all time favourite and would love to return... soon. The view from our room was unbeatable with Vesuvius just across the bay, the cruise ships and the fishing boats coming and going, just lovely. The hotel itself is spotless, cleaned every day to perfection. The food although not the best was good with lots of choice. Bacon and eggs available every morning along with the usual continental things. The drinks we found to be rather expensive, 7euros for half a bottle of wine available for 6.5euros for a full bottle in all the shops in town. If booking this hotel make sure to book a sea view room and when you get there make sure you actually get a full sea view. The rooms in the centre of the building, set in from the front only have a partial sea view. We wasted 2 nights in one of these rooms before moving to one on the front. Francesco on reception was very helpful with arranging this other room. The walk into town was steep but we found it best to use the steps at the far end of the Marina. If you find it too steep The D bus ran hourly from the square and only cost 1.2 euros for 2 hours. Having been to Sorrento before we didn't do any tours but went to Amalfi on the Sita bus (7.2 euros for a 24 hour ticket) If you value your life don't go on the 'green tram', all good fun but the driver is crazy, takes hands off wheel too much by clapping hands, he even stands up and faces the passengers while driving. The Foreigners Club is a must for lunch and not too expensive. Jhonnys in the Piazzo Tasso for the best Pizza. In an ideal world, bed and breakfast would be great at this hotel as there are lots of very good restaurants on the doorstep. All in all, the location makes the Hotel Admiral well worth a visit....or two.

Room Tip: Make sure you get the full sea view room you paid for.
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We stayed for a week with our 17 month old son in a partial sea view room. We were pleasantly surprised to find that we had a great view of the sea from our balcony and had a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in our room.
We stayed half board and thought both the selection at breakfast and for dimmer were really good. At breakfast you can choose from a cooked breakfast, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, croissants and cakes. Each evening there was plenty to choose from that you could help yourself to, plus a good selection for starters and mains and a couple of options for dessert. One night there was a Gala night which we loved as we ate outside on the terrace overlooking the sea with amazing views of mount versuvius and the harbour. Another night was buffet night which was again on the terrace, we never got bored of the view!

The staff were all fantastic, really friendly and helpful. Our son was the only child there and they all made a fuss of him, as did all the other guests!!

The location is really unique, a good distance from the busy centre of sorrento. It took roughly 20 minutes to walk up to piazza tasso and corsa italia, but the last 5/10 minutes were through the town itself. The walk isn't particular steep as there are lots of steps on the way, which we managed with a buggy. Alternatively you can catch the bus from the harbour to the station for €1.20 which takes about 10 mins and runs every hour. You can buy tickets from the shop opposite the bus stop (as you can't buy them on the bus).

There's a good choice of bars and restaurants in the harbour too.

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Address: Via Marina Grande 218, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Sorrento
#35 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £79 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Admiral Sorrento 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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