Thanks to William's warnings we went prepared with stout boots to tackle the "rough terrain" on the hotel's approach, even stouter hearts to face the "surly staff" that awaited us, a good pair of earplugs to defeat the "noisy bells" and a direct line to our bank in preparation for the "city tax"
So, imagine our surprise when having virtually glided over a paved walkway we were greeted by two of the most delightful signorinas straight from the cast of Inspector Montalbano - only with bigger smiles. This general friendliness and eagerness to oblige seemed to permeate throughout the entire staff. We must confess to hearing the bells though, but not always above the gentle lapping of the waves against the hotel. City tax: well we were prepared for up to 3 euros per night as clearly stated on our Thomson invoice, so another pleasant surprise awaited us when we were only charged 1.5 euros. In all its almost impossible to find fault with this hotel as other reviewers have already testified.
We would like to say a special thank you to Valentina (molta bello!) on reception who helped us contact our friend on Ischia in an emergency - persistance through adversity.
Other reviewers have already sung the praises of both the hotel and the resort, so will not repeat, but a couple of good tips -
There is no need to walk up the road to Sorrento. Go along to the far end of the bay and take the long steps, making the dog leg back to the left once having gone through the arch. This route is quicker and far more pleasant and takes you right into the centre. It also has the great benefit of passing Caterina's fruit stall where you can buy cherrys along with a handy fountain to wash them. You also get the chance to meet delightful "spenda der moneee" Caterina.
Another good tip would be to learn a couple of handy phrases. "komay stay?" (how are you?) this seems to turn a light on in people who reply "bieno" as does "peer cheery" (nice to meet you)
A certain reviewer should try them - it may help oil his abrasive passage through life.
Thanks to all at The Admiral - a fantastic holiday and highly recommended.
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