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“Great Little Hotel Overlooking the Bay”

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Hotel Admiral Sorrento
Ranked #41 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Just returned from a week at this hotel and after reading previous reviews was really surprised and delighted. The hotel has had a refurb and is quite trendy compared to other Italian hotels we've stayed in. The rooms are bright and spacious and cleaned to a really high standard daily. A good choice of food at breakfast and the evening meals are very good always with a choice of at least 3 or 4 dishes for each course. I can honestly say I never came across a miserable member of staff as everyone was ready to help and chat and unlike the previous review regarding the head waiter, I have to disagree as although at first he may seem a little aloof he has a really wicked side to him and is a great laugh even when we were one of he last tables to leave and were dancing with his staff.I must give a special mention to Francesco who served us with most of our meals as he was always smiling and chatty and always immaculately dressed.
The walk up into Sorrento via the steps at the end of Marina Grande was not too strenuous and we did it regularly. However,the tourist bus that runs every 20mins or so will take you up the road to the centre for 1.20euro but can take longer than walking depending on traffic.

Room Tip: All rooms at the front of the hotel have sea views and balconies some rooms have baths & some on...
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7  Thank TheJonesGang
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

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.

Room Tip: spenda the moneee and go for the view
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14  Thank stebboWatford
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

The hotel is beautifully situated, tucked away in the corner of the marina but within walking distance if the town. The rooms were spacious, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The food was plentiful and delicious, particularly the last night buffet. The staff were efficient but a little formal. The restaurant staff in particular were aloof, the head waiter was cool to the point of hostile, we wondered if we had unwittingly made a faux pas to cause this but speaking to other guests, found many felt the same.
I would use this hotel again on the basis of how impressed we were with the accommodation but would consider bed and breakfast or self catering if possible to avoid the discomfort of the apparent disapproval of the restaurant staff.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front offer more sun throughout the day, rooms to the east have no sun in the afternoon...
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4  Thank Helen B
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Recently returned from the Admiral Hotel in Sorrento. A lovely small hotel and friendly staff. We had a beautiful room with a georgeous seaview it was perfect. The meals were excellent and plentiful. It was my husbands birthday while we were there and the restaurant staff made him a lovely cake and everyone sang happy birthday this i thought was very nice. We did various excursions to Capri, pompei and mount versuvious and also did a boat trip along the islands to Amalfi and Positano which i highly recommend. I will be returning to the Admiral in the future and highly recommend this small and friendly hotel.

Room Tip: Pay a small supplement and have a top floor room with a fantastic seaview.
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4  Thank woodie35
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

A great find for our first package holiday in 20 years. A stunning, quiet location with glorius views over the Bay of Naples. A Thomson small and friendly it punches above its weight for food and service. The staff were friendly and helpful at all times. Location was about 15 mins walk into town which was mainly uphill. A nice walk when you get used to it and gave the chance to walk off all that lovely food. Local transport is incredibly cheap and easy to use so you are able to visit all local attractions cheaply.
Only negative was no fridge in room which would have been handy in hot weather.

Room Tip: Top rooms have huge balcony with views of bay but not much privacy.
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5  Thank Rod H
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

After reading mixed reviews on trip advisor we were not sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised that the hotel had undergone an upgrade and was now classified as four star. Everywhere was bright, clean and colourful. The hotel had great views of Vesuvius, Capri and the Bay of Naples. The hotel was situated in a quiet location in the Marina without any passing traffic as it was the end of the road and virtually a pedestrian only location.Excellent fish restaurants and quiet bars were less than one hundred metres away.Some rooms on the top floor had huge balconies but all front sea facing rooms had balconies whilst side rooms had partial sea views. The drawbacks to its location was that it lost the sun mid afternoon and that the walk to Sorrento centre was about a kilometre uphill. It was fine for us but was physically challenging for some.

The staff were brilliant, Valentina and Emily in reception could not do enough for us and in the restaurant Andre and his staff were most attentive. A special thank you to our waiter Francesco who spoiled us. The food was good and the snack bar was excellent value, bar prices about the same as a good UK cafe bar.

We visited Pompeii, Herculaneum, Amalfi, Capri, Ravello and Naples on our own using the local bus and trains which were frequent, easy to use and ridiculously inexpensive.

In a nutshell, a great holiday, the other guests were really sociable and if we did not have so many other places to visit we would be looking to book again.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back do not have any views at all, No fitness centre and did not use room service
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3  Thank 848DavidV
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

my husband and I styed at the Hotel Admiral last week, when we arrived every appear fantastic.
First of all, the hotel is on the sea and that enjoyed us because every morning we can relax with sea and Vesuvius view. Then it's far just 15 minutes from the center by walk but if you are lazy there are hourly public buses.

the staff at reception is very friendly and helpfull.
the room was great, in modern style and very clean.

Food was great and twice a week the hotel organizes a Buffet and Gala Dinner on its Terrace.
The staff of restaurant is friendly and professional.

everything was great so thanks a lot Admiral, we'll come back again!!
John and Sue

Room Tip: ask for a Sea view room!!!!
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3  Thank Sue S
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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:
#4 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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