The Hotel Admiral is at the end of the Marina Grande (which, despite its name, is actually the smaller of Sorrento’s two harbours!) and is set at the foot of the cliff, with its bathing deck actually overhanging the sea looking across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius. We had no problems with our stay at the hotel itself which was bed and breakfast so we cannot pass judgement on the evening meals; however, the breakfasts had plenty of choice (eg eggs, bacon/sausage, fruit, cheese, yoghurt, cereals, toast, pastries etc) and were perfectly acceptable save that the juices were not fresh, as has been mentioned by others. The bar prices were reasonable (including a couple of happy hours per week) and the bar, dining room and reception staff were also always friendly. We booked direct with the hotel, paying extra (well worth it) for a sea view, but as we were in a room set in between the wings of the hotel and on the third floor, our balcony didn’t get any direct sun. This did not bother us as it kept everything cool but do be aware if you hope to sunbathe on your balcony. Also, the sun loungers outside do not lay flat so if you want to roast your back you have to lie out on the deck itself.
The room itself was welcoming: a good size with a large double and a single bed, and a full size bath plus plenty of clothes space. The TV had a couple of English language news channels but the remote did not work – however, as we only turned it on twice all week this was not a problem for us. A chilled bottle of fizz from the management was a welcome gift on arrival. We were lucky that the week we were there the hotel did not seem to be too full and thus the room was not too noisy – as usual, any noise was not the fault of the hotel but of inconsiderate fellow guests clattering about in hardsoled shoes on tiled floors and shouting in corridors late at night.
My husband had a quadruple heart bypass operation two months before our holiday and we were a little concerned about what we had read of the walk up to Sorrento town from the hotel, but this proved to be wholly achievable if taken sensibly and although there is an hourly shuttle bus service, we never used it.
We ate in the harbour restaurants most nights – the Delfino is wonderful, the Taverna Azzurro was great the first time but when we went back the service was not so good although the food was still lovely. The couple of little general store-type shops in the harbour are overpriced and you would be better going to the supermarkets in Sorrento.
The train station is easily walked to and return tickets to Pompeii and Herculaneum are very cheap – much better priced than the trains in England! Don’t be pressured into getting the tourist bus touted outside Herculaneum station to the site – you only have to walk a few hundred yards straight down the road outside the station and you are there for free.
Sorrento itself is glorious – we spent a lot of time just sitting in the Piazza Tasso watching the world go by and marvelling at how many people/dogs/shopping bags can be fitted on a Vespa. We have been before, we will go again, and we may well stay at the Hotel Admiral.
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