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Hotel Admiral Sorrento
Ranked #44 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 November 2010

Half board was a real bonus - The buffet night was fantastic.

Even the lady on reception Nadia will smile - but you have to ask her :)

All in all excellent!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 October 2010

We have recently returned from a holiday at the Admiral, in Sorrento, it is the 2nd time we have been there what a lovely hotel, fantastic views, lovely rooms very clean & spacious we never heard any noise we had a beautifull seaview room.
We do NOT agreee with the person who complained about the food it was excellent, the gala night & buffet night you would not get better in a 5* hotel believe me we have stayed in many hotels in Sorrento this has been the best Gala night we have had also the best buffet. The Manager & his staff are very pleasant people nothing is to much trouble for them. One little niggle from me, the music was always to loud we all had to talk to each other very loudly to hear each other.
Jamie the rep was very good & helpfull always , we all enjoyed the quiz night Jamie,. the airport request
was hysterical i wish i could tell you Haha.
All in all a wonderfull holiday at the Admiral, we hope to visit yet again but loose a lot of weight before we go because the food is so delicious.
Thank you manager & staff for making it such a lovely 2wks at the Admiral.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank loverofsorrento
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

we stayed at this hotel and renewed our vows at the san francesco cloisters while we were there, Thomsons were first class everything went to plan nothing was too much trouble they even managed to arrange our origional 1st dance music to be played by the violinist during our ceremony!!!. The Hotel staff and food was excellent the buffet dinner on the sunday was amazing I have never seen so much food and so much choice. I have read the moans about the breakfast etc but hey you are in Italy its a 3 star hotel if you want a full english go to Benidorm, we found it absolutely fine. We had room 411 on the fourth floor with the huge balcony and the noisy aircon on the roof but it didn't bother us although our neighbours complained about it....they should have drunk more ha ha.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank eeyore1959
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

Just arrived back from the Admiral and the location is fantastic overlooking a busy little fishing harbour with lots to see and some great little restaraunts close by.
We had some of the freshest seafood dishes ever and I can recommend the Delfino and Emilias for great creations.
In terms of what we paid we felt it was a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Sorrento and a sanctuary to rest your weary bones after a day of sightseeing.
Pick a room wih a sea view and maybe stick to B&B Fantastic

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank coccium
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

After reading so many disappointed reviews about the limited and restricted sea views, we decided to go with low expectations and then we would hopefully be pleased with whatever view we got. However, our expectations were far exceeded as we had a lovely third floor room down the side of the hotel on the right hand side as you look at it. The balcony was roomy and looked out onto the sea and had a great view of Mount Vesuvius. We were the front balcony on that side though, so we were lucky in that respect. Certainly, we had nothing to complain about.

The room was basic but had everything we needed. It was kept very clean by Rosa, the friendly maid. There were a couple of things that didn't work (the short flush on the loo, and a couple of lights), but we reported them on leaving. It may have been the case that nobody had reported them before.

We received a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, and one on the night before departure too, although we were too full to drink it on the last night! The one problem with the room was the paper thin walls and the noise from other guests, but to be honest, it's what I would expect in a hotel. Shutters on the window were rolled up and down which were a bit noisy, and the floors, being tiled and solid, were noisy if people walked on them in heels or scraped their chairs along them. I think this is more to do with people being inconsiderate of others though. Also our side of the hotel was over the kitchen so we could hear a lot of cutlery being washed and dried, and there was also a vehicle that appeared to collect glass empties early every morning. Although there was a fair amount of noise, it didn't really bother us but if it does bother you then it could be an issue.

The staff are friendly. We were half board so were down in the dining area every morning and evening. The waiters are all very friendly and the head guy in the dining room is a little stern but efficient. The breakfasts consisted of a wide variety of foods. There is a toasting machine for toast, together with bread rolls, meat, cheese, cereals, doughnuts, brioche, yoghurts, fresh fruit, sausage, scrambled egg, fruit juice, tea, coffee - what more could you want?! The evening meals were fairly varied. We were encouraged to have three courses every evening, which appears to be the norm in Italy, having a decent sized first and second course - the first course would be anything from fruit juice to pasta or soup, and the second course would usually be fish or meat based, with a choice of four desserts, including fruit. We were impressed with the quality of the food overall.

Sunday night is buffet night and there was absolutely loads to choose from. We were called up a table at a time to get our initial portions, to avoid a big scrum, but after that we could go back for seconds and then dessert. Thursday night is the gala night but we didn't fancy that so decided to go out, as it was our last night there.

There is also a range of snack meals, including a great egg and chips for us English folks!

There's a lovely terrace outside overlooking the sea and the marina, and there is a swimming pool too.

When we left, the porter brought all our luggage down to the bus stop where we were waiting for the minibus to the airport. This is because the coaches/buses cannot get right up to the hotel because of its location. When we were dropped off at the same bus stop on arrival, we had to walk the final bit for the same reason. Not a problem for us, but something to bear in mind if you have difficulty walking, although this section itself is actually short and flat.

Overall we were extremely pleased with the hotel. Its location was second to none, and the staff and food were great.

Marina Grande itself is a lovely little fishing village. It's right down on the front, so it's a fair climb into the town. It does only take 10-15 minutes, but it's quite a tough walk uphill and steps, especially in the heat. Not so bad if you can take your time though, and there is the option of a bus (which we were told runs on Italian time, so may not be totally reliable) for which you can buy tickets from the little tobacconist by the bus stop for €1 and have to validate once on the bus. It seems to be a feature of Italian buses to have hardly any seats and to cram as many people on standing as possible! The buses do have to be small to get around Sorrento, and particularly down to the Marina itself.

There are several restaurants in the Marina. We ate at Taverna Azzurra and had lovely three course meal, on the edge of the beach. All the other restaurants looked great too, but being half board we didn't end up sampling them all. There are a lot of stray cats in the Marina - we are cat lovers so this was fine with us, although they all looked as though they needed feeding up. They did come around us when we were having our meal, and the locals seem happy to tolerate that.

We went with Thomson, as did a lot of the people staying in the hotel. Our experience with them was generally very good. Jamie, the rep based at the hotel, was very friendly and helpful. We went on his welcome meeting on our first morning there, and he took us on a walk around Sorrento. We had pre-booked three excursions before we went: Pompeii and Herculaneum, Capri and Anacapri, and the Amalfi Drive. I would say now that it is probably better to do it in the resort because for some unknown reason they book the pre-booked ones on an earlier coach to the ones that booked in the resort, or at least they did for the Capri trip. The excursion company cocked up and forgot to pick us up and it transpired they had booked us on the later trip without telling us. Jamie was very good at sorting it out and we should be getting a refund back onto credit card.

We ended up making our own way to Capri on the hydrofoil, which was fine, although we missed out on the guide. If you do go to Capri on your own I would not recommend trying to walk up into the main town - it's a backbreaking walk, especially in the heat. There are buses from the marina there into the town and up to Anacapri for €1.40. The drivers are experts at navigating the narrow roads, so don't worry.

The Pompeii and Amalfi Drive trips went off without a hitch, and we had great guides for both of them. I think the excursions are worth the money as it takes all the hassle out of it. The pick up for them is usually at the Hotel Ascot, because of the problems with driving down to the Admiral. This is a 15 minute walk, again uphill.

I can't think of anything else relevant to say at the moment, but I do think that this is a very good three star hotel. Sorrento itself is just lovely. There are some great little shops along the back streets, and some excellent ice cream to be had!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Nicx27
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

i booked this hotel based on glowing reviews however there are serious flaws to it. as some have already stated NOISE!!!.we were based on side of hotel,unfortunately service side and above restaurant.
I have been to sorrento 2 times before and thought okay lets try a quieter area however we endured early morning delivery/staff noise,with same in evening.to cap our evening fellow guests would arrive back late banging or walking with noisy shoes on marble type flooring.
experienced guests to this hotel advised us to book upper floor and preferably sea view.
i will say staff,food and service great with immaculate clean room which was fair size,high ceiling but hotel needs to improve sound proofing.marble or wooden floors are the most noisy type but easy to clean.
my only other comment is re the pool.if i wanted to swim in the sea(i did) i would go there but not expect the pool to be pumped full of sea water and on one occasion have a fish,sand in the mix and given it is in the shade later part of day very cold too

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

Just back from a week at the Admiral. The location in Marina Grande is great - away from the hustle and bustle of very crowded Sorrento. We had a seaview room - well worth paying the bit extra for the fabulous view. We had a couple of chairs on the balcony but no table - why? The room was pretty average although the bed was very comfortable. The walls were very thin and we could hear a lot of noise from the next door bathroom! As to the food, that was pretty average too and certainly not the best hotel food we have had in Italy. The buffet night was appalling and like being in a school canteen when we were told when we could get up from the table to get our food. As for the Gala Night, the food then was appalling too with very dried up pasta and how many Italians would have dried up pasta and watery risotto on the same plate? They should stick to traditional Italian food and not try to go 'European'. (We were at the Monte Baldo, Gardone in July - also a 3* hotel - and the food there was far superior.) This hotel could be absolutely faboulous with the location and the view across to Vesuvius but it's badly let down by the food.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mazjohn
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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:
#35 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £81 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Admiral Sorrento 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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