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Hotel La Badia
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Reviewed 8 July 2009

We chose La Badia because of its peaceful location - high on the cliffs above Sorrento giving spectacular views but with a fast-track down to Sorrento itself when needed. With air-conditioning in the rooms and a small yet not overcrowded pool this hotel ticked all the boxes for us.

Having read the other reviews about the food being uninspiring we went with low expectations but we were pleasantly surprised. The cheery restaurant staff helped us choose our evening meal from three options for each of the three courses. The head-waiter will happily recommend a dish to anyone who is unsure and we found the food to be delicious.

We travelled with Riviera and the holiday has been a complete delight from start to finish. We managed to squeeze in a visit to all the sights with the help of our very capable and knowledgeable rep Sarah who steered us undautedly from A to B.

Thank you La Badia for our very comfortable stay and thank you Riviera for making our dream holiday a reality. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Batca
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Reviewed 1 July 2009

This is a lovely friendly hotel. We had single rooms on the third floor with incredible views over Vesuvius and the bay of Naples. I could have stayed in my room all week just looking at the view!!. The rooms were bright, cheerful and spotlessly clean, if a little sparsely furnished, although they did have a safe and a hair dryer. There were plenty of sunbeds around the pool and some shade all day. When not too windy, dinner was on the terrace overlooking the bay of Naples. The food was unimaginative (unless you like veal - we had it 4 times in a week!) but, as I don't like Italian food and my friend is a vegetarian, we may not be the best judges.
The hotel is on a hillside above Sorrento town but there is a lane which leads down to the main road and it takes about 15 mins to the centre of Sorrento. It is quite steep coming back, especially in the heat and we only tried it once. However, there are a couple of buses which stop at the hotel and, if you go with Riviera Tavel, they provide a free pre-bookable taxi service to and from the town. I would rather stay here and have the spectacular views than be more conveniently situated in the town.
I would recommend this hotel and I would stay here again - but I would probably eat out!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 June 2009

We stayed as a group with Riviera Travel and couldn't of been happier with our choice. The hotel was beautiful and made the trip even more spectacular. Very clean and the food was good. The staff could not have been more helpful and the view from the veranda was breathtaking.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Thank jazzfunkkitten
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

We stayed at La Badia for a week as our base for a tour with Riviera Travel. Riviera uses several hotels in the area. We got dropped off last and as we did so my husband whispered 'good choice'. The location, in an olive orchard and looking out towards the Bay of Naples, is wonderful. Some have moaned about the short and very beautiful walk down to the town, which might be a problem for the infirm, but really to anyone else it's nothing at all. Not even enough of a walk to burn off all that surplus pasta. Just watch out for the odd speeding scooter.

The hotel is kept spotlessly clean. Some guests found the towels, which are like large versions of UK teatowels rather than fluffy bathtowels, a bit of a challenge. Worth packing your own towel if you think drip-drying might spoil your shower.

This is an old, converted building and the rooms are variable. We paid for a sea view and ended up on the second floor where the rooms are more or less in the roof and the windows are small. Some rooms have larger windows and their own balconies, but we quite liked being up in our eyrie and there's a lovely terrace for guests to use anyway. Some guests didn't like the food. Certainly it wasn't gourmet but we thought it was mostly fine and, given that everything in Italy seems to cost a fortune, we were very pleased indeed to come back to an evening meal which was included in our package deal. Breakfast is self-serve; rolls, bread, ham, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, croissants. No one, as another reviewer has already remarked, died of hunger. I do wish that La Badia had served fruit juice rather than fruit squash, however. And the coffee was surprisingly bad for a country which is supposed to be obsessed with it.

As with any hotel, make sure you put all valuables in the room safe which is provided, as it is impossible to keep the building completely secure and some money went missing from one of bedrooms while we were there. (Another good thing about being on the second floor - anyone who manages to climb in through the window deserves the money.)

If you're like my husband and can't live for a few days without a lap-top, getting a wi-fi link which works can be a bit of a challenge. You need to sit in reception and it may take perseverance to get a log-on code which works.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2009

Spent 8 days at La Badia, Sorrento, at end of May 2009. Hotel is a former monastery high up overlooking Sorrento and with views of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. We paid a little extra for the view and it was indeed spectacular. Our room was almost an annex to the hotel with a patio and was nicely secluded and quiet.

Room was fine, tiled floor, quite spacious and plenty of wardrobe space. A safe was provided for valuables, but as it was not attached to the wall an intruder could actually just walk away with it !

Breakfast was fine, with cereal, eggs, ham, cheese etc. Don't expect British fry-up.

Dinner had to be pre-ordered at breakfast time and was OK. The staff were friendly and helpful.

We were part of a group and independent travellers should be aware that the hotel principally caters for large groups of tourists.

There is a path down to the centre of town (10 minutes walk) but it is a bit of a climb on the way back, unless you fork out for a taxi. The hotel is very quiet however because of its hilltop location and there is no passing traffic.

As for Sorrento, fantastic place, and a great base for Capri, Amalfi, Naples and the main tourist venues of Pompeii, Vesuvius and Herculaneum. We were fortunately blessed with glorious weather, 30-33 degrees every (about 8-10 degrees above average for the time of year apparently). Watch out when walking around Sorrento, scooters come from all angles and there is a shortage of sidewalks.

One hidden treasure is the state run lemon grove, where there are free liqueur samples available and an oasis of calm in the otherwise busy town. The harbours are superb places to watch the world go by, and there are bars and restaurants for all tastes and budgets.

Thoroughly enjoyable stay, with plenty of god memories (and one bad one, watched Newcastle United get relegated in a bar in Sorrento).

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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