We have just spent a week at this hotel and for a 3* we found it excellent value. The staff are really friendly and helpful and the rooms were cleaned every day. We had a room at the back of the hotel overlooking the lemon groves. We realised after one day that the rooms at the back are probably the quietest because Sorrento never goes to sleep! There is also a little walk from where the bus is able to drop off but that does mean the hotel is not on the main road like some are.
The pool area is not huge but was very welcome at the end of a long hot day.
As other reviewers have commented, breakfast is certainly different but was very plentiful. If you want English food don't go to Italy. Evening meals were a little disappointing. Everything was hot and well cooked but just a little bland. We went half board because were told eating out in Sorrento was expensive but this is not the case if you stay off the main squares. And there are simply loads of places to eat.
As another reviewer commented, we found the head waiter very abrasive. I understand he will talk more to Italian people, but sometimes he would have a conversation with them from one side of the restaurant to the other whilst he was serving us so were ignored. We did find this rather rude.
We only did one trip with Thomson - the Amalfi drive - and this was a really good day out.
The hotel is only about 5 mins walk from the train station where you can get the train to Pompeii for 2 euros and it takes about half an hour. After Pompeii, you can get the bus from there to Vesuvius which costs about 22 euros each for the bus and entrance. It's about a 20 minute uphill walk from where the bus drops you but the views are well worth it. Just bear in mind that the path is made of ash and very dusty and gritty.
We also caught the ferry from the port (about 15 mins walk from the hotel) to Capri. This works out quite expensive and we didn't think it was worth it when you got there. It's alright if you're happy looking at ridiculously expensive shops. It was 35 euros each for the ferry, 10 euros each for the bus into Capri, 10 euros for the bus if you go to Anacapri and 10 euros each for the cable car.
We would definitely stay at this hotel again but would go bed and breakfast bearing in mind how many restaurants are in the area. Our favourite was the Basilica just off Tasso square which did really good food and quite reasonable.
All in all we had a brilliant week and would go back again.
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- Zi Teresa Sorrento