Spent a great week at this “small and friendly” hotel booked through Thomson, and would highly recommend it. The staff are hardworking, friendly and helpful, the rooms clean, comfortable, large and airy, decorated in a typically Italian fashion, with good sized bathrooms (shower good, hairdryer not very effective as others have warned – bring your own!) Towels changed daily, beds every other and shower gel when needed. Most rooms have small balconies: some overlook the pool on the sunny front side; others, like ours (#403) are cooler and overlook lemon groves and on towards the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. Ask for a room on a high floor for the best views, but if you can’t get one, there’s always the roof terrace on floor 6 with fabulous views of the Bay, the volcano and the sunsets, with a drink and camera at hand! You can even check out which cruise ships are in port that day (with a pair of binoculars to read the names!) and whilst we were there, we watched TWO firework displays and some natural fireworks – no, not Vesuvius, an electrical storm which went on for several hours!
Buffet breakfast is typically Italian with lots of pastries (both sweet and savoury), as well as cereal, (tinned) fruit salad or prunes, fruit juice (orange and grapefruit), croissants, toast, and, on Thursdays and Sundays, scrambled eggs – worth the wait! Gianfranco, the head waiter, will serve you tea, coffee or hot chocolate and give you a basic lesson in his beloved Italian! If you are staying half board, you choose your evening meal over breakfast, from three antipasti and three entrees; the desert is chef’s sorpresa (surprise)! That way there is little waste and the food is prepared and (almost) waiting for you. If told in advance, the hotel can cater for special diets (both gluten and lactose intolerances were dealt with without any fuss). The evening meal was waiter service and the BEST Italian food we have ever tasted, courses beginning large and getting smaller each time, but you often struggled to fit in the dessert! Coffee/tea can be purchased in the lounge above after the meal.
The pool (small but adequate for a little gentle exercise and cooling off) has a Jacuzzi – ask Luigi if it’s not working - and is open from 10 – 6, and there were plenty of umbrellas and sunbeds to relax on after a long day’s walking round ruins or shops! Watch out for the friendly lizard.
The hotel has a great location: set back from the busy Corsa Italia main road but only 10 minutes’ stroll from central Piazza Tasso, train and bus stations and 15 minutes’ walk from the ferries. If you want a change from Luigi’s lunch or are looking for something for a picnic, on the Corsa Italia across the road close by there is a fresh fruit and veg store and Rita’s Pasticceria, which sells delicious pizza as well as lovely deserts, and a Deco supermarket 5 minutes down the main road.
NB the side road is too narrow for coaches to negotiate, so Thomson guests were dropped off and picked up at the Hotel Flora just round the corner on the main road.
Tip 1: if possible, avoid Friday departures from Naples' small airport - I believe they are a bit of a nightmare and entail arriving very early for your flight (thus curtailing your holiday somewhat!)
Tip 2 for a quieter walk into the centre, turn right out of the hotel and then left at the T junction by the sports stadium. On the way into town you can even walk through shady lemon groves and taste some of the locally produced Limoncello (there were also liquorice and basil flavours when we visited).
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Jet2Holidays , Ebookers, Hotels.com, Travel Republic (UK), Odigeo, LoveHolidays, Agoda, Priceline, TravelUp, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Hotel Zi Teresa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Zi Teresa Hotel
- Zi Teresa Sorrento