I first saw this hotel a couple of years ago and just couldn't seem to forget about it. So I practically planned this trip to be able to stay at La Minervetta. It turned out to be a very good idea. This is a true boutique hotel with only 12 rooms and suites, beautifully decorated like a private home, every room is different from the next. The lobby is more like a big living room than an actual lobby, with plush sofas and tables covered with magazines and books making you never want to leave the hotel.
Breakfast is one of the best hotel breakfasts I've had. Not only do they have everything you ever wanted from a breakfast, they will also make almost anything else you'd like a la carte. Then you just bring the goodness outside to the enormous terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The hotel staff is incredibly helpful and went out of their way to find a private tour guide for me and my wife the evening before we wanted to visit Pompeii. (By the way, if going to Pompeii is part of your itinerary I strongly recommend hiring a private guide. Not only do you get the most out of your visit, not having to walk with your nose down a guide book. Our authorised guide bought our tickets for us, taking 5 min instead of an hour long line. He also showed us parts of Pompeii closed to regular visitors. Our guide was called Raffaele and he was extremely knowledgeable. The staff at La Minervetta booked us for a 3 hour tour wich ended up being 4,5 hours at no additional charge, mostly because Raffaele didn't want to finish it off until then).
Apart from sharing the lovely view of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius all of the 12 rooms are overlooking the old fishing harbour of Sorrento and a bunch of restaurants serving the catch of the day. And if you get tired of lying by the small pool and long for the ocean you just walk down the steps (quite a lot of them) to the sundeck at Delfino restaurant.
The walk to the city center is about 15 min, 20 to the station taking you straight to Pompeii. In Sorrenton I can highly recommend a visit to "I giardini di Cataldo" also called l'Agrumario, a citrus orchard where they make their own limoncello and marmelade.
The only thing I missed at La Minervetta is a small restaurant. But on the other hand if they had one I probably wouldn't have left the hotel at all.
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- Also Known As:
- Maison La Minervetta Hotel Sorrento
- La Minervetta Hotel Sorrento
- La Minervetta Sorrento