I just returned from our stay at the La Minervetta at the end of June....WOW....In reading all of the reviews....I have to agree that if you are planning a visit to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast which is a wonderfully unique Italian destination, the La Minervetta is an absolute no brainer. It has everything you are looking for in a boutique hotel.... Charm, style, intimacy, wonderful staff, sizable roooms, beautiful appointments, great location, immaculately clean !!. I am a very compulsive researcher and when i came across this hotel on tripadvisor i was so ecstatic...I travelled to Europe with my wife and 2 teenage daughters. We visited London, Paris, Sorrento and Rome on a 16 day trip from Pittsburgh USA. We have stayed at numerous five star hotels around the world and my wife and I agree that when considering the whole package ...location, view, room, cleanliness, it was the highlight of our trip and the most unique, beautifully designed hotel that we have ever stayed at. The fact that the hotel is chiselled right into a cliff and was meticulousy designed with several terraces for reading and enjoying the view made it extra special.
Some reviewers commented negatively on the pool. Concersely I think the pool was perfect . It is about 24 feet by 10 feet and about 3 feet deep and resembles a Roman bath in apperance. It is ideal to wade in and stay cool. My girls loved it. Because of the position of the sun and the terrain the pool is shaded after 3pm in June. I agree with other reviews, that if you want to swim laps and do the traditional pool seen, go elsewhere. My feeling is, I can go to a pool anywhere but not one wiith such an historically Italian design and set in such a breathtaking, yet very relaxing atmosphere.
I read somed negative reviews on the staff being aloof. I couldnt disagree more. Those people need to get a life. I thought the entire staff was very helpful. Floriana is an absolute gem. I told her if she ever wants to move to Pittsburgh she has a job.
We also LOVED the location. We had a wonderful meal at Delfinos down the private staircase to Marina Grande our first night in town. The walk into town is a 5 to10 minute stroll on the Via Capo which has little shops along the way. I was imagining an isolated dark road. We actually looked forward to every trip into town, which were many. The location is ideally quiet as well. As much as we loved Sorrento it wan nice to go to the solace of the hotel at the end of the day. A nightcap on the terrace with the candles, the view, soft music...heaven.
Being the ultimate investigator, I always search out my options for a possible return visit. I went into the Bristol, Minerva, Excelsior Vittoria, Bellair and others...They are nice in different ways but they are in NO way the La Minerveta
I know I am getting a little long winded, but I know how compulsive I am and I want to make sure that I am addressing things that someone like me, who is VERY hard to please, would consider. We had the pleasure of meeting Eugenia the owner, who with her husband (a designer ) opened the hotel in 2005. What a delight. She has such an attention to detail that I really appreciate. The hotel in its fourth year looks virtually brand new. Our homes should be so well maintained and clean.
Overall if you are considering a wonderful Sorrentine experience the La Minervetta is THE place to be. My only reservation about writing this review was that the secret of the La Minervetta will get out ...It was worth every penny and more. We absolutely will be back.
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- Maison La Minervetta Hotel Sorrento
- La Minervetta Hotel Sorrento
- La Minervetta Sorrento