Just got back from a week in Sorrento where we stayed at Hotel Girasole.
This is a lovely hotel and much nicer than the understated facia that faces the busy Corsa Italia road that runs through Sorrento.
It is a family run affair and have great knowledge of the area to help out with any queries you may have. We stayed in room 48. It is on the top level with an amazing view over the bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the background. You can also see the beautiful hotel gardens with fruit laden trees and pool below.
We paid a little extra for this room but glad we did, and it also included free fridge and safe which in other rooms you pay 10€ each per week. I think the two sea view rooms on floor 4 were the only rooms that get the sun on the balcony in the afternoon and evening. I would definitely not have a room over looking the busy road.
The rooms were spotless and towels changed everyday and bed linen changed twice in the week and I think all rooms have air con.
Take a travel kettle and cups etc as there is no tea making facilities in room.
Breakfast was continental, with fresh fruits , and homemade cakes and pastries etc and was very good and spotlessly clean and fresh. Light snacks available poolside through day and is all delicously homemade.
Free parking available for your hire car which we found to be great as it saves waiting for public transport which although cheap seemed crowded. Taxi s are extremely expensive 15€ for a little over a mile after 10 pm!
The roads around Sorrento are naturally slow due to being narrow and tight corners but motorways and other roads are good but the locals especially moped riders are NUTS. Petrol is same price as UK.
Hotel is about mile walk down to Piazza Tasso which is lovely and the pedestrian lanes offer nice shopping and good restaurants. Walk along the back streets not down the narrow Corsa Italia.
We did a lot of days out...Vesuvius Crater walk 10€ each a little expensive and closes at 5pm.
Pompeii was good and very reasonable 11€ entry, wear good shoes.
Capri and AnnaCapri is a bit of a rip off. On a Saturday we paid 35€ return each for the 30 min boat ride. It is very similar to everywhere else but on an island, but the restaurants/ bars are very expensive, be selective where you drink or eat.
The Almalfi drive was great and glad we had our own car. Tour buses are available and are reasonable but crowded and private drivers in mini vans etc seem popular. The scenery is amazing and the villages you come across are lovely with Ravello being our favourite.
Sorrento is not wheelchair or pushchair friendly.
Negatives about the hotel:
don't expect to sleep in. The tiled floors and electric blackout shutters make it noisy in morning when people getting up. Take ear plugs.
Although sun chairs around pool are free if you want a sun bed so you can tan your back it will cost you 3€ each per day which I have never come across before and I think is terrible.
Would have been nice to have a cooked breakfast maybe on alternate days or at weekends.
We enjoyed our stay. Sorrento is very expensive and locals very nice and polite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Girasole Hotel is a nice family hotel in Sorrento which gives a warm and friendly hospitality to its guests. The private pool, immersed in the green of a wonderful orange–grove typical of Sorrento, is surrounded by flowers and plants. The pool bar offers a good selection of local dishes and sandwiches, cold drinks, ice cream and homemade cakes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Girasole Sorrento