We chose this hotel following reading the reviews. My husband and I were celebrating our Silver Wedding anniversary and had always wanted to visit Italy so the Girasole sounded ideal. Un-beknown to me my husband had been in communication with the hotel prior to our arrival so my first impression of the room was being greeted by the amazing smell of a huge flower arrangement that the staff had organised on his behalf. The room in itself was large with a kingsize bed and also a small guest bed at the other end of the room. It was authentic italian in its styling. If you want a marble and chrome generic sterile hotel do not go to the Girasole, if you want a hotel where you feel like you are staying with a italian family come here.
Breakfasts at the hotel offered plenty of choice and staff were always on hand with a cheery good morning if you needed them. The pool was across a private lane and offered a lovely selection of lunches from its bar. The homemade lemonade is fantastic as are Davide's lunchtime specials. The hotel is on a busy road and if you can upgrade to a room at the back I would recommend it but don't let it stop you visiting as the airconditioning is more than adequate and we didn't use our balcony while we were there except for drying swimwear.
There is a section of the main road on the 15 minute walk to Sorrento that doesn't have a path on one side but we just changed sides, the italian drivers seemed quite used to pedestrians being in the road. Also, if you have a pushchair you can avoid this completely by using the back road which you get to by turning right as you come out of the hotel and runs parallel with the main road into the Piazzo Tasso.
The reservation for our anniversary meal at Donna Sophia was made by Rita on her recomendation and was brilliant, we didn't even have to worry about how to get there as the restaurant collected and returned us.
The staff at The Girasole are absolutely lovely and cant't do enough for you. The rooms were cleaned daily and everyone smiled and said hello. We were so sad to leave and were really touched by the family coming to wave goodbye. We will definitely be back!
- 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