We booked all of our travel ourselves, so it was a tossup if our choices were good. Upon arriving in Sorrento by train from Naples, we approached a taxi driver and asked him to take us to an ATM and to the Hotel Sorrento City. He declined to do so, directing us to an ATM about 100 yards away at the bottom of the steps from the station to the Corso Italia, the main road into town. He then directed us to turn left from the ATM and the hotel would be 2 blocks away. The walk took less than 5 minutes. He could have very well driven us around town (as some cabbies are known to do) and run up a bill.
Hotel Sorrento City is small, located 2 blocks from the central square, has internet access and a helpful, friendly staff. We spent 3 nights in a small but comfortable room with a small bath with shower. Room size was not an issue as we didn't spend much time there. It seemed to be of typical size for Italian hotel rooms. We spent 139 euros/night (187 USD at the current rate) and considered it a good deal.
Being close to the Piazza and train station was a plus. We didn't need a car or a taxi, we could walk to the harbor. Unfortunately the ferries to Capri and Amalfi were not running "due to the weather." It was a beautiful day, but none of the boats were running. The walk from the harbor to the Piazza is a long, steep trip, so we took a shuttle to the train station where the tour buses leave for Amalfi. After a long day in Amalfi it was nice to have only a 3-4 minute walk from the bus to the hotel.
The staff was extremely helpful and arranged a car to take us to Naples on the morning of our departure. We had to leave early, so they opened the breakfast room early for us and another couple with whom we were sharing the car to the Naples train station.
(We took a car to Naples because my wife refused to take the local train, Vesuviana. From Naples to Sorrento you have to switch to the crowded, dirty local train for a 1 hour trip to Sorrento. All the warnings are correct, and we knew about the danger, but got pickpocket anyway. By the time we got to Sorrento and called the banks to cancel our credit and debit cards, they had emptied my checking account of $1,900 and tried to use my other debit card, which the bank declined. It was worth the $60 for the car and driver to avoid the train.)
Overall, a good experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A jewel in the heart of Sorrento, Sorrento City Hotel is a boutique hotel a short walk to Piazza Tasso: a living room to live the harmony of Sorrento Peninsula hospitality; a hotel, completely refurbished, which was the first Maison Meublè built in 50’s, where you can spend days of pure wonder. Style and elegance, prime quality of service and discretion make this hotel a symbol of Sorrento Peninsula hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Sorrento
- Sorrento City Hotel