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“Excellent Location, Beautiful Rooms, Good Service”

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Hotel Palazzo Guardati
Ranked #54 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 May 2011

We stayed here in July, 2010 for 5 nights. Here are the highlights:

Location: The location is absolutely EXCELLENT!! We stayed in Sorrento as our base and went on day trips to Capri, Almalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Pompeii. It is a short walk to the train station ( the Circumvesuviana) and is centrally located in the heart of the Sorrento night life and cafes/restaurants. This hotel is a little hard to find at first because it is off of an alley-way by the main square. But, it's still easy enough to find even if you just ask a friendly Sorrentine they can point you in the right direction.

Rooms: They were beautifully appointed with Murano glass Chandeliers. The bathroom was stunning marble and very clean. The hotel was well-maintained with all common areas very clean and the rooms were clean as well. The only drawback for some may be that it is in a central location with lots of restaurants nearby, so you may hear some noise at night while sleeping. It didn't bother us as we were more concerned with the location and preferred to be in the center of all the action! The hotel has a cute rooftop patio just for guests with a great view of Mt Vesuvius, but unfortunately we didn't have time for a drink up there.

Service: The breakfast was good, but there was some repetition of the quiches/pies and that could have been fresher, but it was still very good by European standards. The hotel accommodated some of our requests, but you have to speak with the owner as it doesn't seem like the front desk staff have a lot of say for special requests. The front desk staff spoke excellent English and were very helpful.

Tips: We took a bus direct to/from Rome - it was harder to get than taking the Circumvesuviana through Naples, but then we got to avoid the Naples train station which we heard terrible things about (i.e., pickpocketers, etc.) Ask the front desk staff to photocopy the timetables of the ferries/buses/trains etc. to Pompeii, Almalfi, Positano, Capri and Ravello. It will help you in planning how to get around with public transit. I would strongly recommend taking a ferry one way to Almafi and a bus the other way. That way you get to experience both views and the crazy bus rides - hold onto your seats! Capri is basically a little life of the rich and famous - it's pretty, but I preferred Sorrento. The view from Sorrento is breathtaking! It's an extremely romantic place! Also, it's called Almafi coast, but Sorrento is the biggest town - NOT Almafi! You can do Almafi, Ravello and Positano all in day. You could really just do Almafi since Positano is just a smaller and less prettier version of Almafi. When you take the bus to Positano from Sorrento, there is a smaller bus that will take you down to the main part of the town by the water, it costs about a 1EU and you have to wait a few minutes for it, but the coffee shop at the top has a timetable and there will be other people waiting there as well. Ravello is hard to get to, but the view from up there is stunning nonetheless - EVERYTHING is stunning here! If you have to miss it don't worry because it's just a view - nothing to see in the town - but you do feel like a bit of an eagle up there. Again a very scary bus ride up there, but the scariest ride was to Anacapri from Capri Town - crazy! Lastly, but not least, you have to go see Pompeii!! The most amazing ruins ever - way better than the forum in Rome!! It's so easy to get to on the Circumvesuviana (the stops are labeled - get off at Pompeii) and takes about 30-40 minutes and is about 3 or 4 EU pp. Anyway, if you go to the Almafi coast you will not regret it and you will never forget it!

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor to hear less street noise.
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  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

The hotel is nice and the building is kept very well, all the staff are polite very friendly and the make the impossible to help you ! I enjoyed so much my stay here and i will go back ... the rooms are nice and up on the 3rd floor there is a nice roof terrace where we enjoyed our evening with a drink looking the sunset. The breakfast is enjoyable with a lot of cakes and a nice man that should be a singer !
We enjoyed very much and we go back to sorrento and to Palazzo guardati !

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

The hotel was decorated tastefully and rooms were spacious. First floor rooms are over next door restaurant's kitchen, so it was very noisy between 11-2pm when they cleaned up - we had assumed it was building work! We had to contact reception daily to have them ask to be quiet. We heard other guests mentioning it as well. Though it was only a problem in the mornings, you could hear all noise from guests going to breakfast.

Unless specifically asked for none of the extras were offered. The coffee at breakfast was so bad it was undrinkable - make sure to ask for other type of coffee. Basic breakfast option with lots of nice cakes. The singing breakfast attendant was great!

Hotel was very central, down a small side alley. The pool was roped off. Nice roof terrace.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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EmanuelaSorrento, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Palazzo Guardati, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2011

Dear Guest
we are very sorry for your complaint but you should tell us when you was here in hotel, so we could provide to make a better coffee for you !
We hope you will give us another chance.
Regards
The Management

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Reviewed 21 May 2011

We stayed at the Palazzo Guardati for one week in May 2011 and did not want to leave. The hotel was spotlessly clean and our room was comfortable and extremely spacious. We would have liked tea and coffee making facilities in our room but as the hotel was surrounded by numerous cafe's this was not too much of a problem. The hotel is located about 50 m's away from the main square and is in a fantastic spot to make the most of Sorrento. The people and food of Sorrento are beautiful and we never had a bad meal or glass of wine! One thing that we would recommend is to organise trips to Pompeii and Capri etc. independently as we saved a great deal by using the train and hydrofoil rather than booking through Thomson.

If you stay at the Palazzo Guardati expect to have a lovely time and to come back wanting more!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

Just returned from the Palazzo Guardati and stayed for 2 weeks. As previously mentioned, great location, beautiful rooftop, chambermaids were two lovely ladies, room was kept very clean during our stay. However, upon arrival we were given a room which we had specifically asked not to be in (facing the busy alley and on a lower floor). This was changed after 2 nights and we were given a room on the 2nd floor but this was next to the lift and we were awoken every morning at approx. 6.30a.m. with people using the lift (very noisy). Could not be bothered to ask for a 2nd room change. However, the worst part of our stay was the breakfasts. On the first morning we went down for breakfast at 9a.m. and found an almost empty breakfast bar. No bread, toaster not working, no scrambled eggs. All that we were offered was tinned fruit salad, yoghurt, and hot dog sausages. When we asked for eggs the waiter offered us hard boiled eggs and 3 hot dog sausages. I was also given 3 bread rolls which had obviously just been defrosted. Complained to staff who said they would look into this. Breakfasts improved slightly, with more bread but nothing else. Scrambled eggs were always almost gone by the time we arrived for breakfast and never replenished except for our last day. Fresh fruit was old as was the cakes and quiches. The most annoying thing in the breakfast room was the fact that Vittoria left a dish next to our table with some money in it and was obviously a request for a tip. We left nothing at all as we had breakfasts out of the hotel on 4 occasions as we could not face the same disgusting food day after day. The rooms in the hotel are what they are. You cannot expect beautiful views from a hotel so centrally located, but they were comfortable. This hotel could be the little gem which other travellers have described it as, but the breakfasts are a disgrace and should be dealt with immediately. It is annoying that we payed a lot for our holiday, which included breakfast, and we ended up spending 20 euros on 4 occasions in order to start the day with decent food.

Room Tip: Away from the alley, ask for upper floors
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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EmanuelaSorrento, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Palazzo Guardati, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2011

Dear Guest
we are very sorry for the inconvenient, we try to make our possible help with a free upgrade of the room, our waiter try to make a good service as he do from many years in our hotel and also as you can see from other good reviews. Sometimes after so many good comment happend that one is unhappy for something that went wrong and for that we apologize for any inconvenient caused.
We are sure that if you will give us another chance we will try to do our best for you and all our dears guests.
Best Regards

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Reviewed 5 May 2011

Discovered this gem of a hotel walking around Sorrento.The location is central to all the daily action and night-life -just off one of the main piazzas,Piazza Tasso.Looks inviting from the outside;surprised that room rates affordable! Upon entering the wide lobby, you are greeted by friendly staff at the reception desk. If you're lucky, you may be welcomed by Marco.Such a caring man who genuinely wants your stay to be a great experience.The decor is tasteful southern Italian ( yes,there is such a thing), rooms are well-furnished with spacious bathrooms,windows that open for fresh air,heating and cooling, comfortable bed.There's a terrazzo to naturally top up your daily vitamin D. The Breakfast area is downstairs.The selection of hot and cold food is delicious.Vittorio looked after us warmly.Mangia,mangia is the mantra here! When he is in the kitchen preparing your hot dish,his singing voice is impressive.Very homely- great way to start any day!Late check-out at midday was great.Marco cheerfully allowed me to leave my o'night bag at Reception while I continued my retail research,before then going onto Pompei.
I travel often,so when I find people who not only do their job to the best of their ability and are also proud of their town, Sorrento, I must share this experience. From this hotel,you can easily access the fabulous best-value for money shopping:silk ties,leather goods,stylish swimwear,culinary delights, stunning views,the ferries to Capri, Amalfi. Note: more ferries and destinations are available between mid-April to October. I couldn't get a ferry from Amalfi to Sorrento in November 2009;OK for September/October. I think Capri is overrated so I'd say go for a visit and stay in Sorrento. A short walk to the best 'supermarket' that also has amazing good quality inexpensive Espirit clothes eg. a chic navy blu tanktop 12.50 euros.Internet connections are slow on in this part of southern Italy compared to Australia.TV has CNN,BBC etc.By now you've realised I love this place. It's all there for you to discover at your leisure senza stress.And no, I do not work for La Peninsula Sorrentina tourism.

Room Tip: Found 2nd floor quiet.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again.
The staff was both friendly and helpful.
The rooms were large and clean .
The roof deck was a great place to relax.

Room Tip: Rooms are pretty quiet not much of a view frm the.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Sant'Antonino 24 - 26, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#25 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#27 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#38 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £99 - £266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Palazzo Guardati 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Palazzo Guardati, well-known 4 stars hotel, is located in the historical center of the vivacious Sorrento town, among the more suggestive places of Naples Gulf.Located not far from the sea and absorbed in the characteristic historical center,full of small shops and workshops of the typical Sorrento craftsmanship, it gives to its guests the possibility to live fully the magic Sorrento atmosphere. ... more   less 
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