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Hotel Palazzo Guardati
Ranked #54 of 100 Hotels in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 July 2011

If you want to be close to everything in Sorrento this is the place to be. The hotel is just a few steps from the main piazza and about a 10 min. walk from the train station. It is a little hard to find since it is on one of the older, narrower streets, but we just called the front desk a couple of times until we found it. Being so close to the action you would think that there would be a lot of noise...not so, the room was very quiet and we had no trouble sleeping. We had a nice balcony with a view of the ocean and the Piazza. Only downside is that we shared the balcony with the hotel signage - the teenagers thougth this was funny! We arrived hot and tired to find out that they have a very small pool on the top floor with a beautiful deck and a great view. Antonio the bar man was very helpful with getting us setup with drinks and information about the area. We were able to cool off and relax after taking the train from Florence to Naples and the local train (the circumvensia) to Sorrento. I highly recommend that you look up the times for the direct route from Naples to Sorrento on this train. It still stops at major stops, but bypasses all the little stops and cuts down on the time by about 15-30 min.

The cappuccinos are great, but the rest of the breakfast was not on par with the breakfasts at the other hotels we had stayed at - Vittorio our waiter was wonderful though. He was very attentive, always singing or saying mangie, eat!

Everyone at the front desk was very nice and accommodating. The only negative is that you have to pay for internet access (3 euro and hour or 15 Euros for 3 days - there are other choices but those are the ones that I remember). I chose the 3 day option but could only use the internet for one session. They said it was my laptop, but I used my computer at every other hotel with no problems. At check out I had to pay 5 Euro for my one session.

We did day trips to Pompeii and Capri. There is a parking lot about 5 min away where a lot of the bus tours leave from for Pompeii and other destinations. The Capri tour left from the Marina which is about a 10 min. walk. You do have to walk down quite a few stairs (130) and is not fun on the way back. I think you can take a bus, but we needed the exercise so we didn't check into it.

The best part of Sorrento is that everything is open late and they close off the main street to cars in the evening. There are tourists and locals alike walking all over. There is lots of shopping and if you like lemons this is the place to be. Limoncello, lemon drops, and lemon soap – you name it. The shops range from high end to very touristy carts. Lots of restaurants and a gelato shop that claims they make pastries for the Pope! They are open until 2 a.m.

On our last day we asked for a recommendation for a beach and ended up at “Peter’s Beach” where you have to rent a chair on the pier. (12 Euros each– 5 Euros additional for an umbrella) This seemed to be where the local families hang out which was kind of fun. We had the most amazing mussels at the little restaurant off the pier (not much of a beach to speak of).

Sorrento was one of our favorite parts of our trip.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

One minute walk from the Piazza Tiasso, in a quiet street. Rooms cleaned every day. Leave your door card in the slot inside to keep the air conditioning on. Breakfast better than most Italian hotels we have stayed in. Very helpful staff especially Antonio (find him in the roof bar). Loads of restaurants within 5 minutes walk.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

7 nights in this hotel literally yards from the main Tasso Square and minutes walking distance from the train/bus station. We booked 2 double and 1 single rooms with breakfast and were given 3 great air conditioned double rooms en suite with double glazed doors which when closed kept out all sound at night. Really comfortable beds with excellent linen. One of our party had paid extra for 3rd floor room with balcony, which was large enough for the four of us to sit out on - well worth paying for. Excellent range of buffet breakfast food - juices, cereals, yoghourt, loads of fresh fruit, cold meats, cheese, scrambled egg, boiled eggs, savoury quiche, croissants, breads, jams, tarts, cakes. Waiter in attendance for tea, coffee etc. Nothing too much trouble. There is small pool with waiter service on the roof patio area. Excellent staff - could not fault this hotel. No restaurant but that's of no consequence in Sorrento - there are 100's of excellent eateries on the doorstep.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

I returned from a stay at this hotel 2 days ago. It is situated in a small side street just a
minute away from the Piazza Tasso and could not be in a better placed. The hotel is privately owned and well managed. As always it is the staff who make or break a hotel at this one seems to have excellent ones. The bedrooms are well appointed and immaculate and kept spotlessly clean. There have been previous comments about road noise and other gripes re food but frankly I could find nothing of real fault, the breakfasts are typically Italian and I have had similar in many other hotels in the country. We occupied room 106 above the kitchens of the restaurant Caruso next door but again with doors closed and air-conditioning working there was little problem and you are in Sorrento not Bognor Regis. All the staff without exception are excellent but a small mention to Antonio on the roof terrace and Vittorio at breakfast for their attention. The roof terrace is a very nice place to sit when the weather cools for views over the Bay of Naples and the town. All in all a first class well run hotel in the heart of where you should be when visiting to town.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

We came to Sorrento for our daughter's wedding and we are really pleased we chose this hotel not only for its central location but also for the courtesy and friendliness of all the staff including the chamber maids, bar man and especially Vitorio the breakfast waiter whose singing and cheerfulness certainly brightened us after a heavy night before. We started as a family of five and ended as four after our daughters wedding on the Tuesday. This was a hectic afternoon and reception were very helpful with our many requests...so thank you. The rooms were kept clean and tidy despite the efforts of my kids, and although noisy with the windows open the double glazing certainly worked and we never lost a nights sleep. On the negative side there were no tea/coffee making facilities which we would have liked but we did bring our own kettle and cups so we didn't suffer unduly (we did ask before we plugged it in, didn't want to fuse the place). Breakfasts maybe could have been a bit more inspiring (personally I'm not keen on prunes) but hey, when in Rome etc etc............................Don't let these negatives put you off, though, it's a typical British thing and vastly outweighed by the positives. We will certainly be back, hopefully not for a wedding but to take in all those things we missed and to listen to any new tunes in Vitorios repertoire!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

We stayed at this hotel in Sorrento for 3 days while visting Naples, Pompeii, Capri and Positano. This was a great home base and the location within Sorrento was perfect, a 5 min walk to the ferry to Capri as well. The hotel itself is modern and our room although luxurious did not have much character. Staff was excellent.

Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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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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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:
#22 Family Hotel in Sorrento
#25 Romantic Hotel in Sorrento
#38 Luxury Hotel in Sorrento
Price Range: £125 - £288 (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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