We've just arrived home from a lovely two week stay at the Alpha hotel. This was our second visit as 1 week last year just wasn't enough! The hotel areas and room was spotlessly clean; the maids cleaned the room, changed the towels and made the bed every day. We asked for a quiet room and was given a room situated on the side of the hotel, lovely views of the hills from the balcony. Balcony had a table, chairs and sun chair loungers. The only negative was that we were near the main staircase and could hear everybody walking up and down the stairs but this didn't bother us too much!
The staff were amazing and definitely a credit to this hotel. Reception and restaurant staff were friendly, helpful and very attentive plus with a great sense of humour too. Salvatore was a true gent, always ensuring that we were having the best possible stay!
Half board consisted of a buffet style breakfast in the morning with plenty of choice. The evenings were a 3 course meal with a varied menu that wasn't repeated over the 2 weeks. The food was absolutely delicious and you were always left full! Gala night was a set menu but a real treat, not to be missed, especially the Vesuvius cake.
The pool is reasonably sized, gets deep quite quickly but with a baby pool on the side. Sun beds are comfortable and the pool area is kept clean. It was good that the pool opened at 9 because some people reserved beds with towels and then went off for the morning. We managed to get the beds we wanted at 9 if we fancied a day by the pool.
We were much more adventurous with exploring the area as this was our second visit. The hotel is a 30-40min walk from Sorrento and we would normally take the coast road, much nicer view points on the way. The train station was a 2 min walk from the hotel and one stop from Sorrento. We also used the train to travel to Pompeii and Herculaneum which are both on the same line from Sant'Agnello. This was cheaper then doing it through Thomson. We did book two excursions through Thompson which where the select boat trip to Capri and Ischia and the gardens. We didn't think much of Capri unless your somebody who likes designer shopping and we would have much rather explored Anacapri which is on the other side of the island. However the boat trip to Capri was the best bit of the trip. There was a max of 12 on the boat which took as along the Sorrentine coast and around the island of Capri. The boat anchored for lunch and a swim plus as it was select we were picked up and dropped back to the hotel. The trip to Ischia was good value, this included a coach pick up to the marina, a ferry (journey 1 hour) to the island and then a coach trip stopping of at various spots for pictures then lunch finished of with a 3 hour visit to the Mortella gardens which were simply stunning and tranquil (we enjoyed it even though we are not keen gardeners).
We would definitely recommend this area of Italy and the Alpha hotel! Looking forward to a 3rd visit in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Alpha Hotel Sorrento
- Alpha Hotel Italy/Province Of Naples