We stayed here from 15th-22nd August 2014 and I can't say a bad word about the hotel. It truly exceeded our expectations as a four star property and while people say they feel the decor is dated they obviously don't understand the idea of a traditional Italian hotel.
The hotel decor is lovely from top to bottom both communal areas and rooms. The hotel is lovely and clean, which takes me onto the maid service. The rooms were cleaned every single day whilst we were out enjoying ourselves. Sometimes twice a day if we were still out traipsing around the streets of Sorrrento or climbing the 1000 steps up to Capri. If we happened to be in the room getting ready for a hearty Italian meal in the square they would always knock and check the room was to our expected standard. I felt this was a really nice touch and is something you don't receive in many other countries or resorts.
If you are expecting a large balcony, then you may be upset however the views do not disappoint and who wants to be sat there watching when you can be out there doing!
Outside the pool is a gorgeous area to spend a day relaxing. It's not loud nor overcrowded and you should never have trouble to get yourself a sun lounger. A very nice sun lounger at that with a canopy overhead for shading your eyes or more if you're not a sun worshipper like me. If you don't want to venture out for something to eat, then no need. The hotel pool bar does reasonably priced snacks, drinks and more and you don't need to carry money around the pool with you, you can sign and pay at the end of your stay. (Just make sure you don't loose track of how many cocktails you have ;))
Speaking about the bar brings me to the restaurant. We stayed on a B&B basis so used the restaurant every morning and like I mentioned sometimes ate at the pool snack bar. Every member of staff that we encountered throughout our stay whether this be in the restaurant, pool bar or reception were all extremely friendly and helpful and couldn't do enough for us.
I see people say breakfast in the restaurant is basic I say people need to go with an open mind. Yes they have the same choices each morning, don't pile your plate on the first day! Decide what you're going to have, maybe something different each morning (I don't know - just a suggestion) ... it isn't going to disappear. For us we had no issues with breakfast, plenty of options from warm cooked breakfast to the normal cereals or yoghurt and then you have the Italians kind of breakfast ham and cheese or ....cake! This pleased some of our party as you would expect!
I could talk all day as we really enjoyed our stay in the hotel and our week in Sorrento. Just one point to finish on would be the hotels location this is maybe the only thing I would change as there is a 20 minute walk to the centre of Sorrento. Which we walked at least once a day if not more this was sometimes because of the lack of times that the free shuttle bus operated. This could maybe be improved as the times just weren't always suitable for when we wanted to venture out. (However this is me being fussy.) It did not put me off the hotel at all as its location also meant it was quieter on an evening.
We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who asked and return again! :D
If my review is of any interest to you please check out my reviews on some of the restaurants and transport links in Sorrento :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Parco del Sole has been built combining a classic Mediterranean style with all modern comforts. It stands in a private park, (that belongs to the hotel), among a luxurious vegetation of lemon and orange groves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sant Agnello
- Grand Hotel Parco Del Sole Italy/Province Of Naples