I read some of the reviews after we booked this place and started to worry but it was absolutely fine. It's a standard large Italian four-star and a pretty good one at that. Regarding traffic noise, the main thing you need to know is Sant'Agnello is on a main traffic route to and from Sorrento. However, thanks to double glazing you'll hardly notice it (the same goes for the church bell). My top tip is to shut your bathroom door if it has a window as the windows in there seem to be less soundproof. And since pool is located at the back of the hotel it's really quite peaceful round there. If you're going to spend your entire holiday at your hotel want to be in a more secluded spot, you'll need to widen your budget quite significantly to stay in one of the clifftop hotels. However if you intend to go sightseeing, Parko del Sole is very handy for the station (less than 10 minutes walk). Plus the hotel has a free shuttle bus for Sorrento which is good news as Sant'Agnello is a bit limited (there are a couple of bars and restaurants near the sea that are OK and not bad pricewise, relatively speaking - the whole area is pretty expensive).
The rooms were fine - much bigger than you'd get if you stayed in Sorrento. Lots of reviews have described them as dated but this isn't a boutique hotel in Brighton, for goodness sake! They were very clean too. We had a balcony but didn't use it much. The aircon is very good and quiet so we didn't need to open the windows at night and due to the traffic noise, we finished off our evenings at the pool bar as it was quieter and a more pleasant way to end the night. The bar is open through the day, serving lunch too (not amazing but a good deal cheaper than eating out), and it's open for drinks until midnight. We didn't eat in the restaurant at night because they finish serving at 9pm - good for families I suppose. Breakfast was good though.
Staff were pleasant, friendly and helpful. When we arrived, we discovered that our twin beds had been made up as a double bed. Since there was no chamber maid available to correct this (it was after 10pm) they simply gave us an extra room for the night so we didn't have to share a bed. No fuss at all.
I'm sorry other reviewers have had bad experiences in the past but we had no complaints.
- 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