My boyfriend and I returned from Grand Hotel Parco Del Sole 2 weeks ago, after an eight night stay. We were very pleased with the hotel in general and really enjoyed our stay. Our room was very clean and well equipped, although it would have been handy to have a mini-bar in the room, and an internet point in the hotel. The hotel is dated, as other reviewers have mentioned, but this didn't detract from our stay. We slept very well due to the excellent air-conditioning, and although the room was not particularly sound-proof, we found the hotel to be very quiet at night so this didn't present a problem.
Breakfast was good with plenty of options - all the usual continental bits and pieces plus bacon, Frankfurter-type sausages and scrambled eggs for those who prefer them. We were less impressed with the pool snack bar, which we tried twice - we would not recommend this at all. Much better to pop across to Ciao Toto for a takeaway pizza and eat it on your balcony or go to the little cafe (I think called Bar 13 or something similar) on Corso Marion Crawford for cheap but excellent pasta in friendly surroundings. We did not eat dinner at the hotel restaurant so I can't comment on this.
The hotel pool area was good, with ample space and plenty of sun loungers, and a towel hire service - the pool and jacuzzi could have been a bit warmer though! In terms of location, we were actually pleased that we were not bang in the centre of Sorrento, as the hotel had a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere (being well set back from the main road) but it was also very easy to get into Sorrento as we did every night. The hotel shuttle bus is infrequent but was always on time; we also walked into Sorrento several times and it wasn't very far, although the road is quite busy. Still, there are plenty of bars and shops along the way to break the journey up! The best way we found was to use the Circumvesuviana train which takes 2 minutes and costs just over a Euro each.
We found that it was very easy to have a bad meal in Sorrento - perhaps this is because we were there in peak tourist season. I would advise anyone who is visiting in the hope of sampling some authentic, good Italian fare to do their research - the best meals we had were recommendations we found online. Our favourites were Tavern Allegra in the centre of Sorrento and La Tavernetta, situated in the hills above Sorrento, but easy to get to as they offer a free shuttle service and will come and collect you from your hotel!
- 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