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“A small hotel with Class.”
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Villa Garden Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Sant'Agnello
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 May 2008

Just spent a week in the Villa Garden and we were delighted with our choice.

Some compromises are unavoidable in this very crowded part of Italy. It is a ten minute walk to the railway station and 30 to Sorrento. The pavements are narrow to non-existent. Trees often take up so much pavement space that single file is the norm. And in alleys where cars and busses do not penetrate, the scooters roar by in a cloud of blue fumes. But the Villa Garden is on a block jutting out to the sea and an oasis of quiet. Powered shutters cut out even the least noise and we had completely undisturbed sleep. When you get to Sorrento and encounter the barrage of traffic noise and pavement jams, you appreciate the wisdom of staying in Saint Agnello.

The hotel looks out on the Bay of Naples and a pavement viewing area attracts young couples all evening long. Sunset was glorious. We never entered or left the hotel without wandering to the rail and gazing out.

The final block to the hotel is difficult to access for large busses in the dark and we were dropped by Thomas Cook at the intersection and directed down the poorly lit lane with our luggage. It felt a little strange, but in a couple of hundred yards we rounded the corner and there was the hotel.

The hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful. Their English was good. The room was immaculate and attractively decorated. The bed was large, if a little firm. The bathroom large and the shower as expected hand held. Strange when it would be quite simple to arrange a screen and wall bracket.
A small safe was large enough for wallets and phones and documents, but no more.

The television was flat screen, but the “satellite TV” is only BBC World News and CNN. Plus five Italian channels, which were pretty dire. But no matter, there are swings and seats in the hotel garden and drinks are brought to you while you watch the stars come out.

The pool is on the small side and in mid-May on the cold side. But refreshing after a hot day.

The breakfast and the breakfast room were just as good as reported by others. A side benefit of the Villa Garden is that it is at the end of the pickup schedule for excursions. We were always last to be picked up and first to be dropped off. Saving a lot of time in traffic going round the hotels and always giving us time for an unhurried breakfast before setting off.

With the Euro the way it was, it is easy to run up a significant bar bill, but it is hard to get worked up about it when the staff were so attentive. They even bring you plates of little biscuits while you sunbathe.

For evening meals we divided our time between Moonlight, which is two blocks away and Taverna Rossa which is five blocks away. Moonlight worked out around 55 euros for two for three courses and a bottle of wine. Rossa was a real find and worked out at half that for two courses and a ½ litre of the house red. The house white at Moonlight and the house red at Rosso were far better than I would have expected and superior to the more expensive bottle of Lachrymia Christi we tried. Rosso is small and busy but the starters and pasta were very good. I don’t think it’s a dessert place. On the other hand Moonlight was airy and attentive with good pasta and tiramisu. Taxis from Sorrento can be 20 – 30 euros at night, so we never bothered. It was much easier to use the local restaurants.

The local bus stops one block from the hotel and has the schedule posted. It comes about every half hour. You buy the 1.10 euro tickets in advance at the Tabacci shops or reception. Pay attention to the bus marked C Marina Piccola. That takes you right down to the harbour, where the boats leave for destinations all over the bay. It’s important to use the C bus because you would have to have a death wish to try and walk down the narrow hairpin road to the harbour. It has no pavement. We caught the bus at 8:16, bought the tickets and boarded the 8:45 to Capri with five minutes to spare. Be warned the boat company would not accept a credit card for the 60 euro fare ( for 2 ). I had trouble using my cashline card, but the credit card did work in the bank machines.

San Agnello itself has no great centre. Just the busy Corsa Italia and little shops. The Vesuvio train was fine, though do check the destination on the front of the train as some of them only go part way. It would be absurd to pay 30 euros for an excursion to Pompei when you can get there on the train for 3.1 euros and have as long as you want. We did pay for the Amalfi drive excursion because the queue and over-crowding on the public bus to Amalfi looked wretched.

The Villa Garden is a small hotel, which retains many characteristics and furniture of a family mansion. And the friendliest and most competent staff we have encountered. Recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed 18 May 2008

Stayed at the Villa Garden for 3 nights in early April 2008. The hotel has a magnificant location overlooking the Bay of Naples and is in a quiet street that does get a few locals coming down to enjoy the view of an evening. We had room 105 which has a terrace and beautiful view. The breakfast menu is extensive and can't be faulted and neither can the staff who are also helpful. The bus takes you into Sorrento and takes about 5-10 minutes and you can buy the tickets at reception. We ate at local restaurants recommended by the hotel and found them to be relatively cheap and with a good variety and with excellent food. We arrived on the train from Naples, you get off at the Sant'Angello stop and turn left after you come out of the station and walk under the rail line and down the hill to the hotel which takes about 15 minutes. The furnishings throughout the hotel are beautiful and the pool area a great place to relax. One of the best in Italy!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 April 2008

We were actually due to stay at Hotel Mediterraneo which was just around the corner, but due to them being overbooked, they organised for us to stay here for 2 nights. First the good - the breakfasts were lovely, and the staff serving were delightful (much better breakfasts than the hotel Mediterraneo). Our room had a beautiful view and all seemed fine, the pool was quiet, but not as nice as the pool at Hotel Mediterraneo. The big problem we had, was that our room was infested with ants. When we first arrived there was no obvious problem, but I noticed when going to bed that there was a trail of them in the bathroom, the problem intensified when we woke up the next morning to find them sharing the bed with us, they had also made themselves comfortable in my suitcase, amongst my clothes. We told the receptionist about this problem, and she accused of us eating food in the bed, which really annoyed me because we certainly did not eat food in the bed, and there was no food in my suitcase, and they were definitely in there. By the time we returned that afternoon the ants were gone, and we were happy. This was not to last, that night my husband was woken by ants crawling all over him and biting him. We tried with no success to complain at the time, but could find no staff, and were just extremely glad that we were leaving the next day. Again, we mentioned it to the staff, but because we were leaving they did not seem concerned, but would 'deal with it'. This was such a shame, as otherwise the hotel was fine.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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8  Thank HelenNS
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Reviewed 4 October 2007

Since 2000, when we came on our honeymoon, we have visted the Villa Garden 12 or 13 times!! It is, without doubt, the friendliest and most accommodating place we have EVER stayed - and we travel a lot! Stunning views, impecible service and a pool that is never crowded - even in peak sason. We love this place, we love the people (but, don't tell everyone - it's our secret hideaway!!)

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank Malcatola
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Reviewed 1 October 2007

The Villa garden is an impressive hotel that made our 'Honeymoon' in Sorrento very special. We stayed in a 'Junior suite', the room was well kitted out with a stunning sea views, electric blinds, jacuzzi bath, mini-bar etc.
Everywhere around the Villa garden oozed class, it was immaculately maintained and cleaned.
We were staying on B&B basis and we must say the buffet style and cooked breakfast suited us with a choice to match any 4* hotel in the UK, the breakfast staff were extremely curtious and friendly, we were greated every morning with a genuine smile.
The reception staff and family owners answered many of our questions and caterered for our every need with a polite manner, we can't wait to come back to enjoy a much needed break soon. Many thanks to Gabriella, Paola, Silvio and all the staff who made our stay truelly memorable.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 3dodos
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Reviewed 21 September 2007

A very clean and comfortable hotel with stunning views across the Bay of Naples. We spent 7 nights there and had a room with a small balcony. It was amazing to sit watching the sunset each night.

Staff were friendly and courteous without being intrusive and the rooms were so beautifully clean, it was a delight. Breakfast was superb - very friendly waiting staff and a great choice. The downside is that the hotel doesn't do evening meals and the choice of restaurants in the vicinity is limited. It's worth noting also that the walk into Sorrento took us, a reasonably fit couple, about half an hour but involved walking along the roads with cars whistling by you the whole time and sometimes not a pavement. It is possible to get the bus or a train, however, although even the walk to the station will take you about 10 minutes. It's a very quiet spot apart from the road cleaner which comes round early most mornings.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Elizalilian
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Reviewed 20 August 2007

We have just returned from a very pleasant and relaxing week at the Hotel Villa Garden.
This is one of the few places that my wife and I agreed that we didn't want to leave and we will certainly be returning as soon as possible.
Our room (106 ) was perfect with its spectacular views to Vesuvius ( when it was visible through the haze, but you can't blame the hotel for that! ) and the shutters were brilliant at keeping the sun and noise out. Some mornings it was 09.30 before we realized what the time was!
All of the staff are extemely friendly and considerate and will put themselves out for you.
The drinks at the bar are a little expensive althought the lunch time menu was reasonably priced.
We would certainly suggest that you listen to the receptionists about which restaurants to eat out at as they can be very knowledgeable.
The great thing about this hotel is that it is far enough out of the hustle of Sorrento but close enough to walk to if you want.
Breakfast is quite an experience high above the sea watching the local fishermen close to the shore.
Just be aware that there is no beach to speak of in Sorrento just bathing platforms on top of rocks that you have to pay to access and again for sunbeds and parasols ( You can't take your own ).
Once you get the hang of the aircon you can get it on a low setting and you can't hear it which is bliss.
Overall this is the perfect place for a romantic holiday away for couples who want to enjoy each others company and eat out every night..
One warning, Italian food is amongst the best in the world but you can have too much of a good thing and there are no other restaurant types in the area ( No Chinese, Indian or anything remotely exotic ).

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RossWen
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Address: Via Nuovo Rione Cappuccini 7, 80065 Sant'Agnello, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sant'Agnello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sant'Agnello
#1 Luxury Hotel in Sant'Agnello
#7 Family Hotel in Sant'Agnello
Price Range: £110 - £332 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Garden Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Garden is a refined boutique hotel located in the Peninsula of Sorrento, on a rocky spur directly above the sea. The breathtaking panorama one enjoys from the Belvedere encompasses the entire Bay of Naples, with the majestic Vesuvius, the gentle hills and the picturesque villages dotted along the coast immersed in the luscious green vegetation. A real corner of Paradise, where the ancient Romans built a splendid villa and where the great European painters of the 17th and 18th century came to seek inspiration for their magnificent paintings. Today this is the ideal place for relaxing and romantic stays, to discover Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and other gems of this blessed land. The villa has been completely restructured but in full respect of the original architecture. It's 19 rooms are finely furnished, many of these have balcony and sea view. The personal care of the owners, the courtesy of the Staff, the intimate and elegant atmosphere, make of Villa Garden a "Hotel de Charme". ... more   less 
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