The journey time from Naples airport to hotel was approx 1hr 20mins with some traffic on route and with narrow winding roads as you aproach the hotel.
The hotel itself is in a fantastic set up, the gardens are lovely, the pool is very large (if a bit cold) and the hotel itself is nicely decorated, very clean and large bedrooms/bathroom. We had room 338 which had one of the lagest balconies I have seen and extended the width of the hotel with views down to the sea and Sorrento itself, much better than other rooms balconies and also views down the Almalfi coast. The bathroom was large with a shower over the bath (Although location of tap was a bit stupid as was in your standing space). The room was cleaned twice a day and the double bed (two beds pulled together) was comfy.
Room contained safe which was included free in the room, large wardrobes with plenty of hanging space, although not many hangers provided so take your own.
Electric shutters covered blins and windows and also provided extra security (not that anyone could get onto balcony)
We stayed All Inclusive and it was a must, given the prices of food and drinks in the hotel.
6 Euros a beer, 10 Euros a pizza. The all inclusive drinks were all named brands, the beer was Nastro Azzuro (Same name as hotel!!!).
However, the barman was a grumpy so and so, who insisted on people only having one drink at a time, he spent his time spying on your table to check you had completely finished your drink before being allowed another, even if you only had a mouthful left. This was especially the case at 10pm all inclusive last orders when people tried doubling up. The All Inclusive system was new to the hotel and they werent used to English drinkers, especially those who liked a beer and it was almost to the extreme reluctance to serve people.
As the all inclusive was new, you had to sign for every food and drink item. They obviously are working out the average cost of each drink and meal.
The food was OK but not excellent. It was a menu based choice rather than traditional all inclusive buffet style. Usually 4 choices of both starter and main meal each evening, with a fish dish and a pasta dish. No matter what the option of sauce each night on the various meat dishes, it all tasted of the same gravy!!!
Breakfast was continental buffet section of meats/cheese/bread/croisants supported by English breakfast of sausage/bacon/boiled eggs and a selection fo cereals (Not on par with kellogs and tasted stale!). If you like brown sauce on your breakfast, take your own as none in hotel.
Breakfast served in basement restaurant which has outside covered terrace.
Main evening meals served in main restaurant just off the lobby. The gala night has piano player in room and is 4 course set menu, with the waiting staff prancing the food round the room to music VERY BIZARRE!!!
The lunch menu is served at the pool restuarant and covered terrace (Seats in sun if wanted). If bad weather thismoves to main restaurant.
Hotel lobby has bar area and seats in evening with piano player and room for any couple wanting to dance. Also large outside covered terrace with great views.
Hotel is about 20 mins on shuttle bus to Sorrento, you just need to book bus in advance.
A larger coach was used one day due to a lot booking on at same time.
Almalfi drive is at start of hotel, so easy to hop on local bus to go down coast.
DO NOT book ant Thomson/First Choice trips, as everything can be done on your own accord for a fraction of the price and for a longer time period. Station in Sorrento is 2 mins walk from where hotel bus drops off and train goes through to Pompei for 3 Euros 30, this takes an hour. The same line is to Pompei and is about 25 mins on train, with Pompei main site 2 mins walk from station. If going to Rome, its very simple, 1 hour from Sorrento to Naples and from 1:20hr - 3hrs on train from Naples to Rome depending on what train you take, the price reflects the speed with slower train at 10 Euros each way.
The hotel gardens and pool is very peaceful and benefits from no kids. The views are superb. Hotel provides one pool towel per person which is collected using a voucher and voucher returned when towel is returned each day. Sunbeds and deckchairs were easy to obtain round the pool and umbrellas. The gardens have several gazebos in them for those wanting to sit in gardens in the shade and there is a patio area above the restaurant in the gardens with tables and chairs, very pleasant for an evening drink.
Hotel also has another seperate annex with views down Almalfi coast.
Hotel has a tennis court which also have great views from.
Laptop available from reception for internet.
Room service available at 8 Euro charge even if on all inclusive, but menu choice was poor, better sticking to restaurants.
Mini bar fridge in room, not included in all inclusive, but useful for putting own water etc in. Hotel all inclusive provides bottles of water and packed lunch if heading off on day trip.
Rubbish hair dryer provided in bathroom, hardly any power. Towels provided and changed each day, toiletries and soaps provided.
We arived at hotel at 11pm and cold buffet was left in room with bottle of wine and water, food was good and nice gesture on arrival.
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