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Hotel Iaccarino
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Reviewed 2 September 2007

Stayed for a week in August 2007 - in the middle of a heat wave, even by southern Italian standards in high summer. Imagine our delight then at the lack of air con in the room. It was a veritable furnace 24/7.

This was a great pity because otherwise this hotel has much to commend it. Other reviewers mention the fantastic views and the olde worlde charm. To that add very pleasant and helpful staff and impressive public areas.

The nearby village of Sant'Agata is charming - we came accross a free performance of light opera and other Italian favourites in the main square one evening.

As for its location - yes it is away from Sorrento centre but once you have mastered the bus timetable - or even taken the 45 minute journey on foot - you can have the best of both worlds. The bustle of the town coupled with the quiet of the village.

I say quiet, except for a very enthusiastic cockerel and an occasional manic bell ringer who sometimes feels the need to let you know that in his world it is 108 O'Clock!!!

In summary this hotel has many plus points but desparately needs AIR CON.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank labtest
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Reviewed 28 August 2007

Although 5 miles from Sorrento, the hotel has stunning views across the bay of Naples and benifits from being in the village of St Aguta where there are shops, restaurants etc. Good bus service to Sorrento. It is a pity that there was not more fresh fruit and fruit juice on the menu. Food fine, but not exiting. No air conditioning or minibars and bathrooms large, but little tired.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank gwaLondon
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Reviewed 24 July 2007

Not sure why this hotel is a 4 star hotel. The only people who would not complain are the ones that are lucky enough to be given a balcony apartment with the gorgeous sea view. ALL other rooms are 2 star at best with views of the alley at the back of the hotel and the dogs barking. No facililites in the room including no air conditioning !! The pool was not heated and was quite cold even in July. The drinks including soft drinks are very expensive, 4 euros for a coke. Unless you have paid for the balcony and the sea view ( and from what I heard that does not guarantee it), you will not be happy here. It is also way up the hill from Sorrento and you must rely on the hotel bus which does not run at good times in the evening or the public bus which is a bit hit and miss.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2007

I had a very enjoyable week at the Jaccarino Hotel.

I had originally wanted a hotel in the middle of Sorrento; but we were three adults - a married couple, and a single man. - and there seemed to be a great shortage of single rooms on offer within the town itself. So that crossed most in-town hotels of our list, except one - and I didn't fancy that one, because it was right on the main street, heavy traffic bustling past, with no garden or front terrace to sit out on, if you just wanted to sit and relax.

The Jaccarino was entirely different: it offered us what we wanted, and it's very well-sited for views. True, it was 9 Km outside Sorrento, perched high on a hillside, on the edge of the village of Sant Agata - but what a gorgeous view across the Bay of Naples. I never tired of being on the hotel's lovely, large front terrace. By day, you could see Vesuvius (Vesuvio) majestically rising behind Naples, sometimes "floating" above a misty heat haze hanging over the bay; while above Sorrento, you could see the beautiful mountain range of Monte Lattarre. By night, you could see the lights of Sorrento and of Naples, and even lights high up on the mountains. I heard the famous cockerel in the morning, and I thought he was truly splendid.

The out-of-town location brought an unexpected bonus. The village of Sant Agata is just 2 minutes walk away, up a little lane behind the back gates; and it's a charming little place, with nice little shops and friendly shop-keepers, and nice little cafes & restaurants. I could buy bottled water, biscuits, calendars, postcards & stamps, English language newspapers, within a few minutes stroll after breakfast.

The hotel itself is a former private villa of the wealthy Jaccarino family. It's rather "olde worlde" inside, with attractive, period-style furnishings, and a lovely collection of paintings and prints. The open-plan lounges on the Reception Floor are generously spacious and very comfortable. The bedrooms tend to be just big enough for two, but the beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are good. (Mine had a bidet, as well as a bath & shower). Unfortunately, if you want to sit out on your private balcony at night, there's no lighting out there - so after dark it's quite pointless. The corridors are plain and narrow (they reminded me of a converted convent), but who spends much time in corridors?

The food was very good. Breakfast buffet was not as varied as in some hotels I've been in, (mainly cereals, fruit, cold sliced meat, sliced cheese, hot eggs, yoghourt, rolls & coffee) but pleasant, tasty and more than adequate to keep you going through the morning. Dinners at night were lovely. We never saw the same menu twice. Wonderfully tasty pasta starters, meat or fish cooked in the Italian way (although vegetable portions tended to be small by British norms) and the dessert gateaux (if you had room left) were very good. We never ate in an outside restaurant for an evening meal: the dinners in the hotel were so good.
We only used outside restaurants/cafes for mid-day coffee & pizzas. I had lovely Cannelloni for lunch on our last day, in the restaurant opposite the church in Sant Agata.

The staff were very good, polite, pleasant and very helpful, and derfinitely contributed to a pleasant stay, Their local knowledge was also very useful.

The bus to Sorrento stops outside the hotel, (you have to hail it), takes about 20/30 minutes, and cost 1 Euro one-way (you have to buy your tickets in advance at the tobacco shop in the village). You can also walk to Sant Agata and take the bus which goes via Massa Lubrensa (the coastal route). Both routes are very scenic, and take you all the way to the railway station (the bus terminus).

However the bus has its not-so-good side. If you hail an early morning bus (between 8 & 9 a.m.) outside the hotel, it may already be packed, and having to stand all the way round those crazy hair-pin bends, as the bus rockets downhill, is not for everybody, esp. those with walking difficulties. If it's a bus which starts at Sant Agata, perhaps it's better to walk up to the village 15 mins early, and claim your seat early. When coming back from Sorrento, board the bus at the railway station 10/15 mins early - then you know you have a seat.
I'll extend the same warning if you are going to Amalfi or Positano by public bus. Don't hail the bus outside the hotel. Take an early bus into Sorrento first, and board the Amalfi bus 15mins early at the railway station. Even if the bus goes straight back along the same route to the Jaccarino, at least you have a seat. We naively hailed it outside the hotel, and having to stand all the way to Positano, around hairpin bends and steep gradients was a near-nightmare. The bus was packed with American tourists, most of whom (Thank God) got off at Positano.
Amalfi I'm glad to say, was worth the visit.

Living at the Jaccarino, however, you did either miss out on the night-life in Sorrento - or you missed Dinner at the hotel - for the last bus back from town was 10 p.m. This might bother some people, but not me. After a day's trekking around Sorrento, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Amalfi, or whatever, I was ready for dinner; after which I was happy just to sit on the terrace, looking at the lights, or relaxing with a coffee.

Altogether, I had a very pleasant stay there.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 November 2006

We stayed at the lovely Hotel Iaccarino this past July, if you are looking for a base to stay at and recharge your batteries then this is the one for you.

True there is no entertainment at night with the exception of a Wednesday when they have a buffet dinner with a wide range of dishes to choose from.

The situation of the hotel is fantastic with magnifecnt views of the bay of Naples and Vesuvius.

It is about a 15-20 min drive up the twisty Nasto Verde from Sorrento to the hotel location, but once you see the view it will make it all the worthwhile.

The breakfast is a typical continnental one consisting of cereal, yoghurt,eggs,croissants and fruit.
If you see nothing that takes your fancy, then just have a word with the head waiter Luigi and he will arrange for yor request,, don't be shy ask they can't read minds.

Dinner we found was wonderfull every night, the portions may be on the smaller side, but then again when you order say to Luigi and he will more than look after you.

The Lasgne is a house speciality and is rumoured to have been introduced by the Iaccarino family...Mouthwatering...

The dining room staff are very nice and friendly, from Luigi the head waiter, Toni, Luigi, Anna and Maria.

There is a bus which transfers guests to Sorrento and back at regular times though only one journey at night.

The local bus passes the front and only costs 1 Euro.
You can also get a bus to Amalfi or Positano here as well.

Pasquale the head waiter does a wonderfull job and is also very knowledgeable he also speaks 5 languages and can be very helpfull with translations.

We have stayed here on three ocassions room quattordici -14
is a great room to have if you can get it great.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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