Grand Hotel Flora

, Sorrento, Italy
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Grand Hotel Flora

, Sorrento
4 star

Rooms: 128

Corso Italia 248 - Sorrento - 80077 - Italy Hotel Website | | 0818782520
321 Traveller

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Hotel Flora, Sorrento
Submitted by: Rob in 14/07/09
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type:
Going to the Hotel Flora? What you need to know is: 1) Don't get a room at the front of the hotel overlooking a busy road and petrol station. A room on the side is good and a room at the back with a view over the pool is likely to cost you a bit more.
2) You'll get a great view over the sea from the Dining room which is at the top of the hotel.
3) The best staff are without doubt in the dining room. They're cheerful and friendly without ever being overbearing. Moreover they are really organized and get the job done well. I'm a vegetarian and on half board I was well catered for. The food is plentiful and of really good quality for a place dealing with large numbers.
4) The rooms are very clean. Linen changed every day or two.
5) Turn right out of the hotel and within a minute or two you are in the centre of town. You're on the main road anyway - that's why you don't want a room at the front of the hotel.
6) The railway station is less than five minutes walk from the hotel. Just turn right out of the hotel and you'll find it as you walk into town.
7) Go to Pompeii independently on the train. It's lots cheaper than an organized trip and you get dropped off a couple of hundred yards from the entrance.
8) We took an organized bus trip of the Amalfi Coast which was excellent and visited Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
9) We had lots of reports of trips to Capri just involving huge queues on hot sticky days so gave that a miss and went to another island - Ischia - instead and had a great trip.
10) For any trips just go to the 'Marina Piccolo' and book up. Booking offices tend to be closed around early afternoon. Our full day trip to Ischia cost 35 Euros and was good value.
11) Don't wait until you want to get on a bus to get a ticket. The bus driver is one of the few people who won't take money off you! You need to go to a tobacconist and get a ticket (1 Euro) in advance. When you get on the bus you have to validate it by pushing it into a little machine at the entrance. It's valid for 45 minutes from the moment you validate it so it's possible to take two trips with one ticket.
12) Many people speak good English but have a go at a few basic Italian phrases.
Submitted by: Gordon in 11/08/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
Was rather let down by the hotel in general, felt more like an easy target for money than a guest,sunbeds were 5 euros to hire, no gym or sporting room, bar prices way too high, service can be varied.
Rooms dated with old fashioned lighting fitments and wood inlay furniture, needs a revamp, rating of a four star too generous, maybe 3 at a push, food not catering for the basic eater, can be very fancy and includes a lot of seafood, staff quite offish and a bit patronising.
Wouldnt go again, all show and no substance.
Excellent dining room staff
Submitted by: J Miller in 02/10/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Enjoyed our holiday at Gran Flora. Disappointed at location across from garage, but after getting used to noise it was quite entertaining. Food ok. Reception staff not very helpful but the waiters in dining room made up for them. Loved Sorrento
Excellent Standard
Submitted by: Rosemary in 03/09/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
This was our first visit to this part of Italy and fell head over heels with Sorrento and its beauty. The hotel grand flora was excellent; the food was very good and plentiful with a staggering buffet breakfast which lasted us all day. The waiters were a brilliant blend but always very friendly and attentive. I would have no hesitation in recommending the flora to anyone wanting excellent hotel. Two points that for us was a bit disappointing was there wasn't any entertainment in the hotel at night and we would have liked a room with a balcony but as we booked last minute this was the luck of the draw
Great Service & Staff
Submitted by: Aillie in 26/06/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I have just returned form a holiday in Sorrento having thourally enjoyed it and that Hotel Flora played a large part in making that happen. The hotel is very welcoming and give efficent service. The staff obviousley enjoy working there and this comes across making you feel valued, and special. We were only there for a week but I would definatley go back there, there is so much to do, and the staff would make you feel like you were comeing home.
The Hotel is situated close to the center and the walking was not a problem as it was surpisingly mainly on the flat untill you wonder down to the port or up to the Tuesday market. Which we did and it looked worse than it actually was, if walking is a problem then the bus service is adequate.I was in a party of three ladys and we felt perfectly safe wondering around at any time of the day or evening. There arn't any touts pushing there establishments on you, it is hassle free to wonder freely.
I have read reviews about Hotel Flora, perticullay about the busy road its on and the balconys at the front overlooking the petrol station, well we had one such room and we did not linger there only used it the dry swim wear. I don't know what to say only that it did not spoil our holiday the room and Hotel was lovely but if it an important part of your holiday then specify this before you book. Our holiday rep was George and we found him very helpfull.
This is really a three star hotel
Submitted by: Peter Trenoweth in 30/08/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
My partner and I stayed at the Grand Hotel for seven days in June (2005). The Hotel has been recently renovated and this has been done to an acceptable standard. The pool is of a decent size although the pool area is limited in space. The hotel charges for the use of sun beds (5 euros each) but the Flora cannot be specifically criticized for this practice as this is the norm for hotels in the area. Nevertheless it does add to the general impression that you are a commodity at the hotel rather than a guest. This impression is compounded by the strictly enforced rules regarding the consumption of water whilst using the pool area. In 90-degree heat it is totally unreasonable to insist that all guests only consume water purchased at the hotel's inflated prices. This may seem like nit-picking but it is just an added impediment to feeling comfortable in the surroundings. As is the rule that the pool area is closed to guests from 6 pm-9am. Of course the pool has to close at some point but why should you be made to leave the pool when the weather remains gloriously hot until well after 8 pm? Leaving one sunny area of the hotel would not be such a problem if it weren't for the fact that, apart from the few who are lucky enough to get a decent balcony, this is the only area in which you can enjoy the sun. The majority of the hotel's rooms and therefore balconies face a very, very busy main road. It is simply not possible to relax in this space. Trust me on this, the view is absolutely up there with the worst that you could imagine. Across the busy road is a busy petrol station and the combination of audial and visual unpleasantness that this panorama induces make the room's curtains and double-glazing by far its most attractive features. In short the balcony is redundant which makes you question where Thompson's/Hotel Fora get the nerve to charge a supplement for such a facility. This brings me to the crux of my grievance with this hotel and it's booking agent's and this is that having read the reviews on this page I knew that the rooms facing the road would not provide the type of holiday accommodation that my partner and I wanted. We stated this to the Thompson booking agent who assured us that we would be placed at the other side of the hotel. Further, although she couldn't guarantee this part, we might even get a sea view. On arriving at the hotel we found that this was never the case. The majority of the rooms face the street and those that don't are snapped up early by those that are in the know. Not only was there no chance of a sea view, which is to be expected, but there was no chance of us being placed away from the road. This was not to be expected because had i known that there was the slightest chance of being placed in such a room I wouldn't not have booked the holiday. I arrived on a Monday and was told that there was a chance that we could be moved the next day, this didn't happen. I spoke to the holiday rep on Tuesday morning who told me that she would investigate and that there was a chance that we could be moved by Friday, this didn't happen. I saw the ‘rep' on the Wednesday and she told me that her investigation would take a few days and that she would get back to me, this didn't happen. I saw her two days before the end of the holiday and she told me that she would have an explanation for me before I left, this didn't happen. When I left on the Monday there was a note from Patricia saying she was still investigating and that she would let us know what had gone wrong with our booking by writing to us at our home address. Needless to say as of yet this has not happened.
The upshot of the whole experience is that if you want a perfectly adequate hotel that is well situated in relation to the town centre then the Hotel Flora is okay. However, if you are looking for a holiday where the Hotel's four-star facilities extend to enjoying any amount of time spent on your room's balcony than it is not.
This is really a three star hotel and that is what you should expect and pay for unless you can get a written guarantee that you will not be put in a room facing the road.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Grand Hotel Flora

Super staff, super hotel.

from Attews
A superb hotel within 10 minutes walk from Sorrento centre. Rooms large and well decorated - our room at the front on the main road side but with no noise at night heard through the double glazed doors. Air conditioning kept the room at 18 degrees so sleep was fine.
Staff at the hotel excellent from the reception to the waiters to the lounge and swimming bar. Always on hand and very friendly and helpful.
Food at the restaurant good, breakfast varied (cheeses, hams, pastries, fruit, cereal, yoghurt, bacon, egg) - what more could you want. Evening meal a choice of 4 starters, main and dessert (vegetarians catered for) with the starter enough to be a main meal itself!!.
Swimming pool fine with always one side of the seating area in shade in you wished so sunshades not required. Only negative is that 3/4 of the pool is over 2 metres deep.
Overall, an excellent base for Sorrento and the surrounding areas - will defintely return.

Excellent Hotel !

My wife and I plus our 4 year old daughter have just returned to UK having spent 2 weeks at The Flora. The Hotel is excellent value, the restaurant staff are fantastic and were great with my little girl.Not to be missed is the Gala Dinner night every Wednesday- it is brilliant ! Location is great - approx 5 mins walk to good shops and 10 mins walk to main Piazza Tasso where all the restaurants are.Try to get a room at the rear of the hotel as the main road outside can get noisy but once you shut the balcony door you can hardly hear it.I would have no hesitation in staying here again.

Pool area has no shade

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from a week at GHF. Staff are excellent at this hotel and really made our stay pleasant. Be warned the hotel is having some building work done at present and it can be very noisy. As we were on the ground floor we could not use our balcony because of dust etc. The pool area has no parasols and is unbearably hot, also you will be charged for sunbeds! However hotel is well situated, extremly clean and the food is very good if not always to our taste. Would cerainly visit again.

Accommodation great, poor breakfast

from dromona16
The hotel is located approximately 10 minutes easy walk from he centre of the town, and only about 5 minutes from the railway station. The lobby / pool and rooms are all of a high standard, but the hotel is let down badly by its breakfast. On the plus side, the staff are all very helpful and the view from our superior room was magnificent!

great stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed ar the flora towards the end of june. We had a great stay, the staff were friendly, food great and different every night, the pool is clean and spacious, rooms are cleaned and towels changed daily, all in all a great stay and we look forward to returning next year.


from A TripAdvisor Member
ALthough the room that I stayed in was overlooking the Corsa Italia (the main road into Sorrento) it was an excellent hotel. Any requests made to reception were executed within minutes!!!!!!!!. I stayed half board and the food was excellent - I stayed for two weeks and we never got the same menu twice. The restaurant staff were fantastic - if something was on the menu that you didn't like you got an alternative. Gala nights a must!!!!!!!
location wise it was unbeatable - 5 mins from the train station and 10 mins (leisurley stroll)from the main square (Piazza Tasso).
Disappointment - going home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First Class

from Davidjohn
My wife & I have just returned from The Flora & it was outstanding.
The room was spot less although the view was of a side wall it did not take away the 1st class service that you receive at this hotel. The food & staff are a credit to this hotel & we are returning to Sorrento later in the year & will go back to the Flora.

A great hotel with charming staff and fantastic food

from brainy-blonde
Just came back from spending two weeks in the Flora and am very impresed.
We read the reviews before going and were a little nervous because of some of the comments made by other people, but we needn't have worried.
We had a fantastic time, in my opinion the hotel cannot be faulted.
It is very clean and pleasantly decorated, It has a central location so all the shops and resturants are within walking distance, there is a good choice of food and the staff ( especially the waiters in the resturant) were wonderful.
We had a sea view room which I think was a good idea as a lot of the standard rooms face the road.
The views from our room and from the 5th floor resturant were breathtaking.
I would recommend this hotel - in fact I am counting the days until I can return!!!

The best holiday!

from fayeea
Ended up at the Grand Flora for our honeymoon following late cancellation of our previously booked holiday. We had the best time ever! The hotel was lovely with great food, nice pool, clean rooms. The Hotel was a 10 minute walk from the centre of Sorrento and the town had lots of good bars, cafes & restaurants. Loads of things to do...Capri visit is a must & Pompeii & Amalfi Coast, in fact any of the trips are brill! Word of warning, if you go to Mount Vesuvius, beware of the sticks!!!!! Tramps offer them to you to help you on the walk up but then rob you for all your change on the ways back down...cheeky beggars! Sorrento itself can be quite expensive so look around at food prices before sitting down. Stray from the obvious tourist places as there are some lovely streets with cute cafes & shops. We were there in October and every day was sunny & 26-28 degrees. Highly recommended!

Flora Hotel - fantastic!!!

from pbandmellis
3rd - 17th September 2004.

My wife & I plus two friends had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at the Grand Hotel Flora. We found the staff friendly & helpful. The rooms were cleaned & the towels changed daily. As for the meals, we were spoilt for choice at breakfast: whilst for the evening meal there was a choice of four starters, at least three main courses, a large unlimited salad selection plus choice of desserts. The hotel is unfortunately on a busy main road, but we were at the rear overlooking the lovely swimming pool. We would definitely use this hotel again.

Top Local Tips for Sorrento

New Restaurant in Sorrento Less than 2 minutes walk from our Hotel (Grand Hotel Flora) is a brand new Restaurant opened by a fellow from Naples. It is called La PIzza de Poeta. Good food, Good Service, reasonable price. It is a good choice if you do not want to walk 20 minutes into Central Sorrento for a nice meal.

Pompeii Don't miss Pompeii

eat pizza! All the food was lovely but pizza is their #1A speciality.


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  • Address: Corso Italia 248 - Sorrento - 80077 - Italy
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