Hotel Admiral

, Sorrento, Italy
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Hotel Admiral

, Sorrento
3 star

Rooms: 62

218 Via Marina Grande - Sorrento - 80065 - Italy Hotel Website | | 0818782644
330 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Admiral

7/10
Great views
Submitted by: John in 10/07/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
As has been said the views here are magnificent and the staff in this hotel are very friendly and helpful. I'm not a British breakfast fan at any time so can't comment on the food put on especially for British tourists but the rest of the breakfast was fine. However the manager paid no attention to us until the last day and then when we were leaving wanted to remind us to complete the forms favourably about the hotel. The staff manage to go about their jobs without any help from him.
5/10
Dissappointing
Submitted by: Isobel in 22/09/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type:
We were recommended this hotel for it's location and it's charm. Unfortunately, for us, it lacked both! It's location is out of the way and after early morning doesn't get any sun. The hike upto Sorrento itself is, shall we say, challening!! The steps, as a previous reviewer, commented as, senic and relaxed, was just that, as every few seconds you had to stop to grasp some air into your lungs!!! The senic part was viewing holy pictures at every stop!!! Was this an omen! This hotel does look lovely on the internet pictures but in reality it is out of the way and quite basic. The towels in the bathroom were grey and so thin! However, the rooms were clean. The breakfast was based on scrambled eggs and bacon (one morning the eggs were cold and glued together!) but the evening meals were really nice. There was no privacy as the deckchairs were lined up elbow to elbow and the pool wasn't very inviting with broken plastic patio chairs placed around. A very small hotel, which, I believe prides itself on being small and friendly, but if you are used to all the staff constantly appearing from nowwhere and constantly flattering you at every opportunity, well, this is the hotel for you. We did eventually, take refuge in another hotel, The Contential, which was 10 times better (and I realise more expensive) but going there for a drink and coffee at the end of an evening was no more expensive than the Admiral. We didn't like that fact we couldn't pay for our drinks as we went along. The staff insisted (quite forceable) we put everything on our room number. Sorrento wasn't our cup of tea, but I think we would have found it much more enjoyable had we stayed in a nicer hotel in a better location. My knee hasn't been the same since, but my lungs have!!!
7/10
Great Location for Hotel
Submitted by: Trevor in 03/09/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The Hotel Admiral was in the prefect location for us with an easy 15 minute walk into town (scenic route up steps). Alternatively, there was a frequent local bus service (costing 1 euro) or hotel courtesy transport (not used). Marina Grande where the hotel is situated, is a typical old Italian working fishing port with a good selection of restaurants nearby. The Hotel staff were helpful and friendly. Our room was clean (daily maid service) with a good sea view as requested, the air conditioning however would benefit from lagging to reduce noise levels. Breakfast was generally good (described as basic), however butter was rancid and the fruit juice was difficult to determine type as water content was high, the milk was also watery. Evening meals had a good choice of varied menu options (starters, main & dessert) and were of good quality. Wine was also reasonably priced. As commented above the location is the Admirals main attraction. We would use this hotel again.
3/10
The Admiral must try harder !
Submitted by: Steve in 08/08/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Think again if you are considering this hotel and you are used to decent standards. The hotel apparently was refurbished in 2004 but you would not think so, it is very scruffy and dirty, we had to insist on a new shower curtain as ours was covered in black mould. The towels are dirty white and threadbare and the rooms need completely repainting. The food was acceptable but all the butter was rancid and the breakfast menu was monotonous, scrambled eggs and “steamed” bacon every day. The staff and waiters tried hard but it did remind us a bit of Fawlty Towers, and at the end of the week they all became rather too nice in anticipation of a large tip! We had booked a room with a restricted sea view but ended up looking straight into another building, but after making a lot of fuss ended up being moved to a sea view room. Mind you, we had to take our shower curtain with us as the one there was also disgusting. Other people there were also complaining about their rooms but were not lucky enough to get moved, so make sure you avoid rooms 119, 118, 117 and 116. Be safe and book a sea view room and insist it is at the front of the hotel. The sun terrace is small and only has deck chairs rather than sun beds and the pool was dirty. We spent all of our time on the local bathing platform which was spotlessly clean and reasonably priced with comfortable sun beds. The position of the hotel is great and a decent manager would be able to rectify most of the problems, but it seems a lot of people are happy to put up with the standards there. We only paid half price for the holiday on a late deal and this is all it was worth. If you are paying full price then you can do a lot better.
8/10
Relaxing Place
Submitted by: Neal in 21/03/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
We were a party of three couples on a five day holiday to Italy for the first time. The hotel was excellent value for money as far as we were concerned. We classed it as a low to medium 3 star by comparison with other hotels we had stayed in. Staff were really friendly - the little bar man told us his life-story one night. The waiters were very helpful, especially Antonio (he did smell of alcohol at breakfast though - but there again so did we!!). Our rooms had a superb view of Vesuvious, were clean and comfortable. Other guests seemed to be happy and we got on well with another couple from England(apart from a grumpy German bloke who shouted at me to shut the door to the balcony one evening without saying please - so obviously I ignored him).

Food was good but not spectacular so I'd recommend that you go into town because the cafes and restaurants are many and varied in Sorrento.

The only drawback, which didn't bother us too much, was that the hotel is at the bottom of a cliff and requires a steep ten minutes walk up hill to the main town. The hotel does provide an infrequent courtesy bus however.

If I go back to Sorrento I would certainly consider staying at the Admiral again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Admiral

Location Location Location!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I know it’s all been said before but it’s impossible not to enthuse about the unique position of the Admiral on the water’s edge in the lovely Marina Grande. Probably due to lack of space this delightful fishing harbour has remained undeveloped and the only evidence of the busy tourist industry is the Admiral hotel plus a few restaurants. After the hustle and bustle of Sorrento centre it was a relief to return to this peaceful spot with the stunning views across the Bay of Naples. It was easy to walk into the centre and the path was well lit at night so there was no problem taking an evening stroll.
The hotel itself was a very good 3* with clean, comfortable rooms. The bathroom had a decent shower and clean towels were provided daily. There was a good choice of food served by friendly, helpful staff and the gala night was good fun. The only disappointment was the buffet evening, no problem with the food but as all guests had to eat at the same time that evening there was inevitably a queue to be served so might be worth eating out that night if you are not a fan of buffets. It is definitely worth booking a sea view room to ensure a balcony with a view and sun in the morning (the hotel generally loses the sun in the afternoon due to its position). The pool is very small and again often not in the sun so if a pool is important to you this is probably not the hotel for you.
We tried 4 of the restaurants in the marina for lunch and they were all excellent, would also recommend the Café Latino in the town for a delicious iced coffee cocktail (Rio).
We did the organised trip to Pompeii and Versuvius, be warned the walk to the top of Versuvius is steep and the path has a loose surface that can be slippy so wear suitable shoes. It is easy to get the ferry across to Capri and it is definitely worth taking the chair lift to the top of Mt. Solaro for yet more breathtaking views. The all day bus and funicular ticket is worth getting for 7.5 Euro. I would also recommend the open top bus tour that takes you around the Sorrento peninsular, a very pleasant 2 hour drive through the hills overlooking Sorrento.
Overall a great holiday in a beautiful location where I shall certainly return.
Enjoy!

great location, clean hotel

from bungle2
We were pleased to have room with balcony and sea view. The uninterrupted view across to Vesuvius was straight ahead of us and the charming unspolit Marina Grande to one side. Beautiful.
The slight hassle in getting up the hill to the town was nothing compared to the peace and tranquility this area offers. In fact the town itself is noisy and not very interesting ....2 hours and you've seen the lot.
The ristorante z'intonio mare, in our opinion, is the best for setting, service and food choice/quality.....streets ahead of the Admiral, whose standard of food left a lot to be desired.
I wouldn't return to Sorrento, having seen it's attractions and those in near proximity. (Pompeii and Herculaneum were great, as is the Amalfi coast and the villages en route, although Amalfi town is a bit of a dump.
Capri? A bit overated we'd say...save your money.
Overall, we couldn't be better situated and if you get fed up with hill walking, which you will unless you are a masochist, the local bus is a good bet...1 euro to Piazza Tasso.

HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a fantastic 5-night stay at this hotel. In short we were pleasantly surprised, we got what we paid for and more.

The pluses: excellent location & views, very friendly staff, clean basic rooms. The minuses: noisy at times, very hard towels.

The hotel admiral is a little out of town but in our opinion this is all part of its charm. The walk along the cobbled streets to the town centre is a bit steep but nothing to worry about unless you are very very unfit. Listen out for the local women singing from their balconies enroute - absolutely magical!

This is the only hotel situated in the grand marina, a quiet, rustic fishing port featured on many of the postcards from sorrento. The views from the hotel are some of the best you can get. The restaurants nearby are excellent so there is no need to walk to town to find a great meal.

Being a group of five thirty something’s having fun in Sorrento, we only managed to make breakfast at the hotel once, so the lovely Delfinos restaurant nearby came in very handy. The pool area at the hotel is ok, nothing special but again at Delfinos next-door there is a deck stretching out into the sea with great sunloungers and for a small sum you can hire these out.

A day trip to Capri proved pricey and overcrowded, it is recommended to stay in Capri overnight to appreciate its beauty and atmosphere minus the hordes of day-trippers.

Most visitors to Sorrento probably just walk down to the grand marina to take a photo but with hotel admiral you get to stay in this beautiful location in the heart of this beautiful town - we would definitely return to this hotel and would have no hesitation in recommending it.

A word of warning: Watch out if you are getting the bus back to the airport - we waited in Piazzo Tasso for the 8.30am bus only to discover that the bus now leaves from Piazza Lauro a short walk away. Local taxi drivers on Piazzo Tasso tried to get us to take a taxi to the airport but after 45 minutes they realised that we were intent on taking the bus and only then did they tell us where to go. This also happened to friends of ours who left Sorrento a couple of days previously so it seems it wasn't just a once off.

Very pleasant hotel, great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is sandwiched between a cliff and the sea at the end of a little fishing marina just under the city centre. There are a bunch of restaurants (concentrating on seafood obviously) along the harbour, which is very picturesque. It's about 15 minutes walk along a little cobbled street up to the centre. We enjoyed this stroll - you would have to be chronically unfit or very lazy for this to be a problem. The marina is not designed for cars, but again we actually liked this as it made everything quieter and improved the atmosphere.

The hotel was clean, the staff friendly, the breakfast was good for an italian hotel. We didn't pay for the full sea view, but had a balcony with a nice view of the harbour. We would definitely stay there again.

Sorrento is a nice spot in itself, and we felt very safe there in the evenings. We also made day trips to capri, vesuvius+herculaneum, pompei, naples. We were *VERY* glad we did not stay in Naples - it's a lunatic asylum.

Excellent Hotel.....wonderful experience

from brantgirl
We spent one week at this hotel near the end of our Italy adventure....wonderful hotel and atmosphere.. I agree with all other reviews the surrounding Marina Grande is quaint..with a few restaurants for those too tired to make the journey back up to the Centre of Sorrento. One recommendation would either be to take a taxi or have precise directions prior to attempting to locate this hotel....signage is horrendous...and not may people knew how to find, however the seclusion works to it's benefit, wonderful patio area, and lounge, rooms were spacious, clean and all had wonderful views of the ocean. We too had an experience with noisy neighbours, as our first night there our room was located directly above the entrance to the hotel...the staff was very courteous and helpful and promptly switched us to the other side of the hotel... no hassle whatsoever!! Definitely recommend to anyone wishing to visit Sorrento...you will get the best of all worlds :)

romantic sorrento

from kroli222
Having travelled to Sorrento before we had a good idea what to expect, but this surpassed our expectations. We paid a little extra for a seaview and were rewarded morning and evening with beautiful views across the bay of Naples to Vesuvius and the surrounding areas. At night we watched cruise ships, lights ablaze, anchor at Sorrento, and watched firework displays from all round. The hotel is beautifully located with a relaxing atmosphere largely promoted by the sound of the sea lapping under the sundeck which is built out over the Med. The staff are courteous and attentive without being obsequious; the menus varied enough to suit all tastes; the rooms clean and comfortable. The two special nights, Sunday buffet service and Wednesday Gala Dinner night, break the week nicely, the only down side perhaps being the monotonous George playing and singing badly in the bar. Z'intonio's restaurant is very highly commended for its seafood and fish, impeccably served. Not cheap, but well worth it. The walk into Sorrento uphill is perhaps not for the fainthearted, and proved to be a two-stopper at the beginning, but we soon got used to it. Views from the various points along the way are stunning in all directions. If travelling on a package and it is not a first visit to the area, then do use the local buses, trains and ferries to get about, it is much cheaper and most rewarding. All the Sorrentese (if that's the right word) are very helpful and most speak some amount of English, so there are not many problems. We will certainly return again and again to the Hotel Admiral and are already looking forward to our next visit.

A Great Place to Celebrate our 25th Anniversary

from A TripAdvisor Member
We've spent one of our most beautiful vacation time in Hotel Admiral. Nice rooms, good breakfast, very very friendly and helpful personnell (we've never experienced such kindness in Italian hotels before!). We had a big terrasse with a great view to Golf of Naples. Unfortunately at this time of the year no sun in the late afternoon on the terrasse.
The hotel is located in the most beautiful area of Sorrent. Marina Grande - you feel as if you are "time-warped" into the 50s. The center of Sorrent is within 15 minutes walking distance.
We will always remember our stay at Hotel Admiral, where we celebrated our 25th anniversary!
Hint: if you go there by car, make sure you have detailed directions, the street to the hotel is not very easy to find!

loved the location

from BE64
We stayed in this hotel in October of last year for a girls weekend. The situation of this hotel is fantastic, the views from our bedrooms in the morning were fabulous. We thought the breakfasts were well below standard, coffee horrible!!! However, we had a great weekend, and enjoyed the walk up the paths to town and after a few drinks the walk back down to the hotel no trouble at all!! We are planning to go back again next year, however, not to this hotel.

Good location, food and service.

from Len11
We stayed at the Hotel Admiral for 2 weeks in May 05 for our Honeymoon. The views from the hotel are fantastic and being in the Marina Grande right on the sea is wonderful, listening to the sea lapping under the hotels terrace is so relaxing, whilst admiring the view over sorrento and Mount Vesuvius. The food was very good and there was a different choice each of the 14 nights we were there and the staff were all friendly and helpfull. The drinks were very cheap and the wine list was good with lots of local wines at reasonable prices. The walk to sorrento is uphill but we used to local bus service into the centre when not feeling energetic. The only bad point about the hotel was how noisy our room was early in the morning and at night, from other guests scrapping their chairs etc over the tiled floors in the rooms above.

Lovely Hotel

from shellyshols
Stayed at the hotel in August 05, it really is in a lovely location right next to Marina Grand with amazing views. It had a good atmosphere, very friendly staff. It was a very clean hotel and the food was good too. Lunch time meals were very reasonably priced.We were lucky enough to have a balcony, but not all rooms do. We did hear guests complaining to the Thomson rep about not having a balcony. We had booked the hotel independently. The hotel is in shade by about 3pm. If you like to swim the pool is a salt water pool and that wasn't very inviting. Not many people used the pool, I would say that was it's biggest downfall. It's a 10-15 min walk up to town, not good for pushchairs or wheelchairs as its all uphill on cobbles. There is a bus service available but we never used it preferred to walk. That said I would stay there again.

Top Local Tips for Sorrento

Don't be scared! catch the buses, use the trains! It's not scary, and it's great value. Just remember that on the buses you need a ticket from a newsagent BEFORE you get on the bus and you're laughing. Bon Voyage!

Go everywhere east to use public transport for capri, amalfi coast, pompeii herculaneum and vesuvious, but bring comfortable shoes!

Ask about taxi price We were shocked at the outrageous price we were charged for a taxi ride from the hotel to the Station. Admittedly it was at 6.45am but the cost of 30 euro to go 2 miles for 4 people with luggage was a bit too much ! We were stuck - had to get the train. Advice: Ask the hotel for a price before you book a taxi and before you get in it!

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  • Address: 218 Via Marina Grande - Sorrento - 80065 - Italy
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