La Minervetta Hotel

, Sorrento, Italy
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La Minervetta Hotel

, Sorrento
2 star

Rooms: 12

Via Capo 25 - Sorrento - 80067 - Italy 818073069
272 Traveller

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Brilliant, beautiful hotel

from SJ123
La Minervetta is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in, it is in a spectacular position on a cliff overlooking the quieter Marina Grande in Sorrento, where there are lots of great restaurants serving seafood delivered by the fishing boats each day.

Our room had a view of the sea and Vesuvius and each morning we would wake to this amazing sight. The beds were wonderfully comfortable and the bathrooms were spacious and clean.

The hotel is so friendly, it feels as if you are staying in a friends beautifully designed house. An added bonus are the generous and delicious breakfasts served in the dining room or on the terrace each morning.

Sorrento is extremely touisty and is packed with American and British tourists, and La Minervetta is a haven away from all the noise and bustle of the town.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone without children.

Welcome to Italy

from ShirleyA
We spent our first three nights in Italy in Sorrento at this hotel. Gorgeous view, large, bright room, helpful, friendly staff.
Fresh sqeezed OJ every morning and special breakfast on request. We ate on the veranda every morning looking out on the Bay of Naples with MT. Vesuvius in the background---------aahhhh!
Wireless best used in lobby, weak in room. 6 Euros per hour.

About a half mile walk into town to Campo Tasso.

Super cool hotel with breaktaking views

from holslove
We stayed at La Minervetta for the last four nights of our honeymoon at the start of May. It has to be the most individual, funky, cool and eclectic hotels we have ever stayed in. Our room had a floor to ceiling window with a view over the marina below and beyond. The hotel terrace afforded similarly breath-taking views and provided the perfect place to share an apertif and some olives.

The heart of Sorrento is a short stroll away (downhill) and a pleasant stride back (uphill) - especially after a few glasses of the local vino.

Alternatively, you can wander down the 300+ private steps to the marina below, past the hotel's swimming pool and various little nooks and crannies where you can lounge and relax. The marina hosts various restaurants, one of which - I think it was called Del Fino - we had two cracking and reasonably priced meals.

For that special dining moment, we went to Il Buco. The hotel recommended the restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Very much on a par with a Michelin star establishment with superb service and terrific food. An experience rather than just a meal. The restaurant on the corner, as you come out of the Il Buco walkway, was also excellent.

The hotel staff on the whole were terrific, very laid back and accommodating.

However, we had two small gripes. The first one, which is very tiny, was that the pool was empty during our stay, which was a shame. The second one was the breakfast. I've read some of the other views on this site and see that various people praise the breakfast. Personally, I think it could have been done better.

As part of this hotel's cool, laid back attitude, it has a breakfast to match. On arrival were given a brief tour of the hotel, firstly being led through the open plan lounge area to the dining/breakfast area. Here, we were informed, we could sit where we wanted in the morning and, in addition to the cold buffet, the two cooks would cook us up whatever we wanted! Great, we thought. The reality, we found, was somewhat different. When we went up to breakfast (all the rooms are below the main hotel reception areas) we quickly found the cold buffet, which was a superb spread of cakes, pastries, tartlets, fruit, yoghurts etc... However, the hot breakfast bit was a bit of a mystery. There was no menu available and the two cooks were all to often busying themselves behind the scenes. In short, I felt a strange feeling that we were imposing on their working day. In the absence of any of the kitchen staff greeting us, we were left roaming around trying to work out how things worked and discover where the coffee/tea/hot water was... Eventually, it was all sorted and, in the absence of a menu, plucked for a safe choice of 'bacon and eggs'.

Like I said, a small gripe but one that I think could be ironed out with the use of a chalk board menu and possibly the same friendly, warm greeting that we had encountered with all the other hotel staff.

On the whole, though, would definitely recommend and we'd definitely go back again.

One warning, though: not for those who are scared of heights.

What do you say??

from Ramsden
Glorious, just glorious!

We had the absolute pleasure of one night here during our week long stay in Italy. I was dying to see the hotel as I'd been addicted to the website and it just didn't disappoint at all. Our room was no 11...it's not on any of the publicity brochures but it was stunning. Yellow and aqua blue, with a MASSIVE ceiling to floor window which literally opened up so we had a 'hole in the wall' over the most stunning view of the bay of Naples. I loved the decor, I loved the bathroom (I loved everything). The other reviews say all you need to know about the amazing terrace, the views, the lovely breakfast, the friendly staff. What I don't think comes across is that this really is like staying in someone's home rather than a hotel...I don't mean that you lack the privacy and space you get in a hotel, just that you feel completley at home and relaxed. We spent the entire day either on the terrace drinking lovely cocktails and snoozing in our room. In the evening we went down the 300 stairs to the marina below and ate in the Delfino which was our BEST meal of the trip...fantastic food and very lovely people.
My only disappointment was that the pool was closed for testing the day we were there but I guess it had to be tested at some point!!

We're definitely coming back...we want to work our way through all the rooms...and we should see something of Sorrento next time!!!

Best hotel on our trip

from boston75
This was a great hotel. We were in room 8, which was just amazing. We later read in a travel book, that this was the best room in the house.

The view was spectacular from our room. Upon checking in, I felt so relazed just walking into the room. I would have been happy just sitting in the room for 3 days. The balcony was just as amazing and so was the common area where breakfast is served.

The hotel is in a nice, quiet area just outside of the center of town. It is a very pleasant walk into town.

Simply Magnificent!

from jessicarin
I have been lucky enough to have traveled to Sorrento from California on three occasions. Maison Minervetta was not only the best hotel I have experienced in Sorrento, it is also the most incredible hotel I have ever stayed in, period. The staff is fantastic - very helpful, answering all questions, and if they don't have answers, they will do the necessary research to get the answers. The breakfast is wonderful and a real delight. The most amazing thing about this hotel is the hotel itself. The views from the hotel make you wake up every morning wondering how you possibly could get so lucky as to start your day with a view of the sea, Vesuvious and Sorrento - it is breathtaking. This view can be seen from everywhere in the hotel. The guest rooms and common areas are exceedingly comfortable, welcoming and exquisitely decorated. Every last detail of the decor is well considered, with the guests' enjoyment in mind. Absolutely incredible.

The location is perfect, very close to the historic center.I cannot say enough about this hotel, only it is a very foolish thing to think of staying anywhere else.

Enjoy Sorrento!

s as good as everyone says it is

from teachers_on_tour
All I can do is echo the other reviews - this is a terrific place to stay in Sorrento.

It's just slightly out of the town, so you can pretend you've walked off all the pasta and gelato, and it has enough decorating quirks to make you feel like you're staying in someone's house rather than an impersonal hotel.

The lounge and breakfast room are as spectacular as other reviewers have noted, but nothing is as spectacular as the view, which I gather all rooms have. We spent wonderful late afternoons with a bottle of wine watching the sun set on Vesuvius.

Our room - room 6 - was as good if not better than it looked on the hotel's website, which we all know doesn't happen all that often. This is a four star hotel with a five star decorating finish. It is impeccably maintained and utterly spotless. I wish my own house had this look!

La Minervetta is not for people who want to become best friends with the staff - they are helpful and professional but not fawning. Personally, I found the level of service was what we generally like -ie, they left you alone to enjoy your holiday.

This is a classy place. I recommend it without hesitation.

t stop talking about it!

from PDada
This is one place we will never forget - the type of hotel that is always included in your 'best of' memories.
Sophistication, glamour, style, design, views, colour, energy and life - La Minervetta has it all. The rooms are as good as the website shows, the living area is amazing (you could and should spend hours there) and the views are truly breathtaking. What you can't see on the website is all the attention to detail - from the books crammed into every bookshelf and on every coffee table on every subject and in many languages, to interesting artefacts (lamps, wooden boxes, etc, etc) and to the vibrant paintings hanging on, and leaning against walls - it's all perfectly catered to all who can appreciate life with a splash of colour and a healthy dose of curiosity.
The views are amazing - we slept with the curtains open and looked out at the lights and water all night.
A couple of things to consider - stay more than one night if you can (though you will not regret even the one night); taxis in Sorrento apparently start the meter as soon as they get the call (it cost us 17 euro from the station) and you need a taxi to get here if you have luggage; you need to walk into town for meals (other than breakfast) which is a shame, because you are torn between wanting to spend time at La Minervetta and enjoying the activity and culinary delights of Sorrento. (If you come down the hill from the station and turn right, you will soon come to a pizza place which is packed at lunchtimes - it is worth it)!
All in all, La Minervetta is one of the most fantastic and fantastical places we have stayed so far...

Disappointing

from MREYE
My wife and I stayed at La Minervetta and were quite dissapointed with the customer service. The hotel itself is wonderfully and ecletically decorated with considerable panache and breath-taking views. However, the customer service lagged far behind the well thought-out decor. There was very little in the way of directing us to restaurants, stores etc. In addition, before the day of check-out, we asked them if they accepted US dollars, and they claimed that indeed they do and that they would call the bank and get the exchange rate with NO commisions. The next day, upon check-out, the person handling the check-out was completely incompetent and quoted us a rate equivalent to the cambios in addition to charging us a commission. Needless to say we complained and finally we were given a rate the was still high. Staff at the Minervetta remained aloof through out our stay and certain does not depict the warm heartedness of the people in Sorrento. Sorrento is beautiful with wonderful views, but this is not limited to the Minervetta. Many other hotels in the the city provide similar views without the poor customer service.

Superb Boutique Hotel

from irishnz
Absolutely magnificent boutique hotel. We stayed here for 3 nights in October 2006 and it was definitely the highlight of our Europe Trip. You arrive at the roof of the hotel so immediately get the great views, but then you take the lift downstairs and walk into what resembles a beautiful family home. The lounge area is filled with amazing furniture, books and magazines and this leads into the kitchen and out to the balcony / deck. A large buffet breakfast is available each morning or staff will cook whatever you want.

We were in room 8 (see photo) and it was huge with floor to ceiling windows showing the beautiful view. Bathroom was wonderful, large shower and blue/white tiles.

You can either walk down the private staircase to the fishing village for dinner or it is a 10 minute walk to Sorrento. We also hired a Smart Car! and drove round the coast to Positano etc. It has lots of car parks so was relatively easy to get around, though still a bit hair raising due to Italian drivers.

The artwork and attention to detail throughout the hotel was incredible and this is the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in. Absolutely could not fault it. The bigger tourist hotels getting the package hotel crowds could not compare.

Top Local Tips for Sorrento

Taxi/Private excursions One of the best spurlges of the trip was hiring a private taxi driver for a day. Gianpiero took us around the almafi coast and into the hills of Sorrento for an amaizing dinner at a very authentic Italian restaurant. He drives a comfortable Mercedes Van which was very comfortable. He speaks English fluently. He also can do trian/airport transfers. We also used him to take us to the airport and pick us up from the Naples train station. He was reliable and on-time for both transfers. Website: http://www.gianpierofiorentino.com/ Gianpiero Fiorentino's email: info@gianpierofiorentino.com

Visiting Capri and Pompei Don't be scared to visit Capri and Pompei independently. Its very straight forward. When you get to Capri, get in the queue for the train ticket to Capri town straight away, its on the right after the harbour. Sometimes queues can build up. Sorrento to Pompei is very simple and only costs E3.70 return. The train stops right at Pompei . Do get a guide, (for the first time) otherwise you might feel like you're only looking at a load of old rocks.

Rental cars DO NOT get a hire Car. Long queues at airport even if prebooked , death risk driving on congested roads with very great difficulty to park. Likely to finish any relationship. AVOID

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  • maison la minervetta
  • la minervetta sorrento
  • la minervetta hotel sorrento
  • la minervetta
  • Address: Via Capo 25 - Sorrento - 80067 - Italy
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