Vesuvio Hotel

, Sorrento, Italy
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Vesuvio Hotel

, Sorrento
4 star

Rooms: 181

7 Via Nastro Verde - Sorrento - 80067 - Italy Hotel Website | 818782645
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Spacious rooms, great views

from FKH
We spent 2 nights in August. They gave us a very spacious quad which accomodated our 2 children very easily. There was a big complementary fruit basket and we were presented with bottles of lemoncello & olive oil on check out. Staff very friendly. A bit far from the city centre but the shuttles are going nearly every hour. They arranged for airport pickup for 110 euros - a bit on the high side. I saw another Sorrento hotel do it for 75 euros.

Spectacular views!

from Mrspeanut
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio for 7 days from the 20th of August 2004, (we only got home yesterday) but felt we had to add our thoughts and comments about this wonderful hotel to your site as soon as possible. The Hotel may be a little bit further out from Sorrento and situated up a steep hill, but this only adds to its charm and perfection. The views when you first step out onto the terrace situated by the grand bar on the first floor of the hotel cannot be beaten. No matter what time of day you look out, the view changes, always beautiful, always breathtaking. A good excuse to visit the bar for a refreshing drink. Although we were booked in at the back of the hotel so had no view, our room was clean, comfortable and sufficiently equipped for a seven night stay. Had we been staying longer, we may have needed to book a room with a view, but as we did not spend that much time in our room, this was not an issue on this occasion. The food at dinner was always worth looking forward to and the Gala Night was excellent. The staff were always polite and friendly. Only one slight criticism, the snack bar by the pool is advertsied as being open from 12 til 3pm, but on two occasions we arrived at 2.30pm to find that only toasted sandwiches were available. Fine, if you have had breakfast, but as we had just returnd from a tiring visit from Pompei which had left extremely early, we would have preferred the choice of something more substantial. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can now only dream about that view of The Bay of Naples.... until we return.

Take me back to Sorrento and this Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We first travelled to Sorrento, and this Hotel in 1989 for our honeymoon - pre Nino! We try other holiday locations but cannot stay away too long, we have just booked our 6th trip for next summer, we would not even consider trying a different Hotel. The standards in the Hotel have always been first class, staff friendly and accomodating. The Hotel is clean, fresh and airy, with wonderful views of the bay of Naples from the restaurant, pool and bar lounge, Franco's Balcony with it's sensational view is the perfect place to partake in refreshment before or after dinner, and if you are lucky there may be a firework display in Naples for entertainment, or a cruise liner sounding it's retreat as it travels through the bay. The food here is excellent and Nino and his team ensure that every meal is an experience. Treat yourself to an al a carte evening, it's hard to believe that it can get better, but it does! This coast has got to be one of the most beautiful, interesting and romantic locations in the world. Don't look for a beach holiday here, there is so much to see and do, however the Vesuvio pool and gardens are perfect for relaxing and topping up the tan.

WANTED TO STAY LONGER!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I wanted my trip to Italy to be perfect, I have always dreamt of it! In July 2004 after visiting Venice, my husband and two children 15, and 16 were at the Grand Vesuvio Sorrento! Beautiful! Great food! Lovely flowers! Beautiful scenic view!
Refreshing pool! We thought we had stumbled upon heaven! To top off my dream vacation,TONY, at the front desk HELPED ME FIND AND CONTACT MY RELATIVES!!!!!!!! After he found their phone number and I attempted to call, I was sad that they knew no english and i knew no Italian. I went downstairs to the desk, and meekly asked if Tony could call, and see if this was really my relatives or not. HE CALLED! HE SET US UP WITH A TAXI DRIVER FOR THE DAY WHO WAS BI LINGUAL! I NOT ONLY MET MY RELATIVES, THEY HAD US FOR A FOUR HOUR MEAL...WITH THE TAXI DRIVER SALVADORE...AS OUR INTERPRETER!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must also mention at this time that Patrizia, was also of great help, and when we got back, they even asked us how our day went!!!!!!!!!!!! I really know of no place that ever took such an interest in what their guests desired and helped them to fullfill their lifelong dream!!!!!!!!! I could not have done it without their assistance, and I hope that they somehow know how much that meant to me. I also forgot to mention that we had been in France for 16 days prior to getting to Italy, and my husband was pickpocketed in Paris on our last day. Our credit card was lost and should have arrived at the hotel before our departure..(but of course it did not!) and Patrizia...was so efficient in getting things straightened out before we left with the credit card company before we left...all we can say...is...THANKYOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and i would recommend this place to anyone! do not be afraid that it is right outside of the town, it lends to the tranquility, and also...the bus they have to access town..is very easy....and runs about every half hour. CIAO!

Excellent hotel

from maz080
Spent 2 weeks here in July and can only endorse what others have said. The accommodation and service were first class. It was also the first half board holiday ever that we haven't gone out to eat in the evenings. Definitely worth upgrading to a sea view room - the scenery was spectacular.

Wonderful Gran Vesuvio, almost perfect

from Mike_Edwards1950
We stayed at the Gran Vesuvio for 11 nights in mid July 2004 and wish it could have been 11 weeks. We had waited a long time to visit Sorrento and it was worth the wait, everything everyone says about the Bay of Naples is absolutely true, it is simply wonderful.

So too the Amalfi Coast - if anyone out there can tell me where there is a better value bus ride at under £2 from Sorrento to Amalfi then I'd like to know of it (perhaps the £5 for the 70 Kms from the airport bus to Sorrento?!!).

The Gran Vesuvio is a wonderful hotel, excellent staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. Lots has been written about Head Waiter Nino and every word is true, he would marry any female guest from age 14 upwards given half a chance!! He is also a terrific Head Waiter, and all his staff are very good too.

Fantastic swimming pool and surround, best we have ever experienced anywhere and the poolside snack bar (description doesn't do it justice, try the spaghetti carbonara - not on the menu, just ask Nino!) offers a very good and cheap lunch until 3 pm.

Rooms are wonderful, and here is our first tip. DEFINITELY BOOK A ROOM WITH A VIEW or you'll always regret it. There is music every night from the bar terrace - another excellent feature - and rooms that end (lower numbers) could be a problem for those wanting an early night or with young children. Our room was 242, we would recommend second floor (no bedrooms on first) and a number from ours upwards if you can specify.

Room was first class, spacious, had a sitting area and second TV! The welcoming bowl of quality fruit was a nice touch, though we were independent travellers so whether everyone gets that we don't know. You sometimes have to ask for the bathroom 'freebies' to be topped up, but housekeepers are all very cheerful and happy to oblige.

There were comments about reception staff, we thought them brisk and efficient rather than officious as had been commented. They are certainly knowledgeable and anything to do with the room is handled very promptly. We also were given a bottle of olive oil and one of limoncello on departure, that touch of class is typical of this hotel.

We were B&B and I have to agree the breakfast is a little disappointing, not a great issue but always the same. Mind you the scrambled egg is delicious anyway!! We had the a la carte dinner one evening (excellent) and the buffet on the Sunday evening, also very good. Lachrima Christi is the local wine, good and cheap and the rose particularly good.

Fridge in room - watch for the charge for using for own stuff but if you ask them nicely in reception if you can use it for water they'll say they don't charge you anyway (deal with Patrizia in reception, and by email, she is excellent).

Our top tips would be:-

1. Use local transport for everything, it's easy. The Europa car hire is very good for booking return taxis if the hotel arranges the arrival one. If travelling light then the airport bus to Sorrento is outstanding value, local taxis are not cheap, about 15 euros to the hotel by day and 20+ later at night. E CAREFUL WITH BOATS THOUGH sometimes tickets only apply to the same boats/lines and you can find yourself hanging around waiting. Our advice is slow boat across to Capri and jetfoil back.

2. Buy a weekly ticket for the local orange buses, only runs Sunday to Monday for some odd reason but excellent value. Can only be bought at station or possibly tourist information. CITA (blue or green/grey) longer journey buses tickets only at station or possibly toutist information.

3. Tourist Information office is Sorrento's best kept secret, actually it is inside the Foreigners Club just below the main Tasso Square where it all happens. Be wary of all other offices looking like TI ones, they are actually travel offices selling very expensive tickets. Pick up your timetables and maps, then carry on through to the terrace and have a gin and tonic (big) and glass of wine (mini carafe) for under £6 and enjoy the great view as you make your plans!

4. The local Line A orange bus will drop you at the bend below the hotel where it turns off to Cape Sorrento then just a short walk up the hill where you can cut the corner through an olive grove. Press bell in plenty of time!!

5. Make all trips as early in the day as you possibly can, it's quieter (especially Capri and Pompeii) and cooler. Early breakfast or sacrifice and either walk down the hill all the way (25 minutes to Tasso Square) or try for a Line A bus. Capri - don't be afraid of using the taxi at 18 euros it is well worth it for getting to ANNACapri and if you find someone to share with, a bargain. The buses are a little infrequent, small and packed!!

6. Pompeii DEFINITELY worth a guide, try for the one with badge 7 tall, slim dark hair impeccable English, been there 25 years and makes the place come alive. His badge said Guidamo but for all I know that's Italian for guide rather than his name! Pompeii is odd in that in some ways there is very little to see yet in others there is everything. Take the guide for 10 euros for 90 minutes and then do your own thing. Lunch in the small restaurant to the right side as you go in rather than the self-service to the left which is very busy and very hot. They will do a simple two course lunch at a cheaper rate than the standard shown on the menu.

7. Pompeii is NOT for buggies or in our view any children under 15 at least (otherwise the plaintiff cries of "have we nearly finished?" and "Daddy, can you carry me?" will be heard very quickly!!) Note for the audio tour equipment you have to leave your passport or credit card - same at Herculaneum but they were more relaxed about drivers licence acceptance.

8. Don't do Herculaneum on the same day, it's too hard on the feet, Erculano though is much smaller and well worth seeing, audion guide is enough and excellent. Then if you must carry on by train to Naples (get tickets for all the way at Sorrento first) and then back by boat. Naples we messed up setting off in wrong direction (you need to turn right, then left down main street) and we think a guided tour is best. It's very big, noisy and hot!


9. Positano is fabulous and we thought the best and we may go back and stay there but only for a week's chill out. Go on the bus and return by boat and have the pizza at the Tre Sorrelli (Three Sisters) next to Chez Black, it's wonderful.


10. Ravello above Amalfi is worth a visit but only needs 90 minutes or so, be careful with return bus timings as they have a gap between 1.30 and 4 pm and you don't want to be stuck there. If you have the one handed (cigarette) smoking driver on the way down as we did then you are in for a treat!!


We ate 3 times at La Lanterna (excellent) twice at Foreigners Club (best view) and also at La Stalla which is owned by the father of a chum of Pino the hotel courtesy bus driver (excellent service, if full he comes back for you). La Stalla is amazing, up the alleyway to the side of the Cathedral as heading for the square, second place on the right. Looks nothing from the outside, don't be deceived, it's fantastic up in the garden inside. Have the local fish between two.

We will definitely go back to the area and if Sorrento to Gran Vesuvio which we are already missing desperately!

Most Excellent food

from Mitch
This hotel is situated just out of the centre of Sorrento, is a difficult walk to the centre but the shuttle bus is very reliable. On arriving i was delighted with the friendly reception from the staff and the look of the hotel. The shock came when we went for a snack at the pool after the long journey from the airport, 4 pints and 4 cheese toastes was 48 euro, abit expensive. The food on the night time is excellent, well served by imaculate waiters who make you fell like a millionare. While we where there a extension to the pool bar was being done. I was not impressed watching somebody welding above me while having a snack. But all in all the hotel is very good and would not hesitate to return.

A well known gem

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife & I have have just returned from the Grand Vesuvio and were very impressed. We expected the hotel to be good as it was an official 4 star, however it exceeded our expectations from the word go. The rooms were very clean and spacious with good quality fixtures and fittings, the pool area had a good atmosphere with far reaching views across the bay, the courtesy bus was very punctual and a great idea but most of all the highlight of the hotel was the impressive dining room, the quality of food and the way it was served by the hard working waiters - under the watchful eye of Nino
Totally outsatanding!

wonderful hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I spent 3 nights here to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. We had just traveled from Rome where we stayed 4 nights in a hotel where we had a very small room. Coming to this hotel with its spacious attractive room was quite a nice surprise. Our room overlooked the Bay of Naples and offered stunning views. This hotel is located away from the center of town, but a courtesy shuttle is provided. We walked several times to/from the city, which proved to be dangerous as there are no sidewalks and traffic moves quickly. The staff members are very friendly and all speak English. The hotel dining area has large windows providing a nice view of the Bay. The head waiter Nino is so funny and very friendly adding even more enjoyment to dinner. The hotel also has a great piano bar area and an outside lounge area. The pool is very pretty and again has great views of the countryside. We would not hesitate to stay here again as it is a very nice, clean hotel with friendly staff and spectacular views. Definitely ask for a room overlooking the bay!

Possilby the best hotel in the world

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is the best hotel in the world!! We have been back four times since our first visit. The standards at the hotel are magnificent, the views stunning, the food gorgeous, and the staff simply brilliant. Nino, the head waiter is a major attraction for his sense of humor and style, Mario who looks like a hollywood film star and Nando the kindly bar-man are also good reasons to stay here. The staff would do anything to make your stay comfortable, relaxing and fun.

The shuttle bus which takes you into Sorrento is great, going at regular intervals throughout the day and night, the public rooms are spacious, cool and airy, allowing some respite from the heat of the day and the terraces over-looking the bay of Naples are the perfect place to sip your after-dinner drink whilst watching the evening fireworks over Sorrento. I can't think of a bad thing to say about this place!

Top Local Tips for Sorrento

Granny Nap In the middle of the afternoon shops close, people go home....It's Siesta time.....we got caught in a huge downpour...Seeking refuge in an old building was no escape, the rain came through the roof.....My tip...check your watch.....

the drains go around the drains and compare prices before buying. especially on leather goods. there can be a great difference between the shops on the main are and those at the back

Gelato You must make a trip and get gelato while in Italy. It is THE thing to do. I love ice cream and this is a very nice alternative (actually they think it is ice cream!).

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  • grand hotel sorrento
  • Address: 7 Via Nastro Verde - Sorrento - 80067 - Italy
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