Vesuvio Hotel, Sorrento
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Spacious rooms, great viewsfrom FKH
Spectacular views!from Mrspeanut
Take me back to Sorrento and this Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
WANTED TO STAY LONGER!from A TripAdvisor Member
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 hotelfrom maz080
Wonderful Gran Vesuvio, almost perfectfrom Mike_Edwards1950
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 foodfrom Mitch
A well known gemfrom A TripAdvisor Member
wonderful hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Possilby the best hotel in the worldfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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!).
Other names for Vesuvio Hotel
- grand hotel vesuvio
- grand hotel sorrento
- Address: 7 Via Nastro Verde - Sorrento - 80067 - Italy
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