Villa Oriana Relais Hotel

, Sorrento, Italy
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Villa Oriana Relais Hotel

, Sorrento
3 star

Rooms: 16

Via Rubinacci, 1 - Sorrento - 80067 - Italy Hotel Website | | 00390818782468
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t get better than this!

from AlwaysInTheAir
Magnificent views! Incredible Homemade breakfasts! A family that goes above and beyond to make your stay perfect! Lovely rooms and a charming town to explore! That is what Villa Oriana is all about. If you plan to travel around and stay in other Bed and Breakfasts....you had better go to Villa Oriana last, because if you go there first you will be dissatisfied with any other place you stay. It is hard to imagine any other B & B measuring up to the Villa Oriana.

Unparalleled service

from MFBSpringCity
I found the Villa Oriana to be everything that favorable reviews had proclaimed- and much more. I travelled with my daughter, several of her classmates and others. There were 11 of us in all, and you can probably imagine the difficulty that can create for a B&B in making reservations and otherwise handling such a large group during its stay. For Pasquale, his mother (Maria), his father and Giuseppe, making reservations and providing top shelf service was no problem at all. We arranged via e-mail for transport between the train station in Naples and the Villa, a half-day excursion by boat around Capri (with a 4-hour stopover on the island), and a 3-hour private guided tour of Pompeii.

Throughout our stay, we were overwhelmed by the personalized service that we received and there was an unmistakably genuine warmth in the way they treated each guest. One night as I headed to my room, I passed by the Villa's large kitchen where Pasquale and his parents were enjoying a late evening respite. They invited me to join them, and we spent over an hour chatting, drinking limoncella (which, incidently, they make from lemons picked from their trees on the premises), cheese and cookies that the father had brought from Turin. I was treated as if I were part of their extended family.

As other reviewers reported, the breakfasts were fabulous. The buffalino mozzarela was vastly superior to what passes for the imported variety that we get in the U.S. Everything else was homemade from the Villa's olive trees and orange, lemon and other assorted fruit trees (orange juice, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon and honey spreads) and Maria prepared fresh-baked bread and pastry each morning. She even made a special birthday cake for one of the girls in our group who celebrated her 18th birthday.

The Villa has a large deck that has fantastic views of the Bay of Naples- Capri to the left, the lights of Naples at night in the center and Vesuvius to the right. Sunsets were as spectacular as the thunderstorms that came roaring across the Bay at night.

Leaving the Villa was a sad and somewhat emotional event for all of us. My daughter and I still talk about our stay. Would we return some day? In a heartbeat.

Enjoyable stay at the Villa Oriana

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a very enjoyable 7 night stay at the Villa Oriana which is situated among lemon groves and has a beautiful view from the terraces. The accommodation and breakfasts were excellent and the kindness and hospitality of Maria, Pasquale and Guiseppe was second to none. The only drawback was the steep hill leading up to the villa which can be difficult without transport. The villa is also a good 20 minute walk to Sorrento Centre from the bottom of the hill and we regularly took buses which was no problem. All in all, if you are not afraid of a bit of exercise (or happy to take taxis sometimes) then we would highly recommend the Villa Oriana.

lovely place

from huggies79
This was a lovely place and the family are extremely welcoming. The views from the terrace are simply stunning, and the breakfast is simply wonderful. Maria is a houseproud and extremely hospitable owner and her son Pasquale and helper Giuseppe were equally endearing. The place is a lovely peaceful haven.

The only drawback I would say, is the very steep climb up to the villa if you have no car, ten minutes of pretty heavy going. We used a taxi twice, but at ten euro for a two minute car ride, we were loathe to throw money away, and we figured the walk wouldn't kill us and would burn off the calories after dinner!!

The small town of Sant Agnello below is adequate with a few bars but not great restaurant options. A good bus service into Sorrento only takes a few minutes and at one euro is good value. Much better restaurant choices in Sorrento, but be warned it is a tad on the commercial side in the town. Not quite the picture of Sorrento i'd always dreamed of, and we were glad we didn't stay in the centre.

Maria even took us to the station on our final day, with a lovely gift of her Lemon liqueur thrown in! You won't find a better and more welcoming family.

Great Stay, out of the way

from respbill
We booked Villa Oriana last year for this May and were aware that it was out of the way. We drove down from Urbino and once at the B&B used cabs to get us into town. They have a service that they use (Joe and Jack) that are about 14 euros into downtown Sorrento and we called they would be there in 5 mins. There were six in our party so we took turns with the fare and the expense of having personal drivers was not that great. We also had the B&B set up trips on the coast down to Ravello and to Pompii with guide. We took the ferrie over to Ischia and had a taxi (guide) show us the island, however we did get ripped off as he took us to a restaurant that he deals with and had a most expensive lunch. But that night Pasquale was happy to order pizza that delivered to us so a 5 euro dinner made up for the lunch. Also sitting on the roof top looking out at the Bay of Naples at night with fireworks is something not to be forgotten. The breakfast was excellent and even on our last day when we had to depart at 6am Maria was up before us with coffee and steamed milk and chocolate cake to get us started. We were well pleased with the personal service we received at Villa Oriana, as Sorrento is very crowed and noisy this was a relaxing haven away from the main part of town.

Like having family in Italy

from A-Pittsburgh-native
Maria and Pasquale could not have been nicer. From driving us down the hill to catch a train to making dinner reservations for us, they went out of their way to make us feel like valued guests. We've told friends that it was like having family we hadn't previously known about! The location is a little out of the way if you want to spend time in town (which was crowded even in February, so it must be awful in high season!). But, if you want a beautiful setting perfect for relaxing, this is the place. We used Sorrento as our base to see Pompeii via the little local train and that worked perfectly.

Lovely villa

from attilathecat
We stayed 4 nights at the Villa Oriana and while I would say that if you are looking for welcoming owners in a B&B you cannot go wrong with this place, we did have some issues that I would have rather known beforehand.

We stayed in the building down the hill from the main residence. Our rooms were said to be "adjoined by a private bathroom" when I booked them (as we are a family of 4) and I took this rather than opt for the family/quad room. When we arrived we found out the they were actually adjoined by a common use hallway and that the bathroom was just another room in the hallway. This meant that other guests also used the hallway, and so our children were slightly nervewracked by the rather hostel feel of it, as were we.

The doors were quite old and creaky and so no one did anything without everyone else hearing it. This was definitely an impedence to sleep. Plus there are dogs that begin barking very early in the morning competing to drown out the noise of the roosters. The people who live full time in the building also contribute to the noise din... all of it was very overwhelming by our fourth night and we were all exhausted and looking forward to checking out.

The B&B is also located up a hill, which is no big deal to walk unless you've just spent your day hiking Vesuvius and all around Pompeii, then it's cab time, and one can only guess what you might get charged for the fare, as it was different each time we took a cab from Sorrento to the B&B.

Overall, I would not stay here again, because despite the lovely location, the hill was tiring to walk everyday, the noise of the people around us outdid the sirens of Rome sometimes, and the owners (although very nice) were difficult to get ahold of once we'd checked in. Breakfast time was the only time of the day we could actually talk to them because the door to the main house was locked and we were not given a key and when we phoned, they did not answer.

B but a touch pricey

from A TripAdvisor Member
As with many of the other reviews we found both the service and standards to be excellent (although could hear a fair bit of noise from our room though that did not bother us much) as was the breakfast during our 5 night stay back in May 2003. We are returning back to Sorrento later this year however we won't be returning back to Villa Oriana as it is just to pricey for a B&B this time we are going to the 3 star Hotel Del Mare (which has also received rave reviews) which is actually cheaper and has all the benefits of a Hotel as well as being closer to the main town centre.

disappointed we were double booked

from bellakitty
After much research on the internet, I booked us for 6 nights (Oct 2003) at the Villa Oriana. When we showed up, we were informed that there had been a mistake and they were overbooked (This after re-confirming by e-mail and being assured everything was as booked). Pasquale, the owner, was charming and took us to the hotel on the hill above Villa Oriana where we stayed for one night. It was awful - a big, old hotel with no atmosphere and terrible food. Thankfully, the next day we were able to check into the Villa Oriana. Our room was wonderful and the food and views were magnificent. Maria (Paquale's Mother) was delightful and tried to make up for our first night's problem. She drove us to the ferry dock and even to the train station. We would definitely stay again if we could be sure our reservations would be honored. I have read on another forum that this has happened to others, so I'm not sure how to avoid this problem.

Great place, great service.

from Jane8855
This is a fabulous place to stay. The villa is picturesque, is set in a beautiful lemon grove above the town of St Agnello, just a short walk from Sorrento. We were made so welcome by Maria, Pepe and their son Pasquale. They could not do enough for us and when it was time to go, we were very sad to leave. The room was spotlessly clean and we could literally just reach up and pick lemons from the trees surrounding our terrace. The view from where breakfast was served was magnificent, displaying the whole Bay of Naples dominated by Vesuvius. Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri, Amalfi and Naples are all within easy travelling distances. Paestum is more distant but well worth seeing.

The food at breakfast is virtually all produced by the family on their nearby farm and is both fresh and delicious. Significantly, several of the people staying there had been recommended by friends to choose Villa Oriana. I cannot recommend this place highly enough and would have no hesitation recommending to my friends.
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