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... we realized we were missing something in the communication, we continued on around the bend to head for Sorrento. Once around the bend the waves became unmanageable. It was suddenly apparent that the other boaters had been trying to warn us of the rough water in the direction we were heading. Our comfortable boat suddenly seemed like the tiny rubber dingy it was as the waves bounced us around with increasing violence. I took over the driving while Erin held on for ...
... 1-2 days to see the entire thing - and headed to the restaurant where we parked for a coffee and snack. Our waiter didn't speak a word of English but we started with water (not frizzante!) and cappuccinos. The waiter also threw a basket of bread on the table. This bread looked like it was 10 days old and stale as stone. I nibbled a piece and threw it back in the basket - just awful. Right as the waiter came to take our order I noticed the fine print on the ...
... other and engaging very briefly in the very Italian male double hug and kiss-on-both-cheeks routine that looked like a scene straight out of some or other famous Mafia movie.
The service was lovely, and the food was exceptional. Susan ordered a Pizza with Anchovy and Capers for herself - her usual Pizza choice in Europe, since we do not have the luxury of Anchovy Pizzas back in Australia (!) - and we shared a pizza for the table to keep the rest ...
For the second day in Naples we decided to get the hell out of the trash filled cess pool and make our way down the coast aiming for Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Our drive did not start off well and we made giant circles around the city four or five since the GPS had absolutely no idea where we were going. When we finally started our drive it was disappointing because it started to rain though still beautiful. Melissa and I at one ...
... waited in line at one, had people cut in front of us and were generous about it, finally got to the counter and were told we had to get in another line to get a ticket before we could order. We got our gelato elsewhere.
Plan to stay one more day in Sorrento, then return to Rome to finish off our trip. A few more entries and we'll be headed for home...
Hoping all is well with you, my friends -- Ciao!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Carlton International Hotel Sorrento
I stayed in the Carlton International hotel for 5 nights in September 05. The location of the hotel is fantastic, its just a minute walk from the main square. However, I was disapponted with the standard of the hotel, and feel it does not live up to its 4 star rating. Although the rooms were clean, I found them to be very basic. My room was at the front of the hotel and on the Saturday night I found it to be quite noisy when people were leaving the bar which is located next-door to the hotel. I had been advised that 4 star hotels in Italy are not of the same standard as 4 star hotels in Ireland, and my stay in the Carlton confirmed this (although during my stay in Italy I did stay an excellent 4 star hotel in Rome - Hotel Gladiatori). All in All, the Carlton International is very basic but has is in a great location.
My husband and I celebrated our Ruby Wedding last October and we stayed at The Carlton recomended by my friend who stayed there the previous year. We were very pleased with the location of the hotel convienient just off the main Piatso Tasso. I was a bit wary as I don't like foreign food but everything was excellent a choice of 5 starters and 5 main meal and the breakfast wonderfull.The hotel was clean and the staff very friendly and helpfull and I shall certainly recomend it to others.
Perfect location but walls are paper thin
I stayed at the Carlton with a group tour for 4 nights in November 2005. The staff was wonderful - very courteous and friendly, and the location was ideal - just around the corner from the town center. But (and maybe this is only a problem with certain rooms based on other reviews) I could hear the TV from the rooms next to me as if I had my own TV on, when someone in the room next to me flipped a light switch it sounded like it was coming from my room, and hallway or next door room conversations were not muffled at all. Probably wouldn't stay there again if I were planning a trip on my own, but that would be the only reason.
Rudest hotel staff
My husband and I stayed in the Carlton International Hotel, Sorrento for two weeks in September. While the location of the hotel is great, the hotel spotlessly clean, the staff have to be the rudest that we have ever encountered. In the diningroom, the meals were rushed and the food was very disappointing. The swimming pool and the gardens are very pretty, but be aware that there is a charge of 5 Euro per day to use a sun lounger. We would go back to Sorrento, but certainly not to the Carlton.
My husband, toddler and I stayed at The Carlton for 3 nights. We stayed in a triple room and found it to be a good experience. The hotel rooms were clean and the staff was helpful. The location of this hotel is great and you can walk everywhere...to the port, to the shops, restaurants, etc.
We had a room on the 4th floor and had a great ocean view with balcony. I would recommend this hotel. I found the prices reasonable for Sorrento.
Absolutely Lovely Hotel - we could have stayed longer
We stayed at the Hotel Carlton in June 2005 on a half-board basis.
We found the hotel to be of a very high standard, the staff are very friendly and courteous, the food was excellent and there was a good choice.
The hotel itself is only about 100 metres from the centre square of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso, however the rooms are extremely quiet.
There is very convenient access to the train and bus station - 200 metres via Piazza Lauro - beautiful tree lined piazza surrounded by bars and restaurants
Access to Marina Piccolo (to catch the hydrofoil to Capri, Naples etc) is about a 20 minutes down the stairs (quite a lot of stairs) from Piazza Tasso or there is a bus shuttle service from Piazzo Tasso - 1 euro each way from the bridge over the gorge - every 15 minutes
The hotel suited us completely and its convenient position enabled us to do a lot of sightseeing - Pompeii, Capri , Amalfi coast
We would definitely stay there again
Truly & absolutely up to standard!
Visited in July 2004......... Completely ignore the earlier comment that this hotel is not up to standard due to management change, that is a load of tosh!!!
Superb location, friendly, helpful & delightful staff. Definately worth upgrading or booking a room with a sea view & terrace. The view across Naples Bay with Vesuvius in the background is breathtaking, one which you will remember for ever. Very romantic.
The hotel is spotlessly clean, food is freshly prepared & delicious. Swimming pool is also spotless with a lifeguard in attendance, the garden full of lemon & orange trees. Yes loungers are charged for (2 euros) but deck chairs are free. Guests from the Eden Hotel also use the gardens & pool, but there is room for all. Wonderful place for children, teenagers & younger ones alike.
Sorrento & its people are an absolute delight, if you enjoy eating al fresco & watching the world go by then Sorrento fits the bill. Try La Lanterna restaurant in the old town, fabulous buffet, sea food to die for & staff who treat you like old friends.
The Amalfi Coast is glorious, don't use the guided tours (unjustifiably expensive) catch the local bus & prepare for the ride of your life! Or try the ferry trip to Amalfi to see the beauty of this area from a
The Carlton Intenational is a superb place from which to explore the Neoplolitan Riviera, most of all savour the sensual overload this area will undoubtedly bring!
Not up to standard
The Carlton is wonderfully situated close to the centre of Sorrento. The hotel, the rooms and the garden are wonderful.
Unfortunately this year has seen a change in management and many of the aspects that made the hotel good have been degraded.
I know many regulars who enjoyed their stay at the Carlton but are now are saddend by the decline.
The quantity and quality of the breakfast and the "a la carte" evening meal have declined. I left the evening meal a little hungry.
They are charging for the sun loungers around the pool and even the room air conditioning carries a fee.
The hotel staff, many of whom have been there for many years. were excellent but I doubt if they will be much longer.
Great Hotel - Great place!
My family and I have stayed in this Hotel four times and love the Hotel and town of Sorrento. The rooms at the front of the Hotel are a bit noisy from the traffic (scooters and mopeds) but the Hotel is superbly placed for easy access to the main town area. The staff in the Hotel are very friendly and helpful and the food is great. The town of Sorrento is very busy, but very laid back at the same time. Public transport is good and easy to use if you want to visit nearby attractions such as Pompeii or Capri. Dont waste money on organised 'cattle herd 'excursions, save your money and use the local transport -i ts much more fun!The locals are very nice stylish people and many of the bar staff and shopkeepers remember you from year to year and greet you like old friends! We think Sorrento is one of the nicest places we have ever visited and we will be back again. Bella Italia!
Centre of attention
I stayed in the Carlton International with my sister and mother about a year and a half ago, We went for a long weekend to this beautiful place. The Hotel was perfect for us and I have highly recommended it to everyone possible since, and as I worked as a travel agent for an independent company this has been quite a few. It is in a fantastic location, no need for taxi's here, the staff were first class all the way and nothing was too much trouble for them, the pool area was lovely and clean and a quick dip at the end of the day was most enjoyable. The bedrooms were nicely decorated and a good size, worth opting for a sea view if you can..It's amazing. Looking forward to returning this year.
hope you enjoy yourselves as much as we did.