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Great Hotel - Great Location and GREAT Service
I recently stayed at the Hotel Continental - it was VERY early in the tourist season as the hotel just opened... we were pleased to get a corner suite with a beautiful view of the Bay & Mt Vesuvius. I have nothing bad to say about our stay except... the beds. They were a bit hard - and the pillows - also very hard. BUT some people may love that? Other than that the location/amenities, etc. were all great. Very close to town and all the restaurants, train station, etc.
With regards to Naples - it isn't such a bad place - it is very rich in history and has 'character'... it's worth 1/2 day there if you're taking a train from there to places beyond (e.g. Rome, Florence, etc). Take the Hydrofoil over to Naples on a nice day - it is much more fun than the Circumvesuvius train.
The hotel is located near the city center with rooms viewing the sea. Breakfast was nice. It was a pity that the hotel was with very few guests, because of the low season. Too many employees hanging around, doing nothing.
Internet free, and they made a great discount at hotel rate.
If only we know how wonderful Sorrento and the Hotel Continental was we would have planned to stay longer. We actually tried but there were too many people to contact. We booked a jr suite and were upgraded to the senior suite (they said it was a wedding present since we were on our honeymoon). SO BEAUTIFUL! The staff was great and the view was breath-taking. We hope to go back so, maybe for our anniversary!! If there is anything you don't miss, please make it dinner at Vela Bianca which is down at the marina. They will send a car for you. Michale and Ralph are the best ever!! Ralph has family in NYC and speaks great english. The food is the best we had in 2 weeks in Italy. It was so good we ate there both nights we were in Sorrento.
Fantastic location - great hotel
We have stayed at this hotel many times and are returning next year. The rooms have all been refurbished and are very nice with lovely tiled floors and bathrooms. There is a lift from the hotel lobby, down through the cliff and directly to the beach - so handy. The hotel is set in a tranquil square overlooking the sea and Vesuvius! Stunning. Central sorrento is only 5 minutes walk away - no buses down through the hills required as in some Sorrento hotels. Lovely lounges and bar to sit in at night and a nice quiet pool to relax round by day. Food great in a lovely resteraunt. Visit the Foreigners club 5 minutes away for food and dancing over looking the bay of Naples on a stunning terrace.
We have just returned from a most relaxing and enjoyable week in Sorrento, staying at the lovely Hotel Continental. The Hotel was very conveniently situated in a beautiful setting overlooking the seafront. The Hotel itself was extremely pleasant and rooms very well designed and furnished although maybe slightly on the small side, but as we didnt spend very much time in our room it really didnt matter. The food was very good with plenty of choice for both breakfast and dinner in the evening. With an excellent choice of wine each evening, especially the local 'Ischia' wine - we just had to take some home with us. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and their english was perfect and they also managed to teach us some Italian....we had a 'belissimo' week in Sorrento! There was a lovely terrace at the front of the hotel to sip your cocktails in the evening and watch the yacht's sail by. Sorrento itself was such a relaxing place to just stroll around leasurely and enjoy the views, taking coffee in the morning or wine in the evening and there was always some 'festival' or other to celebrate in the evenings. There was so much to do and see away from Sorrento itself - Capri and Amalfi/Ravello were my favourites where I think Pompei would be my husband's - but we shall certainly be returning and hopefully to the Hotel Continental.
The end to a wonderful vacation!!!
After sightseeing with our kids ages 13 and 8 for eight days straight we finished off our trip at the Hotel Continental for six days. It was absolutely a relaxing and wonderful experience. The staff at the hotel were amazing. They were very professional and helpful. Our room was roomy and spotless. The pool was very clean and access to the beach area could not have been easier. Anyone traveling with a couple of kids should really consider this hotels suite availability because it is probably one of the few hotels that can accomadate four in a room comfortably.
Just come back from a weeks holiday at the Hotel Contintal Sorrento. Due to a baggage handlers strike at Naples we had to fly into Rome instead. Tour company bussed us all down to Sorrento where we arrived at the hotel at 12. 30 a.m. The hotel staff were fantastic. Quickly checked us in and provided us all with a superb cod supper!.
The rooms were comfortable and very, very clean. We had a view of the sea from the side of the hotel which was greta. Small balcony to sit on. The food here was excelent. Not at all like school dinners or Butlins( as per earler review). This hotel has probably had a face lift since previous reviews, but I do think they were probably a little unfair.
The staff were warm and friendly and it felt as if nothing was ever too much bother. Will certainly go back to this hotel
Very near central square Piazza Tasso. Easy walking distance of both Marina Piccolo and Marina Grande, and the Circumvesuviana train station.
There were 3 of us travelling and we had a large room, with a view of the bay and overlooking a pretty park. We enjoyed relaxing on the balconey and the view in the evening.
The room was beautifully decorated and we were supplied with terry robes, a nice touch to enjoy the spa- like bath. The turn down service at night was a treat as well.
The staff were pleasant and very accomodating,and the buffet breakfasts were varied and plentiful.
The hotel location is very central and the price was less than the very expensive surrounding hotels, which made it our choice.
We were very pleased with the hotel and would highly recommend it.
The hotel Continental was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. We stayed in the Shelly Suite which had the best bathtub I have ever seen it was one of those jacuzzi ones... the bed had wihte cotten sheets. very nice
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... fact pictures of sex and male privates seem to be all over this place. Off to Rome. At a stop along the way, Athena and I continue to act like total gits and take secret photos of Bruno out the bus window. Stalkers or what!! Arrive at hotel. Athena and I watch Bruno wash the bus from our room balcony. Nice aren't we. He is young though. And fit. And dresses well. Good to look at basically. We are heading out for dinner in Rome on the bus. Athena did ...
... Grande for a boat back to Sorrento.
Our guide for the day was Simona, a knowledgable young lady who was ever so helpful and organised throughout the whole day.
From our hotel room we looked across the Bay of Naples. We could also see Mt Vesuvius.
Today was Mother's Day and some beautiful flowers from my family found their way to Italy. What a lovely surprise! ...
... t stop at every station like the privately run Circumvesuviana line. Tickets can be used on both lines and we got a day pass which allowed getting on & off for Ercolano (the town where Herculaneum is) in the afternoon and then home after that - all for €4.55 each.
We didn't have to wait too long for the train, even though it was Sunday. They don't seem to have a different timetable for Sundays. The times are all on a board for the whole week for each of ...
... mozzarella and ricotta, and every vegetable that they grow known to man. There were two different kinds of beans, spinach, broccoli, eggplant, roasted peppers, onions and potatoes. Then came the pastas: gnocchi, ravioli, zucchini with pasta and then came the meats with french fries and salad. For dessert there were fruit and cakes with Limoncello and wine for a very reasonable price. Sent from my iPad Sent from my ...
... before certain death, for example. Apparently 'a good disaster plan is important' - can't see how anything is going to save people 7 seconds from death. But it was an amazing view into the crater, and also across the bay to Capri, Sorrento, etc. Then it was onto Pompeii to see the power of Vesuvius in the ruins. Let the horrific remains of people crawling to escape the volcano ash be a lesson to the people living under the volcano. They wouldn't be able to blame an eruption on ...