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Rome is left behind..:(
Had to say bye there to say Hi to Pompeii.
On the way, Naples and its rows of apartments reminded of New Delhi and train rides to Delhi...all multicolored flats with clothes drying on clothes lines,.....and guess what they had TV antennas on their roofs. .Have to show Anuj what exactly that used to be. Not a rich …
... fish. The owners of the restaurant had a big fluffy white dog that sat outside on the steps and my brother took some pictures with it. After dinner we headed back up where we came from and watched the sun set. We shopped a little more in downtown Sorrento and got an amazing gelato from a nice italian family. We all went right to bed when we got back to the hotel room. Tomorrow we check out and head to Manocalzati ...
... easily which was nice...
Got on in plenty of time, found a seat and had all my stuff around me. Two men then sat next to me and looked like gypsies, they did have tickets but saw they were good from this date through December 17.. so not sure if it was good for one use or if they could use it over and over during that time period. This is a famous train for pick pockets so was a bit wary as my way to the aisle was blocked and they were looking ...
... good but that was chockers. Looked up and saw da Gemma. Made our way upstairs and were seated promptly. We were only going to be in Amalfi for just under an hour so we let the waiter know. There wasn’t time for the lemon risotto so I had the very tasty cheese timbale with mushrooms and tomato. Peter had a fabulous seared blue fin tuna steak with couscous. Shame we didn’t have more time, would love to have had time for a long lunch.
... things I like about Grand Circle Travel is that their employees don't work on commission and the tour director doesn't have to pay the company a per/head fee as many of the tour companies do. The only way those folks can make a living is to get kickbacks from shops and attractions, which means you see what pays the tour guide the best, and not what gives you the best value. This tour has been top notch, and I'd highly recommend it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Flora Sorrento
We used the hotel as a base for sightseeing it was only five minutes from the train station, and within easy walking distance of the centre, 10mins.
Stayed at Grande Hotel Flora August 2004, with two children. Found the room we had to be extremely noisy as a Fila petrol station was directly under our window. To add to the noise of passing scooters, the garage played opera from 7am. The air condition was stuck on a high level and the children and adults could not cool off. Evenings entertainment consists of a man playing 70's type music and in the room we were staying in, this came through as if he were in our room with us!
We stayed in the Hotel in mid July 2004. The rooms we had (two) were clean and spacious. Maid service was very good with clean towels daily. The food in both the restaurant and pool side bar is of a high standard. All of the staff are very friendly and go out of thier way to be helpful. The swimming pool very large, but probably not suitable for very small children. They charge 5 Euros a day for a pool side sunbed and towel. This can get expensive, but stops people reserving sunbeds all day by placing their towels on them and then going out for the day! The hotel is half a mile walk from the main square in Sorrento. The only down side could be the road that runs outside the front of the hotel. However this did not cause us a problem, even though our rooms were at the front, 5th floor. Guests at the hotel are from many different nationalities, which made for a nice mix of people. Overall I am more than happy to recommend this hotel and would use it again. (Ages: Adults 40's, Children teens).
The first room we were given had tarpaulin attached to the balcony where building work was taking place. We were woken practiacally every morning by hammering and drilling. The Air con did not work, there wasn't even a fridge, never mind a mini bar as advertised in the brochure. There was no pool-side jacuzzi as advertised and the hotel charged 5 Euro's a day each to lie on a sunbed around the pool! We received very little help from our 'rep' to sort out our problems and when I finally arranged a room move we were given another room in the 'Annex' which did not have double glazing, unlike the rooms in the main building, which allowed the constant noise from the traffic on the very busy main road to wake us. All in all it was a very disappointing 2 weeks and we will definitely not be returning.
After we booked our holday we read bad reviews about the hotel so weren't expecting a lot. We were delighted when we got off the bus and saw the beautiful lobby and staircase. The bedrooms were spotless and each room had a small balcony. We were booked for B&B only but ate in the dining room for the last three nights of out holiday the staff were very friendly and the food delicious.
We met people who were staying there for the 3rd year. Great location 5 mins from the main square. I would have no hesitation in recommeding this hotel to anyone and we will definitley be back
Nothing to complain about
I stayed at this hotel last year and was so impressed I am returning this year. The hotel is in easy reach of the town, and although it does overlook a garage it didnt bother me at all. The hotel had wonderful marbled floors, staff were very friendly and the food was delicious. I would reccommend this hotel an enjoyable experience.
Construction at the Flora
We just returned from a week stay in the Flora Hotel while on a group tour. The Flora is still in the process of renovation with heavy construction work. For example, mixing of concrete in front of the hotel, drilling in the room below us at 7:40am, ever present dust, and scaffolds up to the 3rd floor in the rear. The lobby has been redone in an elaborate style but this hardly compensates for the "construction site" atmosphere elsewhere on the premises. If anyone is considering a stay here ask for a room on the fifth floor in the rear of the hotel -- the front of the hotel is on a busy main street with a gas station right across the way.
Shabby is a good word for this
The hotel was quite a walk from the centre of Sorrento and our room overlooked a garage and a very busy main road. The hotel itself needs updating and has a tired feel. As English, independent travellers we were also ignored as the hotels main business appears to be American package tours. Overall not a success although we have stayed in far worse hotels in Rome!
Works Very Well
Stayed at the Flora Hotel in Sorrento for a week with a tour group.
Hotel is located "in town" which makes most things an easy walk. Rooms were clean and comfortable(not huge) with a more than adequate bathroom. Ask for a room on the back of the hotel. These rooms have a small balcony with table and two chairs. Best of all these rooms have direct views over the Bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvius. Hotel food was very good for tour fare. The dining room(s) have beautiful views of the gulf and beyond. Hotel staff was helpful. Would recommend.
Superb facilities and Staff
Before we went to Sorrento (July 2003), we read reviews of the Hotel Flora which described it as 'shabby'. That may have been the case, but fortunately for us, the hotel had been completely refurbished in a very stylish, typically italian, fashion. Real wood and 'acres' of italian marble have created a luxury look, whilst retaining the hotel's relaxing atmosphere. The hotel maintains a very friendly approach, whilst providing a highly professional service. We could not fault any of the staff. We will definitely try to return in the future.