Grand Hotel Flora
Travel Blogs from Sorrento
Today we had a lazy morning and then went to see the sights of Sorrento. Phillip found some old roman gates, walls and an old fortress. The wall is named the ancient urban wall of Via Sersale. He found a plaque at a location where they found pre-roman artefacts from Africa dating back to 2 centuries before Christ. Unbelievable. Sorrento was originally just a small fishing village. We looked at the market shops. They ...
... in Monterosso, one of the 5 small towns that make up Cinque Terra. We went on incredible coastal hikes that offered stunning views and worked up great appetites that were satiated by fresh made pasta and beers at lunch. John and Erin are champs – they did a 2 hour mountain hike with a napping baby and a huge diaper bag strapped to their backs. Ellie didn’t seem all that impressed with the hike, but I know the rest of us were. We were so lucky with weather ...
... to make some money, one stood out as being the worst out of the lot, a lady with her head inside a pram with a headless doll that danced and all she did was move her head. We saw her in more than one occasion and each time Rowan just walked past shaking his head at get. We found a nice place to eat, where we had delicious seafood pasta that was delicious and found a sorrento style beer with lemon that came in a bottle the size of wine. We also went ...
... about catching the bus. In the rush, Caitlin must have dropped the beanie she had only just bought in Napoli, so I was feeling unhappy about that as we waited for the bus. We watched the local Polizia shepherd the 'bambini' across the busy road from the station and surmised there must be a primary school somewhere close. In the square teenagers where smoking and talking in groups before heading off to school...the same the world over.
... fancy little bottles of lemoncello.
We again piled into the little bus (it held about 30 people for a vehicle only 2m wide and 5m long) and headed back to the ferry in the harbour. We were about 30min early and had a little more time to wander around. The ferry is owned by a cartel who have a monopoly on the boat traffic. Another cartel owns the bus company. That's the way it goes... We arrived back in Sorrento at ...
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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.