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... well! We throw in the anchor by Positano and jump in for a swim, the water is so warm! After our refreshing dip we head further along the coast, there's some fabulous houses along here, they all have windy steps down to the waters edge. There's also some massive boats, some with jet skis tied to the back and one has a slide running down from the top. Before we know it we're almost in Salerno! We jump in for another swim ...
... while Cari and I shopped and drank in the piazza until Megan returned..... more shopping, eating, and drinking before returning to Sorrento to our mountain top haven. I love, love, love being with my daughters!!!!
On Wednesday Cari and I took the train to Pompeii while Megan studied and sent off her homework. On Thursday, our driver took us to Roma.
We have walked so much, but it was fun.
... but I found a Venchi at Termini (Venchi = one of the best chocolate gelatos ever) and that made it all better.
We finally got on the Frecciarossa to Naples and the ride was a very fast 1.5 hours. For a point of reference, to save money, I once took the regional train from Rome to Naples and it took me over 2.5 hours to get there, yesterday was such a luxury!
Our driver was waiting for us on the platform and we were off. Naploli ...
... ready for the huge one. None of my friends wanted to go though. I was one of the few girls who actually did it. It was harder to climb to the high cliff and the rocks were sharper but the guys were all really nice and helped me. When I got to the top it was so high. I got pretty nervous looking down but I was also just really excited to do it. I was looking forward to this all week. Its one of those things where its pretty scary but you get a really cool story out of it. Plus ...
... walked all a long the beach checking out different stools and trying different things. The atmosphere was lovely and everyone was having a good time. There was even a little theme park for children. Niomi was still too small to go on the rides hahaha. We really enjoyed this evening.
I was glad in the end that I mucked up with the hotel because we got to stay in another really nice hotel which was a stones throw away from the beach, so we got ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Riviera Sorrento
Good hotel, unlucky with the room
Stayed in the hotel for a week, really liked it. Stunning views. Nice rooms. Good location - not central but useful when you drive into Sorrento from Naples, since it lets you avoid having to negotiate your way through the town.
Two things let us down. The breakfast was very dull and the coffee the worst I had in Italy. Secondly, our room (large and bright) was right underneath the breakfast hall, and with those tiled floors, as one would guess, you can hear every step, every chair movement above you. And that every morning as the breakfast starts at 7 a.m.
Wonderful staff who really went out of their way to help satisfy a very fussy eater. Amazing views and lovely bright rooms, excellently maintained. The pool and beach area were lovely too. Full of English tourists but being one myself I didn't let that bother me!
Un personal maravilloso que hizo todo lo posible por satisfacer a una persona quisquillosa con la comida. Vistas impresionantes y habitaciones hermosas, luminosas y bien mantenidas. El área de la piscina y de la playa era hermosa también. Lleno de turistas ingleses pero, siendo uno de ellos, no dejé que eso me molestara.
Vista y personal fabulosos
Me quedé en el GHR dos días con mi familia.
Me encantaron la vista, el personal y las habitaciones (501 y 502). Creo que la piscina y el embarcadero son excelentes. Definitivamente volvería y lo recomendaría.
Fabulous View and staff
I stayed at the GHR for two days with my family.
L-O-V-E-D the view, the staff and the rooms (501 e 502). I think that the pool and the pier are excelent and would surely come back and recommend.
Loved the riveria
Excellent hotel very clean and tidy. Caters for its guests very well. Pity about the yanks.
Great View - Small Rooms
My wife and I stayed three days in the Grand Hotel Riviera. The rooms are typical small European size, but clean and with great views. No complaints about the beds or furnishings. The bathrooms did not have wash clothes or kleenex. This is large hotel with a great lobby. The breakfast included was satifactory. It is about a 10 minute walk into downtown Serrento.
Ok, but not great
The service was great - the staff was very pleasant and helpful. Also has great views and a nice pier for sunning with a section for swimming in the sea. The rooms are pretty basic but clean. It appeared that the hotel caters very much to the British version of the tacky tourist who wants a watered down version of Italy. The food was more on the level of the Olive Garden but the staff does have good recommendations if you want the real thing.
Lovely hotel, superb views, very friendly staff
Stayed in Grand Riviera for a week after being in Rome and Venice (see reviews). Nice hotel, our room (133) had superb views over the bay of Naples out to sea, absolutely fantastic. Hotel had great facilities, loved the pool. Buffet breakfasts good, only stayed on b&b basis so don't know about the dinners. Staff were very friendly and went out of the way to do anything for you laying on taxis, arranging trips, any problems with rooms, facilities etc, airport transfers. If you are looking for a relaxing hotel with superb views and don't mind a nice walk to the town centre then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this!
An extremely pleasant hotel, in an ideal location overlooking the bay of Naples and with excellent facilities.....I thoroughly recommend it.