Art Hotel Gran Paradiso
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Home Stretch! When we were planning our grand adventure from home, we knew we wanted to spend the last part of our trip unwinding and thought that a villa in Tuscany sounded like a pretty good place to start. We spent three glorious weeks in Italy, eating, drinking, siesta-ing, and taking in the beautiful sights of this country.
We found our little villa in the wine region of Tuscany and were met by friends Kristina, John, Erin and sweet 10 ...
... the floor were just amazing as were some of the frescoes.The ruins are simply amazing and leave you with an awe inspiring feeling about the scale and spectacle of Ancient Rome and all the while Mt. Vesuvius looms in the distance. The following day we bought a bus pass and went for a drive to Positano and Amalfi along the Amalfi Coast. The scenery is stunning and the coast line is very dramatic. Cliffs ...
... our living room in all fours so I really didn't know what was in store for us. So for those of you, like me, who aren't aware of what these ruins are, picture a Roman city that was occupied by 2,000 people that is more or less fully intact. Not only that, but you can walk through all of it! Sure lava destroyed the completeness of the structures, but it is insane how big this place is! From brothels, to full on gladiator arenas, ...
... over. Today, many of it's treasures are in museums worldwide. But, the basic Pompeii, it's streets and lifestyle remain to be seen. And we saw them! Really a highlight of our trip for ML. Tonight we go to a dinner theater, music production that turns out to be wonderful. Called "Teatro Tasso"', it features classic favorites like "O So Lo Mio", "Fanicu-Li-Fanicu-La" and dances like "Tarantella". we get back to our beautiful hotel about 11pm and are thanking God for the spectacular ...
... demos on making olive oil, fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, and how to make authentic pizza. It was an awesome meal shared with neat new friends! We ended our evening strolling the streets of Sorrento. What's so amazing is that even at 10:00 at night, the streets are alive and vibrant with an inviting outdoor cafe around every corner. Thursday, we'll spend most of our time on the bus traveling north to Assisi. We can't wait to see what awaits ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Art Hotel Gran Paradiso Sorrento
This Hotel is up a steep hill and very inconvenient. Forget about breakfast!! (bread ,cheese, cold cuts, cold hard boiled eggs, stale cereal etc). You are better of with a hotel in town. I definetly would not recommend this hotel ! !
I stayed here in June 2003 with my boyfriend, A tour company took us there, from the outside of the hotel my first impression were that it looks a bit drab, however when I entered into the lobby of the hotel it seemed like now my hotel has started! We went into our room it was light and airy, which is exactly what you need to escape the baking weather outside. The room was clean which is what you want really. They have a nice swimming pool and from the pool area you can take in amazing views. My boyfriend and I used to like going there in the late evenings (as it was much cooler then) to take in the amazing views of the bay of Naples. Staff at the hotel seemed friendly, went for dinner which was average, but you share a table with other members of the hotel which can be uncomfortable at first but then you get an insight into their time so far and a few useful tips. Overall, I speak for my boyfriend too here, we were both comfortable at this hotel, only downside was a steep hill to get up which was a pain with the heat beating down on you, however, once you capture the amazing views the hotel has to offer it all seems worth it...
Paradiso by name and by nature
The views are spectacular, the staff are exceptionally friendly and courteous
and our room was clean well furnished and bright. The location was quiet and peaceful and the courtesy bus service fast efficient and on time. Bruno and Guiseppe run a very tight ship. The food was varied with plenty of choices and the gala dinners were superb! A great holiday.
The view is fantastic, but unfortunately the hotel is not. Two stars at best!!!
The view from the Gran Paradiso was excellent and we miss it now we are home....we arrived not knowing quite what to expect after reading the reviews on here and were pleasantlly surprised with everything at the hotel....everyone couldn't have been more kind and helpful.The staff work exceptionally long hours but always had a welcoming smile and adored our 2 yr old grandson who came with his parents to join us on our 2 week break. What would we have done without the shuttle bus??????? I agree with one writer here though that the pool-side "snack-bar" could have been open for longer hours and perhaps a BBQ evening ? An internet room would be nice ...perhaps in the games - room which was seldom used ? The pool and terrace were adequate but there seems to be a lot of empty space around it which could be put to better use. The bedroom we had was OK..it looked out onto a wall...but so what...how long did we stay in the room...and at least we weren't overlooked....we had a good time and will probably visit again...even to see if there is any changes !!!!!!
Very dissappointed with service. This hotel does not quialify for 4 star service. For example: Airconditioner somehow turns off at 7am, and nobody "seems" to know why ("don't worry we willl fix it"). It took us 3 days to figure out that it is regulated manually with switchboard. Overall, you feel fooled all the time. No rule sare written and they are being created right on spot. But you see nice smile and polite words, but do not expect that somebody will take few extra steps to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
I was here in late May '04 with my two kids on a tour with Cosmos (another story... I suppose a good tour for the money, but Cosmos tour operator at hotel was quite ineffective, just go it alone as much as possible.) Grand Paradiso has a true european flavor and that wonderful Italian managment style (grossly ineffcient at worst and warm and wonderful at best.) But like the Italians, the service is all over the place. With a tour group, the food is definitely watered down American style. I hope you like your fellow tour members because you won't be sitting at table without them. We loved our group members.
Grand Paradiso made our holiday. When we arrived up the VERY steep hill (about 20 mins walk) in the coutesy bus we were met by Bruno, the manager. He was very welcoming and put us in room 109. This was a reasonably large room with a bath and a shower head in the bathroom. The only down side to the room was the balcony. It was tiny and looked straight at a brick wall. We asked to be moved as the balcony is quite important to us as a family. Bruno said that we had not paid the extra supplement, (Cosmos did not give us this choice when booking) but he would do what he could. We went down the next morning and he said we could move into a room on Thursday, 6 nights into our 2 week holiday. And so we did, although it would have been good to have it from the beginning so if you desire a balcony with a sea veiw, be sure to ask and pay for one either when booking, or by phoning, faxing ect. Bruno about it.
It was our first time to Italy and after long discussions we finally decided on Sorrento as our destination. When we arrived at the Gran Paradiso on the Friday - Bruno the Manager was fantastic he gave us a room with a sea view even though we hadn't requested one. (As Cosmos hadn't given us the choice when booking) We were exceedingly lucky. The setting for the hotel was perfect as it is set quite high and the views are just pitcuresque from the side or front of the hotel. The rooms are of a good size, only downside is the bathrooms - some have baths and some have showers we were lucky enough to have a bath, other couples had a shower and it was a bit of a tight squeeze for most of the men thus they were unable to close the door while showering otherwise they couldn't move. Our only gripe with the hotel was the food - we felt that it should have been more authentic Italian Cuisine at dinner time and more choice. The pool and sunbathing terrace were fantastic you just moved your lounger round and you had this wonderful panaramic view of the bay of naples, Versuvius and Sorrento and on a clear day you could even see Capri. The hotel have a free shuttle service to/from sorrento throughout the day, which is great we used to walk down to town but always catch the bus back as the hill is just too much on a hot day. The staff at the hotel are wonderful, Marco who works behind the bar couldn't be more helpful and charming. Alexandrios & Emilie our waiter/ess were fantastic, along with Guiseppe the matre d' and his dazzling smile, Mario and Raffaello our shuttle bus drivers were always kind enough to pick you up along route if you hadn't quite made it to the bus pick up point. On the whole the hotel was perfect, we just wish they had more authentic italian meals for dinner and had the terrace bar open for longer hours during the day for snacks say 10am - 4pm rather than 12noon-2.30pm. Location is very peaceful and a great way to relax we spent a week there and it felt like a fortnight and we felt we could happily stay there forever.
When we arrived in Sorrento, we were originally booked into another Thomson's hotel called the Villa Pina, we didn't stay there for long as it was a complete dump! We were moved on our second day to the Hotel Gran Paradiso and from the minute we stepped into the place we were treated like royalty. Bruno the manager and other reception staff, Gianni and Emilia went out of their way on several occassions to make sure we had everything we needed while staying at the hotel. On one occassion we missed the shuttle bus into town and Bruno insisted that one of the staff drive us! The Restaurant staff were fantastic especially Guiseppie and the food was second to none. The hotel pool has amazing views over the bay as it is on a cliffside and the rooms were comfortable with air conditioning and a large balcony. The actual location of the hotel is about a 15 minute stroll from town down the cliffside which is fine to get down but not so easy to get back up! My only complaint would be that none of the rooms had a bath which would have been very welcome as I did get a bit sunbuned! As it was our first holiday together, we wanted it to be perfect and the Hotel Gran Paradiso made sure that's just what it was, perfect!