Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
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The streets here were very narrow because everything is built vertically on the steep hills.
- Mount Vesuvius
What I learned:
- Only about 30% of the 15,000 people living in Pompeii were killed. Most of the people, especially the rich …
Last night, we fell asleep to this old Italian man playing a guitar and singing old songs on the terrace of the hotel. We awoke this morning to slow crashing of waves from the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy. Our hotel, The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria sits on the edge of a cliff in Sorrento. We have this small balcony which fits a tiny table and …
DAY THREE (8/4)—Amalfi Coast
The coast is clear!
The most appealing part of the Tauck "Classic Italy" itinerary, the one thing that attracted me most to this tour, was the time devoted to the Amalfi Coast. And despite very high expectations about how beautiful this part of the world is, I was not …
DAY TWO (8/3)—Arrival Day in Italy
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We had a 4.5 hour layover at Charles de Gaulle before boarding yet another Air France flight, this time to our actual destination: Naples …
Spent today on the Amalfi Coast. The weather is glorious. Left the hotel in Sorrento at 7:45 am for Amalfi and a family style lunch in Ravello. It was everything and more. Breathtaking!!! Pizza and Limoncello at a local restaurant. Tomorrow we are off to Pompeii, then Rome. Will add pictures as soon as I am able.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
Built in 1834, on the very same spot where the Roman Emperor Augustus had his villa.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria Sorrento
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria Sorrento
I must honestly say that we stayed at the Excelsior Vittoria 3 years ago. We had selected the place after checking out all available brochures of hotels on the Amalfi Coast, and had booked a superior room with a balcony and view for 10 nights.
This is a beautiful hotel, set back from the main square in an orange grove, and from the moment we arrived the service was impecible. We had a 'superior' room with a private balcony on the top floor, and the view across the bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius was just breathtaking; I will always remember waking up in the mornings and looking at that view from my bed.
Special but not stuffy
We spent 3 days at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in September. A perfect haven from the busy streets of Sorrento. Beautiful position overlooking the sea - the new swimming pool is perfect, and the open air pool bar/cafe is the best we have seen. A very special place with a terrific history but really friendly and helpful staff. Reading other guides I thought it was past its best - but if it ever was, it is now back to its former glory. Not cheap but well worth it.
You definately want a room with a balcony i think on the third floor. A corner room even better. View is amazing. Hotel has internet but no wireless and no xp. There is an elevator down to the port and you can take day trips to possitano / capri. bathrooms were nice. Cute town but not as good as capri.
My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon in November 2002. Wow this place was absolutely fantastic!!! We stayed in a beautiful room with a view to die for. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, the sunset and atmosphere was unforgettable. We felt so spoiled and fortunate to be there. Easy access to Isle of Capri, although the trip from Naples cost a lot and took a long time. Consider taking the train for a significant cost savings. Also, the breakfast was out of this world. Huge buffet with a ton of options. Loved every minute.
I stayed in this beautiful hotel for a week in May 2004. The view of the bay of Naples and Vesuvius is so beautiful that a sea view room with a balcony is worth the extra. The food was excellent for both breakfast and dinner. The staff were courteous and helpful. Sorrento can be busy, especially in the summer, so if you are looking for a relaxing haven away from the crowds, but in an unbeatable position, this is it.
We stayed here for four nights during our honeymoon in Italy (Sept. 2001). This is an excellent hotel! We booked our room directly through the hotel and got a good deal. They provide free transfers from the Naples airport or train station if you stay for 3 or 4 nights or more. We arranged for that, and a great guy named Franco picked us up from the train station. What a treat it was to talk to him! We had booked a garden view room. We told them it was our honeymoon. They gave us a room that was both garden and sea view. It was at the corner of the building and had two small balconies (one that looked the garden and one that was perpendicular to the sea--so if you went out on the balcony, you had a view). The room was huge, although the bathroom was small. They had fresh flowers and champagne awaiting us in our room when we checked in (for our honeymoon, perhaps?). The staff was very attentive. We unfortunately were here when 9/11 occurred. They did everything they could to make us feel comfortable. The views from the back terrace of the hotel are spectacular. If you get a chance, eat at the Foreigner's Club, which is right across the way (one cliff over to the south, I believe). Excellent seaside dining with a view of the hotel (and cheaper than eating at the hotel). Note that breakfast is not included in the expensive hotel rate (in most other Italian hotels, it is included). We would most definitely return to this hotel.
The Grand Albergo Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is one of the few good hotels in Sorrento. The city, though local, has been modernized and is noisy, and the hotel is set very far back and is peaceful and quite (with exception of some ships). The hotel is stunning, with a beautiful pool, orange grove, and memorable view. There is even an elevator to take you down to the port for guests only. However, the food was only good, and in the one room we stayed in, we found ants after accidentally leaving our food for a long time. But most of all, THE ONLY GOOD HOTELS IN SORRENTO ARE PRICEY!!! Don't be intimidated; you'll be thankful you came.
Terrible service, but a beautiful location
I stayed at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria for 5 nights, the hotels location is spectacular. It is in the heart of Sorrento, so restaurants and shops are easily accessible. If you are looking for great service, and a nice hotel staff, I'd pick another hotel. Having traveled through Italy, the hotel staff and the service the concierge's provide are usually memorable. Not here. The concierges or bellman do not even greet you, nor did they even seem to know anything about their town. If you are looking for 5 star luxury, this is definitely not it. If you are looking for location, then it is great. Having met some of the locals, this hotel has been slowly declining in popularity. Their are several other Gems nearby.