Hotel Admiral Sorrento
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We woke up this morning intent on going to see Pompeii. We stopped at the supermarket and bought brie, bread and salami to have for breakfast/lunch. By the time I had sent a few things at the post office and we had eaten, we decided that too much of the day had passed for us to see Pompeii. Instead we went into Sorrento (which is actually one train stop away) and booked a sightseeing tour along the Amalfi Coast.
We stopped for gelato before ...
... a half day at Pompeii and a half day going to the top of Mount Vesuvius. In a landslide victory the family elected to do both Pompeii and Vesuvius.
We were picked up in van and driven to the marina (a crazy drive down the cliff with 5 hairpin turns (so tight that they required a 3 point turn to get around in our bigger vehicle). We then took a 45 minute boat ride to another marina where we boarded a bus. Taking ...
... buzz around everywhere and lane lines are optional." I guess the joke never gets old! The views though, could not be beat.
We arrived at the B&B we are staying at and were greeted warmly by the hostess. After taking some time to settle in, we went for a walk and found a nice restaurant nearby for dinner. We are definitely enjoying all the fresh seafood this region has to offer. We were pretty pooped from all the travel that day, so after some wine ...
... about how awesome it was. After that I spent the rest of my time jumping from the smaller cliffs with my friends. After that they took us to a place to go cave swimming. Before we got off the boat they told us if we weren't that strong of swimmers we might struggle with the current. My friends and I watched a few people through first and they looked fine so we figured we would give it a shot. Swimming into the cave was pretty easy. The current carried you through pretty easily and ...
... heading to Sorrento to book our Amalfi coast tickets for the next day. We had a look round Sorrento's quirky shops and cafes before we came across to where we booked our tickets. After doing so we continued looking around before deciding it was dinner time. We found a nice restaurant in the heart of Sorrento where we enjoyed a nice meal. When we finished our meal we used our wifi to find out when the last train, it was leaving in 15 minutes so ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Admiral Sorrento
If you are lookiong for a quiet place to stay in Sorrento then this is it. The Hotel Admiral is situated on marina grande which is a working fishing village. The towering cliffs found all over this region are behind you littered with larger hotels. Across the bay is Naples and most spectacular of all Vesuvius. The views from the hotel are truly spectacular. The hotel is small but the rooms are well presented and are spotlessly clean; ours was situated on the very front of the hotel with a small balcony to take advatage of the views. The hotel offers a sea view from all of the rooms but be advised to pay the supplement for the full sea view; it is worth it.
Food in the hotel is very good. The hotel offers half board and there is a varied menu which changes daily; it has lots of italian specialities and is also suitable for vegetarians. (Breakfast is buffet service but dinner is waiter service; a dress code applies in the evening and men are expected to wear long trousers)
There is a small salt water swimmiing pool with sun loungers and although we were there in the middle of August the pool area was never crowded. This is not a hotel that attracted families so tje pool area was quiet; ideal for reading, soaking up the sun and enjoyeing the attentions of the pool side barman with his flirtacious chat up lines!
The busy town of Sorrento is a ten minute walk away although it is up some steep steps and paths. However, the local bus service leaves the marina every half hour and the hotel itself offers a coutesy bus a couple of times a day. One look at the position of the rest of the hotels in Sorrento, positioned as they are along the very busy Corsa Italia, the main street, will make you realise that you certainly have found a gem in the Hotel Admiral.
The location of the hotel admiral is perfect,
The hotel Admiral is in a perfect location,a lovely little fishing port not affected by tourism,see how the locals live,but only 10 to 15 mins walk up hill to the centre of sorrento.The hotel itself is small and friendly and very clean but the pool area does let it down,its very small and in the shade with no sunloungers only deckchairs,how do you tan your back?? .The food was ok with approx 5 choices each course each night but you could taste the difference went you ate out in local restraunts and had the real Italian cruisine! Drink prices were good.and staff friendly,I would stay there again as the location is perfect.We used public transport rather than organised trips and it was excellent,always on time,safe and a lot cheaper than trips the travel company were selling.The small public beach near the hotel is very busy,so we used the swimming platform in the first restraunt next to the hotel, The Delfino,it was only 6 euros all day(including sunlounger) and the food was delicious and the staff very friendly.If you like fish/seafood its a must.
Nice hotel, nice small resort, food average
1 week stay through Thompsons.
Firstly, be careful booking with Thompson. If you want a balcony or a sea view you have to pay extra - "limited" sea view means you can't see it unless you lean out of the window. On the other hand, if it's hot (as it hopefully is) and you don't spend a lot of time in the room, not facing the sun helps the room stay cold. I don't agree with the earlier review about aircon - it hums, not loudly enough to prevent sleep but this is only to be expected in an average resort hotel but it also works and nice to return to after a long day in sun.
Pool quite small, about 12m x 7m, and sun deck small but ok. Sun goes off the hotel completely by roughly 4.30pm, stays on rest of port for longer.
Staff nice and food okay but nothing to compare with eating out locally so Half Board pointless unless seriously cost effective.
Walk to town about 10/15 mins but up steep path. Bus about twice an hour and reliable cost 1 euro.
Local Restaurants - on the port 4 - "z'intonio" very good and the one next to it by road up to bus (sorry can't remember name!) very nice and lovely owner. "Delfino" has nice people but I didn't eat there. 4th near the steps was not friendly at all so didn't try food.
Don't bother with organised trips by Thompsons - way overpriced. Example - bus to square, return train to Pompeii & entrance to ruins 14.60 euros. Thompson trip by bus with entrance? 40 euros. Seacat "metro del Mare" from port to Amalfi (lovely trip and bus to Ravello 1 euro) 7.60 euro one way and only 1 hour. Bus a lot longer.
If you don't want to do tour bus back to airport (leaving far too early) cab is 80 euros which includes something for staff no doubt which I think is ok. NOT 150 euros which Thompson tell you. Give it 90mins easily as long term traffic probs getting to aiport. Get receipt if paying hotel staff in advance as different staff in morning had no idea we had paid the night before, but they trusted us!
Overall nice hotel, not uncomfortable, food average, nice enough as a base.
The hotel is lovely and clean inside and the staff were all helpful, the food was great although the breakfast can get a bit tedious but scrambled egg and rashers were available every day, however the outside was not so clean the bottom of the pool was cleaned once in an eleven day stay but the sides of the pool were not touched, the decking area was never swept and there are no sunbeds although thomson states sunbeds when you book. there are row after row of deckchairs so many that holidaymakers cant get passed them. the view is stunning but make sure you get a balcony with sea view worth the extra money. The location is in a quite area but it is a hike up into the town the local bus is cheap and near and runs every half an hour in summer. the fish taverna in the harbour is well worth a visit.
Dont stay at this hotel
We had booked this hotel through the internet for an 11 night stay, having read the various reviews on this site.
We arrived late but had told the hotel we would be so no problem checking in. The room we were given did not have the minibar and safe that the website we had booked through promised. The balcony was a joke - yes we had a seaview but at right angles we had a perfect view into the neighbouring room! The a/c was so noisy that you could not turn it on
Breakfast in the morning was one of the poorest we have come across, suffice to say that the orange juice was of the diluting variety which had been over diluted. The breakfast staff were very surly and unhelpful
The area in which the hotel is situated is pretty scruffy and it is a considerable uphill walk to the main town. The position of the hotel means that it goes into the shade in the afternoon - not great for sunbathing by the pool. The hotel is also used by big package holiday companies.
We decided that we did not want to stay and after phoning around, secured a room with all the facilities we wanted at the 4 star La Residenzia hotel for 120 euros per night - 10 euros cheaper that the 3 star Admiral.
Great location just out of the hustle and bustle
Great location in what really is a tiny fishing village beside Sorrento. The 10 minute walk to Sorrento involves a few tiring steps leaving the port but these are a great way to walk off the italian cuisine. The hotel staff were helpful with the only drawback being the lack of sunshine on the hotel in the late afternoon in early summer - though I'm not sure if this will change as the summer goes on!
Don't take a car here!!!!
A very comfortable hotel - we had two rooms (a triple and a double) next to each other for a family of five (children 8, 10 and 12). Very comfortable beds, very friendly and helpful staff and great filling breakfast. Great location by the sea with pool and sundeck. We walked via a back route into town everyday of our stay - only ten mins although up hill - we also walked to the tain station for a trip to Pompeii (walk takes about 20 mins to half hour) and to the port for a boat trip to Capri (very stenuous uo and down hill walk of half hour).
Why did we walk? - this hotel is not for car drivers!!!!! Indeed, Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are a nightmare for car travel. I have driven all over Europe and the US and have driven in Italy before but nothing had prepared me for the drive down to the Hotel Admiral. Admittedly we had a seven seater people carrier and the roads are just about OK for tiny Fiats and the like but the 'road' to the Hotel Admiral is impossible. It is very poorly signposted from the main road (Via Corso) and when you eventually get down to the coast the Hotel itself is not even marked with a name - the road becomes narrower and narrower until you cannot believe it goes anywhere - it actually ends in a 'garage' under the hotel which can just about house 5 cars (for a 63 room hotel!!!!). We were there in April and what this must be like in the summer is anyone's guess. We eventually took thecar out on the third day of our stay to drive to Vesuvius which was great. We prayed we would be lucky enough to be able to park when we got back - our luck held, just, and it only took 20 mins of very careful manouvering to edge the car round and into a space!!
Would I stay at the Hotel Admiral again - yes without a car - definitely not if I was driving. Please take my advice - if you are driving DO NOT stay here!!!!
We travelleled as a group. Most rated the hotel as a four , one or two a three.
Hotel Clean, bright and airy right by the sea.
The hotel is about a ten minute walk from the main square but you need to know where you are going as there are not many signs.
There is a bus service to the main station once every hour. On our last day the hotel was starting a shuttle bus to town square.
We did not have dinner in the hotel but the breakfast was fine. Selction of cooked meats/cheese scrambled egg and rashers. Tea/coffee and various juices.
You can't beat this hotel for location. Right on the bay with sundeck and pool built out over the water. Faces Mt Vesuvius. Cuisine here is fantastic - particularly the Champagne Risotto. Wine list is very good - the Cannellino was the best drop, a sweet local white wine. If you are not good at walking distances this is the only setback as hotel is virtually beyond the reach of cars at the end of the Sorrento Bay. It's an uphill walk to the main town centre. However, I would not consider staying anywhere else if going to Sorrento.