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Well, my parents have come and gone, just as the calendar tells me has the halfway point of my time here in Sorrento. How is time moving so quickly? I feel as though I’ve accomplished so much in time here, yet so little at the same time.
I noticed the transition this past week. That shameless American tourist I described myself as …
Our beds are a bit hard, wait no the two singles pushed together are very hard and it took a while to fall asleep and then we were woken with loud knocking on the wall at our head end. It got louder and more insistent. I thought it was someone hammering then I thought it may be a horrible poltergeist or something because who would be hammering …
Our travel days end up taking longer than anticipated - partly due to us getting up a bit later (because we end up in bed so late) and partly due to getting the various connections. This is merely an observation and pointer for planning - for example if total travel time is 4 hours, but you have three connections then you may kiss goodbye to about …
Disembarked at Bari on the eastern coast of Italy and drove across country to reach Ercolano to see the excavated site of Herculanneum which had been buried under 16 metres of molten rock when Mt Vesuvius erupted on 24th August, 79AD. Even though we'd seen it before, we saw new sites and developed a whole new appreciation of its history. Only one …
... emperor Nero so much that he had the amphitheatre shut for six years. Makes todays football violence seem rather tame.
Oh a last interesting fact - while Romans did in fact get impacted by lead poisoning from their plumbing, it was not as significant as was thought in the past. The water flowing into this area at least was carried on Aquaducts for over 70 kilometres. This water was very hard by the time it reached the coast and when it flowed ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Savoia Sorrento
Excellant Hotel close to Main Square
We found the family run hotel an excellant choice at reasonable cost.
The very pleasant room had air conditioning and a good sized well equipped bathroom plus a small balcony. The owners,immediate family and staff were all very friendly and helpful and the buffet breakfast was delivered to your table (quite a change from buffet style offered in other italian hotels). The card security system for access to the floors and room is good in theory, but there were a few gliches during our stay. The Square in the centre of Sorrento is only a few minutes from the hotel and we thoroughly recommend the "Don Vincente" restuarant.
Fridge/minibar would have been an advantage and as with all the hotels we stayed in Italy, there were no tea/coffee facilities in the room.
We have been staying throughout Italy for two weeks, and Hotel Savoia is the worst hotel we have experienced. Let me say first that I dont expect the spaciousness of US hotels. I understand that places are family run in Italy and love this, but DO NOT STAY HERE. The other reviews are correct in that construction is always going on. One review written in February 2004 complained of noisiness, and here it is March 2005, and we were awoken early AM by hammering on the wall directly behind us. Furthermore, the owner walked into our room several times, unlocking the door, without knocking while I was in my towel, just out of the shower. Needless to say, my boyfriend and I were horrified. Breakfast was not good. Hot water ran out within five minutes, and there were spiders lined up in the corner of the wall. It is unfair for people to charge this much money when they will not provide the services that are advertised and expected.
Stayed here for a couple of days at New Years (31dec04). The woman at the desk was
The hotel was nice enough but the owner (wife) was extremely rude. I felt like I was a school kid in a boarding school. Because she was too mean to hire enough staff we were kept waiting for breakfast for 30 mins with no apology and if we went to a table without her say so she hissed at us to 'sit' on the couch and wait until she was ready to clear a table for us. I mistakenly lit a cigarette (there were no 'no smoking' signs) at the breakfast table and she stormed over to me and ordered me outside. I got up like a bold child and went outside and she then stormed over to the door and very rudely slammed it hard. When we arrived at the hotel we were asked to pay cash so I would have thought they could have been a bit pleasant and courtous to us since we were helping them to evade tax. Not to be recommended and would not have breakfast there as their manners was appalling.
We arrived late at the Savoia after driving all day from Florence.
Nice little hotel
Enjoyed staying at the Savoia. Reading some of the other submissions here, it is obvious that people from the states headed to europe expect the same size standards there.
I was quite happy with the owners except for the construction noise that another reviewer discussed which started each morning precisely at 7:30. We probably had their room due to the black marks on the ceiling of this brand new room where shoes were thrown at the ceiling.
Once the construction is complete, this hotel will be GREAT. Everything was brand new and spotlessly clean.
We stayed here on our vacation during the off-season given their decent rate, and all was going well as they showed us the nice, clean, large-ish room. The bathroom wasn't huge, but it was better than many we'd seen in Europe, and there was plenty of hot water and water pressure. Overall, I'd say it was a pretty okay place.
I had read reviews on the Hotel Savoia in Sorrento; I was prepared to accept below standard rooms in a hideous apartment building, frayed sheets and raggedy towels - but not the rude treatment I and my travel companions were subjected to. I had booked our rooms for a December stay in October and in mid-December I changed our arrival and departure dates and was assured I had 24 hours to change reservations without penalty. Upon arriving in Sorrento I had to bump up our departure day by one day and this I announced immediately to the proprietor, thinking I was doing the polite, if inconvenient thing. He lost it all over me, spewed like Vesuvius for 20 minutes that I was ruining his business, and who did I think I was and on and on. I was so shocked, and had travelled all day with my 2 kids and husband. All the reviews I'd read said that the people were so friendly. Definitely not the impression I got. After my husband calmed everyone down we decided to stay, only because the guy had the first night's deposit for both us and the other family and because it's not easy to schlep around and find other rooms at 120E/night. A few nights later the owner called my friend's room at 11PM, his kids already asleep, and screamed into the phone to come move his car immediately. No, "I'm sorry to disturb you" or anything. He called 3 times in 10 minutes, not even giving my friend the time to dress. He then shouted at him for several minutes on the street. The hotel misleads people to belive that the parking lot across the street is theirs, but in fact it's a city lot with lots of juggling and vying for spots. Inevitably someone gets blocked in. All in all I would NEVER recommend this hotel, not even to my enemies. I never even ate the breakfast included in the price -- so much was my disgust with these people. And another thing about Sorrento in general, park your car and leave it parked. There is so much traffic it's impossible to move anywhere. Train when you can.
We found this place a little misleading. It said it was a small hotel with 15 rooms. Which is probably right... but infact its 15 rooms within a large appartment complex of say 40 to 50 appartments.