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... had to take turns swimming while one of us manned the boat. Not the greatest experience, but not the end of the world either. We had to have the boat back by 6:30 and we recognized the rough water would make the trip back longer so we left around 4:45 to head back to Sorrento.
The second warning sign came in the form of another boater. This time on the way back from Capri to the coast line. He made the same waving signal as the first guy. This time Erin noticed ...
... creating mummified bodies right where they laid. A lot were in a sleeping position leading to the belief the volcano erupted at night. One of the busiest building at these ruins was the Brothel. It's a small building, with 6 rooms with stone beds and x-rated frescoes painted on the walls. We walked thru at the same time a tour of Brits were there. I thought some of the old women were going to faint. We finished the top 10 sites of the ruins -the Naples ...
... for the hour drive to Sorrento. Paolo was well set in his minibus with an iPad holder on which he demonstrated the local sights whilst negotiating traffic. Naples is a city of over a million people all living in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius. It is a dominating site with its lava flow bareness to the alternate areas of vegetation from the any umbrella pines that dotted area. Despite the red zone being declared off limits it contains some of ...
... regulars at that.
We were amused by the classical setting of a Mafia's gathering place - dark timber interior, yet very spacious with bright light filtering in though the windows. Deeper towards the back of the restaurant there were stocky old men in dark attire quietly sitting around, exuding an air of authority from under the rims of their Italian hats. There were nods of acknowledgment as people came and went, and we witnessed two men walk up ...
... poor thing had to answer because I passed out) their persistence continued into the wee hours of the night with cell phone I had borrowed ringing off the hook. All in all it was enlightening and I still have more two more weeks in Italia so who knows what I'll learn.
On a slightly less happy note while we were walking back from the bar a man on the back of a moped drove up along side me, slapped we upside the head adn kept on rolling. Funny now, not so much then. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bristol Hotel Sorrento
The perfect hotel
We stayed at the Bristol in April, 2004, because the hotel we originally booked was closed for repairs. What a lucky break for us. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at the Bristol and are already dreaming of going back.
Our room was huge and gorgeous with a small terrace looking out on a stunning view of Sorrento and the Bay of Naples. The room was quiet, spotlessly clean, and very comfortable in every way. Our children loved the beautiful pool. And the hotel is within reasonable walking distance of Sorrento, but out of the hustle and bustle of the town. If you have luggage it would be best to take a taxi from the train station. We only had back packs and it was a brisk 15 minute walk.
The breakfasts offered a good variety of fruit, cereal, etc. and the service was very attentive. And the view from the breakfast room is also amazing! The entire staff was friendly, informative, and treated our family so well.
I can't recommend this beautiful hotel highly enough.
Great View with its Problems
Our family just returned from Italy and stayed for 3 not 4 nights as planned at the Hotel Bristol for the following reasons.We arrived at 2 pm the first day and when the porter let us into our rooms we all discovered they had not been made up. We did though have a small balcony with an incredible view. The Hotel Bristol however is very noisy because of its marble floors and heaving doors that echo throughout the hallways. Every morning housekeeping woke us up a loud knock at 8:30 a.m. to clean our rooms.This is a hotel for tourist groups. Its dining rooms are huge, plenty of breakfast food which is included and its service mediocre. It does though have an amazing view.
Loved the Bristol, we plan on coming back someday.
We stayed at the Bristol for 3 days in March 2004. We found the Bristol to be the closest thing to an American hotel that we've stayed at in Italy (we also went to Rome & Florence). Helpful, courteous staff, very clean and comfortable accomodations. We got a junior suite, with a balcony overlooking the Bay of Naples. The junior suite was more than adequate for our family of 4. The breakfast room is very large with spectacular views of the bay. Food was standard european faire of croissants, cold cereal and fruit. We got cappuccinos everyday, since that was the closest thing to American coffee that we could find. We came down to Naples on the EuroStar train from Florence, which should've been a 3 hour ride, but turned into 10 hours because of a railroad strike (check with your hotel staff on the strike schedule before making travel arrangements). We also made the mistake of taking the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento with all our luggage.
The Circumvesuviana is a Metro (ie. subway) train and getting on a metro train with four people with luggage at rush hour was quite challenging. If I had to do it again, I would've spent the 80 euros on a taxi ride down the Amalfi coast and skipped the hour long subway ride. A taxi ride from the Circumvesuviana station in Sorrento to the Bristol will run you about 12 to 15 euros. You'll also find that the Italians in Sorrento speak fairly good English given the popularity of the place with UK folk on summer holiday. The Circumvesuviana is a good choice tho, when visiting the ruins at Pompeii. The Pompeii-Scavi station is right outside the front gate to the ruins and about 8 stops from Sorrento. Cost is about 3.80 euros round trip. We hope to come back again someday during the summer to really experience Sorrento.
Being primarily a summer spot, March was the off-season, similar to CapeCode in Mass. at this time of year. Many of the hotels (such as Capodimonte) were closed for renovations. Overall we loved the Bristol and will definitely come back again someday.
Desperate to go again!
After a family tragedy I took my two young adult children to the Hotel Bristol in 2001. My firm arranged the booking and as we were all so desolate at the time we had no thoughts about a holiday. However, this hotel exceeded anything we could have imagined and the week spent there did us all so much good. The rooftop swimming pool was new that year and the views from the pool and the beautiful lower sun terrace were stunning. I still dream of that week and would love to go again to take some friends but cannot find a telephone number to speak to anyone at the hotel.
We stayed at The Bristol Hotel in the Summer 2003 in July.- We loved it
We stayed at The Bristol Hotel one week in July 2003. We loved it !!! -- We come again and again !! And what a manager !!!
My wife and I stayed at the Bristol for only four nights in September 2003. It could not be faulted in any way. The accommodation, food, service and facilities were excellent. We are planning our return visit for 2004 but for much longer.
We stayed in the Bristol in the summer of 2002. We did all the usual trips by boat, train and bus and had an excellent time. The weather was hot and there was plenty of things to do, though Sorrento town does get a little crowded in the evening.
We paid extra and had a sea view room with a small balcony. The views were gorgous and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the world go by.
The room was small, but clean and comfortable and had an efficient air conditioning system.
Like others have said the pool has wonderful views from the top of the hotel. Unfortunately, we do not put towels on the sunbeds so we found it impossible to get a bed around the pool area until late afternoon, eventhough there were several sunbeds with towels on and no one returning to them for several hours. This does seem a problem in most hotels around the world.
Our only other problem was the resturants. They had two, one for one group of tour operators and independant travellers, and the other for another set of tour operators. I do not know if we were unlucky, but on a regular basis the waitors were getting the orders and the wines wrong. This happened most evenings and it was like something out of a Fawlty Towers. What was even worse was when they discovered their mistakes watching them taking the food back off the tables and putting them on the correct ones. Perhaps they had a new group of staff ?
We have stayed in lots of Italian resorts and hotels and this was the most uninteresting food that we have eaten. It seemed to lack sauces and flavour.
We did enjoy Sorrento, the islands, the Amalfi coast, Positano, the ruins and the weather. We will return one day, but probably not to the Bristol.
Had a great holiday
Great views across the bay, friendly, helpful and efficient staff, well-appointed room (junior suite I think it was called), good service from all the staff. I thought the terraced gardens above the hotel weren't advertised enough - a lot of the guests didn't even know they were there, but there are even better views, a small menagerie, and loads of flowers - I struggled manfully to keep one lantana plant alive in the UK, and there must have been hundreds growing up here almost wild among the olive trees. The town of Sorrento itself is quite nice and is about 10 mins away. If there's one small shortcoming with the hotel, it would be that there's no courtesy bus for the more elderly - it's OK walking down to the town, but walking back, especially when it's hot, could be tricky if you're unfit. Taxis are reasonable though.
The hotel food was of a good standard, and they catered for this wierd vegetarian pretty well - much better than some other hotels in this price range have. The swimming pool is in full sun for most of the day, only getting shadowed by the cliffs behind the hotel in the late afternoon, but it's wonderful to swim in and look at the views. The terrace bar is a great place to have lunch - at the risk of becoming repetitive, it's those views again. If you like watching the cruise liners come in and out of the bay, the Bristol is one of the best places to be (and sometimes they're lit up at night, which is quite nice). There's not very much noise at night, and nothing that can't be kept out by closing the windows - the air conditioning was effective without being obtrusive.
In general, we found that using public transport was so much easier (and very much cheaper) than driving or going on coach trips etc. The Circumvesuviana trains go directly to Herculaneum (10 min walk), Pompeii (5 min) and Naples, etc (didn't attempt this), and there are buses to Amalfi, Positano, etc. The boat ride to Capri is well worth it if you go early and miss the worst of the tourist crush. This year (yes we're going back again) we're going to try the bus to Amalfi and then to Ravello and then get the boat back to Sorrento from Amalfi - I'm told that it's pretty spectacular all the way. We're also going to attempt to go to Paestum (Salerno way) for the Greek temples. Don't miss the cable car to the top of the mountain from I think it was Castellmare (two or three stops from Sorrento as I remember), it's about 3,000 feet so you need a head for heights - and don't do what I do and look around to see what's actually keeping you from falling 2,000 feet or so: that cable looks quite thin. Up there it's actually very much cooler - nice in the hot weather - and a lot of the houses are actually Alpine type chalets. If you're going to do Pompeii, take my advice and select about 10 or so places that you really really want to see, and take plenty of water and a hat. There is hardly any shade anywhere, and it's hard work after the first couple of hours - even so, if you've never been, it's not to be missed. I preferred Herculaneum though - there's more shade, fewer coach parties being trotted at high speed past the main sights, and it's not as big - you can manage most of it in a day.
Quite honestly, I didn't think I'd like Sorrento much, but I was entirely wrong - we had one of our best holidays ever at the Bristol, and the proof is that we're going back in three weeks (well to Florence for a few days first) - can't wait.
The brilliant bristol
we have been to the hotel bristol on two consecutive holidays,both were brilliant.The staff were really friendly and helpful and welcomed us back the second time like old friends.The food was excellent with plenty of choice, but the lunchtime meals in the rooftop eating area were a bit pricey,and we found that sometimes you could have a bit of a wait. The rooms were always very clean but a bit on the small size,a stunning view did come at a price,the noise from the road below at night was intrusive but bearable. We would certainly return to the Bristol as both our holidays there were very special,however one tip is to keep an eye on the tab that you run up for food and drink, it can be a bit of a surprise,also avoid the mini bar, really pricey.
"Simply the best"
We have stayed in the Hotel Bristol, twice, each time, the food, and accommodation were excellent. Wonderful pool and sunbathing area and cafe for lunchtime snacks The views from the Hotel are magnificant, stretching right across the bay of Naples to Vesuivus. About 10 minutes walk downhill to the main centre. We would not stay anywhere else in Sorrento and highly recommend it.