Travel Blogs from Sorrento
... 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.