Conca Park Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPhoenix House Carbost
OMG. We were there on 28th September 2015. Was a bit of a walk up the steep hill, but when we got there, well worth getting there. No other places that I have ever stayed will leave everlasting memories like this place. We were upgraded to this extraordinary place and didn't know about the main tunnel entrance, until the day we were leaving. It was our fault. Staff were very courteous and helpful. We were on the 6th floor. Room 624. Internet was free, and the buffet breakfasts were first class. It has a beautiful pool to relax around or get a bit wet. The room was clean, but it wasn't a large room. Bathroom was clean and laid out nicely. But when we opened our window, our view is something I will remember forever. I always sleep with the room dark but here I could not bring myself to close them. Just on dusk, looking our our window, There was awesome scenic panoramic view of Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii and Naples in the distance, as well as the winding road down the hills to Sorrento and Sorrento bays and township beneath us. Thank you Conca Park for giving us these memories. Wish we could have stayed longer. Richard & Julie
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Room 306. Quite small, but nice.
Balcony overlooking a stone wall with roller shutters for total privacy and blackout.
Refrigerator, small shower, hair dryer but NO safe. Breakfast good.
The hotel is situated on the slope of a mountain, you can either walk up the inside slope or catch one of the five golf carts, they were great, especially when you had a heavy load of washing to carry.
Speaking of washing, there was a clean laundromat approximately 150 metres to the left of the hotel, that was reasonably priced.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Phoenix House Carbost
With a little more effort...?
My Girlfriend & I stayed here for 1 week commencing 10 October 2003. On the whole we were quite satisfied, but it was a shame that a few easily rectifiable issues had been overlooked. Biggest gripe was that the pool was not heated & hence unbearably cold, especially given the lack of sun on the pool area. Major moan #2 was that we were awoken at 00:20 on saturday night by deafening explosions immediately outside our balcony: caused by fireworks in aid of a private (wedding?) function at the hotel. We didn't object to the idea of fireworks, but at that hour it showed a serious lack of consideration for other guests. Otherwise, no problems with noise. The evening meals were very good but the breakfast buffet was lacking in variety, mostly consisting of cake. Experiences with reception varied tremendously depending on which member of staff was on duty. Housekeeping was very good although no 'do not disturb' sign was provided. Sorrento itself is a great place to stay but I wouldn't have been happy if we'd paid the full brochure price for the Conca Park. It's a 3 star that thinks it's a 4 star!
Could b Better
We got back from Sorrento after staying at the Conca park on 3rd oct 2003.
I was dissappointed, room small and claustrophobic we had a room which was "cliff facing" - the cliff is twice as tall as the hotel and only about 100 feet away from the hotel room window. Pool facing would be much better.
There was no air conditioning on the whole time we were there and on the 6th floor because all the heat rises to this being the top floor it was unbearably hot!
Food was average.
Pool is in sun in the morning but not in the afternoon at this time of year, so if you want to get a tan you will need to work on it a.m.
Plenty on lovely places to visit in the area - we visited Capri, Amalfi and Positano all easily accesible by Ferry or boat.
It's a fair walk to the train station but you can then visit Pompei, Naples etc quickly and cheaply - don't bother with the organised trips they are not good value.
Unfortunately, I cannot say I would visit this particular hotel again.
Very nice hotel but...........
Great place, friendly staff, clean and safe.
Food is a problem, and its a real shame , great service but the fair is poor. Its just spent a long time on a hotplate somewhere. Also beware probably the cleanest, but also the coldest pool in sorrento. Go bed and breakfast, eat out and swim in the sea.
Sorrento is a picturess and beautiful part of italy and the food in places is excelent especialy the pizza. However be prepared to take alot of money with you, for example it cost £2/$2.50 for a can of colk (supermarkets are an exception) The planned excursions by the hotels are high too your far better off going by train and boat its just as fun. We stayed at the Conca Park an apparant 4star hotel where we had to pay for our sunbeds the food was dreadfull which lead us to eat in the restaurants which some were of top class.One last tip if you would like to visit a real top class wine bar where the locals drink and the service is outstanding where the bar man, Luigi can tell you everything you ever needed to know of any wine then do your self a favour and ask for Bollichnis.Enjoy an over priced but cultrally diverse and relaxing holiday
We stayed at the Conca Park Hotel in mid July, 2003. We arrived late on a Friday evening and were told that when we got to the hotel food in the style of a buffet would be provided. When you first enter the hotel you have to come through a marble tunnel which is outstanding! A complete shock and certainly a different way to get into the hotel reception area. The food for the week was delicious! We had a good number of dished to choose from and pretty much every night a pasta dish for starter was available. It was cooked to perfection on every occasion and the main courses were also great. Breakfast was expecially nice, a wide variety of food available from toast and egg to cakes and pastries. The service in the restaurant was also efficient. Our room was on the 6th floor with no balcony, although there was a shared terrace which you could use. We had expected to be having quite a small room as there was 3 of us, but infact it was the complete opposite, we had 3 good size single beds and it was nice for a change to have the 3rd bed (which is normal a sofa bed or fold away 1) with a proper mattress. There was also lots of storage and the use of a fridge and mini bar if we wished. The bathroom was very spacious and it contained a big free standing shower. The room was air conditioned which was great when the heat got a little too much. In our week long stay the room itself was kept clean and new towels were provided each day. The swimming pool was large and deep with a shallower end for children. We found however that most of the deck chairs were taken by about 10 oclock but the pool itself was never that busy. Conca Park was in a perfect location for us, very close to the main street of Sorrento - maximum of a 5 minute walk. Reception staff were on the whole very helpful but one suggestion we would make would to have bigger notices for things such as, coach depature times. Our holiday was wonderful and Conca Park on the whole was a very nice hotel.
It was only my second trip abroad and my daughter's first, our friend had also not travelled extensively, it was with great trepidation that we set out on this holiday having watched 'Holidays from Hell' and other such TV programmes.
Our first view of the hotel was the marble tunnel entrance, followed by the lounge and the reception area, we were impressed. The evening meal on that first night did not impress us but we were late arriving and a plate of cold meats isn't really my thing and we had planned to eat out if we did not like the hotel food. Breakfast held a wide selection and with that under our belts we set off to view the sights of Sorrento.
The evening meal came as a suprise (no pre ordering your meal any more), it was delicious. The staff were delightful and very helpful, when my daughter couldn't find a main mean selection she liked they allowed her to have two starters instead, all done with the minimum of fuss. One member of staff, Eugene, was incredibly helpful, pointing out areas of local interest which many tourists might miss.
The hotel is very convenient for the old town, the small local harbour is very beautiful but a bit of a walk. The whole hotel is exceptionally clean and the room whilst not the best in the hotel was very comfortable, the air conditioning was most welcome. The beds were firm and the room large enough for three. The pool was clean and safe and there is pool side service from the bar
I loved it so much that I fly out again on the 29th of August 2003 to spend another week there!
When you first arrive you have to go through the hotel owned tunnel to get to the hotel itself, which is very impressive and is more like walking through a shopping mall! The hotel itself was very clean and elegant looking, our room (front facing 3rd floor - the minimum floor which gives a view over the bay) was lovely with all the usual amenities (fridge, safe, air con etc) and you can operate all lights and even electric window shutter (useful for stopping the sun from waking you in the morning) from the bed! We too found the pool spacious and never too busy and could always get a deck chair when we went. We were there in June and the pool was always in sunshine when we left the hotel in the morning and was still in sunshine at 6pm when it closed.
Based on one of the other reviews we weren't expecting too much from the food but there must have been a change in chef because we never ate dinner out once after we tasted the food. Every meal we had was fantastic and there was always a good selection which you now don't have to pre-order - just sit down for dinner and the waiter takes your order. The vegetarian options were some of the best I've tasted but any vegetarians should be on their guard as the side vegetables sometimes (and it is only sometimes) contain meat! On Wednesdays there is a gala evening where the dinner is served outside, take a camera with you because the sculptured food is really impressive.
The location of the hotel is excellent, it is 200m from the southern end of the main street through the old town (Corsa Italia) so you can be walking through the old streets of Sorrento in just over 5 minutes.
One last tip : For those of you that want to visit Pompeii and aren't too bothered about a tour guide - take the train from the centre of Sorrento because there is a train stop specially for the Pompeii archeological site called Pompeii Scavi. It's only a 100m walk to the entrance to the site itself when you get off the train at Pompeii Scavi and the train journey will cost you less than 5 Euros return.
What a holiday!!!
I chose to stay at the Conca Park Hotel with my best friendlast July. We wanted a holiday that was relaxing and fun, and thats what wegot!The hotel had been refurbished since I was last there in July 2000. Thestaff were very friendly and catered for our every need.The pool wasextremely spacious and we had no problems getting sunbeds no matter whattime of the day it was. I can also recommend the Poolside bar as a niceplace to eat lunch if u cant be bothered to stroll do inyo the town. Justask for Eugene-he's the head waiter there and he'll make sure you're lookedafter!!The food in the restaurant was devine!A wide variety to choose fromand all was delicious! On our first night at the hotel they kept therestaurant open for us as we were an hour and a half late arriving. Thestaff in the restaurant gave everyone seconds as it had been a longjourney!!!How kind!!!Overall my friend and I had a great holiday and i hopeto return in the near future!
Return Visit To The Hotel
On the second visit to this hotel, Oct 2002, we found the improvements to the access completed, via the underground tunnel, well worth a vist to view the sales merchantise. Use as a quick way into town via the Via Degli Aranci and Via A Sersale [Turn right, out side the tunnel and take the first left by the town wall]
Very helpfull staff, all speaking english [do try your Italian].
Choose a front facing room, floors 3 to 5, overlooking Vesuvios. Try the 6th floor terrace for a quiet period.
You can't complain about the breakfast, everything from rolls, cake, eggs and bacon, serials, tea, coffee, cold drinks and more.
Dinner: choose from, three starters, three/four main courses and three sweets, [inc vegitarian] various wines and soft drinks. Order the night before [stay in on Wednesday evening for the dinner with music].
First class swimming pools and sun terrace [you will be glad of the shade].
Rooms cleaned daily. Not expensive. Use the local buses and railway to see the rest of the Sorrento Peninsular, its ten times cheaper than the tourist trips. Enjoy.
Many good points
The marble-floored tunnel that leads from the road up the the hill through the rock to the Conca Park is probably the first thing you'll see, and this is truly impressive. Perhaps pointlessly so, since you may not see it again until you leave. It must have cost millions to build, and that's Euros, not lire.
The hotel is efficiently run by extremely helpful reception staff. It's very clean, spacious, well appointed, quite stylish, though usually full of package tourists. I think it's intention is to give tourists on a moderate budget the impression that they're staying in a flash hotel. And it just about pulls this off.
My room was at the back of the hotel and was fairly basic but very clean and kept that way. The bathroom was excellent. Many rooms have balconies or terraces, but if they overlook the bar/conservatory you may find it a little noisy in the evenings.
The pool, if it matters to you, only really gets sun in the mornings. And the hotel is towards the top of town; it's a good place to be, but a bit of a walk down to the harbour.
Biggest let-down was the evening meal. The food varied from extremely average to really quite poor. YOu order the evening's meal and drinks on a form each morning which is a little off-putting. You can't change your mind. You'll certainly want to eat out a few times during your stay. Breakfast is reasonable though Â– nothing special but perfectly okay.
If they sorted the food out, they'd have a very good hotel on their hands.
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Shortly after that, we found a carpark, went to ...
... buildings were built around 10BC. It was amazing to see houses that old. We finally pulled ourselves away and headed back to Sorrento. We stopped at the lavanderia and did laundry. We then proceeded to have dinner at our hotel and headed for bed. An exhausting day.
Tomorrow we got to Naples and the Archeological museum, which has alot of paintings statues from Pompeii.
... eaten pizza inside? Anyways, now we have a five hour bus ride hme ahead of us and what happes, a car ccient on the freeway. All the Italians get out of their car and walk the streets, which was very interesting. We finally made it home by 8 pm. Toady we started our first real week of classes, and my camera finally came inn the mail! Hope to have pictures up soon, and they are all on facebook already as well. Talk to you all soon ...