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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Desiree Sorrento
Excellent value for money, great room (with view overlooking the bay) and extremely friendly staff always ready to help. Desiree was the perfect way to finish off my Italian trip, and as a lone female traveller, I found this particular hotel and staff to be very welcoming and interested in providing useful information, maps, timetables for everything!! And yes, use of the private lift to the private beach below is and added bonus. For the price, location, views etc, this has got to be one of the best deals around.
What a place this is! Great location, great staff, fantastic beach...perfect! I reccomend getting some beers and heading up to the roof terrace for the perfect pre night out.
I cant say enough good stuff about this hotel, it is the most friendly hotel ive stayed in by far, make sure you ask for a local map or directions somewhere...highlighter pens galore!!! its great!
Great, Friendly Hotel
Thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay here. The room was good and a decent size with a huge bathroom and nice deep bath! It also had a lovely view.
The staff were falling over themselves to be friendly and helpful and have local maps and a handful of fluorescent highlighters that they not afraid to use!
It's a bit out of Sorrento central and therefore quiet - but only a 15 minute walk (downhill) into town. But being higher than Sorrento it give's the opportunity for some lovely views.
Another bonus is that it is in the same grounds as another hotel (I forget the name) and this hotel has a restaraunt that is well worth a visit. The food is great and a wall of windows takes lovely advantage of the view* (The last is assumed ... we ate at nighttime).
My fiance and I spent nearly a week at Hotel Desiree in September 2003.
We travelled from Sicily up to the Amalfi coast over two weeks and chose "local types" of hotels. We were so happy with this pick. The staff made us feel like we were at home. Each one of them was full of information regarding everything from local restaurants to travel tips.
There was a map for everything; hiking areas in different towns, shopping areas, Pompeii... Transportation schedules were available at all times too. They truly showed us the NON-tourist things to do. The town is a short walk away and you wil need a little walk after a delicious Sorrentine dinner and some Limoncello. The hotel has its own private beach down the cliff and some rooms have a beautiful view of this with Vesuvius in the background. Vinenzo spent a lot of time working at the front desk and was such a pleasure to speak with. For those who do not speak Italian, do not worry everyone there speaks English very well. Go there and maybe you will end your trip with a SWIM, yes a SWIM, in the Blue Grotto of Capri like we did. Nohting can compare to that. We can't wait to return.
The staff in this hotel are amazingly helpful, very knowledgeable and speak perfect English. OK, the hotel is at the top of a hill, but it's worth it because you get beautiful views over Sorrento, and the Naples bay to Vesuvius. Walking down the hill is very pleasant, and buses back up the hill run every 20 minutes so during the 5 days we stayed in Sorrento we never had to walk back up it.
If you are into pastries and doughnuts the hotel's breakfast is ideal.
The beach is pretty crummy and no use if you are scared of dogs as two massive Alsatians guard it (from behind fences) which can be pretty scary once they start barking. Worth a stay...unlike the Hotel Primavera in Rome!
Extremely friendly staff, inconvenient location
We were spending so much money on our Rome hotel that we decided to scale back a bit for the four nights in Sorrento. Perhaps not such a good idea. Hotel Desiree does have the MOST friendly and helpful staff of anywhere I have ever stayed. They gave us great advice about solo travel down the Amalfi coast and to Ravello, and had many tips on personal safety, train transportation and schedules and dining. Plus two entertaining cats. Unfortunately, the "private beach" is laughable, the spongy beds were the source of several nights of backache and tossing and turning, interrupted by the return of late-night levelers loudly clopping down the four flights of bare marble stairs, and a we were greeted every morning with a very uninspired continental breakfast. Our first room was all the way at the bottom of the terraced hotel and smelled like sewage and overpowering commercial cleansers.
Although we were given another room without much ado, it was obvious that they were very booked and I kind of felt bad that this room was going to be given to some other hapless traveler. If you have a car or scooter, then the location, a hilly ten-minute walk above the town, is probably fine, but the bus schedule is not always convenient and although we generally love to walk everywhere it became very tiresome to hike up the hill after sightseeing, shower and change and then hike down again. Our rate was only 85 euros a night, so if you are on a budget, it was fine but I wouldn't do it again.
Above and Beyond...
Although at first a little disappointed in the simplicity of the room, we were soon reassured in our choice by the hospitality! The staff at Hotel Desiree was SO helpful in the planning of our short stay in the area- we found that any question received a well thought out and thorough answer, which helped us make the right choices for our visit. We were blown away when they sent (via airmail) my battery charger pack free of cost to Canada, just another example of their caring and people-pleasing nature. We definately recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit the Sorrento area!
What amazing trust!
We had the pleasure of staying 3 nights in Hotel Desiree, Sorrento. We had a nice room with good basic facilities and a sea view. Not only was the location good with a bus service almost outside the entrance but when we ran into difficulty with currency and our bank the owner suggested that we could pay our bill by transferring money to their account when we returned home to Ireland! Fortunately the problem was solved before we left but that is what I call trust! We will be back for a longer stay in the future.
An amazingly friendly place and a absolute bargain. We had a great modern room with all the basic facilities. The hotel also has a very nice and quiet private beach. The advice we got on planning our outings from the owners was second to none and the location was perfect, just outside sorrento. Next time I'll stay the full two weeks here!
This hotel deserves an award!
The hotel Desiree is mentioned in several Italian guidebooks & most reviews describe the warm, friendly welcome that visitors receive. The descriptions do not do justice to this hotel! I have always found Italian people to be very friendly and welcoming but this small family run hotel definitely deserves an award for their helpful staff. Nothing is too much trouble - All the staff were extremely knowledgable about the surrounding area & gave us very good practical advice on safety when travelling through Naples.
Our room had a lovely seaview and very good basic facilities. It was also one of the best value hotels we stayed in during our 2 week vacation. I warmly recommend a stay at this hotel!!
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... Spanish engineer. At this time the city was basically dug up and founded again. The objects that laid beneath the ash were quite well preserved because of the lack of air and moisture and played a big role in piecing together the history of Pompeii and what life would have been like for the residence. Being guided through Pompeii we were shown where people lived, the area of shops, the public area where they had a pool and exercise zone and the section for the rich with an ...
Day 1 of the Italian Adventure:- 7:45am and heading down to Sorrento via Pompeii. Ben, a crazy Canadian who has been with Busabout for 7years, is our tour guide and Raffaele, our pure breed Italian, is our driver. There was only 20 of us with a range of ages from 20 to 50 and ethnicities (New Zealanders, Australian, Canadian and Polish). First stop for the day was Pompeii which was a Roman town near Naples. Here we went on a guided tour with Marco around the ruins of the ...
... our way to the local parish church for the Easter Vigil. Holding our taper candles in the dark of the church felt just like at home (except our weren't battery operated haha). The Mass was long - 2 hours all in Italian, but quite beautiful, with fantastic music and a young priest who was quite the showman- singing and performing a trumpet solo during communion! We wished Buona Pasqua to some nonnas and then it was time to hit the ...
... but it was now only 11.30 and we hopped on a small public service bus (fits around 15 people) and travelled up the 'O My God Road'. The road (wide path) wound it's way up the mountainside to Ana-Capri. With hairpin bends and sheer drops 1000 metres it's not a bus journey with a fear of heights. At some moments the road edge was not visible and it looked like the bus was tipping over the edge !!
... clouds in the sky and the constant thunder kept muting my excitement. We walked into the ruins and I was taken aback. I've seen some cool ruins in my life, but I was mentally unprepared for what Pompeii was.
As we stepped into the Forum (Pompeii's main city center) to start browsing the site, the insane rain came back. I also had forgotten my camera's memory card back at the hotel. Things were not going well. ...