Hotel Gardenia Sorrento
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... trying to negotiate to seat when they eventually became free.
Was raining and windows steamed up so no real chance to see countryside travelling through.
Pouring wet when arrived at my stop. Decided didn't look like passing downpour so no option but to walk to hostel and get soaking wet. Had to take everything out of case to dry off and put load of clothes into drier. Luckily could find couple of things dry to change into straight away.
... fishing center is adorable. The residents are very sweet and welcoming. There are many cats that hang out on the beach, but they look taken care of (even though they have babies too young). We walked from restaurant to restaurant checking the menus and watching the sunset in between. We decided to venture up and out of the Grand Marina into the heart of the touristy area of Sorrento for more menu options (the village ...
... small. There were a few cute little restaurants and a gorgeous church with bells going nuts because there was a wedding on.
The tiny little beach was crammed full of rent-a-chairs and umbrellas, as is the style in Europe. I had a swim and sat around in the sun for a while before heading back home.
That night we went back down to the marina to have beer while watching olympics then a lovely dinner in one of the seaside ...
... back to the hotel to get changed because we were too hot! Spent the rest of the day shopping going down all the different side streets and checked out potential restaurants for dinner. Had lunch which were Napoli calzones. We're massive and stuffed full of ricotta cheese and salami. Carried on shopping and went for a quick drink. Still no sign of the storm even though it was still forecast so a stayed outside the hotel to enjoy the last of the sun while Glyn went back ...
... a great spot for people watching, being out of the rain & playing cards.
The rain had briefly stopped so we decided to adventure ourselves down to the Marina Grande. Once we got away from the main square we felt like we owned the streets, there was no one else in site. It was kind of sad in a way because it felt like a small fishing village dying because there were no tourists. The cobbled ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gardenia Sorrento
Chequee antes de ir
Este hotel esta en reparaciones. Mi familia y yo estuvimos desde el sabado 15 de abril hasta el miercoles 18 de abril. El ascensor no existia.Teniamos contratadas dos habitaciones dobles. Nos dieron habitaciones en el tercer piso. Las habitaciones no tienen aire acondicionado, nuestro baño, la ducha no tenia ni cortina ni mampara, y la heladera no existia, aunque tenia las conexiones. Cuando me fui a quejar por estas anormalidades, el dueño me dijo, molesto y a los gritos que nos cambiaramos de hotel si no nos gustaba.
Al final nos cambiaron de habitacion, que si tenia heladera y la ducha completa, en el tercer piso.
El hotel estaba en reformas, no se hasta cuando, con lo cual no habia ascensor, aire acondicionado, y las habitaciones a medio terminar.
El primer dia el desayuno fue bueno, pero se fue empobreciendo al pasar los dias, al punto que ultimo dia no habia nada caliente, ni tostadas, y los panes eran lo que habia sobrado de los dias anteriores.
El hotel esta lejos del centro, y para almorzar o cenar hay que caminar hasta el centro, 1 Km.,ya que en auto es imposible por la gran cantidad de movimiento.
El lugar es muy riudoso, sobretodo si no se puede cerrar las ventanas porque no hay aire acondicionado como nos paso a nosotros.
Si esta por ir cerciorese que todo este en orden, aunque el dueño no lo pueda cambiar. Este señor se comporto de manera realmente desagradable.
Nothing too much trouble!
The Hotel Gardenia is an excellent choice if you want to keep away from the larger - and busier - hotels that dominate much of Sorrento. It is an easy walk from the hotel into the centre. The rooms are spotlessly clean, the double beds are ENORMOUS - and the new balconies and additional sound proofing should improve things even further. The hotel staff are charming and all ready to help and give advice to make sure your holiday is really special. Breakfast was excellent - a wide choice of cold meat, cheese, breads, pastries, cereals etc. The coffee was good - if you want something different just ask!
Hotel Gardenia - a recommendation
We have just returned to the UK from a wonderful week in the Hotel Gardenia, Sorrento. It is a friendly family run hotel just 600 metres from the centre of Sorrento. Although only a short walk from the station, we recommend that, if you have heavy suitcases, you take a taxi from the station as the pavement is often narrow and uneven.
The tarriff (€100 per room per night) was superb value for money and the breakfasts were also of excellent standard. Previous comments, by others, about the coffee do not now apply as espresso coffee can now be provided (by the waiter) from the bar - and at no extra charge.
It is due for another refit, of the balconies and more soundproofing this winter (2005-2006).
Apart from all the well published visits, Capri, Vesuvius etc, we recommend you take a ½ day trip on the Circumvesuviani to Castellammare di Stabia Terme, where you can take the cable car to Monte Faito (1100 m above sea-level) for only €8, and, after a 45 minute walk to a hilltop church, enjoy a spectavular view of Vesuvius, Pompeii and the Sorrentine Peninsular- see photo.
Great hotel- Hotel Gardenia
The best hotel I have stayed in the Amalfi Coast. Breakfast is wonderful, the bedroom is very but very clean (not always in Italy). The air conditioning right, the personal is very kind, etc, etc. You will only have to walk ten blocks to arrive at the Tasso Square, but it is not important since the relation price quality is perfect. In other places of Italy, the Gardenia Hotel is a four star, not a three.
We stayed at the Gardenia for 3 days and found it lovely.
We arrived very late in the night and the staff waited up and even left a bottle of champagne in the room for us. The rooms are very clean - ask for a room at the back of the building with a balcony overlooking the pool as the street could be loud at the front. Breakfast was the best we had all trip.
Would highly reccommend - walk into Sorrento is only about 10 minutes.
Great choice in Sorrento
Stayed here for a week November 2004. Very reasonably priced - got a low season deal for 85 euros/night including breakfast. The buffet breakfast was not as comprehensive as I'm sure it would be in summer, but still quite reasonable. Our double room was clean, reasonably sized and had a view of the pool, the bay and Mt Vesuvius beyond. Being at the rear, there was no street noise, but as other reviewers have noted, there was annoying plumbing noise from adjacent rooms. Location is OK - 15 min walk to Piazza Tasso. About 10 min walk to the train station if you want to go to Pompeii or Napoli. Friendly staff speak reasonably good English (and French and German as far as we could tell). Overall a very reasonably priced and featured 3 star hotel in Sorrento - perfect for Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri and of course the Amalfi coast.
Lovely friendly hotel
Stayed here for 12 days in August 2004. We found the Gardenia to be a wonderful hotel with friendly and helpful staff. It is on the main road between San'Agnello and Sorrento and is an easy 15 minute walk to Piazza Tasso. The buffet breakfast offers a great choice which includes a hot breakfast - a first for me in Italy and I have stayed in 3* hotels in Rome, Venice & Florence which did not offer this much choice. The room was large enough with lots of wardrobe space and always properly cleaned. The large pool with sun terrace is a definite plus. There is also a roof terrace which did not seem to be much used. The only problem was that there is not enough soundproofing between rooms. Interestingly, we were never disturbed by noise at night, only wakened a little early in the morning by the sound of other guests getting up and about. Overall, I can certainly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay there on my return to Sorrento.
We are just back from a 3-centre holiday in Italy.
Florence, Rome and our last 4-nights were in Sorrento. This was the best of our 3 hotels. Bright, clean and friendly - beautiful breakfasts with a great and varied selection of hot and cold food.
The swimming pool - shared with a neighbouring hotel was great: and we used it as much as we could. The 2 negative comments would be - #1. the location on the extremely busy Corso Italia road into the centre of Sorrento: it was difficult to relax on the sometimes very narrow and single-track pavements. ..cars, buses, vans and, of course, 100';s of scooters had to be dodged AND #2. the design and structure of the hotel meant that every sound seemed to travel...doors closing (difficult to do quietly), water running, and late 1 night.....an argument in the hotel lobby. With the marble floors, some metal door-frames: there is no sound deadening throughout.
Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our stay at the Gardenia.
To put these comments into perspective, I am 30 and stayed in this hotel for 10 nights in June 2004 with my girlfriend, who is 32. We live in London and are both professional people.
The hotel cost 130 euros a night for a double room with ensuite bath(shower)room. It is situated a good 10 minute walk to the east of what is regarded as the centre of Sorrento (Piazza Tasso), on Corso Italia, which is the busy main road that runs through the town. The train station (for trains to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Napoli) is about a 7 minute walk; the place where the hydrofoils, etc leave from is more like 15 minutes. The cost includes breakfast, which is pretty good: a big selection of home-made cakes and croissants plus rolls, fruit salad and the obligatory eggs & bacon. I would avoid the latter and go with the home-made selection. Coffee is bad (probably the only place in Italy) but tea is good.
The people who stayed in the hotel were mainly slightly older and the odd family. Not many people our age, although the whole place was getting notably busier when we were leaving (we were there at the beginning of June) and I did spot some younger people at breakfast on our last day.
The weather: unusually poor for the first 3 days (warm but intermittent rain) but then absolutely perfect for the rest of the holiday (clear blue skies and very hot).
If you decide to stay at this hotel, I would advise you to ask for a room at the back, possibly on the top floor. The rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter and have a balcony overlooking the swimming pool that is shared with the 4 star hotel next door.
My only real gripe was the noise pollution from neighbouring rooms. The people themselves weren't noisy but the walls at times seeemed as though they were paper thin. The toilets are set up so that they make a lot of noise when you flush them and our bed head was on the other side of the wall from our neighbour's bathroom. Also, because the rooms are opened with a key-card it is impossible to open the door quietly. Having said all this, most hotels (particularly those in this price range) suffer from the same problem.
Other than that, it's difficult to fault the hotel. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were a fairly decent size and very clean (they get cleaned every day).
I guess you might want to consider whether the 10-15 minutes walk into town is going to get on your nerves. There are plenty of hotels located more centrally but they are undoutably noisier and/or more expensive. Those on the other side of town are situated on a fairly steep slope but they do have great views.
One of the reasons we chose this hotel was that it had a swimming pool but in the end, we only used it once, on a Sunday (when trying to do any of the main tourist-type excursions is simply a waste of time). I think if we went to Sorrento again, we would probably go for a slightly cheaper option without a pool and spend the extra money on food (outside Sorrento). There's so much to do and see in this part of Italy that the pool seems superfluous. If you want to chill out for the odd day, the beaches in Positano and Amalfi would be a much better option, in my opinion, and you can get to Positano in 35 minutes on the Metro dell Mare, a trip that is well worth the 10 euro return fare.
Whichever hotel you decide to stay in, I would strongly recommend a visit to this part of Italy. For us it was the perfect combination of relaxation and sight-seeing, and some of the scenery (notably the Amalfi Coast & Capri) is breathtaking.