Hotel La Badia
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... the place to be pretty special. The ride back was much better as we had seats and windows. The next day we trained into Pompei and paid for a guided tour. We were both surprised about the sheer size of the place and thought the brothel with 2000 year old karma sutra paintings on the wall to be the highlight, although there was no double jack hammer. We were also shown original graffiti where some Roman had carved a penis into a wall. It ...
... happened upon an amazing family-run Kebab restaurant and brought it back to the apartment for a relaxed end to a chill-out kind of day.
We aimed for an early bedtime as tomorrow we are off for a day trip to Pompeii. Fingers crossed for continued good weather (today was clear sunny skies and high of 24C) as we venture across the Meditterean to this ancient city with such an interesting archeological history.
... station to go to Florence. But we can't get in the doors. They are all blocked off by police and there are people everywhere. After asking a million people (who don't speak English) I worked out that there must have been someone famous there and that if we went around the side we could get in. Phew! We get our tickets and our train leaves about 10 minutes later. We finally sit in comfy seats and can relax. We watch Jurassic park and by the time the movie finished, we're almost ...
... a man had picked up our suitcases and carried them both on board finding our seats and putting our bags above. Yes you guessed it he wanted to be paid, first mistake but you learn from your mistakes they say! mmmm
Our train trip from Rome to Naples took approximately 2 hours and was a very pleasant ride. We had our first views of the country of Italy. We were also sitting opposite a couple from Boston who were heading to Salerno for 5 days. We chatted along the ...
... that kept sliding under our feet, we had a brief orientation from a park ranger. Basically Pompeii was a thriving community of about 20,000 in 79 ce. The mountain behind them had not had any volcanic activity in over 1200 years, so no one even knew the danger of the volcano. One day the mountain erupted, spewing a large quantity of ash on Pompeii, then a pyroclastic flow wiped out Herculeum and then another one wiped out Pompeii. Some escaped during ash ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel La Badia Sorrento
Not for those who expect happy staff!
We stayed at this hotel last year. The staff are miserable, the food is grim and the rooms are tiny. I definitely would not recommend this hotel to anyone. The hotel is also set in the middle of nowhere. There is a short cut to the town but this is only usable during the day due to the lack of any lights hightlighting the shear drops!
Home from Home
I have just returned home after spending eight days in Sorrento, staying at the Hotel La Badia. The hotel is family owned and from arriving all guests were made to feel at home by all members of the family who were in attendance on reception duty and in the bar. The menu in the restaurant had plenty of choices and staff were happy to provide an alternative meal if required. Evening meals were a pleasure with good food and pleasant company. The Gala evening at the end of the week was a great idea and all guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The grounds of the hotel were beautiful along with the views from the terraces and restaurant.
The waiting staff in the restaurant were exceptional, all were pleasant and friendly - happy to try their English out on you and teach you basic Italian words.
Although the hotel is just outside Sorrento the walk into the centre is not too tiring and the local bus stops outside the entrance.
I can honestly say that most of the people in our party (from Riveria Travel) would have been quite happy to stay on for a longer time.
Thank you very much for a pleasant holiday.
Happy Holidaymaker - Tyne and Wear
Hotel situation gives wonderful view over Bay of Sorrento.
Rooms well furnished and cleanliness of high atandard.
Food excellent. Situation from town overcome by short downhill walk
of approx. ten minutes. Staff very helpful and friendly. I would have
no hesitation on returning for future holidayJohn
My wife and I enjoyed our week at La Badia and cannot understand the poor reports made by some people. Our bedroom was large and airy and very clean, as was the bathroom. OK, the towels were different, but caused no problems whatsoever. Breakfast was a little basic but the evening meals were varied, well cooked and well presented. The staff were particularly attentive and friendly, which enhanced the holiday.
We were glad that we were a little out-of-town and away from the frenetic centre of Sorrento. Dining on the terrace watching the sun go down over the sea was particularly enjoyable. The walk into town would only be a problem to those with walking difficulties. We are in our 60's and found it quite easy. We would not hesitate to return to La Badia.
La Badia our Haven in Sorrento
This is our 5th time to La Badia. We enjoy the friendly family run hotel and it feels like we are visiting friends when we return. Indeed, we often meet others, who like us return to the relaxed atmosphere of La Badia.
The hotel is clean and well maintained. You could not find better views of the bay of Naples and Vesuvius anywhere. However in my opinion it is not suitable for children or people with mobility problems, due to the nature of the steep walk to and from Sorrento Town. The last local bus is 10pm from Sorrento. We tend to book room only and eat in Sorrento, however when we have had a busy day we do eat in the hotel and the food is good but with a limited menu - the sunset from the terrace while you are eating makes up for this!!
A friendly family run hotel with views from Ist & 2nd floor bedrooms to remember on a cold winter morning. The staff were efficient and friendly
and the food served in the dining room overlooking the harbour was typically Italian
The location is very quiet on the outskirts of town with a steep and challenging 15 minute walk down into town although a free taxi service is available in the evening both ways.
The hotel is extensively used by Riviera Travel who have an Exelent tour manager based at the hotel who made every guest feel very special.
Our bedroom on the 2nd floor was spotlessy clean and the linen seemed to be changed every day. The air-conditioning was very efficient. This is a hotel that we would be happy to use again.
La Badia? No goodia.
At no additional charge you may find as we did a dead spider complete with web, dust undisturbed since monastery days, largest tea towels I have ever seen then I realised they were bath towels (or should that be bath sheets!).
The first evening meal we were presented with was a small plate of rice and herbs with one olive and a side plate of 3 slices of tomato and cheese. Not bad after an 11 hour journey and 8 hours since we last ate. Subsequent meals were no improvement monotonous, repititious breakfast and not much at all if you didn't get down sufficiently early. Powdered soup for dinner; ice cream or pieces of fruit for sweets on most occasions- coffee extra.
Wardrobes with knobs missing or badly fitted. Cheap plastic bathroom fixtures or dangling by wall plugs. Walls mostly white but crumble if touched in parts due to damp which was probably also the cause of the large black areas particularly in the bathroom. If you choose to stay here try to eke out the soap and shower gell - one per person per week! 'Hot' water luke warm and in our case no water from the hot tap at all by the fourth day! They had failed to clean out the filters! Don't dare try to get compensation.
Oh by the way lovely views!
Lovely small friendly hotel
We have just spent a weeks holiday at the Hotel La Badia in Sorrento. It is just out of the town with lovely views across the Bay of Naples. There is a walk way down to the town which takes about 15/20 mins and is lit at night. The Hotel is small, clean and the staff are very friendly. The food was good and on our last evening there we had what the staff described as a Gala Dinner which was a more Italian type meal with live music and champagne. Even though we had quite changeable weather we had a lovely time and would certainly recommend this hotel - it was lovely.
Way out and way off
We booked a week at La Badia based on a guide book and looking at their website, but some things can be misleading.
the hotel does not have a restaurant as such, and although we had been in contact with them re airport transfers, we arrived at 10.00pm to find that there was no where to eat and they were not prepared to prepare anything for us, not even a cold snack or sandwich. Sorrento is a 20 euro taxi drive away which easily puts up the price of this cheap hotel if you intend to visit Sorrento each evening to eat. You may have to do this as an early dinner is served at La Badia and is over by 8.30pm
Our double room with sea view had french windows that would not lock, a sideways view of the sea as the main view was a large hedge, and a pair of bunk beds had been placed in the room. Small unwelcoming towels, no toiletries.
Breakfast finished at 9.30 am and in our case was served by a grumpy waiter who was already clearing away. A pat of mouldy butter was the final straw and we checked out the next morning and found somewhere more amenable.
Food in this hotel was terrible, and the menu choices were extremely
limited. We got the distinct
impression that all the food was of budget cheap quality. The hotel
staff were unfriendly and
unhelpful. All the bedrooms varied tremendously in size and quality.
The location of the hotel meant
that it was tucked away on its own outside of Sorrento itself (I found
it to be a rather lonely
location). Our travel operator advertised that there was a short cut
into town. We would not
recommend that this should be used at night time due to the lack of
lighting and sheer drops.
Perhaps we experienced a bad week but I would advise you to think
before you book!