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We left Rome this morning on our way to Sorrento. We first had to take a train to Naples. It was delayed by over 2 hours and the Rome train terminal is not a fun place to hang out. Lack of information is the biggest problem. It was hard to find the information booths because the arrows for all pointed in the wrong direction. We eventually boarded a …
I do not have anything I want to say about Naples. We walked over to the oldest part of Naples, as this is one of the main tourist places and not to be missed, apparently, and it was disgusting, loud, and full of mafia looking people and black as night Africans, that get up in your business. Get me out of ...
... an actual tour guide showing a couple around and listened in until he lead us to a display in the orc*********** where casts of village people who were caught in the lava were displayed. I had been told previously that most artifacts had been removed from the site and placed in a museum in Naples. This proved correct and all that is now within the site is remains of buildings. These remains date back 2000 years to BC and I believe were preserved by the molten lava ...
... we wore as souvenirs and the recipes so we can make these dishes at home. Hugs and kisses all around, and we walked 10 minutes - no, waddled - back to our hotel for a two hour nap.
Again no dinner as just too full. We do not know how Italians stay so thin when they eat like this every day!
Tuesday, Sept 17
We hired a guide (Luigi, who grew up here) to take us to Capri so we could learn more about this well known resort island that ...
... out. After visiting the cloisters, which were similar but smaller than those in Monreale in Sicily, we went into the original church, now used as a museum for treasured items, including a pearl encrusted mitre from 1297. Amalfi had been a major sea power in the med in the Middle Ages, and as Venice holds the body of St Mark, Amalfi has that of St Andrew. It is held in the crypt, which as you might expect, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Tonnarella Sorrento
Fall in Love with Sorrento at La Tonnarella!
Fantastic costal and city views from many of the quaint rooms in this beautiful villa just a short walk from town. Good food and an accommodating staff made our stay all the better!
We stayed for a couple of nights from 12-14th October 2003 and booked the suite as it was our honeymoon. The hotel is lovely with gorgeous views of Sorrento, but we'd would book a room with a patio area overlooking the sea in future. The suite consists of a small bedroom with an extra bedroom on the side with 2 single beds and another room with a small seating area. There are two bathrooms, one of which is underneath the bedroom which houses a hydro bath, which is in essence a cold bath with a noisy pump that can't be turned off from 6am to midnight. Because of the hydro bath the room smells damp and with the noise of the pump we tended to avoid staying in the room. Also the breakfast room is directly upstairs and so there's a lot of noise with the chairs scrapping against the tiles. In essence if you're staying with children, its perfect. If you're wanting some quiet time, save your money and book a double with a patio over looking the sea.
Spectacular view, dining staff rude!
The view from our balcony was absolutely out of this world. The room was immaculate, large, and very pretty with lovely tile floors. We would have paid well over twice as much for such a room in the States.
However, one night in the dining room was enough for us. We found the maitre d' to be quite rude and acted like our presence was an intrusion. We made sure we ate elsewhere the rest of our stay. The breakfast buffet though sure does beat the heck out of the continental breakfasts we experienced in the rest of Italy. Should we ever go back to Sorrento, we would definitely stay there again. We'd just eat our evening meals out!
Noisy rooms in the back of the hotel!
This hotel, the dining room, and property is lovely, however, the back rooms are very noisy with the windows open. We did not sleep the whole first night, and finally, with a lot of coaxing, we got the staff to turn on the main air conditioning unit for us. They were somewhat reluctant to do this. Request a room with a balcony with rooms facing the water.
Is there a nicer place on earth?
Just came back. Had the best time. The Hotel was perfect. The room ( #21), the view, the service, the food, the beach. No need to stay in any 5 stars Hotel. La Tonnearella is at least 5 stars above the others.
And the price was reasonable ( 145 Euros).
Will go back soon. This time , for several weeks.
This hotel is as close to perfection in a budget-priced hotel that you can find. We had a room with a terrace opening over the Bay of Naples, and the view was spectacular. Our room was spacious and comfortable, and the bathroom was great. The breakfasts were the best we had in Italy, in a magnificent setting. We found the service a bit slow at times but always courteous and friendly. I'd go back in a heartbeat, to both Sorrento and La Tonneralla!
Let me start, the place was beautiful, and the Hotel's placement in Sorrento gives an absolutely gorgeous view of water and land. However, the staff, especially the daytime deskclerk, was incredibly, and I mean incredibly, problematic. Not only did she refuse to give back any customers passport back until she finished her lunch, but she blatantly displayed them on the front desk for anyone to take. And if you want anything extra, such as towels, forget it! She would rather see you beg than give in - she is truly that bad. Additionally the remaining staff, except the cleaning staff, ignored any need you had, and when we wanted a table for dinner, they brought in a small 'kiddie' table for us to sit at. As I said earlier, the place is immaculate, but the staff will keep me from ever going back again. Oh, I almost forgot, the owner thinks all Americans do not know Italian (I am fluent), and she will bad mouth you believing that you are an idiot.
A must stay if in Sorrento
For the price of a small hotel room many places on the Amalfi coast, you can stay in a suite at La Tonnarella. The hotel is on the edge of town and it is about a 10 minute walk to the center of Sorrento. For about $170.00, our suite had a double bed in one room and two twins in the hallway leading to the upstairs bath -also a terrace with a wonderful view of the Amalfi Coast. That's not all - downstairs is another bath the size of many hotels rooms with a separate shower and jacuzzi - also with lovely views. Also, the restaurant had great food at reasonable prices! This is definitely the place to stay if you want the views of a 5 star hotel but at a price that won't take a bite out of your wallet.
I doubt that anything can beat the Suite at La Tonnarella for value. Each of the four large french windows opens onto a wrought iron balcony hanging over the side of the cliff with spectacular jaw dropping, unobstructed views of the Bay of Naples all the way from the Marina Grande to the Isle of Ischia. The huge suite came with master bedroom, separate twin bed room, living room with internet phone, serparate lounge area with mini bar and two full bathrooms. A tile stairs leads down to a 'rich and famous' style 'hydrotherapy spa' complete with waterfall, fountain, 'rock garden' and a wading-pool sized jaccuzzi with another unbelievable Bay view. All for a near 'budget' price of Euro 165 a night in mid October. For someone not used to a millionaire lifestyle, I wouldn't just recommend the Suite, I would plan my trip around its availability.
The question was "Have I been to La Tonnarella?" A better question would be how many times have I been to La Tonnarella? And the answer would be, in the past 17 years I have been there at least once a year. This place isn't for all, but for us it is pure Heaven!! The rooms are beautiful, especally the "Suite", the owners are like family to us now. We have watched each other age, and we have seen our children grow and our grandchildren have added an extra special touch to our relationship. The food at the hotel's restaurant is outstanding!!! The views, speak for themselves, although I can add that they are... totally awe inspiring...spectatular...breath-taking...unbeatable...need I say more? I don't think so and if you are lucky enough you might get a room with a terrace facing the "views". Or a room with a hydromassage tub or shower and a small balcony that you can sit on and look out on the views. Honestly I just can not say enough about how much we love this place. Give it a chance and I bet you will love it too...