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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!
Gorgeous views but avoid the suite
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!
Beautiful Place, Horrible Staff
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.
Only regret? We found the restaurant good enough to eat in all three nights we were there and hardly ventured the twenty minute walk into Sorrento at all.
Heaven On Earth
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...
Teresa & Frank "LOVERS OF ITALY"
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Thursday, December 31st:
When we woke up on New Year's Eve in Siena, we knew we had a LONG day of traveling before ending the night and the year. First we had to take a 1.5 hour bus ride back to Florence, then board a high speed train to Naples for 4 hours, then switch to the commuter train for another hour ride to Sorrento. The plan was …
... some of just stayed on board while a few others went in. We then stopped at a little bay for a swim off the back of the boat. As has happened the last two afternoons a thunder and lightening storm was brewing. Was a bit rough coming back with the lightening going all around us but blew over pretty quickly as they seem to do. Home for a hot shower and off for dinner - great day!
To day was the housework day catching up ...
... and villages that were tucked into the sides of the cliffs.
Our first stop was Positano. We parked near the top of the breathtaking village and strolled down the narrow cobblestone streets admiring the views on one side and the quaint Italian cafes and shops on the other. When we finally got the bottom of the village, we sat at a café by the beach and had Italian coffee and pastries and basked in the glory of the sun and the slow, ...
... going to drop us off vs the hotel, and it looked like it was a decent distance. My bag isn't super heavy but I'm not carrying it for a long time. So we got in a cab, and he told us 10€ which seemed high but whatever, it was the only cab available. It was this cute old guy who was telling us where to go for dinner, and what to see and how we have a really good hotel. We get to the hotel and check in (decent enough) and walk around ...
... was a boardwalk, occasionally water spat up through the floorboards. Perfect. We now had 2.5 hours before it got dark. The path was well looked after along here with a wooden rail and clear path. We didn't have to climb high, just followed the shore line. A ruined lookout tower, Torre di Recommone, stood proudly from the cliff edge next to us. Down into Recommone, which seemed to be one house. It took a moment to realise the path went close to the house and ...