Travel Blogs from Sorrento
... our breakfast, the guns opened fire again and had us (and our bananas) jumping out of our skins! But on reflection, the cat (we’ll introduce Tatty’s Cat’s cousin in a bit) didn’t flinch, the cow in the neighbouring field continued to moo, the birds still sang and the owners carried on picking their (no not noses), their courgettes, so why were we the only ones scared?
... contrast of the business class to the actual train that we needed to board to Sorrento. There was no room to sit for any of us, and we had all of our gear (6 backpacks and 3 smaller hand held carry-ons). Luckily a British couple gave the younger boys their seats. Mike, Jonah and I had to stand with our heavy packs for about half an hour until a seat was freed up. When we got to Sorrento, the crazy commute was forgotten. This small Meditterrean city has ...
... still running this from the 1500's? Can't remember the dates....
First we visited a church that was rebuilt after an earthquake, but spared in WWII, the second church across the little alley/street was totally gutted by WWII bombs and rebuilt exactly as it was. After this we visited the Cappella Sansevero. We then walked to a restaurant where I had an original margherita pizza cooked in its birthplace! it was very good! ...
... jumped on a computer to find ALL our travel money had been cleaned out!!!!! This worst nightmare just got worse!! Through many tears, somehow I was able to phone the bank and cancel the travel card (luckily I still had mine) and also the credit card because that had been used as well!!
The next 2 hours was spent speaking with the bank at home, filling out forms, visiting the police station, all of which you just want to do on a trip of a life time!!. How ...
... manage to see some nice frescoes and mosaics (some original, some replicas of ones moved to the_Naples museum). There were definitely more ruins, but less frescoes and artistic items than in Ostia Antica. The most unique remains are the body casts. Archaeologists discovered holes in the harden ash, filled them with plaster, then when they were removed that showed perfect images of people who had died buried in the ash. The remains were long since gone, but a hole ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Metropole Sorrento
Great holiday - recommend hotel
My husband and I have just returned from a great holiday in Sorrento. We had made a late booking and the Metropole was the only hotel available to us. However, we were more than pleased with the hotel, the staff and the food.
Cleanliness appeared to be paramount in the hotel.
The food was very good and varied with the exception of a salad bar at dinner.
One of the previous reviews comented on how often chips had been served at dinner, but we only had them once during the week and they were excellent - real chips, not frozen.
I also missed boiled eggs at breakfast - the cock crowed all morning, were the hens not laying?
We didn't find the busy road a problem. There was an excellent bus service into Sorrento - every 20mins and at a cost of one euro. Any negative comments that I have made could only lead to improving an already high standard of service and didn't in any way detract from our enjoyment of the hotel. (well ok, maybe the boiled eggs would have been great!)
Very good for a late booking.
This hotel was a very good choice for a mother and older daughter to stay in. Most of the staff were pleasant without being over familiar. Acouple of them were rather abrupt in their manner however and seemed more concerned about the chef catering for guests even a minute after the standard lunchtime period closed. Meals were average though if the standard menu did not suit options were made flexible to suit.
The walk into the centre, once you had reached the other sideof a VERY busy road was pleasant - the views over the bay were spectacular! Despite the drawback, the location was good. The hotel had three terraces- the highest having the pool and sunbeds. The only downside of this pretty setting was the fact that the sun disappeared behind the trees at 4.30pm each afternoon and so there was always a scramble to the lower terraces at this time. The gala evening was nothing spectacular but at least you did not have to pay extra for this. Some of the bars in the centre offered nibbles with drinks so if you were still peckish you did not have to starve! All in all a great holiday.
Wonderful place for a honeymoon
My husband and I have been home now for nearly 3 months and we have totally fallen in love with Sorrento.
We stayed at the Metropole for 1 week and once you have figured out how to cross the busy junction it is worth the walk in to town for the evening. However, from the hotel for a good 200 yards there is no footpath which means you need to have your wits about you.
The hotel itself was very clean and you could not fault the service from all the staff. We stayed half board, the breakfast was continental and you had a choice for the evening meal. The only down side was although it was still hot in May the pool was cold and not many people were brave enough to venture in. I did try a couple of times but it was too cold for me, also it is worth paying that bit more and having a sea view, although it can be noisy with the traffic the view of Vesuvius in the morning is stunning.
Sorrento itself we thought was quite expensive and its worth finding the local supermarkets for things like litre bottles of water, as we found some of the mini markets were over priced. The Drains are worth visiting especially at night.
I would recommend Sorrento to anyone who is thinking of visiting, and it is a good base to see the Neapolitan coast.
Beware of the road !
Just returned from 2 weeks at the Metropole, although overall the hotel was good, we did experience some problems.
To get to Sorrento itself is about a 15-20 min. walk downhill, this is ok but the first 100 metres is without any footpath and Italian drivers come around the bends quite fast !
The hotel is clean, well run and the staff are friendly and helpful, rooms at the front will suffer from traffic noise and beware of brochures that do not advise that air-conditioning is payable by the day ( 6 euros per day ).
We felt that the food in the restaurant, although good, was a little uninspiring, ( chips seem to occur far too often for an Italian hotel ) also the portions of veg were very small. The gala night every Saturday was very good though. ( help yourself buffet and lots of choices ).
On the whole, not a bad holiday but we have had better experiences in other parts of Italy.
Italian hospitality at its best !
Just got back today from a week at the metropole hotel and had a great weeks holiday !
This is a typical italian family run hotel - spotlessly clean , well loved with staff who are very proud to be a part of a well run team .
We where in a room at the back of the hotel - it was very simply furnished but very clean with a lovely bathroom..although the shower cubicle was a little bit small for a chubster like myself !!!
The rooms to the front of the hotel where much prettier and better furnished but we did'nt care because our room was so comfortable, even if it was a bit 1980's.
The maid service was excellent - every part of this hotel was spotlessly clean . It had a lovely pool area and three lovely terraces- the bar was comfortable and friendly. the dining room was so crisp and white and fresh- with silver service waiters .
The food was superb - it just got better and better- the breakfast was a continetal style, cheese ,bread , meat ,fruit , cornflakes etc basic but plenty of it with piping hot coffee or tea. The evening meals where fab - you got what was on the menu the first night but every day after that you got a menu at breakfast to make your choice - from a variety of 3 courses - never had a bad meal - service was great - the waiters lovely - everyone commented how lovely the grub was - hats off to the chef !
The hotel itself is up on a hill a 10-15 minute walk into sorrento - with incredible views .You can even see the bay of naples and vesvuvious from the pool terrace and the walk into town is simply stunning .You do however get a little noise from the traffic but to be honest you get that everywhere in sorrento !!!!
there is also a pizza resteraunt next door to the hotel 10 euros for lunch which included a starter , main and drink , great value and nice food !!
Its worth negotiating the missing 250 meters of pavement and dodging the crazy italian drivers just to do this walk ...the views are amazing . you could always do the bus at euro a time!
The owners and staff from this hotel even went that extra mile when i was ill , my foot had swollen up and i couldnt walk due to an allergic reaction so instead of ringin a doctor that would of cost me 80 euros they took me to the local hospital in their car and interprated for me to the staff . This was really good of them . lovely people .
This hotel was a great base for our trip to sorrento - it was classed as a 3 star which i agreed with based on the facilities and buildings but the food and staff where 5 star !!!
we did pompei and herculaneum - herculaneum was the better of the 2 - much more intact and easier to walk around - we also did capri - beautifull but very busy even in may !
we would go back to sorrento tomorrow and would stay at this hotel anytime.
Sorrento & The Hotel Metrople.
My wife and I returned from a weeks holiday at the Metropole Sorrento at the end of October 2004.
The staff were excellant and friendly and the food was good. Management were warm and helpful, though not accepting credit card payment for our end of week drinks bill was a bit of an inconvenience.
The hotel is very pleasant and clean. It has a nice swimming pool area with split-level patio-stoned sunbathing areas. The rooms at the back of the hotel left something to be desired but the front ones are better and have a lovely view of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius the other side.
The hotel is situated ten minuits walk from town (20 to the centre). The main negative point is that while buses run every half-hour at a cost of 60 euros, there is no pavement for the 50 meters to the bus stop, nor for a hundred meters after. At any time of day this is a bit hairy with traffic zooming so close, but at night it's even worse.
Sorrento itself is to be thoroughly recommended and a bus excursion to Amalfi, a boat trip to Capri and train to Pompeii etc. are a must.
We stayed here in October 2004. The holiday was with First Choice Holidays.
the hotel was spotless, all public rooms and our room cleaned daily ,towels changed daily also.
The beds were comfortable and the room both shower and bath in the private facilities.
All the staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them.
the food was good quality and plentiful especially the buffet breakfast. The only exeption was the dinner on the first night where they serve a set menu with soup as the starter and that left us hungry for more , but with a choice of pasta as a starter the rest of the stay meals were more than adequate.
The hotel is a 15 minute walk downhill to town with no pavement for the first part but you can get the bus up and down for 1 euro .
We would definitley stay here again.
Friendly Italian Hospitality
Returned from a beautiful holiday in Sorrento staying at the Hotel Metropole, was booked over the internet through Direct Holidays and didn't really have any info on the place beforehand.
Whilst a little out of town, the walk into Sorrento is very picturesque and only takes about 20mins. Quite exciting having to negotiate the non-pavements and mad moped drivers. Bus stop outside runs a regular service into town for 1Euro.
Hotel itself is on a rather busy junction and the noise could be a problem if staying in the larger front rooms with 'sea view'. We asked to move to the back which was much more peaceful and had the benefit of sunshine during the day.
Air con only operated for certain periods between 5pm-12am and 6am-8am, and is at an extra cost of E5.5 a day, we found this to be a bit inadequate as it was pretty hot and ended up having to get up in the night to open the windows to cool down. (mosquito bites came free of charge)
Pool area was pleasant, food is average - however it did get better as the week went on. Didn't reallly compare to the restaurants in town though. Staff were always more than helpful and spoke very good english.
The Hotel Metropole is a good value base for which to explore Sorrento and the surrounding area, but don't go expecting the Hilton and you won't be disappointed!
Good clean hotel
Got back from the Metropole a couple of weeks ago from a great holiday in sorrento. Booked the hotel through a half board package and thought it was very good. The staff are friendly and speak very good English. The hotel was well kept and the rooms were cleaned every day. The hotel is on quite a busy junction, which you overlook if you have a sea view. It's a good spot to watch the Italian drivers risk life and limb!
We walked to Sorrento every day and it only takes about 15-20 minutes, although there are no pavements on the road. Lots of people walk however so there's safety in numbers.
The hotel has a good size pool and there are plenty of beds, etc if you fancy spending the afternoon relaxing. Food is basic but nice. Would recommend for a slightly cheaper, out of centre option.
What a Fantastic Place!
We have just returned from a 2 week trip to the Sorrentine Penninsula. Our stay was based at the Metropole Hotel on the out skirts of Sorrento. I cannot reccomend this family run hotel enough. The rooms were clean, with furniture in the Neopolatan style, and a balcony with a glorious view over the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvious and Naples itself. All staff were friendly and helpful and the food was lovely, small portions but by the time you have eaten your first course of pasta, the rest is more than sufficient! We will be returning to this hotel without a doubt and i wouldnt hesistate to recommend it to anyone.