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I know we're a bit backed up on updating this blog, but hey, we’re on vacation! As I write this, I’m sitting on the large open patio of our hotel in Sorrento, facing one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen, and drinking a glass of Tuscan wine. Awful.
While Steve takes a nap (I’m afraid I’m wearing him out …
... He checks us in, gives us a map and other info and heads back to the restaurant. The room is spacious and our window backs up to a garden so no neighbors behind us which is nice. We go out to see a little of the town in a somewhat random manner. We find a small church of St. Anthony with a reliquary under the alter. It is small but nice. From there, we head to the main square and enter the more congested part of town. We are staying in an area with much less ...
... apartment and would be up there in 5 minutes. Collecting our backpacks we headed back to the foyer - the reception man was on the phone to the tour operators and they informed us we could move to the Hotel Coralla were some of our other co-travellers had been dropped earlier. When we got there the Hotel staff were pleasant and the hotel was beautiful. We met our friends down in the restuarant and ended up having a pleasant evening with the best view from our room we have had so ...
... they didn't have the two annoying American tourists who decided they would put on an impromptu live singing performance that they had while we were there! Pompeii was a massive, amazing place to just wander around. Even after Gaetano left us after our 2 hour tour, and despite the 35 degree heat, we stayed on and walked around for another three hours. Not only is it amazing to see how well preserved a lot of things are, but to see how well advanced they were for their ...
... and left. I knew there was baggage storage at the main station so I took the ride into town to store my backpack there for the day. Then I rode back to town #1 to hang out. I pretty much hiked every possible rock that you could - including things that you probably shouldn't venture to. I was looking for an area to go swimming in - not just swimming but to jump into. After walking the path between #2 and #3 I found a staircase with the door open...the sign ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Minerva Hotel Sorrento
Minerva Run Around
We arrived for a two day stay with our confirmation number in hand, ready for some relaxation at this pretty hotel. Shortly after arriving, we were told that our reservation had been cancelled and that the hotel had no idea why. However, they would be happy to help us out and arrange a room for us at their sister hotel. The sister hotel, was a lovely place but not quite the same level of quality as the Minerva. We had already paid for our "sea view" room and didn't feel this was acceptable. After speaking with the travel agency, it turned out that the Minerva had actually overbooked and told our travel agency (two days before our arrival) that they would not be able to accomodate us. As we were already travelling in Italy, the travel agency could not confirm with us, so they cancelled the exisiting reservation. What was so frustrating about this is that the Hotel Minerva refused to accept any responsibility for this fiasco, even after I had the email proving that they had overbooked. The staff at the hotel Minerva was pleasant, but in the end we had to pay"again" for a room with no view and no AC. A pretty big disappointment....
A wonderful choice--we would definitely stay at the Minerva again! We spent a week with another couple at the Minerva in June 2004 and we all loved it. The location is terrific--walking distance to town but away from the city noise and traffic. The restaurant, the large, landscaped terrace, and our rooms overlooked the sea, with a beautiful panoramic view of Sorrento and Vesuvius. The hotel also has a good-sized rooftop swimming pool, Internet access, and a very friendly, helpful staff. Like the city of Sorrento, it attracts lots of Brits, and the restaurant offerings reflects that clientele.
Beware of Minerva Hotel
We arrived at the Minerva Hotel and found that because of overbooking(hotel blamed the booking agent, but it was the hotel that cancelled) we were placed in a 3 star (Minerva is a 4 star). Not only were we placed in an inferior hotel, we were charged a cancellation fee when we did not accept the new arrangements. No airconditioning in the Minerva.
Closed without notice
I just got back from my trip to Italy and wanted to warn everyone about the Minerva Hotel in Sorrento, Italy. When we arrived, the hotel was closed for construction. Thankfully, our helpful taxi driver told us that a nearby hotel was owned by the same company and to check with them. This hotel let us know that they "just" got a call from the Minerva warning them of our arrival, and they had
put us in some other hotel. The whole situation was sketchy, and the man at the front desk was acting like he was doing us a favor by offering a hotel room. I had booked my reservation at the Minerva over 1 month in advance, exchanged several emails with them confirming my reservation, and never once was it mentioned the hotel was closed for construction. I would seriously think twice about staying at the Minerva, or any other Acampora Hotel.
Great Hotel but what a racket, the noise was terrible
It is nice to see good reviews on hotels but I find it a bit surprizing that all the reviews for this hotel mention nothing about the horrible traffic noise that this Hotel can suffer from. We stayed at the Minerva in August/September 1991 (yes I know that is a while back) and were shown to our room down the steps below the reception #3. It looked fantastic, wonderful view and quite spacious. That night we found out that we were in the room from hell! Constant traffic noise all through the night but just as bad we could hear the staff walking around on the floor above us which sounded like a herd of elephants, that to went on throughout the night. We asked next morning to be moved because of the noise and the manager was unpleasant and said that no one had ever complained before about the room. They did move us reluctantly and the new room was smaller but quieter though you could still hear the traffic noise but not as bad. Later during our stay we were looking through the guest book one morning after breakfast and noticed not one but many entries from previous guests saying that they too had complained about room #3 and the horrible noise. It was a pitty that the manager couldnt have been truthful as the hotel itself and most of the staff were very nice and it does have some spectacular views.
I stayed at the Hotel Minerva 2 yrs ago and have been dying to return there. Every room has a spectacular view of the ocean, Capri, Mt. Vesuvius, and the village of Sorrento. It's situated on a cape just around the bend from the town itself (a 5 minute walk). I still dream of the sunsets there. There's a terrace just outside the hotel restaurant where you can sit and have a drink at dusk. Our room was spacious with limoncello colored tile floors. The price was very affordable. How I long to return there!
What a great hotel.
Excellent hotel. Staff incredibly helpful and views wonderful. Good food - sorry to leave... Only downside was the weather but shouldn't complain in October.
What a view! We couldn't of asked for a better hotel, better view, and better staff. Ask for a seaview room, preferrably with a balcony (only a few have a balcony). We will definitely return.
Great Stay at This Italian Dream
What a wonderful Hotel and Staff. The room was lovely and the view was amazing. Just enough distance from town. Extended our stay for one week in June of 2003 and hope to return soon for a longer stay.
Don't miss this great Hotel.
Minerva Hotel - Great Place
Wonderful accomodations and a very helpful staff made our short one-night stay great. Desk staff made dinner arrangements for our group of 8 and it was terrific. Rooms were very clean and most comfortable.