Hotel Torre Barbara
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... I think it's KM's .... not miles) it was 16 KM's of the most spectacular coastline we have ever seen. As seems to be the recurring theme of this holiday ..... It has to be seen to be believed. Stopped in a little town along the way to visit the Emerald Grotto. We had to walk down a few steps then get in an elevator which went down about 100m's ( quite an engineering feat really as the elevator has been cut into solid rock ! ) and opened ...
... return to our cars on the lower deck. It ...
... streets, the four lane freeways that suddenly reduce to one, traffic lights that are ignored, crazed scooter riders that buzz like bees around a hive and above all battered fiats driven by death wished, testosteroned young and old Italians alike - Signor's eyes, adapted to the perils of the surroundings, like a chameleon, now look independently left, right, up, down, sidewards and every which way. Driving a motorhome through Napoli is not for the feint hearted. ...
... that spoil my moment. I sit on the road edge barrier with a cliff on one side, and a busy road on the other… and a spectacular panorama laid out in front of me, pull out my guitar, and enjoy an unforgettable concert gazing out at the sun setting over the Sorrento cliffs.
Some people honk as they pass—I’m assuming as a way of congratulating me for choosing such a strange and magical place for ...
... Turns out it’s a place that caters to Italians over the summer and then to tour groups– seeing as it is the start of the off season there was only a small group having lunch. The main building had about 10 rooms, and then there were a number of separate units as well, but we were the only ones staying there.
So it was very quiet and ideally located, only about 15 minutes’ drive from the Sangro River cemetery. The road into it was terrible, and ...
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Almost perfect - a few issues that you should be aware of
This hotel defintely has a wonderful view of the peninsula.
However, there are a few things that the potential visitor should be aware of.
1. This hotel is situated just outside Sorrento. It is not a very convenient place to get to. To get to the nearest train station, you'll have to take the bus there. The bus only comes once every hour. We spent a lot of time waiting for the bus. A good hour to and fro because the trains do not coincide well with the bus timetable.
There is a shuttle service from the hotel to and fro. This is good if there is more than one person looking after the hotel. We rang the hotel to ask them to pick us up once but they couldn't. In the end, we had to walk back up the treacherous road - crazy drivers! Another time, we had to wait a good hour before our bus took us 10 minutes up the windy road.
2. There seems to be a serious case of mosquito breeding in the area. There are mozzies in the room, lobby, lifts, etc. We were attacked by at least 4 or 5 mosquitoes every time we headed to our room from the lobby.
3. The servicing of the room was not great. They did not provide soap and shampoo regularly (i had to ask for it down at the lobby in the end). The cleaners also left they cleaning material in our rooms!
4. Our hotel didn't have the view from the room. There are only a limited number of rooms facing the wonderful view. But we didn't miss out completely because their terrace still has a wonderful view.
Good things about the hotel:
Quaint place to stay. nice and quiet if you don't do touristy activities.
Nice local italian restaurant, La Madonnina. The walk there is terrific because it provides the best view of the peninsula with the church. Walk back is a bit scary because it's pitch black once sun sets.
Staff are friendly and nice and speak english well.
Great service beautiful hotel breathtaking location
we arrived in italy on 16th may .drove from rome ,sorrento was our first stop. the beautiful palazzo torre barabara caught our eye as we were making our way to positano. much to our delight they had vacancy fof us.the guys who owned the hotel were very friendly.spoke good english. we stayed 2 nights the view was breathtaking .the hotel spotless the rooms more than comfortable. we would definetly stay there next time . we are in italy .it was a wonderful start to our holiday.
yours judy freund
Splendid view over the Vesuvius
We stayed at the Palazzo Torre Barbara for 10 days at the end of May 2006. Like most of the recent reviewers, we stumbled upon this fantastic hotel on the Internet and were ever so pleased with this great find (quality/price). If you're looking for a modern, clean hotel away from the hustle and bustle of Sorrento and Napoli, this is definitely the place. Our room was big and contemporary with high ceilings and LCD television. Bathroom was superb with a whirlpool bath. Not only does the hotel terrace overlook the Gulf of Naples, presenting one of the most stunning views of the Vesuvius but the hotel grounds include 150 years-old palm trees, a lemon grove and a swimming pool. We were blessed to have Pino and Antonio, the two young enterprising owners of the hotel, who were the most hospitable and helpful hosts. Their friendly staff made our stay one of the best ever!!! Breakfast was generous and included fresh fruits, cereals, yogurts, brioches, breads, assortment of jams, salami and cheese from La Tradizione, a small trattoria not far from the hotel and of course great Italian coffee! Having a car is definitely a plus but the hotel is accessible by public transport, beware though that the local bus does not run very late at night. Pino and Antonio will always be ready to drive you by shuttle when requested. To travel around the area, you can also take La Circumvesuviana, which is the commuter train that can bring you to Sorrento, Pompei and Napoli. Another plus is the fact that the shuttle service company Curreri Viaggi now stops at the hotel and can bring you directly to Naples Capodichino International Airport, without having to go through Naples and the transfer only costs a fraction of the cost of a taxi ride. We are more than happy to recommend this hotel and will definitely come back again when we are in the region.
Fantastic hotel, really enjoyed our stay.
We had the pleasure of sepnding the first 2 nights or our honeymoon in the picturesque town of Vico Equense. We stumbled across the Hotel on the Internet and how lucky we were. The Hotel is superbly located on the side of a mountain on the road to Sorrento. It is easily the cleanist and most pleasant hotel I have ever stayed at and the staff(Pino, Antonio, Fabrizio et al) were superb, they could not do enough for you. They recommended some great restaurants in Vico Equense and Sorrento. Restaurante Da Filipo in Sorrento is a must. The views from the terrace of Torre Barbara of Vesuvius and Naples are spectacular. We loved staying in the hotel so much we decided to spend the last 3 nights of our honeymoon there.
The rooms are very spacious and well equiped with A/C, TV and personal safes. The reception is 24 hour and are very very helpful. There is plenty of parking for hired cars(a car is very handy to tour the Amalfi coast, but the bus stop is very close by).
This is definitely a hotel we will revisit and cannot recommend it highly enough. Looking forward to returning as soon as possible.
Brian & Olive, Ireland
We found this hotel by chance on the internet. It was at a very good rate. The hospitality of owners Pino and Antonio was absolutely fantastic. They went above and beyond the call of duty in ensuring the guests had a wonderful stay. This was particularly great as we were on our honeymoon. The room, was large for a standard double, with all mod cons and a stylish contemporary feel. The terrace is the real star attraction though. Views to Sorrento coastline out to Vesuvius - an amazing way to start the day having breakfast brought to you there. In the evenings they bring you drinks out there too. The only minor drawback is that it is a little out of the way if you are not driving, but the guys are more than happy to ferry you back and forth from the hotel in their shuttlebus for free. All in all, we hada wonderful time at this hotel and can't recommend it enough.
The best hotel in the Sorrento area, bar none!
As a professor of Italian literature, I have been travelling back and forth between Italy and the U.S. for the past ten years, and I have never been happier than I was at the Palazzo Torre Barbara. This a boutique hotel with less than twenty rooms, and the small size allows the staff to offer personalized service to every guest. Antonio and Pino, the directors, are incredibly warm and friendly, and although we took day trips to Pompei, Sorrento, Capri and the surrounding area (very easily done thanks to the highly accessible train system), the spectacular views from the terrace and the eagerness of the staff to cater to our every whim kept us coming back to spend the afternoons and evenings on the enormous landscaped terrace with its panoramic views of Vesuvius and the Neapolitan coast. In terms of the quality of service, the comfort of the rooms (small, but with every amenity, including televisions and CNN in English), and the beauty of the hotel and its grounds, this is undoubtedly the best hotel I have ever stayed in, in any country.
There is parking available if one travels by car, otherwise the hotel is close to the Seiano train station on the Naples-Sorrento line (called the Circumvesuviana). There is a small pool for cooling off and both tables and lounge chairs on the terrace, which is dripping with elaborate and immaculately kept gardens. As a new hotel, Palazzo Torre Barbara is still relatively inexpensive, but I expect that as it establishes a strong returning clientele (including us, without a doubt!), I imagine that the high demand will drive the prices up. It is certainly a bargain at under 150 dollars per night! It would be impossible to describe how much we loved Torre Barbara. I give it my highest recommendation.
Absolutely loved the Palazzo Torre Barbara hotel!
The location and staff at this hotel were superb! The property was gorgeous, new/modern and the views breathtaking. Everyone treated us like family, and they went out of their way for my daughter and I--including providing a small breakfast for us at our early 4:00am departure!
Would love to return and relax! Unfortunately we were too busy taking in the sights to truly take advantage of all the hotel's amenities; which were many. All of the staff were helpful, fun and kind and the service was absolutely wonderful.
Check them out--you won't be disappointed.
P.S. Don't miss Pompei and Capri when in the area.
You will not be disapointed
The hotel and rooms are lovely, individually styled with many delightful design features throughout. What you see in the pictures on the various web sites is what you get. The level of service provided by the small team is excellent, starting with a welcoming coffe on the terrace as soon as we had put our things in the room.
The hotel is well placed for all the major attractions with good links by bus and train to all, providing great value transport to all areas. In addition the hotel has a shuttle bus that will assist those without thier own transport to catch the train or visit / return from one of the local restaurants. We enjoyed the fact that we were away from the main resort of Sorrento and the bars and restaurants close to the hotel and in the nearby town of Vico Equense where generally populated by local clientel.
View of Vesuvio from Palazzo Torre Barbara
We just stayed and stayed at the Palazzo Torre Barbara in Vico Equense. We booked the room for one night, but couldn't leave. The place is perfetto! I think we had the best room in the palazzo. It's room 402. Write that down. Whoever restored this 19th century palazzo knew what they were doing. The rooms are 21st century all the way, while retaining the simple Italian elegance that at least I wish I lived with every single day.
And they have Internet - not unreliable wireless, but in-house DSL that is fast and works and is included in the price.
If you want to sit on a terrazzo overlooking the Bay of Naples and Vesuvio at sunset with a glass of Prosecco in hand while emailing your adventures home, this is the place for you. (You might need to ask for the long network cable.)
Later, after traveling for almost two weeks in tiny paese in Calabria and Campania, we needed a fix of modern comforts. They welcomed us back with baci e abbracci.
Surprisingly unforgetable stay with friendly atmosphere and splendid view
I've arrived there with the hided impression that it would be a hotel with the old spirit...It really apeared to be a delightful older mansion, rising up the hill above the sea and sorrento cost line with the great picture of Visuvio looking over the golf at my windows of the room.
I stayed in Palazzo Torre Barbara on August 2005 while I was in Sorrento and found it to be absolutely gorgeous. The rooms were very clean and well kept, and each had themes related to uniqe style, nicely decorated and very comfortable. The bathroom was equipped with a modern shower, enough of them had their own baths. That was really great cause i am a huge bath lover. A very nice bed gave me much needed tranquility. A lovely breakfast was provided, and I didn't see rates much lower anywhere in the city including such quality, care and atmosphere. Late evining stays at the terrace with the beautiful garden of flowers and palms and its swimming pool really gave me enumerous amount of positive imotions and relax.
The staff was absolutly great and hospitive. Pino Gargiulo and Antonio Delfino, two charming managers, made excellent recommendations for dining and places to see, they even made my reservations and called for my taxis, and really became a helping hand during the stay. I would wholeheartedly recommend Palazzo Torre Barbara to anyone travelling to the area and for a quiet get away.
Palazzo Torre Barbara helped make my stay on Sorrento coast a memorable experience!!!