Villa Oriana Relais
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On the way to Sorrento, we passed Mount Vesuvius and Pompei. The traffic to Sorrento was bumper to bumper the closer we got. The road into Sorrento is very windy and narrow and as it was a Saturday afternoon, there were plenty of tourists and hundreds of scooters and motorbikes. Eventually we arrived at the hotel which is perched on the side of a cliff, with 5 levels, the top ...
... attempting to go both direction in the one remaining lane. The traffic barely moved in either direction as cars looked for spots to stop, parked cars tried to turn around and buses waited for a gap to pass. We were again amazed by the disregard for the road rules and wondered why the police didn’t give every car along the road a parking ticket – they could have fixed the Euro zone’s debt crisis in one afternoon!
The good weather continued ...
... was there, everywhere I went kept running out of beds!
I spent a day wandering around the city. Everyone was telling me how dirty Naples is, however compared to lots of places in Sicily, it was relatively clean. The Napolese have also had the intelligence to put traffic lights in at a few major intersections as well - something the Sicilians havent thought of yet. I visited the Museo ...
... and none of us had any raincoats........all except Nick who delighted in producing his anorak and putting it on. Never mind his new wife Deanna who did not have hers........no chivalry there! We all tried to huddle under the only tree but it was too small to afford any real protection from the deluge.To make things worse the bus was late and by the time it arrived the rain had eased but we were all soaked through to the skin..........all except Nick! It was ...
... our guide gathered up the group and we headed into the excavated archeological site. Mom wasn't able to make it very far into the site before she decided to turn back and wait for us at a cafe near the entrance. She still hasn't fully recovered from her broken ankle and her stamina is terrible, so it was better for her just to take it easy.
Boo and I did the whole tour, but it was hot, hot, hot and Boo was, at times, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Oriana Relais Sorrento
Wonderful Villa!! Great Breakfast!!!
We stayed at Villa Oriana for 4 night the beginning of October and loved it. We walked to the hotel from the train station, but some might want to consider taking a taxi. It is up a steep hill and a little difficult to find at first and when you have your luggage with you it makes it that much more difficult. But after that it is an easy walk into town.
The lemon and olive trees smell wonderful and the rooms are bright, clean and huge! Maria and her family are so kind and helpful. They helped us with the bus and train for day trips to Pompei and Capri. The breakfast is also terrific with all fresh honey, cheese, cake, etc.
We definitely recommend this villa and will stay here again when we return to Sorrento.
Very friendly, family run place with lovely, airy rooms. The breakfast and fresh juice every morning is great. We had fine views across the bay and a very large, spotless bathroom.
One downside it that it's up a big hill from outside Sorrento and you may need to get a bus into Sorrento proper if you have no car. Also, the pool is actually in a nearby hotel (5 minutes walk) and not directly on the property.
Could be great, double booked without being contacted
Just got back from a 9 day break including a 4 day stay in Sorrento, having picked the Oriana property based upon reviews here and elsewhere.
However, after trawling ourselves to the accomodation we were told on arrival that they had double booked us and so we were then plonked in a hotel down the road. We'd made the booking a few months prior and all of our contact details were available, so why we had to turn up on the arrival day to find this out I do not know.
Staff at the hotel said this would often happen (I should stress they were speaking generally NOT speciFically about Oriana) where shorter bokings would get pencilled in and then written out if a bigger booking for a full week came in.
I hope this wasn't the case as the hosts were very apologetic and extremely friednly and helpful (it realy did seem it would have been good to stay), but the double booking comes down either to (i) deliberate double booking or (ii) some degree of incompetence and neither, compounded by the lack of communication about the problem in advance, are acceptable to my mind when you're looking forward to much longed for and well-planned vacations.
We never found out how nice the rooms were but the grounds did look truly wonderful. We would not recommend NOT booking, but get your booking confirmation in blood though if you really want to stay.
Everything High Quality- rooms, service, view
I concur with all the previous emails and their praises. A friend and I just returned and the comments were all true. The view from each room's terrace was incredible. It is obvious that the family wants guests to enjoy Villa Oriana, their home, as much as they do. And it is such a beautiful home. Everything in the Villa is done with the highest quality. I was amazed at the quality of all the rooms (including the bathrooms), in addition to their size. The family provides such personal attention. They go far beyond what is expected or necessary, making you feel like you are more than just a guest. It is truly a wonderful place to stay and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Simply Incredible, The Best
When we arrived at Villa Oriana we could not believe our eyes, As the Iron Gates opened up we were greeted with Lemon and Orange Groves loded with Fruit, as we walked under the trees it was like a picture out of a storybook. We were early for check in but the friendly staff headed by The owners daughter Oriana quickly made us feel at home, Oriana took us back outside to pick some lemons then had us wait on the terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples while she prepared us some fresh lemonade. Maria, Oriana's Mother quickly made us feel at home as soon led us to our room. The room was huge by any standards, especially European, we had a King Size Bed, full length closets, a terrace overlooking the lemon groves and a bathroom as large as some rooms we have had. Breakfasts at the Villa were amazing, (overseen by the father, Peppe), we had neoploitan coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice from their own oranges, homemade honey, marmalades, cheeses and meats, and tomatoes to rival our own Jersey tomatoes. Warm rolls, yogurt, cakes, and other delightful treats. And every morning we had the spectacular view from the dining room of the bay of naples and mountains in the background.
We were lucky enough to be at the Villa for their weekly gourmet dinner, which was very reasonable and included everything except for wine , which was available and again very reasonably priced. Pasquale (Oriana's Brother and manager of the Villa) and his friends treated us like family as they served us our courses, poured wine, and shared stories with us, that night all of the guests were part of one big family.
Pasquale was always around to help us, he even drove us to the train station, and Maria (Pasquales's Mother) was the ultimate Hostess, always taking the time to talk to us, and share her memories of sorrento and her life there, she is truly a beautiful person. We can highly recommend a trip to Sorrento, and a stay with our new Italian Family
Made my trip
Last year my boyfriend and I booked 3 nights at Villa Oriana on the web...When we arrived we were amazed to find the villa nestled in the hills among an orchard of lemon trees. The complimentary breakfast was wonderful, and definitely rivaled any of the expensive restaurants we ate at. The villa is run by Maria and her son Pasquale, who are warm, generous italians who made the stay even more enjoyable. After 1 night in Capri, my boyfriend and I decided to return to Villa Oriana Relais and cancelled our previous hotel reservations. The villa is such a great deal, and the rooms are spacious and immaculately clean...You can't ask for anything more! Staying here really made our vacation memorable, and we hope to return sometime this year.
Wanting to go back
In May 2003, I stayed with a friend at Villa Oriana which had been recommeded by a colleague of mine. This was a first time visit to Sorrento and I will say this it was a first class act from start to finish! The location of the villa is a little distance from the town center and we decided to cab it from the port. Short ride and not expensive. When arriving at the gate you are greeted by the loveliest orange grove where you can walk around and take in the scents of the fruit and many flowers. The villa is modern as it was added onto the family property just a few years ago, when Maria and Pasquale (son and mother) decided to go into business. You walk into the house and directly in front, the huge windows allow you a spectacular view of the sea. This view is enjoyed at breakfast,(which was excellent with many homemade choices for you to try) or anytime because the villa is surrounded by terraces maximizing your opportunity to just wallow in the beauty of all that you see! The rooms were a very good size, absolutely immaculate and equipped with all the modern amenities. They are decorated tastefully and we had plenty of room for all our needs.
Pasquale and Maria are consumate hosts, always smiling and willing to accomodate their guest in anyway possible.Our stay was an experience we will treasure.