Hotel il Faro
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Lovely hotel with friendly staff.
location - Excellent! Few metres from habour. Although it is a steep climb uphil to get to sorrento centre - so not so good for the less mobile. We had a car and put it in a reasonably priced car park just next to the hotel. The trains are very good though. We took the train to Herculaneum, Pompei and to Versuvius.
Room - Small but comfortable and clean. Good view of harbour.
Food - breakfast was average. The restaurant attached to the hotel is amazing though! Great food. Very friendly waiters - pooring endless limoncello!!!
Although I would stay at this hotel again as we were made to feel so welcome I would not rush back to Sorrento in a hurry. It is extremely touristy and there are so many other nicer locations in Italy!
My husband and I stayed here 18 years ago on a honeymoon/college graduation trip. We stumbled on it accidentally this summer through a reservation service. The rooms were immaculate. The staff friendly and helpful. The views still amazing. We will return in 2008!
Based on recommendations in Rick Steves and on this site, I booked the Hotel Il Faro. What a wonderful choice! The view of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius from our little balcony was terrific and the location couldn't have been better. The bus the went up into town and to the train station was very convenient (although we never could find it to take back down - but walking back down was easy). The folks who run it were very helpful and gave us an excellent recommendation for a restaurant in town (Il Parruchiano). The restaurant attached to the hotel (Vela Bianca) was our favorite of the whole trip and the only restaurant we went to twice. All in all, our stay in Sorrento was the highlight of the trip and made more so by the choice of the Hotel Il Faro. I can't recommend them enough!
Steep Climb to the town
Hotel is located in the Port. It is a very steep climb back up to the town centre but there is a bus service. The hotel itself is basic, rated 3 star might be a bit high. Room was spacious and clean but could do with a paint job. The bathroom was not that great, the shower rail was very rusty, mildew on the shower curtain and a lot of dirty looking marks on the wall. No proper towels provided, just bathrobes (which were not changed during our 4 night stay) and face cloths and small towels that were like dishcloths. Staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a let down with not very fresh rolls and toast in a bag! All in all for the price we paid it was acceptable but if they spent a little bit of time on the basics it would be much better.
Great Value Hotel In Sorrento
This hotel is tucked away in Marina Piccola in the city of Sorrento. It is below the city on the marina, down a curvy road that is accessible by bus. It is also walkable. It took 10 minutes to get to the piazza from the hotel, up many stairs that hug the inside of a cliff. There was parking available if you have a car. If you are off to Capri for the day, the ferries leave from right on the doorstep. If you want to take the train, there is a city bus that takes you door-to-door. The staff was very friendly and spoke fantastic English. The room was clean, large, and had an incredible view of Mount Vesuvius, just on the other side of the Gulf. There was a restaurant right outside the hotel that looked great but we did not eat there because we wanted to explore the town. The breakfast was standard continental Italian style.
Highly recommend if you're looking for somewhere affordable to stay in Sorrento!
Delightful, typically Italian family run Hotel - Excellent value
This hotel is in a super location overlooking the marina, perfect for catching the boat to Capri/ Naples/Ischia. The hotel is only around five floors high and built into the cliff with a charmingly quirky layout. It is run by a local Italian family and is typically Italian in everyway, from the warm welcome, to the decor.
My room had a breathtaking view over the marina and beyond. Best of all the room was huge, unlike many others that i have stayed in in Sorrento. Off the room was a couple of steps that led to a large ensuite, which enhanced and added to the character of the room.
For the money you pay, I would warmly reccomend this hotel to anyone thinking of staying in Sorrento.
Value hotel in a great location
This hotel is in a really fantastic location, right by the harbour, the ferry port, and the bits of beach in the centre of sorrento. Its only a short bus ride or a steep walk up the cliff steps to the town centre, cafes and shops, and dinner at the restaurant attached to the hotel (though not cheap) is really great- outside seating is especially lovely.
The hotel itself is small and a bit basic I suppose, but really good value - the rooms have a funny blue plastic floor but they're nice (comfortable, clean and modern with shuttered balconies overlooking the sea). There's a solarium if you fancy sunbathing and don't want to pay for the beach, and you can pay to use the pool of the swanky Excelsior Vittoria on the cliff overlooking this hotel.
The hotel is really well positined for trips to Capri and Positano, both of which I hugely recommend - Amalfi however was more missable. All in all a cute little hotel that's great value for money.
Good clean hotel
Stayed for a week in Spring 2003. Large clean room overlooking the sea. 2 minute walk to catch ferry to Capri. Very friendly staff. Decent food. Located at the foot of the road/stairs up to the centre. Massive climb but a great choice of restaurants and ice cream parlours at the top.
An awesome place
I was with a group of 32 other people, most teenagers like myself. We had been touring Europe and we stopped for a couple nights in Sorrento.
When we got to the hotel we were amazed by the size of the rooms. They were huge and they all had AC! The rooms were very nice and the food was even better. That night we all went onto the sundeck and played some cards. It's beutiful up there. I plan on staying here again when I return to Sorrento.
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... Limoncello, lemon sweets (lollies), beautiful lemon biscuits with lemon centred cream, lemon candles, bath products..you name it, they make it, even lemon perfume!
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