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Short & sweet
Stayed at this hotel for two nights whilst touring southern Italy. Excellent value compared to other hotels in centre of Sorrento (La Meridiana is only a short walk to centre). Room was very clean with a large balcony with lovely views. Reception staff extremely friendly & helpful, gave us all the information we needed for transport to Pompei & Capri.
You only get what you pay for!
We spent 2 weeks at La Meridiana in September 2005, a half-board package booked through Portland Direct.
The hotel is of concrete construction and has tiled floors throughout, meaning that noise from people walking up and down stairs and on the floor above was often heard, especially in the morning (i.e. between 6 - 7 am) partly because the hotel catered for short-stay touring parties who made early starts. We were unfortunate to have a room on the 1st floor (even though we requested a high floor when booking) and there was quite a lot of noise from reception also. The roof terrace was very pleasant with chairs, tables and sunloungers, and had some amazing views of the bay of Naples and Vesuvius. However there were a couple of quite bad thunder storms which meant the terrace was closed for an unacceptable 4 or 5 days while they 'cleared up'!
The room was clean and comfortable but was shabby in decoration and had seen better days, e.g. the wardrobe was falling to bits, the chairs in the room were badly stained, the toilet roll holder was broken and the stool in the bathroom was rusty. Maid service was efficient but on a couple of days they attempted to clean the room just after 8 am, which is far too early in our book! We were on holiday afterall. We had a dispute about the air-conditioning in the room, which the brochure had led us to believe was included in the package price. However this was not the case and a 7 euro a day charge applied.
Breakfast was quite good by Italian standards with cereals, juices, bread / toast, cheese, meat, eggs, croissants and cake. They have a system where you choose what you want for evening meal each day by ticking a printed menu left on the table at breakfast time. Evening meals were plentiful and resonably varied but lacked any real imagination and quality, and they were an extremely rushed affair. Because you'd already made a choice from the menu, as soon as 1 course had been cleared away the next course was arriving. I got the impression that the dining room staff's aim was to finish dinner as quickly as possible so that they could go home.
We visited Capri, Ischia, Pompei and the Amalphi coast during the holiday and think it is a beautiful part of the world. We were particularly impressesd by the outstanding La Mortella Gardens in Ischia, an amazing place owned by Lady Susana Walton widow of the late Sir William Walton. We found Sorrento itself better after 19.30 pm when the main street Corso Italia was closed to traffic. During the day the traffic was very busy, as it was all along the Amalphi coast, and we both commented that we had never seen so many scooters and motorcycles in our lives.
One final point about Naples airport. Having endured a 2 and a half hour journey from Sorrento to the airport (due to roadworks, an accident and volume of traffic) we arrived at a complete nightmare of a place. Poorly organised, bad layout, very congested and long queues. We have vowed never to use this airport again.
Loved this Hotel
I took my parents who are in their 80's to this hotel in September of this year. Our rooms were very clean and a good size, but what made our holiday special was the lovely staff who made my parents feel very welcome. The food was very plentiful to say the least! and the breakfast was good, the best coffee. I would like to say a special thank you to the lovely Luca for being so kind to us all, especially mum and dad, very important when getting on in years to be made to feel special. Looking forward to going back, Mille Grazie to everyone, we had a lovely time!
1970 Dorm Room Chic
Great location, lovely staff, very helpful and friendly. Don't be discouraged by the institution feel of the rooms, hallways, and common areas. The rooms are well sized and very clean. They have funny rules for towel usage----the breakfast is fine. Walking to a from town, train station and the marina is easy and safe. I would recommend this hotel to anyone not looking for a charming hotel. With all the sights of the area we spent very little time in our room so it was great for us.
Great place to visit!!!
Stayed here in July 05. Allocated on arrival but couldnt fault a thing. No pool but the beach piers are great anyway. Food was always excellent and service outstanding. We arrived from the airport late at night to a very pleasant welcome and some food. Rooms are spacious and exceptionally clean. We really enjoyed our stay at this little hotel, but would recommend it to anyone. We will definet;y go back.
A Wonderful Hotel In A Special Place
Having recently returned from an unforgetable holiday, together with my wife and close friends,i feel i must give a mention to what we all thought is a very special Hotel. I refer to the La Meridiana in Sorrento which must be in one of the most beautiful areas in Italy.This is a small,homely,very caring and impeccably clean "Holiday Home" in which to spend your holiday.The service from everyone can't be faulted.There are lifts to all floors,best views of Gulf Of Naples and Vesuvius can be seen from the roof terrace.The food is varied,very well prepared and presented further enhanced by a comprehensive bar.There are of course many places to see and visit with breathtaking views,a camera is a must if going to Amalfi,Positano and many other parts of this stunning coastline.
This holiday can be booked with Portland Holidays Direct who also gave a very high level of service.In closing i mustn't forget the very good service we,and everyone else,received from the Restaurant staff managed by Antonio and well supported by Anna,Eduardo and Vincenzo.We hope to return soon.
Stayed for a week at the Meridiana. Very friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are kept very clean. Choice of four course dinner menu with enormous helpings, must loose the weight I gained. Great value for money, booked through Portland Direct.
The only downs were some riotous guests in the early hours and traffic noise in the side rooms. This would not put us off going again.
Go there you wont be disappointed.
my wife and i, have been to the hotel la, meridiana in sorrento for the last two years.we cant fault the food which was varied and lots of choice.hotel was very clean and staff were very helpful and friendly.we found resort safe, with plenty to do.we will certainly be going back we loved it.
Best Little Hotel in Italy
You cannot fault The La Meridiana, The staff are perfect, the Hotel Maitre'D is the best I have ever encountered, he went out of his way to make freinds with everyone, Luca I am humbled by just having met you. My wife and I were in the Hotel about three years ago and we were spoiled by the staff from the minute we arrived, this was at about 11pm, there could not have been a more warming welcome given by anyone. This is a small family run Hotel and you are made to feel like one of the family at once, in fact I felt so at home I started to wonder when it was my turn to wash the dishes. The food is respectful not fancy, always tasty, well stocked small bar which did please us being Scots,
the rooms were adaquate in size, no frills but very clean, small but cosy reception & bar made a lot of freinds here, if you do not enjoy meeting people this is not the place for you. The roof top terrace is a haven of peace, no swimming pool but we were always a little too full of the local Vino anyway !
Just about 200Mtrs from the Hotel is a large old House that you can walk through,this has to be seen it is beautiful, there is a lemon grove just across the street where you can taste the different lemon drinks or stroll around very peaceful and quiet. Although only 3 star I cannot sing its praises loud enough, if there was such a thing as a 10 Star then The Hotel La Meridiana is it if only for the service. If you want to be pampered and are slightly outgoing you cannot go wrong by staying at the best little Hotel in Europe. (Thats my Opinion).
Saved our Vacation, great folks here!
On March 5th 2004 we arrived in Italy via Naples and decided to take a train to Sorrento. We were promptly "pickpocketed" for all our travelers' checks /cash/credit cards. We were initially devastated and literally wandered upon the Hotel La Meridiana. The staff was very empathetic and assisted us by providing accomodations for four nights (?80/night) which we charged to one of the stolen cards (my wife still had hers) and cleared with the VISA Fraud Team, to be sure that they would be paid. Thank God for AMEX Traveller's Checks too!This is a neat, clean and fairly priced hotel. In spite of our trevails, we were made to feel safe and they directed us to the various points of interest we wanted to visit. Thank you Andrea, Rosebella, Maria and all the others who work there! We will be returning in less than a year (with a money belt this time!!!) GOD BLESS!Bill and Camille Kroll
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... of steps down. Stunning views but lots of work. Our second hike involved a hair raising local bus ride up to another steep town, a walk westward through forest , clinging to a cliff, over a couple of fast running streams to another hill town and then another 800 stairs down. Moving westward the third day we climbed up ...another path...and then down another gorge via Path of the Mad Bat, another climb up and taking Path of the Agave, we landed in ...
... minutes as our host had explained.
The centre of town is charming, though packed with tourists. We look over the railing at the edge of the plaza and see the deep canyon extending to the Bayside. This is Marina Piccola, where the ferries to Capri leave. There is a steep flight of steps leading down to the waterfront. It is a lovely harbour with stunning views back towards the towering cliffs ...
... day on the beach. The sun was come and go, but it was generally a nice afternoon at a beautiful location.
On Sunday, we made our last stop in Pompeii. Pompeii was founded in 600 BC and served as an important Roman port town. in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius, which sits about three miles outside of the city, erupted, burying the city in dirt and ash. It is because if this burial that, in the 1700's, archaeologists found a perfectly preserved Roman city underneath the earth. ...
Today's excursion - Sorrento to Amalfi.
Listening to the advice of many, we opted to take the public bus from Sorrento to Amalfi.
The day was a balmy 12 degrees. We all ditched our thermals. I felt so light. Tess was talking about going swimming. We couldn't convince her that if she was at home this would feel like a winters day.The sun was out, she felt warm = swimming weather!
We ate breakfast while enjoying the views ...
... Everywhere you look you say `gosh there`s another lemon!` Lemoncello is also everywhere- this is a lemon favoured liqueur of a round 50% alcohol.
Friday was our 'ruins' day. We started by visiting Herculaneum which was also covered by the 79AD eruption of Mt Vesuvius but is less known and visited. It is a smaller version of Pompeii but the ruins are better preserved and the tourists were less. The houses were big and many had ...