Hotel Residence Le Terrazze
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Bonjornio, Another long day today. It took us just under 12 hours to get from Nice, France to Sorrento , Italy. We cannot get over the landscape here. There is not a square inch that isn't covered by a block of houses . Our hotel is nestled up high into the hills and we have this amazing view! By the time we arrived at the hotel the kitchen was …
... quite happy about meeting Giuseppe.
Later on, the guys in the architect apartment offered to make us dinner, and we spent a couple of hours eating, drinking, and just chatting it up. My mom was caught up on gossip within the group (she loves being in-the-know), and then came the display of embarrassing pictures my dad finds of me on his phone. Damn technology.
On Thursday I took my parents to the ruins ...
Well, I've made it to Sorrento!
I have accepted the fact that, at least for now, I am that obvious American who is just a visitor in the country. I think this whole 50-degree weather is beautiful and almost hot, hence the light spring coats I've been wearing while the locals are in fur coats down to their knees. The 150+ pictures I have snapped in the mere two days I've been here kind of gives it away ...
Woke up to another rainy day, went ahead and met the 3 others who I said I would meet down at Marina Piccola. It is actually much larger than Marina Grande, I mentioned that one a couple of days ago, everyone has their umbrellas out and using them, so it's a small adventure maneuvering down the narrow sidewalks with all of them open!
Found the others and we discussed options for the day, supposedly ...
... the main square. It was pretty dead inside but it was just what we were looking for and there was even a lady doing body painting for free! Of course we all got painted, danced and kept drinking but at around 4am I called it quits and walked home with Ryan. Along the way we stopped at random statues and jumped on the back of little cars to take lots of photos. It made the walk a lot of fun and I ended up having an amazing night with my new friends.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Residence Le Terrazze Sorrento
An excellent autumn break with better than average weather. Our room was comfortable with a (small) balcony overlooking the bay of Naples and across to Vesuvius- totally unique. We too were slightly taken aback at how far up the hill we were, but views were stupendous- and also much quieter than Sorrento. We didn't have a car but did everything by bus and train- all very easy. St Agata (mentioned in other reviews) may have been delightful but I wouldn't recommend walking up there if you don't want to be killed by passing cars.
We recently spent several nights at this hotel. Before reserving, we read the reviews and were impressed. Indeed, the views of the Amalfi coast were great. The cats (one tail-less) visited almost every morning to my daughter's joy. Antonio, the owner/manager, is a nice man that gave us useful information in good English. And he makes excellent cappucino!
Lovely Hotel, Great Views
A pleasant hotel (they call themselves a "residence") with a great view of Sorrento and that part of the Amalfi Coast. We had 4 persons - me and my wife were given an older family room (which wasn't bad) and my parents were assigned a lovely, newly furnished seaview room with a big window which was trully amazing. The hotel didn't have a restaurant but I can recommend one further up the hill (towards S. Agata) called "I 4 Venti" which offered delicious and economical seafood dishes.
The only down thing about the hotel was the parking, where they put all these metal poles between the parking spaces which would easily scratch the car. So be VERY careful.
We had a fabulous stay at Le Terrazze - I would definitely recommend it.
It is some way out of town - not walkable - but the bus service from Sorrento is good (and you're given a timetable when you arrive), so it's not a problem - as long as you're aware of when the last buses are (much earlier on Sundays).
There is car parking if you want more flexibility than the bus gives you & we hired a scooter for one day, which was a fantastic (and reasonable) way to go along the coast.
The rooms are large and cleaned every day, the pool's good with lovely views over sorrento and the owner is very helpful.
As others have noted, Le Terrazze is a bit 'further up the hill' than one might first expect - especially when one is first looking for it!
Although up the hill from Sorrento, the five- to ten-minute drive up the winding road was worth it for the breathtaking views of the coast, Mt. Vesuvius, Naples and the Bay of Naples from our terrace and the breakfast room; the friendly proprietor, Antonio; the quaint, small village, S. Agata just 1 km. away; and proximity to the Amalfi Coast.The views: Wherever you are on the property, they're everywhere! Outstanding, magnificent, inspiring... more than we expected (check out their website:-)Accommodations: We rented a small "apartment" which was in good shape. The teens slept in the loft, which was reachable via a spiral staircase, and we parents slept in a room with a curtain separating it from the eating area and kitchenette. Roomy.Typical Italian breakfast included: croissant; assorted jellies and chocolate spread; juice... Antonio makes great cappuccino. Again: The views from anywhere in the breakfast room were outstanding!S. Agata (pronounced "Sun-tag-i-ta") is an adorable village up the hill. Friendly people, great family-owned and operated trattorias and ristorantes with excellent, choice foods--Italian home cooking. Yummy provisions from small stores selling cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables and bread made an excellent picnic during one of our stops down the Amalfi Coast.Getting to the Amalfi Coast and the Amalfi Coast itself: Scary, narrow roads with radical drivers (cars and scooters)--but again, worth it! Lots of places to stop and just absorb everything around you. Destination: The not-saturated-with-tourists site of Paestum to see excellent examples of ancient Greek architecture and peruse the well-organized museum. Highly recommend! (Advice: Plan to stay one night in the area around Paestum. Driving down the Amalfi Coast took the better part of the day. A two day excursion would allow more time to explore the area.)"Negatives": We're just not used to Italian style driving, the road signs (we often felt like we were lost when we weren't). In terms of accommodations, do not expect "luxury". Think: rural, quaint, village--not big city geared toward tourists, four-star resort.Happy travels!