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 …
... Well, the head end was cat but the middle section was a cat dressed in an angel suit and the back end was clearly related to Tatty Cat as he wore boots and was very tatty! The more this cat hung around the more amusing he became to us and we literally had tears rolling down our faces as it looked like he had angel wings at any point he would step out of his costume and recite a few lines of a Shakespeare!!!!! ...
At Lucio's pizza shop, which had a huge wood fired pizza oven we learned about the natural yeast that he uses in the pizza bases. Wow what a difference that makes. We then watched him make a pizza and then it was our go. Beautiful base, homemade sauce, Bernadettos cheese and some fresh ham went on mine. Shame I had eaten all that cheese and salami ...
... of pizza was named after the first queen, using the colors of the Italian flag, tomato sauce for the red, mozzarella for the white, and basil for the green.
After lunch we walked over to the Umberto I Galleria, a covered "mall", shops, etc... Built ? When we left this a HUGE funeral procession drove and walked by, we heard it was a 16 year old girl, so many young people, many crying, it was very somber and sad.
... initial shock and dramas that followed and also that feeling of just wanting to go home, we managed some dinner, copious glasses of champagne and beer and went to bed.
Oh I didn't mention that the hotel we are staying in have been so fantastic to us, They upgraded our room to one with a view, took us personally to the police station helping as an interpreter and faxed our documents to the bank. I cannot recommend this hotel more highly. Thank you Hotel Il Nido ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Residence Le Terrazze Sorrento
Location, location, location.
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.
Electricity and water supply were a bit dodgy but that wasn't the fault of the hotel.
Pros: fab views, clean towels every day, v.helpful owner, good accessibility to all the sights of Southern Italy. Nice pool, (although it would have been good if they could have wiped the dew off the chairs every morning to save us getting wet bums!) Contrary to one of the other reviews our bed was exceedingly comfortable.
Cons: kitchenette contained just one saucepan (vast), a metal jug. a colander and a lemon squeezer for all cooking. Plus two rings. No frying pan, no wooden spoon, no cheese grater, no kettle, no workspace. Big fridge but no freezing section. No cupboards. Pretty basic. The breakfasts were very average, processed plastic jam, chewy rolls (I realise this is an Italian thing) and orange squash not juice. Also it would have been nice to eat in the hotel sometimes in the evening but this was not provided.
But all in all it was great and I would recommend others to go there- especially if you have one of the bigger appartments which sleep 4- they have excellent balconies and their kitchens are much better equipped. (I asked to see a couple!)
Visit Ravello while you're there- it's wonderful!
Great views, but you don't sleep on them...NOT a 3-star hotel!
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!
But, the shabby room we were given was below the standard I expected for a three-star hotel, and, when you go to bed - the views of the coast don't help. The beds were terrible: they did not give any support to our backs, and after one night we could feel the consequences. This is actually my main complaint.
The bathroom was also a shame: the door did not fit, so it did not close well; the shower's screen was broken (no bath), the room was tiny, no shelf to put your bathroom items, the fan was noisy and hardly worked, etc, etc. But, we could live with that, were the beds good (which they were NOT).
The furniture in the room was also VERY old (so we did not use it at all). But the room was cleaned every day, and, after asking Antonio once - we got plenty of towels.
Other complaints: in our first day the smell of the chlorine (probably put in the pool) was terrible (I do have a very sensitive nose). Antonio said he did not use any chlorine for more than two weeks - but the smell was undeniable. Also, the hotel's location was not described well and we had a hard time finding it the first night - seemed to me like they tried "hiding" it (its well up to the hill from Sorrento, some 10 minutes up the winding road after you get used to it and to the Italian drivers). After talking to Antonio about our room (the first morning) he explained to me my rights ("we don't keep you as a prisoner here"), but that after reminding me earlier that if we change our booking and leave earlier - there will be a penalty of one night for every four nights...(a lesson I learned: never book if there is a penalty for changing your plans!!!)
Overall: Definitely NOT a three-star hotel. I would not stay there again.
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.
Le Terrazze - Recommended
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!
We have no complaints with the property, though - the view is certainly grand from the hotel (all rooms appear to have balconies), our host was most accomodating, and the hotel cat insisted on visiting us at least once a day.
Our room had a two-burner stovetop (but no oven - that would have been VERY nice), a 'kitchen' sink, and a refridgerator - all of which might make this property nice for an extended stay.
There is no restaurant at the hotel (breakfast room only), but about 1 km down the hill is the Don Pedro restaurant where we had a quite memorial meal one evening.
Be sure to obtain a copy of the bus schedule and you can probably just leave your car at the hotel (parking is tight, but acceptable). Just be sure to not miss the last bus of the evening [verify the weekend and holiday times]!
A recommended selection.
Up the hill from Sorrento--but worth 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!