Maison La Minervetta
Travel Blogs from Sorrento
... settled in our room and dressed for the pool until about 4pm. If we had gotten back from Pompei, hot and tired, after the pool closed, we would have had a full scale kid revolt on our hands.
The pool is a welcome diversion from site seeing. It overlooks the bay of Napoli and Mt. Vesuvius, so the backdrop is beautiful and picturesque. The place we are staying is an old house, old as the ash of the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius (which the ...
... around, especially poms. Wandered around the little back streets and then took a touristy bus round trip out to Massa Lubrese. It took about an hour and provided my feet some rest and some amazing views that I dont think I would have walked up too.
... a lovely breakfast at the hostel I set off towards Sorrento on foot. It was gorgeous walk that wound around the coast, most of the way. I stopped at the lookout I had been to the night before and there was a tunnel leading out onto the cliff this then wound down to the waters edge onto the my first black sand beach.
The town of Sorrento is home to Lemoncello, so there are lemons everywhere, there are a lot of little shops selling Lemoncello, liqueurs, ...
... bye-bye, and so did I!! I'm sure she pockets a lot of money from unsuspecting people, but I had been paying not even an euro for about the same amount so it raised a flag when she said 2....
Was given some laundry detergent by another student and took my wash to a self serve laundry and sat for half an hour reading while it washed, the dryer took another 20 minutes and they still came out a bit damp, ...
... on the menu was a 'Hello Kitty' but I chose a strawberry caprioska instead which was amazing. So amazing I think I ended up having at least 10 throughout the evening! Most people left the bar at around 11pm to catch the last public bus to the campsite but a few others stayed on with me to help me celebrate my birthday at midnight.
When the clock struck 12 two trays of shots and chocolate cake came out and everyone sang Happy Birthday to me. It ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Maison La Minervetta Sorrento
Beautiful boutique hotel - Loved it!
My husband and I absolutely loved this hotel! We stayed at Hotel Minervetta in early Septemer for our last night in Italy. (We had been staying in Positano at Albergo Miramare -- loved it as well -- but wanted an easier way to get to the Naples airport on our last day.) Hotel Minervetta was amazing! The room amenities and comfort reminded me of staying at the W Hotel -- so simple, yet plush. The owner of this hotel is an architect, and you can definitely tell -- down to every detail. The pool is small (mostly for a quick plung), but it is beautiful as well.
Our room (#6) had an amazing view of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Actually, all rooms had the same view. There can't possibly be a bad room in this hotel. The bed was actually a king bed (not two twins pushed together!) and the hotel had the best "rainfall" shower of our stay in Italy.
Note: If I was staying at a hotel in the U.S., this is my type of hotel -- very modern, comfortable, but not overly formal. (Again, like a W Hotel.) However, if I were wanting a longer stay with a very Italian experience, I (sadly) would not stay here. It was perfect for our last night in Italy. But it didn't have the Italian character that I like on Italian vacation.
Location: The hotel is a nice 10 minute walk to the downtown/shopping/restaurants. I was suprised to find that Sorrento was very "city-like" -- busy, lots of cars. So the fact that this hotel was a bit removed from that was very nice.
The breakfast spread was quite nice, and you could eat it on their enormous, panoramic patio overlooking the ocean. We told them we had to leave earlier than breakfast was to begin, so they made sure there was something we could eat... with cappucinos, of course.
Getting to the Naples airport: It was recommended by the hotel to take the bus to the airport. I'm not a bus person, but this really was simple. And the cost was only about 10-15 euros (I don't recall exactly).
As pretty as the pictures!
We just got back from our European honeymoon and Sorrento was one of our stops. We stayed at La Minervetta and were overwhelmed with how beautiful the hotel is. It looks exactly like it does on the website (you know how some hotels only take pix of their best rooms or a good corner?) This place is all about design. We loved our boldly colored room with a wall of windows overlooking the sea and the fishing village. The staff is small and friendly as you'd expect at a bed & breakfast.
The breakfast is a lovely, big spread. You can order eggs and coffee anyway you like it from the girls in the kitchen. Get used to small coffees in Italy - especially if you're used to vente latte's from Starbucks. You'll need to order 3 just to get your caffeine fix. They gave us clean towels twice a day. The rooms are filled with fantastic coffee table books and artwork. Every nook and cranny in the hotel is a unique still life.
We caught thunderstorms and lighting every one of the three days we were there. That's the only time I was "bummed" about the lack of room service. There was a 10 minute walk into "town" if you wanted food and since it was raining so much we just got tired of being wet and wanted to huddle down in the room and watch tv and eat. I asked if we could order food in like a pizza and the girl looked at me like I was a nut. So did my husband - there's no Domino's in Italy of course! So we went hungry to bed. I didn't want to deal with the rain or the tourists.
Sorrento is filled with tourists and tourist shops. We hired a cab and drove to Positano one day and that was lovely. The hotel made dinner reservations for us and restaurant recommendations. They also called a cab for us when we had to head to the airport. Very helpful. The only down part was the rain which kept us from really enjoying Sorrento - so thankfully we were in a great "sunny" hotel like La Minervetta.
PS-It's across from The Bristol Hotel which is ranked #1 on this site, but if you are a young cosmopolitan couple that appreciates good design like us - The Bristol looked like an old folks home compared to La Minervetta.
The devil is in the detail
For our honeymoon we stayed for a week at La Minervetta and as a result it is now our favourite hotel in the world. Upon viewing the official website our hopes were high but I don't think either of us were prepared for the magnificence of the actuality.
First impressions are good. Our cab dropped us in a seemingly innocuous car park next to the mountainside road about 5 minutes walk from the main town. Puzzled we didn't know where the entrance to the hotel was, so the driver pointed towards a small white turret at the edge of the car park. We pressed the button and sure enough a door slid open to reveal are rather swish lift. After travelling down a couple of levels into the hillside the lift's left hand wall slid open to reveal the hotel's reception. Very James Bond. After that things only got better.
We stayed in two rooms over the course of the week, both had floor to ceiling views over the bay of Naples that quite literally took your breath away. Both rooms were bespoke - completely different in terms of the colour scheme and the various object d'art that furnished them. The bed was super-king and very comfortable and the bathrooms felt luxurious and modern. Towels are changed twice a day.
The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, always there when you need them but not overbearing. The reception lounge is a treasure trove of sculpture and fascinating furniture that will have readers of Elle Decoration and Living Etc in their element. Oh, and the books. Beautiful coffee-table books appear on nearly every surface in the hotel and one could quite easily, and in fact did, spend several hours getting lost in them. Even the corridors and stairways that link the rooms are populated with little details that stop you in your tracks. Put it this way, our house is now going to take on a decidedly Minervetta theme!
Breakfast is served buffet-style on the terrace overlooking Vesuvius and the staff are happy to cook you whatever you would like to accompany your fresh fruit, serrano ham and fresh muffins. The coffee is unsurprisingly amazing.
There is a private walkway that leads down the mountainside to the small port of Marina Grand which houses some lovely (and good value) restaurants. Whilst descending the walkway one can find several other hidden alcoves with lounge chairs and day beds in case the walk is too much. Oh, and there's a small swimming pool/jacuzzi if you need a lengthier break, maybe on the way back up!
Overall, I would say that visitors here will not be disappointed. I can't think of a better place to spend a honeymoon and we are very glad that we spent ours at La Minervetta.
We will definitely be going back.
An exquisite ambience
What an amazing place: the design, the decoration, the colours, the objects, the breakfast, the view, the music... every detail is a must! What a pleasure for our 5 senses! The swimming pool is very small but so charming!!
4-Sterne Lage, 5-Sterne Aussicht, tolles Hotel
Dies ist ein großartiges kleine Boutique Hotel, es ist mehr wie eine private Villa, verfügt nur über 12 Zimmer, die Aussicht ist unglaublich, und der Eigentümer und die Angestellten sorgen dafür, dass man sich wie zu Hause fühlt. Wenn man nach Sorrento fährt und nach einer guten Erfahrung sucht, dann sollte man ins Maison La Minervetta fahren. Das Hotel ist einzigartig und eklektisch, es hat einen modernen Touch und eine Atmosphäre wie zu Hause. Wie ich schon sagte, die Aussicht vom Zimmer ist super, man überblickt Sorrento und das Meer und ist nur wenige Gehminuten von der Stadt entfernt. Die Gastfreundschaft ist erste Sahne, ist erst im Mai diesen Jahres eröffnet worden. Nach einem Besuch hier wird man sich nie wieder in einem Hotel einer Hotelkette aufhalten wollen.
Hotel und Lage waren wundervoll und perfekt
Wir waren diesen Mai hier. Fantastisch. Die Aussicht ist sagenhaft. Das Hotel ist charmant und ruhig. Wir hatten ein Deluxe Zimmer, das Zimmer war sehr geräumig. Badezimmer war sauber und komplett ausgestattet. Zimmer hat Aussicht auf beiden Seiten. Frühstück war super, man konnte sich verschiedene Eivarianten bestellen, es gab frisches Obst, frisch gepressten Saft. Wundervolle Patio auf der man frühstückte. Bis zum Stadtzentrum sind es ca. 7-10 Gehminuten. Der Spaziergang lohnt isch der Aussicht und der Ruhe wegen. Es ist schön, dass das Hotel auf der rechten Straßenseite liet, passen Sie auf, wenn Sie hier Ihr Hotel buchen. Manche Hotels haben Meerblick, andere haben die Straße direkt vor der Nase. Man hat Meerblick und Lärm. Minervetta liegt auf der rechten Seite, man hat Meerblick, Berge vor dem Hotel, der Hafen liegt etwas unterhalb und man hört nie etwas von der Straße die sich auf der anderen Seite des Hotels befindet.
Wonderful perfect hotel and setting
We stayed this May. Fantastic. View is amazing. Hotel was charming and quiet. We stayed in deluxe room, room was very spacious. Bathroom clean and fully equipped.Room had a view from two sides of windows. Breakfast great, made to order eggs, fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juice. Beautiful patio to eat breakfast on. It is about a 7-10 minute walk from centre of town. The view and quiet is worth the walk. Nice thing the hotel is on the right side of the road, be careful booking your hotel. Some of the hotels that face the sea, have the road in front of them. You get the sea view and noise. Minervetta is on the right side you get a sea view, mountain in front and small harbor below and you will never hear the road which is on the other side of the hotel.
Beautifully designed in a fabulous setting
We stayed in La Minervetta for our 20th Wedding Anniversary earlier this month and cannot recommend it enough. A small, boutique hotel, it has been designed with loving care and minute attention to detail - look on their website to get a really good sense of the rooms and location. The rooms are decorated with colour and flair and even the corridors are propped with interesting objets d'art. Perched on the cliff, looking back over Sorrento, every room has a huge window looking over the bay and breakfast was taken sitting on the terrace with a panoramic view. Directly below the hotel is the old harbour, filled with brightly coloured, working fishing boats and there is a hairpin staircase currently being constructed from the hotel down to the bay. It's a family run concern and the staff are lovely with good English. They couldn't have been more helpful. The buffet breakfast was extensive with local cheeses, salami and fruit and piles of cakes and pastries and you can request cooked extras. The coffee was so delicious that, when my husband asked about it, he was given a big pack to bring home and a lesson in how to make it! I'm struggling to think of anything that they could have done better but it would have been nice to have a tea tray in the room to make a cup of tea or coffee after a day spent sightseeing and the bulbs in the bedside lamps were too dim to read by (although this is a European problem rather than one specific to this hotel!). You will have a fabulous time if you stay here.
A View to die for.
Spent a week at the recently opened, (May 2005), Minnervetta and felt I had to write a recommendation for the hotel. Hotel is not the correct word as staying at the Minnervetta is more like being invited to stay as a guest in someones home. With only 12 rooms the hotel is tranquil and personal, a rare commodity these days. The rooms themselves were spacious and spotless, all with views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. A lovely little aside is that the towels are changed twice a day. Breakfast is served on the terrace and once again the views are superb. The walk into Sorrento is approx 10 minutesat a gentle pace, and yet you are far enough away to miss the noise from the nightlife. Although dinner is not served at the hotel there are plenty of good restaurants, (prices to suit), in the town.
The staff deserve special thanks. Nothing was to much trouble.
The Minnervetta is by no means the cheapest hotel in Sorrento but go ahead and spoil yourself. Its worth every penny.
This is the first time we have decided to go back the following year to the same hotel, (the best recomendation there is). By the way Lionel Richie was there the week after we left. Word must be spreading.
Enjoy your stay. I'm certain you will.
4 star location, 5 star veiws, Great Place
This is a great small Boutique hotel, more like a personal Villa, it only has 12 rooms, unbelievable views, and an owner and staff that make if feel like home. If your are going to Sorrento and would like a great experience go to Maison La Minervetta.
The hotel is unique and eclectic with a modern feel and home like atosmosphere. As I said the views from your room are stunning, over looking the Sorrento town and ocean, and a walk from all the town activities.
Hospitality top notch, it opened in May of this year. You'll never stay at a chain hotel again after this.