Grand Hotel President
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We began our day traveling from Rome to Sorrento on a coach bus. On the ride we were able to enjoy many beautiful views of indifferent parts of Italy, but the best views Erie when we arrived in Sorrento.
Sorrento by far was my favorite place on the trip. A breathtaking town filled with views, beaches, amazing food, sweetest people, and LOTS of lemons!
Our hotel was yuckie, but we were not there much anyways. We walked ...
... s bags so not sure if they were just passengers or pick pockets. Anyway no problems as far as I was concerned, just kept my back pack on my lap though they assured me it was fine if I left it on the seat next to one of them, I didn't think so... Unfortunately you do have to be suspicious in places like this, not trying to be paranoid but lots of people end up lighter in their wallets and possessions when they get off some of these trains...
... with orchards and an abundance of olive groves, prickly pears and almond trees. It is very apparent that fresh ingredients and produce are popular here (yay!). Our brief visits to Catania were spent mostly in our hostel spending time with the amazing staff and drinking Sicilian wine, but we did visit some of the area's attractions. Catania offers to visitors the beautiful Catania Cathedral, the local bustling fish market and the Castello Ursino. Neighbouring Mt.Matera ...
... rain the sun beamed and it was rather humid. We met Michele and made our way to Positano. It was great driving back through the streets we did all those years ago. It has certainly become more touristy when compared to 1998. We passed Hotel Poseidon which is where we stayed. Had a walk around and a browse through the shops. Pretty much the same offering as Amalfi. The shop we went into for a gelati couldn’t guarantee there was not gluten so we ...
... Sorrento is jam packed at the base of some cliffs. We first had to get into small buses to transfer up the top to the real tour bus. Here we met our guide and off we go to Pompeii. The drive is about an hour but it is not that far. What holds you up is the narrow roads and tight turns.
Soon we see Mt Vesuvius in the distance. In 79 AD it erupted and threw out a huge cloud of poisonous gas, pumice stone and ash. This covered an ancient city with about ...
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What a view! As with all the comments on the Grand Hotel President, Sorrento the views are spectacular. My wife and I ( aged 28 and 32) stayed there the first two weeks in September 2003. The rooms are traditional with a modern element to them, my only small criticism is that they floors have beautiful Italian tiled floors which carry a lot on noise around the hotel. It is important to have a sea view, so you can wake up and see the Bay of Naples each morning. The swimming pool is small for a hotel of this size, but getting sunbeds is no problem as there are plenty to go around. The hotel's restaurant, is its pride and joy. Try and get a table on the balcony, to enjoy watching the town of Sorrento start to come alive with its bustling nightlife and the sunsets over Mount Vesuvius. The food is excellent and the staff are extremely friendly and full of character especially the Matre'D. If you want a relaxing holiday with beautiful scenery and friendly service you could not go wrong in choosing the Grand Hotel President. My wife and I loved every moment here and will definitely be returning.
I stayed in the Hotel President many moons ago, in 1970 to be exact. I know it's a long time and things change, but ONE thing will never change about the President and that's the view. I have traveled all over the world since the 70's, but I have very seldom come across a hotel with such a spectacular setting and such a breathtaking view! I'm glad to see the hotel is still there and evidently up to the standards of when I visited. It IS quiet, but after the noise of downtown and the crowds, it's wonderful to sit up there at night after the end of your travel day, relax and watch the lights twinkle around the Bay of Naples. And in the morning, sitting on the terrace to have breakfast in the cool hilltop air with the sun bathing the whole scene, the fruit trees down the mountain, the flowers - it gives you a whole other perspective. If you are someone who loves scenery and peacefulness after a crazy travel day, you'll love this place. It will give you one of those "travel moments" you'll treasure for a long time. The rooms are big, the bathrooms are full of mosaics and the bathtubs are huge!
We went to Sorrento for our honeymoon and stayed at the President. I can honestly say that this is one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in. The room was spacious, clean and modern. The staff were extremely friendly, helpful and genuine. The food was varied, delicious and plentiful (we were half-board). The views from the bar, restaurant, and pool are the best you'll find in Sorrento. Eat in the restaraunt (get a table on the balcony whenever you can) and watch the town take on a beautiful orange glow as the sun sets with Mount Vesuvius in the background.....sooooo romantic!
Loved the view
This was our first trip to Italy, the President hotel in Sorrento was our first hotel on our tour and I am so glad it was. The food in the restaurant was delicious and the service was excellent. The view from our room of the town, and the bay were views you only expect to see in magazines but never to experience yourself. Giovanni the bartender makes the best Manhattans we have ever tasted. Hopefully we will return. I feel the President hotel is a wonderful place to start the vacation of your dreams.
We have just returned from a week in Sorrento staying at the President and had a truly wonderful holiday. The hotel must without doubt have the most spectacular views on the bay - and if you are looking for a quiet, relaxed, 'low key' kind of holiday where you are happy to spend time over dinner, over a drink on the terrace or reading by the pool just drinking in the gorgeous views, it's the place for you! The fantasic location obviously has it's downside - don't go there if you need to be at the centre of the action - the walk into Sorrento town isn't too bad, but is still a steep, hot 25 minutes, and you can forget wanting to walk back unless you are some kind of fitness nut! Although the hotel operates a free bus service into town, you are obviously limited to their schedule, so it is definately better served for those who want to spend a lot of their evenings etc. at the hotel. The waiting staff are excellent - good old fashioned service with attention to detail (and plenty of character!) which really does make the difference for this hotel. The food is pretty good and the menu varied, the only criticism being that they do seem to 'run out' of selection and unless you arrive for dinner early in the evening (it is served between 7-9) you will more than likely have only a very limited choice remaining. Other than that - in summary, it's a wonderful place to spend a break, one which we thoroughly enjoyed, and a place to which I would undoubtedly return (if I ever went to the same place twice!)
Delicious hotel:superbe hôtel et personnel agréable
I went in Sorrento last year (July 2002) and it was a wonderfull holiday. This hotel provide you a terrific overview, very pleasant when you take your meal at the evening or the breakfast at the morning. The evening's meals are very delicious and raffined for vegetarians too. All the staff is very polite and kind. The inconvenient: you are far away from the centre of Sorrento and you have to take the bus (15 min). You can go on foot on the little lane to the centre of Sorrento (it's very nice) but to go back to the hotel is more difficult because it's tiring due to the steeply road.
we spent our honeymoon here in 1995 the whole experience was fantastic.its a beautiful hotel and the staff were helpful and curtious. it was easter so we benefited from the easter festivities.
The best view in Sorrento
We stayed here for two weeks in 1988 and had a wonderfulholiday after some initial problems with our room which was below thekitchen area and was exceptionally noisy with no view whatsoever. Afterfive days we were moved to a front room with a view of the gardens andthe coastline. The staff on the whole were wonderful but the otherguests should learn to close doors quietly not leaving them to slam shut, especially after midnight. The Maitre D' in particular was simply thebest and the facilities and food were top class.
My wife and I stayed in the Hotel President a couple of years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were on a half-board basis, and the meals were absolutely first-class, as was our accommodation.
Spectacular view and welcoming atmosphere
I last stayed in the Grand Hotel President in 1992 on my honeymoon. This was an lovely hotel, with superb views and the lovely citrus aroma which rises from the lemon groves.
Due to it's elevated position you can see over the whole town and across the bay to Mt Vesuvious.
The areas itself is spectacular and I hope I can return some day.
We stayed half board, with unique evening meals which excited the palette and charming staff who enhanced the who atmosphere.
Sorrento itself is well equiped for lunchtime eating.