Grand Hotel President
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... 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 ...
... the tourist season, which is nine months a year, they get started at 5 am and are there till 10 pm... 7 days a week! One of their machines cost 46,000 euros and they have several, so it's not a cheap business to run, they also buy whole milk, not powdered, etc.. She also gave us tips to know what good gelato and sorbet should be like when you are elsewhere.
1. Ask if the fruit 'ice cream' was made with milk (except for coconut ...
... into the cliffs on the coast. The drive there is in the top 5 most scenic drives in the world. We eventually had to get off the bus and walk down the windy roads because they were so narrow. Walking through the town I think I walked down 200 steps. This place had so many cute shops. The beaches were gorgeous. They had black sand which I had never seen before. Thos is because of the dark stones that make up the cliffs surrounding the beach. We got lunch here early aka second ...
... phone rang, and there was someone in reception for Sam, he took the phone and it was Luca, down in reception. We got up and went down and as I write this we are sitting in the magnificent room that is a bar, enjoying a beer (the men) and a prosecco (me) and I am updating my blog.
Luca told us that there is a school in Naples that teaches pick pocketing and we were lucky not to be cut, as they have special blades they put in between their fingers to cut through straps and ...
... buffet...not much to write home about but nicer than most hotel buffets.
Antico Francischiello, a quaint little restaurant/hotel just on the outskirts of Sorrento was the spot for lunch. The first thing a diner is required to digest is the breathtaking views of the bay of Naples and the Isle of Capri. Salad of octopus, potato and lemon started the meal followed by ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel President Sorrento
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.