Travel Blogs from Sorrento
... matters worse we had both neglected to put on sun screen until we'd spent several hours on the open water. We were both badly sunburnt which we hadn't really noticed until we made it back to the hotel and calmed down. After a cool shower and some Aloe we headed into town for a quiet dinner. We happened to end up at a table that was inches away from another couple who sat down at the same time as us. By the time we got our drinks it felt like we were dining with them so ...
... You must spent 40€ at the restaurant for free parking otherwise it's 3€/hr. We didn't want to stay and eat. There was no way we would spend 40€ and the longer we stayed the more parking was. The waiter came to take our order and we said we were done. Wow was he ****** off. Just another victim to is tourists. They charged us a sitting fee, so coffee, water and parking came to 16€. As we were leaving Pompeii there are 2 main directions ...
... went out and did some grocery shopping, so I can eat in and have real meals. Found a grocery store with good prices and specials, so took advantage of those and had a nice salad, gnocchi with arrabbiata (angry = spicy) sauce. Also bought sandwich stuff so I can pack my own lunch for the excursion into Napoli to the museum tomorrow. So a nice quiet afternoon and evening today, wish Jim were here, he would have loved Pompeii, a good excuse to come back!
... packed with little shops selling everything a tourist could want (souvenirs, leather goods, beautiful inlaid wood products, and items made from lemons - the region's primary crop). Along side these shops are establishments catering to the residents, food markets, churches, pharmacies, newspaper stands, and clothing stores. These modern shops are housed in buildings centuries old with amazing histories which were published in a terrific walking guide we ...
... the top.
With little land size to spare on Capri it is surprising how they manage to squeeze shops, residences, plots of lemon trees and even a church at the top of the hill. There is a hive of activity everyday – most of which are the tourists. Capri is especially attractive to those who like to holiday in style, and who have plenty of money to splash on beautiful Italian fashion. I must say - they do it well.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rota Suites Sorrento
New and modern but noisy
New modern apartments, relatively clean. The shower was a bit mouldy and if you lift the drain cover, or accidently bump it off like i did, it's not pleasant under there. Also the water pressure is terrible.
Great staff, they can't do enough for you. Ok location about 10 minute walk to main square and port, but very noisy, it's a fairly major road and 5am the garbage trucks emptied the rubbish twice in the six days we were there. Bathroom sink is in weird position, the door opens half way at the sink, so you can't stand at it without shutting the door. I guess that europe, no space.
Sorrento is a great base if you have a car, parking is easy. There is a bus, but we only used it to go to Positano. Ravello is beautiful, more spacious, but just that little bit futher from the water. OK in June though, as too cold to swim anyway.
I wouldn't stay here again, I like something cleaned every day and quiet, but if you're after an apartment, they are probably the best.
We looked at lots of the 4 star hotels while we are there and I was glad we were not paying double to stay in them. They are all old and dated. At least this establishment is all new.
Lovely place, people and accomodation.
5 of us stayed at the rota for two weeks in a two bedroom appartment and it was excellent. The appartment is kept in emaculate condition, the space was plentiful and the staff were wonderful. Gueiseppe is very efficient and helpful. The cleaners do a fantastic job, cleaning the appartment once a week, with clean linen every three days. We arrived in the middle of the heat wave and the air conditioning is the best. The only down side is there is no pool. However you are able to walk five minutes down the road to use the pool and beach of the Hotel Rivera for a cost of 6 euro, which includes a towel and a chair. To get a sun lounger it costs an extra 5 euro. The best place in Sorrento for lunch, a beer and some food is just outside the Hotel Rivera,it is next to the football Stadium and is only open from 11.00 til 3.30. From the outside it does not look much however the snacks are lovely and the ladies are extremely friendly with a lovely view of the Sea and it is extremely good value. There are two Piazzas within ten to fifteen minutes walk from the hotel. We found the Piazza Lauro to be more comfortable further from the traffic with better surroundings and a bit of entertainment with the most efficient waiter in Sorrento, Giovanni to be found at Bar Del Fiori Number Two which serves decient good value food. This square is closest to the Rota Suites.
The main tip to the whole experience of Sorrento is try LemonCello. wow!
Spotless - Great Location
just back from a trip to Sorrento - what a place !
We stayed in the Rota Suites which is just off the main square . We were there for 3 nights . The hotel is made up of self catering apartments . The hotel had a reception which was opened 24 hrs . The Rota is excellent the place is spotless and very modern. Just to advice people when you were booking i asked for a 2 bedroom apartment but when i went to the hotel they only had a one bedroom reserved . The kitchen had a huge pullout bed that could comfortable sleep 2 . Luckily there was only 3 of us travelling so the other person didnt mind sleeping there. They count the sittingroom / kitchen as one room and the bedroom as another. So technically if i wanted a 2 double rooms i would have to ask for a 3 bedroom apartment . Confusing but just make sure you clear it up before booking . Besides that i have nothing to complain about the Rota Suites kitchen/ sitting room is very big and everything is new . Definelty recommend it to anyone travelling to sorrento. There is no pool but you can use the hotel down the road but you are charged 6 euros .
Loved Rota Suites
Rota Suites was a beautiful haven. Three of us stayed in January and it was more than comfortable. We were very impressed. It is a short 10 -15 min walk to main plaza (Tasso Square)with lots of shops and places to eat along the way. There is internet access at the hotel(at a cost)for guests. You will not be sorry that you staying at Rota.
Just a tip - it cost us 12 euros in a taxi from the square and it was a 2 min car drive. It had cost us 18 euros for the bus from Naples airport for all 3 of us which was 60kms away. Find a map or use the Lonely Planet Italy to find your own way from the bus stop!!
Modern Style really relaxing
My family of four really enjoyed the Rota Suites. They were spacious and airy and chic. I was very impressed by the standard of the furnishings and kit. Staff were helpful but unobtrusive. Location great and access to the pool and diving/swimming platform of the neighbouring hotel is not to be missed. Do not think self catering for family of four think about a well deserved 4 stars.
Fab 4* apartments cannot go wrong
i stayed at rota suites in july 2004 with a group of friends and we loved it, the suites were exceptionally clean, from the reception to the apartments, they are very modern and it was like we all had our own city apartments! the deco is funky and u feel relaxed strightaway...for those looking for italy feel dont bother staying here however those looking to relax in a modern and chilling apartment book this place! especially if theres a group of u, the location is perfact we walked everywhere..guiseppe the guy who owns the place was really nice and helpful he actually booked our transfer from the airport to the hotel before we arrived, we just paid gusippe the next day who then paid the driver for 8 of us it worked out £10 each which was not too bad as it would have cost us upto £5 or £6 getting the train but then they are really stuffy etc and would have taken us forever so atleast this way we arrived in comfort,
theres a vineyard where they grow grapes and oranges (i think thats what they grow) right opposite the hotel...this place is clean, comfortable, not too pricey and perfact location so dont delay and book it strightaway
Fantastic Rota Suites
May 2004 Have just spent 2 weeks at the Rota suites and can highly reccommend them as the best self catering apartments I have been in.
They were exactly as described on the web-site and very clean and comfortable.My wife liked the way the apartment was fitted out with the latest designer type bathroom and kitchen,although I was more impressed with the view from our apartment and relaxing with a beer.
Guiseppe the concierge speaks perfect English and was a gentleman,who went out of his way to help and advise with any questions we had about the local sights etc.The apartments wer very well situated and within an easy 10 minute walk of the town centre.There is a supermarket only 5 minutes from the apartments,which is situated under the railway bridge about 500m west from the apartments,which is much less expensive than the supermarket on the main road into the town centre.
I would have no hesitation in reccommending these apartments which helped to make our first trip to Sorrento so enjoyable.
Loved Rota Suites
What a fabulous time we had in Campania! We took the bus from Naples airport which is small-to Sorrento. We easily found our beautiful Rota Suites. We were so pleased with Guiseppe the concierge who showed us our suite and guided us as to how to tour the beautiful area. Our suite was never occupied before we came-so it was pristine. Every space was most useful from the kitchen area -the dining/living room-to the king-sized bed/dressing area and the enormous bathroom. On our balcony were chairs and a water view over the lemon grove across the street. We also contacted Panorama Travel where Adele lined up Mario Fiorentino from Piano to drive us and see the area. He was fantastic! We loved all the food and wine- Everyone was so friendly! We were adopted by Mario and also adopted by a shop owner, Vincenza Coppola( her shop had wonderful ceramics which we bought). We spent many days over coffee and conversation with her. We also attended her husband's birthday party with their family at Villa Rubinacci. What fun! My husband sang Italian songs and everyone in the restaurant cheered,"Bravo"- We also have returned home and contacted Vincenza's son, Antonino,who is in Duluth, MN where he has a ceramic shop. We spoke over an hour on the phone. He invited us to visit him this summer. He is sending some Deruta ware which we love. So all in all we LOVED our friendly, awesome time touring the Amalfi area from Sorrento!! Our stay was from February 7-19,2004.