Travel Blogs from Sorrento
The waiter sensing our panic, came over to ask if everything was ok. We tried to say everything would be dandy if he let us have the 2 drinks for free and if he could also lend us some money for the parking, but just as he was digesting this strange and downright hilarious request, Paulie found his wallet that contained a Nando’s Card, (nice bit of Marketing there?!), his Driving License and ...
... they mainly farm lemons for Limoncelo and olives. There are also various other fruit trees, a huge vegie patch, pigs, chickens, goats and kittens.
We wandered along the little sloping paths through the lemons trees and olive groves, with the sea as the back drop. Amazing. The smell of the lemons was beatiful. His dad Ferdinand, showed us how they graft the lemon trees, prune them, we also got a chance to pick the lemons, and also how the pergolas ...
... wanted to try a gelati a day so we found a Gelati shop so he could get his fix. This town also caters for the tourist with lots of souvenir shops which we avoided. Back on the boat we slowly cruised back to Sorrento. What an amazing day!
A bus ride back to our hotel where we enjoyed a drink and nibbles whilst taking in the breathtaking view from our room. We have been spoilt with this accommodation and can only hope that the hotels I have booked for the rest of ...
... a Roman theatre? The amphitheatre was extremely well constructred that I could easily imagined it being filled by the tens of thousands of people. We sat on the ground, resting our tired feet before continuing our exploration.
We kept walking and exploring the city, walking along the cobbled stone ground, trying to imagine the city that it once was. We went from streets to streets, houses to houses, admiring ...
... in the 16th and 17th centuries. But by the mid-19th century, the town had fallen on hard times. More than half the population emigrated, mostly to Australia.
Positano was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the 20th century. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Tourist Sorrento
Great at Hotel Tourist
On the 19th August 2005 we arrived at the Hotel Tourist. This was a family surprise holiday for my husband's 60th birthday. My daughter, her husband, one year old daughter, my son, his girlfried, my husband and I all spent a wonderful week at this hotel. On the day of my husband's birthday the staff gave him a bottle of bubbly. The position of the hotel is brilliant, the staff excellent, the food good and we all wished we could have stayed longer than 8 days. The pool is great as is the roof garden. Sorrento is lovely. Plenty to do in Sorrento and very nice people who all seem to like the English. The bars, restaurants and weather were fantastic. Visit Capri, Positano and Amalfi. Can't wait to go back. In fact we could live in Sorrento its such a great place.
Friendly, no fess clean hotel.
Stayed here while at a wedding in the cloisters just down the road. I agree you get what you pay for. Nice clean hotel with everybody we met was friendly and not stuck up. Has a nice pool in the back and nice views from the roof terrace. The rooms were clean and adequete, although you only got your beds, a cupboard, desk and thats your lot. However didnt mind as its only a place to get your head down, dont go on holiday to spend the time in the room. Hotel is only 5 min, if that, from the centre of Sorrento even if you took your time. Lots of side streets and night life if you know where to look. Loadsa shops and the bus routes stop right outside the hotel! There is a few shops right outside as well from a tobaconist, wine and spirits, restaurant/cafe, bars if you dont want to be in the centre, and more. Have to mention the late night porter, Luigi, now this guy is a star! Even when we wake him up in the early hours and continued to have a few beers in the reception area. Nothing was to much for him, he likes his Chianti if you wanna get him something for a thankyou. Also will teach you Italian while you drink. Cant be bad! The payed for food is ok but dont expect the Ritz! Some nights we didnt eat it!
The air con is only swiched off once a day so ask at the right time its on all the time for you.
If you want a no hassle clean freindly hotel, guests and staff, then this will easily do. Consider what your paying and the hotels down the road are three time plus more expensive, then cant grumble. Simple but effective, I would go back as had a brill time.
You get what you pay for
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Tourist at the end of July/start of August 2005 and agree on all points made by the last reviewer. The aircon situation was just silly, having to ask for it putting on even though the heat outside was 35+ deg C (only for it to be switched off again within an hour!). We tried both an evening meal and breakfast (which were included in the price) in the hotel once and didn't eat there again! We didn't mind too much as we hadn't paid much for the holiday. All in all, the Tourist served our needs and we had a wonderful time in Sorrento. Rooms were clean (if sparsely furnished), it was close to the centre of the town and the pool was lovely. It was noisy at night with the road outside, but we packed so much into our days that we were too tired to notice. Not a hotel to get excited about, but not too terrible that it would spoil a holiday if you are willing to eat out (loads of lovely restaurants to be found in Sorrento so that's not such a bad thing!).
Fixation with Air Con
My family of four stayed here in two rooms at the end of July into the first week of August 2005.
We booked it mainly because it advertised air conditioning which was a must for me as I get very hot and irritable and tend to stay indoors at some point during the day as I burn very easily.
The staff have a fixation about turning it off at every opportunity, and you have to constantly ask for it to be turned on. Without fail it was turned off by 9am daily and remained that way unless you asked for it to be put on. An hour later they would turn it off again.
When you rang reception to ask for it to be turned on, nobody answered the phone.
Breakfast consisted of cheese slices every day, some days they added ham slices as well.
Bread rolls, jam, and frozen butter were laid out for the whole 7 days we were there. The cheese and ham remained uncovered on a table where the flies made short work of walking all over the food.
BY the end of the seven days it was obvious they threw nothing away as the cheese slices were turned up at the corners and obviously no longer fresh.
We stuck to cereal and avoided the cheese and ham like the plague....
Evening meals were provided but having sampled the first evening meal of cheese and ham salad we avoided the evening meals as well and ate out.
The hotel now has a pool at the rear which was a god send in the current heat wave although it is lined with a concrete base which takes the skin off your feet. An extra charge is made for sun loungers of 4 euros each per day. No snacks are available around the pool.
The accomodation itself was clean and tidy with a daily maid service.
Clean towels are provided daily and the room serviced.
It is located on a very busy road junction and the traffic noise is constant and can get very loud if there is a traffic jam for anymore than two minutes. Italians are not noted for their patience. It is a very busy junction and one where small children should be constantly supervised as they do not slow down or stop at the pedestrian crossings for you like the UK.
The hotel is fairly central and a 5 minute walk to the central area full of shops and bars. It is a good 25 minute walk to any beach area which all charge you extra to use per day. The brochure description of 500 metres to a beach is unrealistic unless it is as the crow flies.
Me and my partner stayed at the Hotel tourist in Sorrento for 1 week at the end of June. We stayed on the third floor near the front of the hotel.
We were very disapointed as the hotel was very basic and had a lot of problems in our eyes. First take of the bedrooms was although it was very unattractive and bare at least it looked clean which is most important. We discovered later however that the bed linen was dirty and had holes in it. Also the TV didn't work at all and the noise level outside was awful. As for the air conditioning,as soon as you asked reception to turn it on they would turn it off-it seemed like a game to them. We were so hot in our room we felt ill. We couldn't even open the windows because of all the noise outside This led to many sleepless nights.
The food at the hotel was dreadful and very small portions. Some nights there was no vegetarian option for me and we were forced to eat out. So even though we saved money with the hotel being on a cheap deal,we ended up spending more on eating out than we would have opting for a 4 star hotel with a sea view and decent food.
On the nights we did eat at the hotel the portions were tiny and unless you get there 7pm or 8pm on the dot the food had gone cold and hard. We discovered this when we only running 10 mins late!
The breakfast was even worse. It finished at 9am which wasn't flexible and all there was to eat was bread, a bit of meat (if you were lucky according to my partner) and some cereal (rice crispies).
The things I would praise were the bar was cheap & you get decent measures. Also the pool was very nice although to get a decent chair to sit on you had to pay. It's not very private either. It's surrounded by apartments overlooking it and at one point there were builders on the roof with binoculars!
Luckily we didn't spend a lot of time at the hotel as Sorrento is a beautiful resort with plenty to do.
A couple days we went down to the harbour area and hired a couple chairs on the platforms jutting out into the sea. We highly recommend this. Although it is quite expensive (about 13 euros each for a day) it was well worth it. The chairs are really comfortable,there were guards all around so your belongings are safe and you also get your privacy. You get waiter service and it is very clean. The sea was crystal clear with lots of fish which was perfect to swim in. Just watch out for the sea urchins on the rocks. I was stupid enough to put my hand on one!
We also recommend the Vesuvius & Pompeii trip. It was truly an amazing trip and when you look out from the top of Mount Vesuvius it takes your breath away.
We also went to Naples museum and Solfatara but we didn't think much if this trip although some of it was evry interesting. If you want to go here we think it would be best to go on your own. The guide on the trip spoke so quick in 3 different languages so we could never understand a word he said!
We went Capri for the day which was worth seeing but whatever you do,don't walk to the top. We did this as we didn't want to wait in the 1 hour queue for the lift. The walk was VERY hard. In hindsight we should have just got a taxi. Also be careful of the prices. We paid 4 euros for a can of coke but we didn't realise till it was too late. Just make sure you check the price list and if there is any cover/service charge.
We will definitely be returning to Sorrento next year but this time we will be a bit more careful with what hotel we choose. We met people staying in 4 stars on the coast edge and they were very impressed by the standard so we will opt for one of those next time.
Not bad for the money
This hotel now has a good swimming pool in the back garden, with deck chairs and tables - loungers can be rented, as can pool towels. The hotel itself is quite basic, but clean. The room we stayed in was on the 4th floor at the front, and was very noisy as the hotel is right on a busy crossroads. Good fun to watch the scooters and police though! We found that no matter how hot it was you had to ask for the air-con to be switched on, but it works well and was free, and allows the door to the balcony to be shut, keeping some of the noise out.
Breakfast is basic, and finishes at 9am, which we thought was a bit early - evening meal again fairly basic, but not bad considering the price of the holiday. There is a small bar area in reception, and the limited selection of drinks were very well priced.
It's only a 5 minute level walk to the train station (track runs behind the hotel, but being at the front we didn't hear any noise from it except when by the pool) and about 10 minutes from the town centre.
All in all a good hotel.
Stayed half board for a week in Aug04. Location is superb, 500 yds on flat from main square in Sorrento. Accommodation fine and staff friendly, evening meal fairly basic. No pool but sun loungers on roof. (can use nearby pool for a fee).
Traffic busy outside which is entertainment in itself in Italy but rooms well insulated from sound. Aircon in rooms but reception turn this on/off so check with them if not operating.
Definitely recommend as excellent base to see Sorrento.
Tip: if going to Pompeii take train (run every half hour each way), 4 Euros return, station 200yds from hotel and entrance to ruins right beside train station in Pompeii (half hour journey).
i had the pleasure of staying at this hotel March of 2003. i had a very nice experinece, the hotel was located at a very nice part of town and the staff were very nice. the rooms were alright being that there were 4 of us in the same room. the hotel restaurant had very nice food too.
What She Said!
i was on the same school trip last year as the author of the other review (titled 'stay here!'), and she's quite right! the staff were really nice, and the food was good, although watch out for the salad.
it's close to the city centre and to the train station, and go to amalfi!! its so beautiful, really. i would definately recommend staying in this hotel, its really good.
I stayed at the 3 Star Hotel Tourist for a week on a school trip in April 2003. The first impressions of the place were very good - there was a decent lift and an open-plan reception area, bar and lounge. Our rooms were spacious and quite well equipped, and the en-suite bathrooms were decorated to a high standard. The hotel provided us with an adequate breakfast, packed lunches (because we were a school group), and a very generously sized dinner. On top of all of this, the staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. As for the location of the hotel, it couldn't get much better. It was literally a 2 minute walk into Sorrento Square where many shops, bars and restaurants could be found. It was also in walking distance of the train station. I thoroughly recommend the Hotel Tourist for school groups, or families looking for quality at a fairly low cost.