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Sorrento: Hilton Sorrento Palace

Via S. Antonio 13, Phone: 081.8784141

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Reviewed by: KeithfromVA from VA, review #3018

When: September 2010

Lovely views on the bayside of the building

View from hotel across Bay of Naples to Vesuvius, photo by Keith Anderson

This is a nice Hilton hotel with outstanding views if you are on the right side of the hotel. One side faces a the side of a mountain across the street. Not much of a view. However, a room upgrade gets you views of the Bay of Naples. From our balcony, we had views across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius and if I leaned out and looked left, of Capri. It was gorgeous.

We had a King room. The room was clean and of a reasonable size. The bed was comfortable. Some may not like the use of orange in the décor, but it didn’t bother me. Did I tell you about the view of Vesuvius? The bathroom was the size of an American hotel bathroom -- large in comparison to many Italian hotels.

We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast. It catered to a wide variety of tastes and included waffles, crepes, omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon, and a wide variety of breads, pastries, cold cuts, salmon, and fruit. Service at breakfast was occasionally spotty, but it was large area with a lot of guests. The breakfast room had the same view across the Bay of Naples and, in good weather, you could eat on the terrace outside.

Too tired to go out one night, we ate at the hotel dining room. I’m always skeptical of hotel restaurants, but this was surprisingly good.

It is short walk downhill into downtown Sorrento and a not too difficult walk back. We thoroughly enjoyed Sorrento and our visits to Capri, Positano, Pompeii, and Naples.

Reviewed by: Staci from CT, review #627

When: June 2004

A beautiful refuge located up a small hill from Sorrento centro. Everything about this hotel was perfect! {4 star}

My family loved this 4 star hotel. The decor is sleek and modern. The rooms were very clean and are the largest I have ever had in Europe (the bed was extremely comfortable too). Our terrace opened onto a spacious balcony area with a tremendous view of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.

We paid €245 which included buffet breakfast in one of two locations - both with a view. The food was outstanding and absolutely every breakfast food imaginable was offered. The price also included unlimited visits to the Club Lounge on the 7th floor. This was a true haven. Here one can help themselves to any beverage (at any time of day, alcohol included), cakes, pastries, hors d' ouvres, real salads, fruits, foods, etc. We found this such a welcome retreat after hiking down the mountain from Termini, or hiking to and from the old Roman Villa on the outskirts of Sorrento. The entire 7th floor staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind.

Finally, the most appealing aspect of this hotel from a hot summer point of view - the POOL! There are 6 interconnecting outdoor pools (connected by kid-sized slides) and one indoor pool. This was just what the doctor ordered for those 90+ degree days after a long hike or daytrip to ruins.

One caveat for those who don't enjoy walking (although how can you go to Europe and not enjoy walking), this hotel is a 10-15min. walk up a gradual hill from Sorrento centro. Being an active family, we enjoyed the opportunity for exercise after stuffing oursevles on pasta every day. But if you don't enjoy daily exercise, this hotel isn't for you.

Reviewed by: Moon Shadow from Canada, review #426

When: August 2003

The swimming pools and upgrade made the Sorrento Hilton Palace the right choice for us.

We stayed at the Sorrento Hilton Palace in August 2003 and would return again. We were able to get a very good rate of 165 euro per night for a double room. Then we were upgraded to a room with a king size bed and it also had a twin bed. We had a balcony with a beautiful view over the 6 outdoor pools and the Bay of Naples.

It is a typical Hilton property in many ways, entertainment, restaurants, lobby furnishings etc. But that was okay with us; we selected a real variety of properties to experience Italy on this trip. There was internet access, valet parking for 15 euro per day, tv with a couple of English channels and a mini refrigerator. The bathroom was huge with big fluffy towels. Where are those washcloths? Always take our own.

The hotel offered a free shuttle to the historic centre of towm and back again each evening. The receptionists at the front desk were very helpful and friendly and when I returned to the hotel after twisting my ankle on the cobblestones, they provided me with an ice pack from the bar. I would stay there again if they could offer me such a good rate.

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