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Sorrento: Il Nido

Via Nastro Verde, 62, Phone: 818782766

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Reviewed by: madwing from CA, review #1721

When: November 2006

Set in the hills above Sorrento, with beautiful views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. Includes a convenient shuttle to and from the center of town.

Having booked using Venere.com in September for our November stay, we arrived on a Monday, in the early evening (about five hours later than expected).

When we arrived at the Sorrento station (the end station on the Circumvesuviana) we phoned the hotel, who said they would pick us up in ten minutes. Right on the ten minute mark the hotel's minibus arrived, and Raphaela drove us up to the hotel. Note that they have parking for guests atop the hotel, should you care to keep a car while in Sorrento.

We got into our room, which was on the floor directly below the restaurant (which was on the main floor, directly beneath the parking ... the hotel starts high and goes down a hill). It was quiet, and when we opened the doors to the small balcony (equipped with table and two chairs) we realized we looked directly out onto Vesuvius across the darkening bay of Naples. We could see the lights of Sorrento and the smaller towns of the peninsula, as well as those along the curve of the bay.

Our room had a double bed and a single bed (for our son), tiled floors, and a large, clean bathroom (a tub shower with a GREAT showerhead, and endless hot water, or so it seemed). It took a few tries to figure out the automatic lighting system (insert door key and press ... huh?), but it worked fine in the end. We kept the air conditioning off, but the heat on at night a bit, and it was quiet and efficient. Overall, a great room.

Having gotten there so late (we were going to try to take the Eurostar AV down from Rome, then take the Aliscafo across to Sorrento, but due to other reasons didn't) we decided to stay up and have dinner at Il Nido's restaurant (which they billed to our room). A good choice, with decent food, not too expensive.

We also ate there the next night, and both nights the fritto misto of vegetables was excellent, as was the soup (pastacini in broth). We had the whole grilled fish, which fed my wife and I, and it was excellent, fresh bream grilled to perfection. Other dishes weren't brilliant, though servicable, and well-flavored (spinach gnocchi with smoked salmon cream sauce was tasty, if somewhat overblown on the salmon, pasta with seafood was only ok). They served nice Prosecco at the start, and simple bruschetta, gratis.

Breakfast was cornetti and coffee, somewhat automated, but also meat and cheese and eggs, cereal, yoghurt, and toast (packaged) with jam/honey/nutella. A perfect start to the day, and I really liked being able to make myself a double mochachino from their little automated machine. We met a pair of sisters from Washington State (very nice gals) who asked us on the first morning if we'd had the donuts yet; we hadn't, but tried them when they put them out fresh the next morning, and they were delicious, made from an old family recipe by one of the two brothers who run the hotel.

We had no problems getting to and from the hotel over the next three days, especially because there were few other guests (which meant we had the van largely to ourselves, and could call it on demand; a nice perk for going in November!).

They have two computers for free, if somewhat slow, internet access.

When it was time to check out they helped us with our things to their minibus, and the bill was both correct and (relatively) inexpensive. We highly recommend Il Nido and will use it as a base to stay on the Sorrentine Peninsula for our next trip, at the least.

Reviewed by: PK from CA, review #596

When: May 2004

A moderately priced {3 star} hotel with a great view.

For 98,00 I think it's hard to beat the Il Nido in Sorrento. The rooms are large if not extravagant, but certainly very clean and comfortable. The bathrooms have showers (small) with plenty of hot water. The rooms have balconies overlooking the entire Bay of Napoli. The sunsets there are to die for. Although this hotel sits on a hill overlooking Sorrento they run shuttle service hourly to town free of charge. They serve a really good breakfast each morning to get you going and I found their restaurant was also very good for dinner and not very expensive. They even discounted our dinner one night because they felt it took too long for them to serve us. Can you imagine our disbelief that someone in Italy thought that dinner should be served more quickly?

All things considered, for the price the Il Nido should be considered a viable option when staying in Sorrento. Take a look at their live webcam on their website.

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