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Sorrento: Loreley et Londres

Via Califano, 2, Phone: 081.8073187

Reviewed by: Leslie from Australia, review #1740

When: October 2006

The sea views from both inside the hotel room and from the balcony are my main reason for recommending this hotel. It is also inexpensive.

Hotel Loreley et Londres, photo by Sherry

Hotel Loreley et Londres is also known as Lorelei et Londres.

It’s on Via Califano, very near to Parco Lauro. I always book and then confirm the booking by fax (the number is 081.5329001). I usually end up calling as well.

They are closed over the (Italian) winter and there is generally not anyone there to accept a booking until March. Be aware that in their “closed” season the Hotel Mignon will take calls for them and sometimes try to redirect travelers to their own hotel - which is quite different.

An update on last year’s review lets you know that in my opinion the best rooms are, in order: 14, 13, 12, 15 and the third floor rooms above these which don’t have a balcony but do have a view of the sea. The price is still 95 euros a double and the parking is still free, outside the side door.

I stayed in room number 14 again with the spectacular views. It is a corner room with two sets of French doors and a very large wrap around terrace with tables and chairs. Bougainvillea spills across the first floor terrace and there are green lizards and geckos sunning themselves. One side of the room has the Mount Vesuvius view and the other side opens out onto the marinas with ferries and hydrofoils constantly on the move to Naples, Positano and Capri. From this side you can see, in the distance, the beautiful Via Capo hotels and the majestic Hotel Vittoria Excelsior. At any time a cruise ship or two may appear, and then you get to sit on your balcony and watch the tiny tenders plying their way back and forth between the ship and the marina.

There is not a lift up to the rooms, but one of the staff will act as porter on request. There are no bar fridges, telephones or televisions to detract from the stupendous views.

After staying four times in five years, this is still my preferred choice of hotel but be aware that the sea views from both inside the hotel room and from the balcony are my main reason for recommending it. If you are after luxury accommodation you might like to look elsewhere. For basic comfort, large rooms, high ceilings and five star views, the faded décor of this hotel may be just your cup of tea.

Pictures of the hotel can be seen in this Slow Travel photo album: Sorrento gallery.

Reviewed by: Leslie from Australia, review #1410

When: April 2005

Location, location, location. We stay here for the views - which we dream about and talk about until we go back there.

View from the sea facing rooms, photo by Clarissa

We have stayed in double and single rooms on many occasions and we really enjoy the spectacular views.

They are outstanding and make up for a lot of the little shortcomings of this 2 star hotel on a cliff facing the Bay of Naples. The room rate for a single or double with French doors and a balcony overlooking a little garden was €95 in 2005. These particular rooms are very quiet. There is an enchanting collection of cruise liners that anchor in the bay below the hotel.

The included breakfast is the "bread roll and poor coffee" type, but nearby Parco Lauro is well equipped with excellent bars and cafes for all types of meals. The Standa supermarket and Piazza Tasso are also within a 10 minute flat walk.

There is a restaurant in the hotel which we tried once on a rainy day as we were deterred from venturing out, but we prefer to get wet rather than try it again.

When your clean towels are not delivered you can get your own from the hallway cupboard.

The parking is at the back door and is free. The gardens are lovely. The staff are quite pleasant, especially the maids. The beds are comfortable, the lamps are adequate, there are big cupboards and the bathrooms work.

There is an elevator down to their little beach. It was able to be used in the past but it is now "under renovation".

The hotel does not have email (unless you email them through Hotel Mignon, who then try to persuade you to stay with them instead). There is no Internet access or bar fridge. They are closed from November until mid April and will not accept bookings unless they are open. The best option is to fax.

BE AWARE that I have turned up with my confirmation fax to be told I could not have my specified room for several days although it had been booked ten months in advance and reconfirmed a month beforehand.

Without a room with a balcony overlooking the Bay of Naples, the rooms are very ordinary.

I recommend this graciously decaying hotel with its superb views with reservations - only if you are able to secure a room with a view.

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