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Pauline's Sorrento Hotel Notes

A few notes about hotels by Pauline after an Fall 2001 10 day stay in Sorrento. There are three main areas of hotels in Sorrento:

  • within the historic section of town
  • on the hillside south of town
  • outside of town on the road to the Sorrento Peninsula

Click for map of Sorrento

The Parts of Sorrento

The old part of any town is that part within the city walls. It is literally the older part of town. As towns grew, they grew outside the city walls. I was suprised when we got to Sorrento to see city walls. I had assumed it would be a more wide-open feeling town on the side of a hill overlooking the sea. But it isn't. The older part of town is slighlty sloped and consists of narrow streets and lanes like many Tuscan hill towns. You do not see the sea until you are at the edge of the old section, looking over the cliff to the sea.

The modern part of town has sprawled up the hill (south from the city) - and there are many lovely hotels there with stunning views. However, many of them have long walks to the town center (or you may have to drive).

There are also many hotels to the west on the main road to Massa Lubrense. These hotels are built into the cliff and have great views, but again you have a walk to town (along a busy road).

Another modern part of Sorrento is to the east - really anything east of the train station is a modern, dense built up area where I am guessing most people live. You find this in most Italian towns. We look at the beautiful historic center and see all the houses - but many of these were abandoned in the 50s and 60s and people moved to modern and better equipped and serviced apartments outside the city walls. Only in the past 10-20 years have people been buying and fixing up the older houses in most city centers. Of course this is my broad generalization - there are lots of exceptions - but this is how I have seen the growth of towns.

Staying in the Historic Center

From my map I think the boundaries of the old city of Sorrento are:

Piazza Tasso on the east
Via degli Aranci on the south (this is the main traffic road)
where Via degli Aranci meets Corso Italia on the west
the sea on the north

Corso Italia goes thru the old section and is the main shopping street and has traffic - but it is not fast and loud traffic.

List of Hotels in Sorrento

I have a map showing hotels and the only ones in the old city are:

Excelsior Vittoria - 5 star
Del Corso - 2 star
Astoria - 2 star
Imperial Tramontano - 4 star (views)
Bellevue Syrene - 4 star (views)
Continental - 4 star
Regina - 3 star (we thought this look like a nice hotel from the outside) (some views)
Plaza - 3 star
Villa di Sorrento - 3 star
Cesare Augusto - 4 star (but perhaps on that busy main street)
Mignon - 1 star

We stayed on the south part of town in the more modern area (but a nice area and close to town) near the Sorrento Palace (4 star) - a big modern hotel.

There are a few hotels along Via Correale just outside the old part of town which would be nice and have views of the sea.

Staying in the Hotels on the Road to the Pennisula

I do not like this area. You get great views, but it is a difficult walk into Sorrento. Also the hotels are built into the side of the cliff. Here are some photos of one of these hotels - so you can see for yourself.

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