Here is our selection to illustrate the range of styles available together with our own notes in terms of character, views and location. They range from traditional 5* to smaller boutique hotels depending on preference.
The majestic five star Excelsior Vittoria commands an imposing location on the cliff edge overlooking the harbour and Bay of Naples. Careful restoration and conservation has retained an atmosphere of period elegance and grandeur throughout, including the refurbished swimming pool and new ‘Holistics Centre’. Gardens with lemon groves create an oasis of calm just an olive stone’s throw away from Sorrento’s main square. Ideal for anyone wishing to capture the atmosphere of the Grand Tour era. For more information on the Excelsior please read our review.
A five-star hotel perched on the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius. Careful and respectful renovation has maintained its many traditional Roman features whilst offering modern amenities to guests throughout the year. Centrally located with Sorrento centre and the picturesque fishing harbour of Marina Grande just minutes away. Access to its private beach and bathing facilities is provided by lift.
A truly classical five star hotel with all the comforts you would expect. Beautiful gardens, terraces and swimming pool overlook the Bay of Naples with tennis courts and private bathing platform. Superb yacht available for hire. Located in Sant’Agnello, it is about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Sorrento and 10 minutes from the railway and bus stations.
The Grand Hotel La Favorita is a new five star hotel, situated in the heart of Sorrento’s historical quarter and decorated in a neo classic style with touches of modern. The rooftop pool and terrace provide views over Sorrento and the Bay of Naples. There is no restaurant in the hotel but guests can use the restaurant O’ Parrucchiano which is owned by the hotel and located about 250 metres away.
Five star superior hotel situated 10 minutes walk from the Centre of Sorrento. Stands on a cliff within its own large gardens offering spectacular views across the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. Quiet location, exclusive private ‘Blue Flag’ beach with access by internal lift, swimming pool, hydro massage area, parking, bar and restaurant. Classical decor and furnishings including traditional craftsmanship, marbled staircases, hand painted tiled flooring, fine antiques and paintings. The Ambasciatori is part of the Manniello Group which also includes the 5* Royal, 4*Superior De La Ville and 4*Superior Capodimonte.
The four star Tramontano is located on the edge of the cliff with panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. The centre of Sorrento and the picturesque harbour of Marina Crande are just minutes away. The wonderful gardens shelter an excellent swimming pool and peaceful terraces.
For more information on the fascinating history of the Tramontano, including the private chapel and a Roman tunnel that goes down to the beach, please read our article from 2008: ‘A Poet, a Composer and a Chef’.
The four star Mediterraneo is located just a few metres from the cliff edge with panoramic views of Sorrento’s coastline and across the bay towards Vesuvius. The facade hides a surprisingly spacious area with a good size pool, garden area and plenty of quiet spots for private relaxation. An internal lift takes you down to the private beach and bathing platform. Situated in Sant’Agnello, it is about 15 minutes walk from Sorrento’s centre (free shuttle bus service available) and 10 minutes from the bus and railway station, it offers easy access to the all amenities as well as Sant’Agnello’s own attractive centre. Guests may also wish to take advantage of the Mediterraneo’s boat charter service for a range of private cruises.
This four star boutique hotel is located in a quiet corner overlooking the ‘Valley of the Mills’ just steps away from Sorrento’s main square Piazza Tasso in the heart of Sorrento and provides a roof top infinity pool and sky bar from which you can enjoy the wonderful views of Sorrento, Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, day and night. Recently refurbished, the Plaza provides a contemporary modern atmosphere with traditional levels of personal service.
Relais Blu is a 4 star Boutique hotel, or perhaps a more accurate description would be a luxury villa with 11 bedrooms furnished in a distinctly Mediterranean style, each with a balcony and sea view. Located in the Massa Lubrense area, a short drive or bus ride from Sorrento, it is set in the ‘countryside’ with beautiful views of the coast and islands and amazing sunsets. Contemporary Italian and international cuisine is served in its restaurant.
Situated in the heart of historic Sorrento, in the piazza Tasso, the recently refurbished Palazzo Jannuzzi offers a limited number of very stylish rooms. Double glazing allows the wonderful atmosphere of the Tasso square to continue without disturbing your peace. It offers modern facilities in all of the rooms and has a wonderfully refreshing breakfast room serving home made delicacies and fresh coffee. Half board is not available but guests have a splendid choice of traditional and international cuisine literally outside their door. More information
Maison Tofani Relais
Hidden in the narrow lanes of historic Sorrento this lovingly restored building captures the imagination and heart of any guest. The attention to detail is remarkable not only in the structure but also in the furnishings and decorations. As you walk through the ornate double doors into the main hall your eyes are immediately drawn to the magnificent frescoed ceiling and feel as if you are in a Neapolitan palace. Bedrooms are modern with the same attention to detail throughout with views over the narrow lanes and rooftops, and terraces overlook the inner courtyard. There is a wine cellar, soon to be available for tasting, and also a boat for hire by guests. Half board is not available but guests can enjoy a superb breakfast in beautiful rooms and the owners have an arrangement with two local restaurants for other meals if required.
The Hotel Corallo, located in the town of Sant’Agnello, is a 4 star hotel situated on a clifftop with panoramic terraces and views of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and the Sorrentine peninsula. The centre of Sorrento and Tasso Square with its characteristic alleys, is just 2 km away and can be reached on foot or by public transport.
In 1910 this elegant patrician house became “Hotel Cappuccini”, a meeting point for artists and intellectuals such as the great Luigi Pirandello, who stayed here in the 1930’s.
The recent renovations have enhanced an exclusive blend of past and present ensuring the hotel provides a beautiful backdrop for a relaxing holiday.
Art Hotel Villa Fiorella is located in the quiet village of Massa Lubrense with superb views overlooking the bay towards Capri. An ideal location from which to explore the surrounding countryside and villages including a day by the sea at the beautiful Marina del Cantone. Sorrento is 15 minutes by car or 30 by bus. Style is contemporary with many original paintings displayed throughout, hence the name Art Hotel….
Le Sirenuse | Positano
Le Sirenuse 5* Hotel sits like a Royal box over-looking the natural stage of Positano on the Amalfi coast. The position alone is enough to attract visitors from all over the world and the mythology behind the name adds another dimension. Sirenuse, refers to the mythological sirens said to have lived on a small group of islands visible from the hotel and whose music and song tempted passing ships to their destruction. Since 1951 the Sersale family have succeeded in making dreams come true for their guests but, unlike Odysseus, visitors can safely succumb to the temptations of the ‘call’ of Le Sirenuse.
Mention must also be made of the La Sponda restaurant, which every evening witnesses the lighting of 420 candles to create an enchanting, almost dreamlike, atmosphere in which to enjoy the finest wine and cuisine. It takes the romantic candle lit dinner to another level
Caruso | Ravello
If you were to walk the ‘paths of the Gods’ above the Amalfi coast and find yourselves in the 5* Caruso then you could be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled upon their resting place. It does not require much imagination to visualise the Gods sitting on the edge of this pool pondering the fate of us mere mortals below. As you walk through the hotel and its gardens you half expect to meet toga clad guests around each column. It is impossible not be intoxicated by this blend of historical and natural surroundings which has made many mortals reach for pen and paper to attempt description. There is a viewing point just beyond the pool where you stand with the village of Scala to your left climbing up and up to the blue sky and to your right the valley drops down and down into the blue sea. The perfect spot to sip a Caruso Bellini made with the juice of fresh local peaches. Salute!