From its hillside setting, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio offers up widescreen views of the Bay of Naples. There’s a big pool and a smart restaurant, plus a free shuttle bus that’ll run you to the centre of town.
The Grand Hotel Vesuvio sits in the hills behind Sorrento, surrounded by lemon and olive groves. Its lofty position gives it spectacular views – they sweep over Sorrento and the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius.
It’s a 20-minute walk down into the town centre from the hotel, or you can jump on the regular courtesy bus. The petite, pebbly beach of Tonarella is a 10-minute walk away.
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double room with sea view
These light and airy double rooms with a sea view sleep two. They come with a minibar at an extra charge and daily maid service, plus a linen change three times a week.
twin room with garden view
These light and airy twin rooms with a garden view sleep up to two. They come with a minibar at an extra charge and a daily maid service, plus a linen change three times a week.
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Splurge and stay in the town!
My extended family all stayed at this hotel based on glowing reviews from my parents when they stayed here in 2009. Unfortunately, since then the hotel has gone downhill and we had a terrible experience. It is very dated and in desperate need of renovations and an update to the 21st century. Check-in was unpleasant as the staff were disinterested in us and they acted like every question was a hassle to answer. There was no baggage service, which wasn't a big deal, but no-one in reception offered to show us to our room, just pointed out the elevators. Considering that the hotel is very big and a lot like the Overlook Hotel from The Shining; full of the same looking corridors, it would have been a nice to be shown our room at least once. We had the same problem with trying to find the pool, only getting pointed in the general direction by staff. We ended up asking one of the cleaning ladies where it was and despite her lack of English, she told us which way and to walk until the elevator and stairs and go down a floor from our room. We stayed in a family room with balcony and sea view on the third floor as we are a family of five (two adults, two teenagers). We were surprised to find out that our room was no bigger than a junior suite as it had a front room with three smaller than single beds jammed into it, a small bathroom and a double bed. In a junior suite, this front room where the beds were squashed is a small sitting room. We complained to the front desk and asked to move rooms immediately, but the hotel was fully booked. We didn't sleep well at all during our week long stay as the beds were hard and pillows lumpy. The walls are also very thin in the hotel and the kids were woken up every time someone walked down the corridor, especially if they were talking or wearing loud shoes. The view was probably the best thing about the hotel as our balcony looked onto the bay. The balcony furniture consisted of one plastic table and two plastic chairs which was disappointing. One night, we received a call from my parents who were staying in another room. They told us that they had just called reception to complain about low water pressure and reception told them that they were going to cut off the water. We received no notification from the hotel about this and as it was around 9pm at night, we couldn't brush our teeth or wash. We understand that this may not have been the hotel's fault, yet it would have been nice to know or be provided with some bottled water. The water was still off an hour later and came back on sometime during the night. We ended up just paying for expensive bottled water out of our minibar to brush our teeth and drink. We also were never apologized to, even after we complained. The wifi was slow, spotty and weak in the rooms especially on higher floors. It worked okay in the hotel lobby. The pool was another pro as it was large and there was nice seating around it. There was a large school group of teenagers staying here at the same time as us though and they were very loud and inconsiderate, taking up most of the pool and yelling out to each other. Be aware that many tour and school groups choose to stay here. We had lunch on the terrace by the pool once. We were a group of 10 and when we went to sit down, one of the staff came out and yelled at us. When we explained that we wanted lunch, he let us sit, but was very cranky and reluctant to serve us. The food was very overpriced and horribly bland. The snack bar serves cold drinks, snacks and icecreams, but is not open for very long (noon to mid-afternoon). The hotel is very limited in terms of food, so most people are forced go to Sorrento for meals. The hotel's free shuttle service is very complicated. The bus trip takes about 15 minutes, but the schedule is very restricting. If you miss the bus, you may not be able to get to town for up to two hours, unless you are willing to pay up for a taxi. There is also a large break in the afternoon where the last bus leaves at 12:30pm and the next is at 4pm. The hotel should make the bus service easier to use (e.g. leave on the hour, every hour) as it practically strands guests at the hotel. In conclusion, unless you absolutely cannot stay in town at one of the pricier hotels, don't stay here. We hated the hotel and wouldn't want anyone else to fall into the same trap that we did. The town of Sorrento was great with lots of shops and restaurants open nearly all day and being able to access that whenever you wanted would have been a lot better than having to wait for a shuttle bus.More
Hatebeinghome, Melbourne, Australia
ONE ENCHANTED EVENING
This grand, old hotel still cuts it in the 21st century. Front office staff are a bit formal but totally efficient.The rest of the staff are very friendly and efficient. Unfortunately we had a back room and didnt realise until the first night what we missing out on. Still the room was comfortable and very clean.Breakfast was huge and a very enjoyable and dinner was quite good too.After dinner we strolled out onto the 1st floor patio for an espresso and zambucca and were instantly mesmerised. Below us lay the Bay of Naples and on the opposite shore stood Vesuvius ominously in the half light. Sweeping to the right and along the foreshore lay Naples shimmering like a million diamonds until a little further was Sorrento and above that was us totally enthralled. Huge swimming pool and regular shuttle bus into Sorrento.More
Larry C, Melbourne, Australia
What a location. Sitting high above Sorrento overlooking the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius from our balcony. Staff are excellent and cater to you every whim and the free shuttle bus to Sorrento saves driving. We only had breakfast at the hotel, which was buffet style but was very good. The hotel is clean and modern with a large pool and outside bar area. At night you can sit outside if you wish listening to local musicians or inside at a large piano bar. We were able to book all tours, Capri, Pompeii, Amalfi, Positano etc. from the hotel. Thoroughly recommended.More
Robert K, Perth, Australia
We were fortunate to stay 3 nights at this wonderful hotel. views from the rooms were spectacular over looking Sorrento , the harbour and across to Mt Vesuvius could not fault the food in any way, selection, quality and quantity were first class in all a wonderful experienceMore
Helen F, Adelaide, Australia
Not worth the price, outdated, better locations
I'm not going to write a lengthy review as there are better reviews I want to concentrate on from my trip to Naples, a fantastic place. In a nutshell, one member of night staff on the concierge was extremely rude. The other staff were all nice and helpful and nothing like this one portly grey haired meany! However it started our very expensive stay on a very sour note. The hotel needs serious renovation, the bathroom in our room was old and the hairdryer was something you'd expect in a hostel. The mini bar is extortionately priced and poorly stocked with outdated drinks. The dressing gowns were nice but the towels of poor quality. I had to phone up for the wi-fi password as not provided in room. Good location for views but there are better hotels at better priced and you can still go to the coastline and take photos of the area.More
Ems_G_23, London, United Kingdom
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