Sorrento is a relatively small town, with most attractions easily accessible on foot. Hotels close to the coast often have this access to the beach and the best views across the Bay of Sorrento to Mount Vesuvius. Lodging in the city center can also have good views, thanks to the slope of the coastline, and are prime locations for sightseeing, shopping and just strolling through the narrow streets. Most hotels on the outskirts of the city offer a free shuttle service to the main attractions. Visitors should be aware that the coastline is very steep and often provides access to Marina Grande, one of Sorrento’s two ports, is via long stairs; You will find a public elevator near the Park Villa Comunale.
Where to stay for luxury
Sorrento’s luxury top accommodations sit atop steep waterfront cliffs, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Maison La Minervetta has nautical-themed rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning views, and the Marina Grande easy to reach via a private staircase; this also leads to a private beach where a parasol and a sun lounger are provided free of charge. For those who don’t want to make the trek to the sea, this small boutique hotel also has an outdoor pool. Parking and an excellent breakfast are included, and there are several good restaurants near the hotel, as well as attractions such as the Chiesa di Sant’Anna and Bagni Sant’Anna.
Another boutique hotel close to the Marina Grande is the Boutique Hotel Helios, previously a private villa. The 15 rooms have minimalist décor and offer a small refrigerator and an in-room safe. All rooms have a balcony or private terrace, which looks out over the sea to Mount Vesuvius.
Also on a cliff overlooking the waterLocated close to the Monastery of San Francesco, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria offers five-star service including a chic spa, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a nanny service, a fitness center and a heated outdoor pool with its own restaurant. Lodging offers traditional rooms, as well as villa-style holiday homes surrounded by peaceful citrus groves. Communal areas, such as the breakfast room, are breathtakingly opulent, with full ceiling paintings, gilded carvings and frescoes. The rooms are also elegantly decorated. The hotel has its own lift that goes to the ferry port, a benefit for anyone with mobility problems.
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Where to stay: Mid-range
The Villa Oriana Relais is a perfect place for seclusion seekers, located in the east of Sorrento, five minutes by car to the city center. This boutique hotel is very similar to a bed-and-breakfast and the owners serve a fresh homemade meal on the terrace every morning. They also bake pies and make fresh lemonade and lemon pie from the fruits on their own trees. Despite its distance from the city, the property offers beautiful sea views; There is also an outdoor pool and hot tub. The rooms are furnished with antiques and carefully decorated.
Featuring a large swimming pool and terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Grand Hotel La Favorita offers concierge services, a business center and airport transfers. Breakfast is included in the price and served by the on-site restaurant. The unique architecture of the building consists of classic decorative tiles on the floors and in the bathrooms. The hotel is centrally located in the city, opposite Piazza della Vittoria and a few steps from Chiesa di San Paolo, and within walking distance of the cathedral and bell tower, the wooden marquetry shop-museum and Marina Grande. There are dozens of great restaurants just a few blocks away and the elevator at Park Villa Comunale is nearby.
Also centrally situated Closer to the Marina Piccola, the boutique hotel Palazzo Marziale serves freshly baked pastries for the complimentary breakfast and has its own restaurant with terrace in summer. The rooms are spacious and the building has been beautifully restored, retaining features such as original stone arches.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Located on Corso ItaliaThe affordable Palazzo Tasso is located just a few steps from the cathedral on Sorrento’s main shopping street, close to several public parks, surrounded by restaurants and shops, and less than a 10-minute walk from a marina. The rooms are clean, spacious and modern and include a small refrigerator and a breakfast buffet.
Also on Corso Italia, within a minute of the train station, Hotel Nice has a beautiful balcony view over the busy Piazza Angelina Lauro. The Correale di Terranova Museum is a five-minute walk away and the hotel is also convenient for the cathedral and monastery. There is a roof terrace with views over the city and the bay. Breakfast is included, although the coffee shop next to the hotel serves excellent coffee and pastries.
For a unique budget experience, Villaggio Santa Fortunata Campogaio has several options, including campsites, hostel-style cabins, and private bungalows. Sitting on extensive grounds near the coast, there is a private rocky beach for sunbathing and swimming, as well as a large swimming pool and deck. There are private laundry facilities on site and many units include a kitchenette. The hotel also has a restaurant and offers a free shuttle to townabout a five minute drive.
Where to stay for families
Although set back from the coast, the Best Western Hotel offers La Solara Sorrento sits on top of a cliff which overlooks the town and bay of Sorrento and has a bus stop right next to the hotel, as well as a free shuttle bus to the main attractions. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and breakfast is included. Hotel facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool with a large terrace, a fitness centre, laundry services and activities such as table tennis.
In the city centerJust a few steps from Corso Italia, Maison Tofani looks down on the rooftops and busy streets of the city. The large family rooms in this elegant 18th-century building feature a kitchenette and a full breakfast is included. The property is family run and the owners take pride in making all guests feel at home – even the little ones.
Where to stay for romance
For a luxurious, romantic getaway, the Bellevue Syrene offers five-star service and amenities, including a spa, pool, on-site restaurant, room service and complimentary breakfast. The restaurant offers live piano music and terrace seating in summer, and snacks and drinks are available to guests free of charge throughout the day. The hotel is located in a converted private house. Original frescoes adorn the walls and the atmosphere is both elegant and laid-back. Convenient close to the water near the harborthis is within a short walk to Bagni Sant’Anna and Leonelli’s Beach.
The Antiche Mura Hotel is closer to the city center and in a prime location for sightseeing. It is located down the street from Piazza Tasso and Il Vallone dei Mulini. This is a popular wedding venue thanks to its beautiful grounds filled with lemon and orange trees, stone walls with wandering vines and well-maintained gardens. The rooms are very spacious and the stay includes breakfast. There is also a lovely swimming pool with citrus trees for shade.