Amalfi ...ah, Amalfi

Jul 2nd, 2000, 06:49 PM
Brenda Cool
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Amalfi ...ah, Amalfi

We're going to Almalfi area early October. Ok, we'll spend a day or two in |Rome but am ready for wind, rocks and water. Anyone have suggestions about hotels in the Sorrento area? also interested in info about Sperlonga area. Love reading everyone's notes about their travels. Much better than tv!! Thanx, bcool
Jul 3rd, 2000, 07:38 PM
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I believe you have CIT Travel (Italian specialists) in the US as well. Through them we got a great deal at the Vittoria Excelsior at Sorrento - room, breakfast and dinner for less than L150,000/night each. The hotel is tops and a short walk from the station; has a pool, lovely old world style rooms and if you are lucky your room will have a balcony with views of the coast. One night we heard banging sounds to see fireworks going in little coastal villages to mark the end of the summer season. The concierge at the hotel was very helpful when we missed a tour - he arranged a private car with driver which ended up being 100% better than the bus tour of the coast would have been. The hotel has a private lift down to the waterfront and there's a lovely orange grove on the Sorrento town side of the hotel. A guard at the entrance keeps non-guests out - when we fronted up with our bags and wearing jeans we nearly got told to hop it, until we said our names and he checked us off on his guest list.
Jul 4th, 2000, 07:05 PM
Posts: n/a back from Fance/Italy last month. Accidentally lucked out on a hotel in Sorrento. Highly recommend the Hotel Minerva there. Fairly plain, but decent sized clean rooms. Get a room with balcony on the 5th floor if you can. In any event, get a view room. The views are spectacular! There is a large terrace with a small pool, also with fabulous views. Restaurant likewise. Rick Steves recommneds and you get a nice discount if you show his book. Cost about $135 or $150/night. Check this one out.
Jul 5th, 2000, 02:51 AM
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Re hotels in Sorrento. Joanna, I could scarcely beive it when I read that you were able to stay at the Excelsior Vittoria so chaeply. I think it is what American friends call "lucking out" We stayed at the E.V. two years ago and loved it. We had a room with an enormous terrace overlooking the sea. We were also lucky in that the roomwe boked was close to where repairs were being done. We ended up in room 107.
Hovever, this year the costs were just so high (over 1,000 per week each in march) that we stayed at the Tramontano and had a very good room overlooking the sea with a balcony and it was much cheaper. The hotel is well placed close to the piazza Tasso. Was not impressed with the food at dinner, but as it was included in the price we could not grumble. Please tell me, is CIT the co.we travel with, Citalia?. I would love to know and maybe when we go back to Sorrento again we may get a better deal.
Jul 5th, 2000, 08:32 AM
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Hi Brenda -

I don't know how much time you have, but I would recommend splitting your time between Sorrento and Amalfi - say a 3 night stay in each.

Both are just beautiful, but quite different. Amalfi is a great base from which to see Ravello - only about a half hour bus trip - and you CANNOT miss Ravello.

Also probably my favorite hotel anywhere is in Amalfi - the Cappucini Convento. Service, food, room, all great, and the views - just spectacular.

Have a great trip!
Jul 5th, 2000, 08:37 AM
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Forget Sorrento stay in Napoli a much maligned Fabulous city. Stay at the Parteno B+B if you want to spend your money wisely or at the Grand hotel Parkers if money isn't a worry.
Jul 5th, 2000, 09:42 AM
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Hi bcool,

If you decide to stay in Sorrento, be sure to stay in town (many hotels are 15-20 minutes walk out of town--and that's long when the sun is beating down)! I like the Bellevue Syrene--atop the cliffs on the Bay of Naples with public terraces galore--and it's a five minute walk from Piazza Tasso, the center of town. It's a 3-star large old-fashioned hotel, private beach, 5-minute walk to the Capri ferry. Have fun.
Jul 5th, 2000, 09:25 PM
Brenda Cool
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Thanx everyone for your input. We may have to extend our stay because how can we chose one wonderful sounding place over another? May just have to try them all out!! Cliffs and balconies and sea air here we come. Is there anywhere to snorkel along this area?
Would you all like to come with?! bcool

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