A luxurious, coastal Italian town if ever there was one, Sorrento offers a great selection of high-end ‘where to stay’ options; but budget travelers will have a hard time of it. Nevertheless, you’ll find a small selection of budget hotel recommendations below. The following ‘where to stay’ options are organized by hotel star rating, beginning with five-star hotels, and preference has been given to hotels near the town center (Piazza Tasso) or right on the water. Preference has also been given to those ‘where to stay’ options that offer free WiFi.
5-Star Hotels in Sorrento
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
Located on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, this hotel has all of the luxurious features that one expects from a world-class, five-star hotel—and this isn’t always the case with Italian five-star hotels. 2014 marks the hotel’s 180th anniversary, and the hotel makes this history apparent through opulent antique décor fit for a king.
The rooms, which come in a range of sizes and features, each have free WiFi and marble bathrooms. Most come with views of the sea. Amenities include an exclusive boutique spa holistic center, fitness center, outdoor pool, a bar, multiple restaurants, and a private car park.
Another truly world-class, five-star hotel, this accomodation has myriad lounges and terraces for relaxing, and the majority of the rooms come with views of either the sea or Mt. Vesuvious.
Billing itself as the “most exclusive luxury hotel in Sorrento,” it offers a range of rooms, the smallest of which are 25-square yards, with modern furnishings. All rooms come with air conditioning and complimentary WiFi; and the hotel amenities include a hamman, a beauty center, an outdoor swimming pool, the Wine Cellar restaurant, and the Club Lounge. This hotel is located right in the town center.
4-Star Hotels in Sorrento
Palazzo Montefusco Sorrento
Centrally located just steps from Piazza Tasso, this extremely comfortable hotel offers snow white, modern décor with artworks by Jelena Todorovic; and the staff stands out for offering true Italian-style hospitality with attention to detail.
Each of the rooms comes with king-size, single or double beds, marble bathrooms, hydro-massage showers, free WiFi, and balconies overlooking the Corso Italia pedestrian area of Sorrento. Note that the hotel lacks a spa or fitness area and that it is located just off of the waterfront. A very large breakfast is offered daily.
Antiche Mura Hotel
Another hotel just steps from the main piazza and a block or two from the water, the Antiche Mura provides many of the amenities commonly associated with four-star hotels, such as an outdoor swimming pool and a solerium. Its 46 spotlessly clean rooms and suites feature spring colors, free WiFi, and air conditioning.
The hotel’s pool area also touts a citrus-tree grove and a bar that serves cocktails and snacks. And no request is too big for the staff. Note that there is onsite garage parking for a fee that should be booked in advance and that a comprehensive buffet breakfast is served daily. This hotel is quite quiet.
Palazzo Jannuzzi Relais
Technically, this hotel does not have a star rating, but its amenities and standards of quality fall within the four-star category. This 12-room hotel is positioned right on Piazza Tasso, so you couldn’t ask for a more central location.
Completely renovated in 2011, the hotel’s historic building combines modern and classic design, and each of the spacious, individually decorated rooms comes with free WiFi and air conditioning. A breakfast buffet is served daily and, weather permitting, can be enjoyed on the hotel terrace. Light sleepers should request a room off of the square.
Hotel Grand President
Perched high above the Bay of Naples this hotel deserves special mention.
Although not located in the lower part of Sorrento proper, the hotel can be reached by its own daily scheduled shuttle service (for strong hikers, there is a narrow path down to the city center). We love this hotel because of the fabulous views from most rooms and the carefully manicured grounds. The service is exceptional and the food above par. Dining on the veranda overlooking the lights of towns strung along the Bay of Naples is a breathtaking experience. The hotel also features a full service spa, a heated jacuzzi and an outdoor pool.
The large, air conditioned rooms are decorated in Italian style, with painted tiles and brocade fabrics. Recently refurbished, the Grand Hotel President Sorrento has 110 elegant rooms. Large bathrooms are outfitted with all the usual amenities. A flat-screen TV and cable / satellite channels are also available in each room, and WiFi is free.
3-Star Hotels in Sorrento
Il Nido Hotel Sorrento
This family-run hotel is located on the hillside overlooking Sorrento, which means incredible views. The owners take great pride in their establishment and work hard to maintain its level of fine quality. To help you get around, the hotel offers a free shuttle in and out of the city center on an hourly basis, with the last run at 11:30 pm.
Other than the spectacular views, the well maintained and comfortable rooms are pretty straightforward and feature air conditioning and free WiFi. The onsite restaurant serves excellent local fare for a good price, and a breakfast buffet is served daily. Onsite, free parking on a first-come-first-serve basis is available.
Once the home of Torquato Tasso, from whom Sorrento’s main piazza takes its name, this boutique hotel has many modern conveniences and, having opened in 2011, an overall modern atmosphere. The 11 rooms come with balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, free WiFi, and comfortable beds. A continental breakfast is served daily.
Notably, the hotel has an elevator to the upper rooms. With only 11 rooms, the hotel has a B&B vibe, and the staff is particularly friendly and welcoming. Request a room with a balcony.
Hotel del Mare
Located on the western side of town, this hotel’s comfortable rooms aren’t exactly stylish, but the hotel comes at a good value and its location lets you get the most out of Sorrento. The 31 rooms come with air conditioning, and the hotel furnishes free WiFi.
Amenities include a patio and bar, a rooftop terrace with sun beds, and parking for an additional fee. A breakfast buffet is offered daily. Note that it takes about 15 minutes to walk to Piazza Tasso and that the journey is uphill one way.
Budget Accommodations in Sorrento
Ulisse Deluxe Hostel
This is one of the best hotel options for budget travelers. It’s in a great location; the rooms are clean, if a little basic; and the staff is efficient and friendly.
Technically, this hostel is rated a three-star hotel, and room types include private double rooms and all-female and all-male dorms. The 50 rooms each have air conditioning, and complimentary WiFi is offered in the communal areas. Onsite amenities include 15-euro-a-day garage parking and a wellness center with spa, pool, and gym (5 euro per visit). Breakfast buffet offered for a fee, and note that this hostel does not permit guests use of the kitchen. Make sure to request a room with a view.
This inexpensive hotel has clean rooms, a good location near the town center and the train station; but you can greatly increase your comfort by noting a few things. Firstly, the rooms in the front of the hotel receive a lot of traffic noise, so make sure to request a room in the back. Secondly, the rooms are on the small side, and the reception is not always staffed.
Otherwise, the hotel is one of the least expensive in all of Sorrento and in a great location. Family run, the hotel has an accommodating and amicable staff, and the 5-euro breakfast is quite large. Rooms come with free WiFi.
Written by staff at EuropeUpClose.com
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Tuesday 20th of August 2013
I personally like the Bellevue Syrene and Palazzo Montefusco Sorrento bcause both and elegant, classy and has the vibe of Italy. But, I wonder how much the rooms cost for just one night?
Monday 19th of August 2013
One place you definitely don't want to miss out on in Sorrento is Primavera as it does THE best Italian ice cream.