Based on me and my wife's experience I was a little bemused by the small number of terrible/poor reviews of the Bristol Hotel on here, although I accept that you judge a cake by the slice you eat, so to speak. However, they all seem to be 2009 and before, so perhaps the hotel has had a recent facelift and customer service improvement. Certainly, we had a great time at the Bristol and could not fault our bedroom on the fifth floor or the unfailing attention and helpfulness of the staff. Added to which, as others have commented, the view over the Bay of Naples from our room and the restaurant is just stunning - how could you ever tire of it?
We slept well and were not disturbed by traffic noise, so I'd say anything on the fifth floor and above would be ok in this respect, though the road might get a lot busier, and noisier, in the height of the summer (we went in April). We're in our 60's and found the fifteen minute walk into, and back from, the centre of Sorrento no problem at all. You do need to be careful of traffic, though, where the pavement narrows considerably.
We went half board, and, considering that the hotel is catering for large numbers who all tend to dive down for dinner just after 7pm (perhaps to grab a window table) the food was about what we expected. Some nights were better than others and seemed to improve as the week went on. There were occasions when some of the food was lukewarm and they seem to have a chef who boils vegetables to death. Overall, I thought the fish dishes were better than the meat dishes. It would have been nice to finish off dinner with a cup of coffee, but I guess they want you to transfer to the bar to buy one there. The restaurant service was impeccable at dinner, and at breakfast where the food was wide ranging and plentiful.
The pool wasn't open when we stayed and it was pretty quiet in the bar and lounge all week, but will probably be busier as the season gets under way.
Overall, a most enjoyable stay at the Bristol. Not, perhaps, quite five star, but that view.....!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Bristol nestles into the cliff side, in one of the most enchanting corners of the coast, offering its guests stunning panoramic views, stretching from the picturesque fishing village of Marina Grande below to the Punta Scutolo in the distance and directly across the bay to the majestic Vesuvius with Pompei and Naples at its feet. For generations the highly professional Acampora Family have been offering a warm welcome to its international clientele, many of whom return year after year and consider the Hotel their second home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bristol Sorrento
- Bristol Hotel Sorrento