Being described as 'a jewel of the Amalfi Coast' raises expectations somewhat. But this civilised old resort town has carried this accolade for years and is used to it. She perches comfortably on the side of a broad stretch of pine-clad cliff next to the Amalfi Drive. Leaving the honour of keeping lookout across the Bay of Naples to a set of famously luxurious hotels - obviously some of the best places to stay in Sorrento! - from which guests can view Mount Vesuvius, Capri and Naples as they sup on the terraces.
Warm and colourful, the old city walls enclose a wealth of treasures:
Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the peninsular, Pompeii and the other nearby archaeological sites and Capri.
Beautiful and historic, Sorrento is also a resort town. So there are plenty of local souvenir shops selling the lacework, ceramics and marquetry that people have been bringing back for centuries. There are also mellow, sunlit piazzas to ponder in, bustling markets to nose about in, chic little boutiques to overspend in and a seemingly endless choice of heavenly local eateries.
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As you'd imagine the city is hugely popular especially during the peak summer months, so if you want to bag yourself a bed in one of the best places to tay in Sorrento, do yourself a favour and book early! Otherwise, plan your visit for quieter months, when the streets will be less crowded, but the location no less beautiful.
Nestled in lemon and orange groves, minutes from the Sorrento city centre, Villa Oriana Relais offers panoramic views of the gulf and countryside surrounding Sant'Agnello. Rooms are bright, traditionally decorated, with private patios. Total relaxation in a gorgeous family-run hotel.
Elegant renovated farmhouse, surrounded by a beautiful garden with olive, orange and lemon trees. Chic modern rooms are bright and airy, embellished with ornate tiles and fabrics. Guests can enjoy a moment of calm on the sun terrace and breakfast is served under a lush traditional arbour.
Designer hotel built in 2009, this ultra modern guest house is very close to Sorrento's main square. Three design themes and floors: Light Floor, Pop Floor and Black Decor Floor. Quiet and pretty Mediterranean garden, friendly service, spacious family rooms and a delicious buffet breakfast
Sorrento (Massa Lubrense NA,)
A fine private home built for the wife of Neapolitan ship-owner Achille Lauro, with spectacular views of the bay of Naples and Capri. Rooms are modern, with splashes of bright colour, contrasting with the edgy white 60s architecture. The villa's fabulous location makes it a perfect wedding venue.
Castellammare di Stabia, Sorrento
An impressive grand hotel with sea views and excellent facilities. Rooms and suites decorated with classical elegance and contemporary twists. Restaurant with panoramic views and an enormous swimming pool. A great choice for a beach holiday, very family friendly.
Sorrento (Amalfi Coast)
Just a short walk from the beach and located on the postcard perfect Piazza Tasso. Bedrooms are decorated in a bright and cheery yellow and some have small private balconies. A friendly little bed and breakfast great for local exploring.
A welcoming B&B, ideally situated at the centre of Sorrento. Stylish modern European rooms - bright white with splashes of colour and spotless private bathrooms. There are just three rooms at the hotel, making it a haven for a good night's sleep whilst exploring the beautiful city and coast.
A wellness hotel on the Amalfi coast with sea views and an elegant spa. The six tranquil bedrooms, designed with relaxation in mind, each have a private plunge pool on the shared outdoor terrace. Relaxed, communal dining and restaurants nearby. A fantastic location to explore the local region.
Maison Tofani has the splendour of an 18th century townhouse, in the heart of Sorrento. Bedrooms incorporate modern furniture and contemporary design with original period features of the building. Dine on fresh local fish in the charming dining room. Excellent location for exploring.
A traditional town house property; the interior displays a candy box coloured design treat. Each of the ten rooms are decorated in a grown-up retro style combined with Italian elegance and antique pieces. Breakfast, cakes & pastries are served daily. Sorrento's popular cafes are walking distance.
A boutique guest house in the historic town of Sorrento. Bedrooms are contemporary, spacious and bright. A private area at the beach is reserved for hotel guests. Clean and contemporary. An ideal property for exploring the wider area and enjoying the best of the town.
Fabulous small boutique hotel in the cliff face of Sorrento. Exquisite rooms and suites with maritime themes. Red, blue, and yellow decoration offset by white washed walls, pine floors, and the blue of the ocean. A great choice for a romantic break.
Very chic, very boutique. A large white mansion, previously a nobleman's house, decorated with flair. Huge white washed rooms with high ceilings filled with art and antiques. Lovely garden and swimming pool, and a short walk from the beach. Great for couples.
Perfect location, nestled at the centre of one of the most popular piazzas in Sorrento. Rooms are modern, sleek and brightly decorated - some have private terraces. Guests can relax by the fireside in the charming reading room or watch from their window the beautiful town at their feet.
Built in 1866 and once a private residence, Villa Sabrina Relais boasts fantastic panoramic views and is set in two acres of lush Mediterranean gardens. This secluded retreat provides comfortable bedrooms and suites as well as a terrace restaurant offering local Italian cuisine and sea views.
A spectacular Five Star hotel with a wonderful heritage. Once a private residence, then the choice of poets, artists and glitterati, now romantically refurbished and fit for the modern traveller. Utterly romantic - rambling terraces, spectacular rooms, a private beach and wonderful restaurant.
Chic and charming hotel situated at the outskirts of town. Extremely quiet with great ocean views. Four poster beds, period furniture and bath tubs for the romantics. Choice of three restaurants on site. Superbly delicious.
Vico Equense, Sorrento
La Dolce Vita in this Five Star hotel set in the cliff face. Michelin star restaurant with sea hanging terrace, oh so chic rooms and suites with private balconies and dipping pools, and a luxurious spa. Extremely romantic, extremely indulgent.
In a fabulous location on a cliff top overlooking the bay of Naples, this grand hotel offers guests luxury comfort and personalised service. Belle Epoque features as well as modern luxury suites and a romantic restaurant overlooking the water. A fine hotel steeped in history.