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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's Duomo is impressive, it has a fresco on the outside, a triple tiered bell tower, elegant but unusual columns and a clock.
- The Chiesa di San Francesco has lovely Arabic influenced architecture and famously lovely cloisters which host a world class program of concerts in the summer.
- The Correale Museum has a rich assortment of arts and crafts, with an especially notable clock collection, embroidery display and Greek and Roman artefacts.
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.
For luxury and romance
- If you liked the sound of those 'famously luxurious hotels', book the Bellevue Syrene. Once a private residence, this palace has been romantically refurbished so that it's now a palace for many. There are rambling terraces, with breathtaking views, marble floors, vaulted ceilings, private pools and a private beach… Ideal if you're planning a romantic break.
- For sheer luxury you can't beat Capo la Gala. Five stars and set into the cliff face, this 22 room hotel has a hanging sea terrace, plenty of private balconies and offers a very thorough set of spa treatments. Its Michelin star restaurant means it's also one for foodies.
- One of the best places to stay in Sorrento for families is the Grand Hotel La Medusa. It's got great views of Vesuvius from the huge pool terrace and is comfortable and elegant. With rooms starting from £100 a night it's also a good option if you're on a budget.
- For those who prefer something chic and boutique, one of the best places to stay in Sorrento is Masion la Minervetta. With only 12 rooms, decorated with a nautical theme, this hotel is fun, funky, has wonderful views, and feels like a home from home. And only 15 minutes walk from the centre of town, this is also one of the best places to stay in Sorrento if you want to be in the heart of things.
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Best Hotels in Sorrento
Villa Oriana Relais 6 rooms from $69Sorrento
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.Off centre - 2.5 km away from the city centre, a tranquil settingSit-out Terrace - With stunning panoramic viewsViews - Overlooking the baySights nearby - A short distance from the main port, from which to explore Capri and IschiaRecommended by - Sawdays
Relais Correale Rooms & Garden 6 rooms from $102Sorrento
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.Local exploring - Central location at the heart of SorrentoBeach Life - Just an 11 minute walk from the beachGarden - With fragrant citrus groveSights nearby - Just 1 km away you will find boats to the islands of Capri and Ischia
Palazzo Abagnale 14 rooms from $102Sorrento
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 breakfastTown - Excellent location inthe middle of the town and close to the water frontFamily Suites - Designer rooms come in doubles, triples or quadsB+B - Buffet breakfast or breakfast in your roomFamilyRecommended by - Tablet
Villa Eliana 6 rooms from $120Sorrento (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.Romantic Break - A fabulous place to relax and watch the sunset - film-set worthy locationWeddings - The villa can be privately hired for stunning wedding locationSights nearby - A short drive from the beach, 1 hour drive from NaplesCooking classes - Classes in traditional Italian cuisine
Grand Hotel La Medusa 49 rooms from $137Castellammare 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.Views - Lovely views over the Gulf of Naples and VesuviusSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool with hydromassage areaSights nearby - Only 7km from PompeiiLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Palazzo Jannuzzi Relais 12 rooms from $142Sorrento (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.Local exploring - A great base for exploring Sorrento and the wider Amalfi Coast region.Great walks - Good hiking trails on the Sorrento Peninsula for all abilitiesSights nearby - Explore the highlights of the Amalfi Coast with easeSailing - Take a private boat tour to explore the coast
Veru B&B 3 rooms from $149Sorrento
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.Local exploring - At the heart of Sorrento, perfect for discovering the beautiful surroundingsShort fly break - Clean, simple, chic and every need catered for - great for a short stayLocal markets - Close to the Corso Italia and local shopping sites
Laqua 6 rooms from $165Sorrento
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.Total relaxation - Tranquil, Feng Shui bedrooms, each with a private plunge pool on the sea view terrace.Private Hot Tub - Private plunge pool area with each roomGreat walks - Parco Regionale dei Monti LattariSights nearby - Mount Vesuvius
Maison Tofani 12 rooms from $179Sorrento
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.Local exploring - A classy location, in the historical centre of Sorrento - fantastic for exploring the coast and the Campania RegionSights nearby - Royal Palace in Caserta
Palazzo Marziale 10 rooms from $210Sorrento (Napoli)
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.Sitting RoomSights nearby - Trips to the archaeological city of Pompeii can be arranged.Sailing - Take a boat the beautiful island of Capri for the day.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Palazzo Montefusco 5 rooms from $194Sorrento
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.Sights nearby - In the heart of Sorrento's old town, just minutes from the most interesting historical and cultural sites.Local markets - Explore the daily local markets
Maison la Minervetta 12 rooms from $206Sorrento
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.HoneymoonsRomantic BreakSights nearby - 15 minute walk to the centre of SorrentoSwimming Pool - Outdoor Pool with stunning viewsRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Villa Dei D'Armiento 7 rooms from $208Sorrento
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.Romantic BreakSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
Palazzo Januzzi 12 rooms from $246Sorrento NA,
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.Beach Life - Located just a 6 minute walk from the beachLocal exploring - SItuated at the centre of the townSights nearby - Sorrento Cathedral is 200 metres from the property. Sorrento Port is a 5-minute walk awayLively area - Overlooking the Piazza Tasso
Villa Sabrina Relais 9 rooms from $278Sorrento
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.Total relaxation - An elegant cliff top villa with sea views, relaxing garden and private swimming pool.Sailing - Hire a boat to explore the beautiful coastline.Sights nearby - Sorrento TownSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Bellevue Syrene 48 rooms from $286Sorrento
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.Beach Life - Private beach.Romantic BreakHoneymoons5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
Grand Hotel Cocumella 50 rooms from $311Sorrento (Sant'Agnello)
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.Weddings - Huge spaces to host large events like receptions, weddings or concertsTotal relaxation - Comfortable rooms, a pool and a full service spa with massagesRomantic Break - Lovely rooms, exceptional service and wonderful viewsLocal markets - There are lots of places to explore in this area
Capo la Gala 22 rooms from $371Vico 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.Foodies - Michelin starred.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Romantic BreakTotal relaxationRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria 91 rooms from $383Sorrento
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.Sights nearby - Easy access to all the sights of the Amalfi coast, plus Pompeii and other archaeological gemsViews - Stunning views over the Bay of NaplesSwimming Pool - Large white marble outdoor poolSailing - Can be booked nearby.