We stayed at the Hotel Continental for 2 nights. What a mistake!!! We should have stayed there for at LEAST 4 nights!
This was probably the nicest, most accommodating hotel we stayed at during our 2 weeks in Italy. The room was beautiful and had a view of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The attention to detail they put into their amenities is remarkable. They go above and beyond what most hotels provide for their guests. The bathrooms have everything you may need for a trip - from thick towels, robes and slippers to travel toothbrushes with covers!
The breakfast buffet is one of the best I've ever seen. There's a video on YouTube someone made that shows it all. It would take too long to describe it. I'd go back just for that!
Sorrento was my very favorite place in our trip. I will go back there and I will stay at the Hotel Continental again. Thank you - it was lovely.More
Hope_Rich6, Odessa, Florida
Great Location, Fantastic Views
The HC Sorrento is a high-end spot with a focus on comfort and care with rates that are reasonable for the facility and location. Just off the edge of the cliff, it offers amazing views out over the bay to Naples and Vesuvius. It is also just far enough away from the busy main areas to ensure a decent level of peace without impeding easy access to everything you came to Sorrento for in the first place.
The rooms could be considered a touch on the small side, but they are well appointed with an overall touch and eye for detail that definitely justifies the hotel's status (and price tag).
The breakfast buffet is large and has good variety and quality, consisting for the most part of the "standard" spread of eggs, meat, cheese and various pastries & breads. All are well done, however, and there is enough variety to please pretty much everyone.
If I had one complaint it was in regards to the hotel's bar--the HC has a fantastic patio absolutely made for having a drink or two in the afternoon or early evening before heading out for dinner. The bar, however, is located in the far back of the hotel. Getting the waiter/bartender to come out for ordering, and delivery of drinks, is not only inconvenient, it is also very, very slow. The bar prices are definitely on the high end, and that makes it hard for me to justify in any way the slow service and curt attitude of the waiter/bartender.
Keep in mind that this is a medium-sized hotel (not one of the tourist giants), and does lack a bit of the personality of the small, boutique spots. That being said, the front desk staff are all very helpful and efficient. My group and I were definitely quite pleased with the level of service and support we received.
Although here is a bit of pretension involved in the Hotel Continental, both for the guests and the staff (not unexpected for a place and town of this type), it is very definitely a worthwhile option for those looking for a high-end hotel in town.More
BluelineAdventures, Fort Collins, Colorado
We visited Sorrento for our good friends wedding and The Hotel Continental was the Wedding Party Choice.
It has a very Grand feel to it and it's setting us spectacular, overlooking the sea with Mount Vesuvius in view.
Our Room was good although a little awkwardly shaped for us and our little boy. I feel given the notice we allowed they could have been a little more thoughtful.
We did get a peek at the wedding Suites though and they are amazing!
The Breakfast buffet has a vast range and is good, the staff are very attentive with great coffee.
We did try and eat in the restaurant with a party of 10 (with 4 kids) but they pretty much turned their noses up at us. I do understand this as they wouldn't want us disturbing the other guests but they do try and pass themselves off as family friendly.
We felt the Beach visit was a bit of a tourist trap. You are able to access it via a lift inside the hotel.
You have to get tickets from reception which wasn't explained to us that you have to pay for - we found out when checking out!
When you arrive down there you have to pay to use sunloungers, umbrellas etc - again this wasn't mentioned.
It's very cramped and not the best beach in the world but our little boy loved it and the service to your loungers is fantastic - great doughnuts.
It feels as if the hotel is trying to create a 5 star environment but it's not quite there. I would stay again but not with kids.
Mark A, London, United Kingdom
A decent well located hotel
This hotel, whilst now somewhat dated, has excellent staff and if you book 4 months in advance, you could choose your room. We booked last minute and had room 119, which had a very hard bed and no outlook. This hotel is also located next door to a busy school, so a room on the seaward side would be advised. The communal areas are good and updated, although as I suspect with most hotels in Sorrento, there will be little 'life' in the hotel, as most guests will eat out and enjoy the excellent restaurants in town. that said, we heard good reports about the hotel restaurant's food and the breakfast was indeed very good. The pool area is unexciting and we certainly would not want to sit around that pool all day - rather claustrophobic!More
JohnStPierre, West Sussex
The best hotel in Sorrento
We got married in Italy and stayed in Hotel Continental for ten nights. We booked the Vesuvio Suite for the wedding nights. The hotel is in a beautiful traditional Italian style. Everything was arranged for our arrival at Naples airport. On arrival we were welcomed with a bottle of sparkly Rose and a congratulations note from the management - a nice touch. The view from our room was absolutely breath-taking. The hotel is on the top of the cliff and looks over the whole bay. The apartment was stunning and so specious. We hosted a few friends over on Friday who helped us with some wedding tasks. The hotel has a gym, bathroom Jacuzzi (Vesuvio Suite) outdoor pool (the water was freezing cold though). To compensate the cold water ;-) in the afternoon we were treated to complimentary melon ball sorbets. There was also a lift in the hotel that took you down to the beach. The hotel staff were very helpful, especially the front desk.
We will remember Antonio from the Restaurant who was very friendly and made us very welcome every day of our stay. The food was yummy, everyday there was a few changes at the buffet.
Even though, our wedding venue was in completely different part of Amalfi Coast, we will always remember the Hotel Continental as our wedding hotel.More