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We have shortly arrived back form here. It was our 1st time staying here (my parents have been before but staying in another hotel) and it was lovely. The single room was great (although lack of draws but plenty of storage). The Double rooms had a bath which was perfect. We had hairdyers and safes in both rooms. The rooms were cleaned everyday. The pool area was small but in my eyes perfect. I would say the only down side was the charge of 5 euros for a sunbed everyday, but that didn't stop me by any chance. I would say that yes there is a steep walk (steep bit only last a very short time though), so anyone unfit or with pram may struggle, but the staff were more than helpful by giving us a timetable of the bus if we needed it. The Staff here were excellent and very friendly, especially when I feel ill (heat stroke). I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
The down side to the holiday was Thomson. There is no rep at this place, which is fair enough but Thomson neglected to tell us until we got to our welcome meeting when eventually they turned up after Thomson had send us to the wrong meeting place. The rep from another Hotel booked our trips although at times it came across that it was a hassle for her. I was very disappointed with Thomson especially as we always book with them and have had no trouble in the past. I would say if you want to adventure on your own it is fairly easy and alot cheaper. The 2 tours we did do with Thomson were ok, the guides spoke English but they were never allowed in the places so we had no personal tour which I think was bad considering how much we paid. The personal touch counts.
The Villaggio Verde is run by an Italian family who made us feel so welcome from the moment we arrived. Nothing is too much trouble. We found our rooms, clean and comfortable and the air conditioning a godsend. The hotel complex is like a little village with lots of lovely lemon trees and vines providing lots of shade. The swimming pool is smaller than we expected but as it's not a large hotel there's plenty of room for all - more a pool for relaxing in rather than swimming in but beautifully maintained.
We opted for bed breakfast which is self service (you can go self catering if you book one of the wooden cabins). Plenty of good food and a very good range - something for everyone. You can also eat in the hotel and we found the food good and reasonably priced.
Sorrento itself is about 10-15 minutes walk away with an uphill walk back. Although hard work in the heat it's only a problem if you can't walk too far. For the majority of us it's a good way to walk off all the food you've probably eaten in Sorrento!
The Hotel provides all the information you need about buses, trains, ferries etc so you can organise any trips excursions yourself without problem. We recommend this as it's part of the holiday to discover things for yourself and not difficult. You can save a fortune doing it this way.
If you are going to Pompeii ask reception to photocopy your passport to show at the ticket desk. There are concessions for EU citizens but you need proof of identity.
We had a wonderful holiday and would recommend this resort, the hotel and Italy in general. We do plan to go back sometime in the future.
Finally a moan about Thomson. I was aware no rep is based at the hotel itself but they failed to inform us about a change of location and time for the welcome meeting. We all turned up but the rep didn't. Eventually, a Thomson rep from another hotel did appear to tell us this and fair play to her said we could join the rest of her meeting. She also offered her local contact details if we needed them.
An apology from the rep who should have held the meeting would have been nice and in the 21st century how difficult can it be to let us know about the change. Thomson also failed to provide the departure time and details as promised. We got these from the hotel themselves but I have to admit that given what had gone on before we we worried that Thomson wouldn't turn up .
Villaggio Verdo Bungalows were basic but very clean. small Friendly family run place where nothing is too much trouble. They are intent on making you relax. Disappointing that they also charge 5 Euros for a sun bed - though they are then yours for the day and chairs are free. Especially liked the fact that they had a shower and antibac foot bath before entering the pool area. Never felt crowded and no sunbed was "bagged" early - which takes the stress out. Set amongst lemon and orange groves and your own hammock also helps you relax. If you aren't too bothered about fancy accommodation and want rustic this is for you.
Sorrento itself was far busier and commerical than I imagined but you can escape to quieter areas to get away from it all. Bus queues out are madness but once exploring it is worth it.
Be careful with some restaurants - especially the wine bar in centre of Sorrento. Food is not always fresh - and "home made pasta" usually means cooked before and then "refreshed in a microwave".
The Marina is expensive but food and views worth it.
There was no rep at all who made themselves present, and be careful not to trust their "communciation". We nearly missed our transfer bus back to the airport as they quoted a incorrect time - by luck we arrived early at reception to find the bus waiting for us half an hour earlier. The lack of information once dropped off for the main coach was a joke. No one informed us where or what time or what coach to look out for.
The local shuttle bus that was advertised to take us from the main square to the hotel each day was cancelled just before we left for our holiday- meaning a steep walk back each day (more than once) or a 12 Euro taxi - which is NOT worth it as it is only a 10 min walk - Thompson ought to have factored this in to a refund.
That aside, holiday was hot, mainly relaxing and views beautiful.
We have just spent a week in a bungalow at the Villagio Verde Hotel in Sorrento and loved every minute. The bungalows were ideal for us as we wanted the freedom of self catering, but not in an apartment. We had our 13 year old son with us who loved the idea of being in the log cabins. There was sufficient space to store clothing and food and we were not too far from the centre which was a pleasant walk downhill however we soon got used to the walk back up which we thought would be horrendous but it was fine. The market on the Tuesday was 2 mins walk away from us and was quite busy, but best to get there really early. We made our own way to Capri, Pompeii and Vesuvious using the ferry and trains, which are very reasonably priced and depart at regular times from Sorrento. The shopping is great and the streets were bustling on a night time. The restaurants were lovely and there was a wide variety of foods. We even had pizza delivered to our bungalow on one occassion. The owners were extremely helpful and took pride in their hotel, the pool area was immaculate and all HS rules were observed. I would not hesitate to go back or recommend to family or friends. My only critiscm would be the mozzies which cannot be helped due to the foliage from the lemon and orange groves which the bungalows are situated in(beautiful) just use plenty of reppellant and plug ins! Overall great time but avoid if you have walking difficulties, unless you are happy to take the free bus from the hotel.
I had a wonderful time and truely fell in love with the whole place. the family who run the complex couldn't do enough for us and sorrento itself is a ideal location to see other attractions around with public transport so easy to use.
Normally i like to try a different country each year but i can honestly say i would go back next year as there is so much to i didnt get to see!
an excellent holiday
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