A large pool and Sorrento’s shops and cafés close by make a winning combination.
The hotel is very well placed for views of Mount Vesuvius. And it’s handy for getting into Sorrento, too – the main square, Piazza Tasso, is less than 10 minutes’ walk from here.
The pool is generously proportioned, with plenty of room for laps, and there’s a bar at one end for drinks and snacks. The restaurant serves buffet breakfasts and waiter-service dinners alongside first-rate views.
In the UK, this holiday is only available from the Thomson group.
You can choose from a buffet or cooked breakfast, whilst dinner is waiter service from a set menu. An à la carte menu is also available to tempt you with gastronomic delights. A gala dinner is held once a week where guests can mingle and share tables.
Why not enjoy a leisurely drink, or crafty cocktail whilst you soak up the sun? Standing at one end of the pool the pool bar also provides tasty snacks, so you don't have to return to your apartment to get a bite.
Traditional in style, these twin rooms are a good base for exploring the surrounding area. They come with air-conditioning - from mid-June to mid-September, satellite TV, and 1 extra bed in the bedroom. There's also a balcony for additional outside space.
We stayed in the Grand Flora Hotel for 2 weeks over the School Easter Hols. We had a triple room (#642) which was high up in the separate Eastern wing of the hotel connected to the main hotel by a short corridor. We had been given a free upgrade to a sea-view room at the back of the hotel but this room was dual aspect having a balcony at the back with the sea/Vesuvius view as well as one with a side view of the neighbouring building. We had wanted a room with double plus single bed but when we asked about moving we were told that this could only be done if we moved to the front of the hotel overlooking the main road with its associated noise. Instead we decided to stay and have our twin beads made up as a double.
In hindsight this was a mistake as we were never really comfortable with the two beds pushed together and our side balcony already had a direct view of the busy road and the double glazing effectively muffled the sound from it â so the street noise would probably have been fine in a front facing room. (Incidentally â each of the beds had an irritating plastic mattress protector on that made them rather uncomfortable â they should have used quilted protectors which are less intrusive)
Plus, although we werenât bothered by the traffic noise â their was major work taking place at neighbouring building which you could almost step over to from our side balcony and they started hammering away right outside our window at 8am most mornings â and once at 7:15am â our double glazing didnât muffle that noise! We didnât experience much noise from the neighbouring rooms â except from the toilet which sounded just like it was inches from our bed head and led to occasional rude awakening.
Apart from that the room had sufficient cupboard and drawer space, a good bathroom with a bath with a shower over it, a toilet & bidet. There was always hot water (but it was never *very* hot - which I like for wet shaving). There were plenty of towels which were changed far too frequently â however the toiletries were not replenished as we used them and we sometimes had to help ourselves from the cleanerâs trolley. There was also a fridge and an electronic safe in the room which were supposed to cost extra but both were free in our room. However there was no kettle/hot drinks equipment.
We stayed in the hotel on a half board basis. Our meals were served on the fifth floor of the main building with panoramic views of the bay and Vesuvius. Breakfast was a good buffet with cereals, fruit, yoghurt, bread, ham, cheese, assorted pastries and cake. There was also a hot section with bacon, beans, eggs & tomatoes during the first week but these needed to be ordered during the 2nd week. There was also a selection of hot drinks and juices. Dinner was also very good â it was a choice from an ever changing menu of three courses. We were initially worried that they didnât really cater for children. There were usually 4 choices for each course including vegetarian - but they were not really aimed at childrenâs tastes. However, the staff would always rustle up something suitable for our 12 year old including modifying the dishes on offer. Overall, the staff were very friendly and helpful to us throughout our stay.
The hotel is located on the main Corso Italia Road, half way between Sorrento and Sant Agnello while still being only a fairly short walk to either town centre. Sorrento train station is about 600m away where you can get reasonably priced, regular trains to Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as unbelievably cheap and frequent SITA buses to Positano and Amalfi â the tourist office has a very handy timetable covering all the trains, buses and ferries from Sorrento.
The hotel offers free Wi-fi in the lobby but this was always a very poor or unusable connection that at best took a very long time to do anything on. The hotel also offers a much cleaner and stronger signal throughout the hotel for an additional charge. It was a shame that they couldn't use the same quality of wi-fi signal for the free wi-fi. I'm guessing that this was deliberate to encourage people to pay for the better signal. We soon gave up on the free wi-fi as it took way to long to do anything useful with.
The hotel also has a good sized swimming pool but this was unfortunately empty during our stay despite it being unseasonably warm at the time.More
Chris K, 3672402
Spent 11 days in this lovely hotel .Nothing was too much trouble
Staff were wonderful ,really made you feel special .
Hotel very near bus and train station
Would definitely recommend it
We were in the annexe ,but this wasn't a problem
Rooms are basic but very clean
Waiters in dining room made you feel specialMore
Grand Hotel Flora Sorrento
The rooms were well maintained and housekeeping excellent. Restaurant food, staff and service was excellent. Street front suites have a lot of traffic noise when on the balcony but absolutely quiet once the door was closed. The hotel is easily accessible and shopping readily available along Corso Italia. Piassa Tasso is about 1 km (10 min walk) along Corso Italia and it's an easy walk I.E. flat. La Cantinaccia del Popolo has incredible Napoli Cuisine and is a stones throw around the corner. there are two small markets within a couple of hundred yards that you can get great vino,water , prosciutto, bread & ATM etc
This is a beautiful hotel , great central location and service is excellent. I have no problem recommending this hotel.
"...the good, the bad and the ugly..."
we were a large group of 90+ people. our room was fine (unless we count the construction noise from 8am to 8pm from the site next door) ... thankfully they took Sundays off...lol), but others were placed in the front rooms ('bad') which were really noisy! fumes from traffic because hotel is on main artery of Sorrento. Service was "good" for us (lovely maid Olena), others said their rooms were dirty, one couple had 'mold' ('ugly') in the first given to them :( The restaurant is barely passable, breakfast was poor, could be a lot better with a little more effort. Definitely not a 4* in our opinionMore
Iovely hotel nice setting super staff good food nice rooms very clean
Terrific hotel helpful staff Clean rooms restaurant &staff really good food excellent. Nice setting on 5th floor great view of the bay. Hotel scrupulously clean Would definitely come back. Broadband could be, better. Just a small complaint Otherwise a terrific holiday Sorry to leaveMore