The Hotel Girasole has a home-from-home feel. It’s a family-run place, with a friendly atmosphere. Another big draw is the pool. Tucked in the gardens, it’s got an oasis-like feel with sunloungers and palms clustered around the water. Nearby, there’s a flower-lined patio where you can sit over drinks and lunchtime snacks.
Inside, the hotel is textbook Italian, with tiled floors and murals on show in the shared areas. The bedrooms, meanwhile, are traditional spaces, with private balconies or terraces. Rounding things off is an elegant dining room where the buffet breakfasts are served. Occasional dinners are held here, too, with live music to serenade you.
In terms of location, the hotel is a 20-minute walk from a beach and five minutes to Sant Agnello’s main square. Sorrento’s town centre is a 20-minute walk or short bus ride away. Lastly, it’s worth noting the hotel stands on a busy road, so you may hear some traffic noise.
We went to that hotel on a Sunday after we decided not to stay with our rental apartment because of lack of parking. the staff were very welcoming and found out a beautiful room with a view we had no reservation and we got there around 6pm.
all the personal where very helpful there a gorgeous garden and breakfast was included and it was very nice.
Walking distance from everything in Sorrenton. We had this place for 2 nights and the staff found out another hotel for the extra 2 days of our stay in Sorrento.
And also parking was included and secure.
After traveling all the way from Sicily that we were happy to finally have a place to stay.More
mtr1945, Ottawa, Canada
Friendly, family-run hotel
We stayed at the Hotel Girasole as part of a two week study tour. It was delightful to be greeted by such friendly staff who were very accommodating of the needs of our large group. The rooms were clean and comfortable, with stunning views across the Bay of Naples. Dinners were very satisfying, and the breakfast spread was quite reasonable. We would love to have stayed longer than the two nights, and will recommend the hotel to our travel agent for future groups!More
Melissa_from_SouthOz, Adelaide, Australia
Fantastic time at Hotel Girasole in Sorrento
My wife and I had the opportunity to stay for 5 nights at the Hotel Girasole in Sorrento and I would highly recommend this hotel. We had the pleasure of meeting Rita, the hotel proprietor, the moment we walked in and we felt like family. Our next encounter was with her brother-in-law David who walked us out to the garden and asked whether we would like to try his specialty, prosciutto wrapped mozzarella surrounded in lemon leaves picked from their garden trees. It was amazing.
About a 10 minute walk into the heart of Sorrento, the rooms were very clean, the company was great. Make sure you stop by.
Bryan and MaggieMore
Bryan W, Toronto, Canada
Good for the Price!
Our initial impression of the hotel was not too good as we had requested a garden room, ( due to the previous advice on trip adviser) it was facing the garden on the road level but was on the side of the 'L' shaped building so the views were limited, however after speaking to the owner, when a room became available we moved to a 1st floor bedroom overlooking the garden and the bay of Naples which made so much difference as we were there for 2/52 (having had a last minute change from the Egypt holiday originally booked and the choice of 3 hotels around Sorrento - none were any closer. ) We were there 20/09 - 04/10 2013
As I have some difficulty walking I found the hotel a little too far from the centre of Sorrento so I purchased some 1 euro bus tickets ( worth it to me) and used these from the bus stop approx 50 yds from the door, up to 7pm to Piazzo Tasso, unfortunately after about 10.15pm there are no more buses either way, so we walked back on these occasions as taxis tried to charge between 20-15 euros for the journey of approx a mile!!! Stopping off occasionally at one of the pavement bars en-route.
I agree with some of the previous comments regarding the breakfast, it was very much the same thing every morning but acceptable choices for a continental style. Remember the coffee machine turns on AND off by pressing the buttons and there is no limit to the amount of cups you can have. I certainly don't feel it was as bad as some make out.
The pool was always clean and blue, yes you pay for loungers but deckchair style seats were always available at no extra charge. The meals available at the pool were very good and the drinks prices reasonable for any hotel.
On the plus side the staff are lovely with particular mention to Tony, Alberto and Carmine,who would always try their best for the guests. The night porter was always pleasant and the owner, Rita, always made good any comments we made. One of these being that the shower curtain was inadequate and as a result the bathroom floor became soaked each time it was used, as a result the shower curtain was replaced and 3 bathmats were left each day which we put down the sides of the shower tray and onto the floor to soak up the excess water as it ran down the walls.
The bed was comfortable and the room warm enough, the air conditioning worked ( but could probably do with a service ) and to be able to sit out on the small balcony with a drink whilst soaking up the view was lovely. The rooms are smallish but adequate as most people are out for the majority of their time.
I would like to see free safe/ fridge use and even if extra a drinks tray and kettle.
There is also a plentiful supply of books and magazines on the bedroom hallway sideboards, albeit that they have been left by other visitors. There is also a small lift for the upper floors.
Most of the trips run by Thomsons/First Choice pick up at the hotel which was a bonus.
All in all I understand that for the price this is a nice, family run hotel with a good daily maid service and not too far away from the centre. You can't blame the hotel for the road noise, it is made known in advanceMore
petlyn0248, Nottingham, United Kingdom
We stayed at the Hotel Girasole which was described as 3 star with some road noise. We went to Sorrento to visit the ruins so we weren't interested in paying a premium for a sea view. We needed a room that was clean, with a good bed, so we could get a good night's sleep, this was not a trip to be staying around the hotel.
This hotel failed miserably to provide this basic level of service, the room we were allocated smelt of smoke and heavily overlaid with air freshener, the bed was uncomfortable and had no support, there was no toilet paper but the worst aspect was that it fronted onto the main road into Sorrento. It was like sleeping next to a motorway, the coaches and lorries rushing past, the scooters being ridden fast and tooting, it was impossible to get any sleep.
The hotel proprietor refused to accept the room smelt or that the bed was unserviceable nor would understand that the road noise was unbearable. They refused to move us to another room without paying a supplement of 25 euro a night. Do not fall into the trap of expecting a reasonably priced hotel because you will have to spend the extra to get the noise levels down to something bearable.
Like so many other hotels the WiFi, refrigerator and safe all cost extra. The safe is so small it won't take an iPad. It doesn't stop there as at the pool there is an additional charge to use the sunbeds.
The continental breakfast was poor, with the majority of guests staying from the UK during our visit. A bit of effort to provide some cooked eggs, bacon, tomatoes etc would have been welcomed. But no, every day was the same; stale rolls from the night before, ghastly ham slices, cold boiled eggs, and make your own tea in a cup, there was no sight of a tea pot. There was a bowl of fruit which was usually tinned. A selection of cakes and pastries but not everybody wants these for breakfast.
Overall, this was the worst hotel we have ever stayed in, the noise, the rudeness and unhelpfulness of the proprietor and night porter. Not a hotel that provides any acceptable level of service, and is not of 3 star quality, 2 stars would be generous. Our advice - stay well clear, there is plenty of choice in Sorrento so try and find one that is not on the main road.More
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