This hotel comes with a tranquil pool and pretty gardens filled with citrus groves.
This family-run place is on busy Corso Italia, with Sant Agnello’s main square and train station – for trips to Herculaneum and Pompeii – about 10 minutes’ walk away. Twenty minutes on foot gets you into Sorrento.
There’s a peaceful pool area with a curtain of orange trees, and an outside terrace for breakfasts among the pretty shrubbery.
In the UK, this holiday is only available from the Thomson group.
These twin rooms are light and fresh, with a natural colour scheme, and come with a balcony for that extra space. Inside, you'll also find air-conditioning available. These twin rooms come with an extra bed, sleeping up to 4.
These light and fresh twin rooms, with their natural colour scheme, come with a balcony or terrace offering garden views. Inside, you'll also find air-conditioning available. These twin rooms come with an extra bed, sleeping up to 4.
We stayed at the Girasole in May for a week as a family (with a 11 month old). The hotel had a friendly family feel to it and the staff were very welcoming. Rita was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering our questions about the local area. The rooms at the rear of the hotel have beautiful views and the hotel grounds are very pleasant to wander around. The only downside was the busy road immediately outside the hotel but we are still glad that we chose to stay here and had a very pleasant stay.More
A Small Corner of Paradise in Italy
When I decided to take my wife, who had never been abroad, somewhere memorable, I immediately thought of Sorrento. My wife then suggested that we invite my elderly parents and an elderly uncle who had fond memories of Sorrento prior to his wife passing away. I know Italy well and know that a family run hotel is a must. With reduced mobility I needed somewhere without steps or hills to climb (which is rare on this coast). I also wanted a view of the Bay of Naples and the mighty Vesuvius. The Hotel Girasole ticked all the boxes. It even has a lift that is reliable. I booked 3 rooms and opted for the upgrade to the rear of the hotel which gave us the views I wanted. I have uploaded several pictures showing this. The room had a fridge, a hairdryer and a safe which were free to use. One way looked over the beautiful gardens, then beyond are the Girasole lemon groves followed by the town of St. Agnella and, in the background were the mountains. As I looked around from the room's balcony, I was greeted with a view of the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius dominating the skyline. It was breathtaking. I have read varying reports about the breakfast so was keen to get down there and try it out. I don't normally eat bread but the rolls, a choice of white or brown, looked so appetising I had to try one - then another and ended up having 2 each day. There was a good choice of marmalades and jams plus butter and Philadelphia. There was cheese, ham and salami plus the regions' famous tomatoes dressed with fresh basil leaves. There is a good choice of yoghurts, fruit (try the oranges) and cereals. All this is accompanied by a wide range of homemade pastries. Fruit juices, water and milk were also available plus a choice of coffees and teas from the machines. We loved to eat this sitting in the gardens surrounded by citrus trees which were full of oranges, grapefruit, limes and lemons, many of which grow on the same tree. If this was not heavenly enough, there was a heady smell of Jasmine from the well established plants. The staff/family were unbelievably friendly, Toni you are a star and Mom has finally had her soup complete with straw! We did, truly, feel part of the family. We had opted for B&B during our stay but went for the evening meal four times during the stay. It was easier than wandering around at night (limited mobility). We found the meals adequate for our needs. I had various meals including Bolognese, Canneloni, Veal and Octopus. We would then retire to the very comfortable lounge and indulge in a few drinks. I recall, one evening, sitting in the garden with a limoncello. A lemon dropped from the tree and landed at my feet. The hotel said I was free to try it so I ate the lot, pith too. That is how wonderful the lemons are from there. The road is very busy at the front but, to be honest, We felt safer walking along it than here in the UK. Far from frightening, the traffic was actually entertaining and not once did we see any road rage. These guys just get on with it. Rita is wonderful. I asked about a trip along the Amalfi Coast. Rita offered several options. Later that day. while in Sorrento, I found a cheaper deal. I asked Rita about it and she immediately jumped into action, phoned the company and got all the details. I then asked if she could book it for me which she did, no hesitation and with no self gain. Rita is a lovely lady and her family is what Italy is all about. I could go on for hours but please go try this corner of paradise for yourselves. We will definitely be returning.More
Lovely hotel with a great family feel - just make sure you get a room at the back !
We loved this hotel, and had a lovely time in Sorrento. The Girasole is quite far out of the town centre, but is well placed to for explorers willing to tread the streets to access hidden eateries and cafes - we enjoyed the views and atmosphere looking back across to Sorrento from the east end of the peninsula. Food was great, room was comfortable and reasonably equipped. We spent most mornings having a leisurely breakfast outside, and most siesta times near the pool. My only major gripe is that our room felt like it was literally under the main road, and the noise of a myriad of scooters and delivery vehicles was pretty much constant - the rooms to the back of the hotel appeared MUCH quieter and nicer !More
A really enjoyable holiday
We stayed at the Girasole for 10 days in May 2016. Our room was on the third floor with a fantastic view of the garden & Vesuvius. The room was comfortable and very, very clean with a safe & fridge with no charge. Best to pay supplement for garden room as front facing rooms over the busy Corsa Italia road are noisy !
The staff were exceptional and nothing was too much trouble. Always cheerful and made you feel "at home". You are staying with a family rather than in a large hotel & we found this particularly charming, comfortable & safe.
Breakfast was a very good continental buffet with meats, cheese, boiled eggs, rolls, toast, fruit, yoghurt and a wide selection of pastries. Evening meal was selected at breakfast and there were 2/3 choices of each course. Pasta was plentiful and tasty but main courses would benefit from more fresh vegetables but you certainly wouldn't go hungry! We chose to eat salads at lunchtime whilst out & about & found evening meal perfectly adequate.
We celebrated an anniversary whilst we were there and Rita and family made it very special.
We would recommend this hotel if you are looking to relax and enjoy the sights of Pompeii, Herculaneum & Amalfi. We travelled by train (much cheaper than tours) to both ruins and local bus to Amalfi ( great hair-raising experience !!). Capri was disappointing and over commercialised. Would recommend walking belong Marina Grande to fishing area where there are good fish restaurants and a charming village.
You can walk to centre of Sorrento in about 20 minutes but pavements are narrow so care must be taken.More