We were greeted like long lost friends as we entered the hotel via the prettiest canopied and colonnaded walkway lit with twinkling fairy lights from where we had tantalising glimpses of the sweeping Bay of Naples beyond the lovely terrace. It was without doubt a perfect arrival.
The style of this hotel makes such a change from the typical decor favoured by most Italian hoteliers. Fresh designer fabrics in jewel-like colours blend with an eclectic mix of gorgeous Italian 'shabby-chic'; beautiful Murano-glass chandeliers and vast golden, Rococco mirrors combine with quirky touches of modern art and mood lighting to give a very intimate and relaxing atmosphere.
The Club Lounge area offers complimentary refreshments throughout the day and evening, which is a nice touch that adds to the personal atmosphere here.
Rooms are equally stylish, most being in the designer, boutique style of the public areas, but some remaining true to the hotels original heritage. Make sure you know which style you are getting.
The reason I have rated this hotel 4 stars and not 5 is that when we sat on the bed to gaze at the stupendous sea view the whole thing collapsed, and whilst it was a hysterical moment it highlighted the poor quality of beds in the hotel (cheap wooden slats that had popped easily out of their plastic fittings). The porter knew exactly what the problem was when he came to fix it, so I suspect this was not the first time it had happened.
Our room was Superior category and had a chaise longue in a sitting area, but I also saw Classic and Deluxe rooms. Classic are actually perfectly nice if you are not bothered about a sitting area and deluxe have slightly larger sitting areas. The views are so lovely (all the rooms are sea facing) that you may well want to spend time in your room gazing out of the window, so a sitting area may be a good investment.
Bear in mind that no two rooms are the same, so get a detailed description of the room being offered. Some of the lower level rooms for example have huge balconies, other in the same category don't.
Breakfast was very good and I would imagine in summer that this takes place on the terrace which would be a sublime and lingering affair.
There is no pool here, but there is a lift from the hotel down to the jetty where one can relax. So this hotel will predominantly suit couples without children.
The location is perfect, just a few steps from Tasso square in the centre of town, within easy walking distance to restaurants.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and will return myself in the summer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bellevue Syrene is a 5* boutique hotel in peak of the sea, overlooking the bay of Sorrento. It is a charming house with ancient frescoes, in the historical centre of Sorrento. A spa and a private solarium on the water are available. Romantic terrace restaurant during summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellevue Syrene Hotel Sorrento