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Perched high on the cliffs overlooking Sorrento and with panoramic views over the Isle of Capri and the Bay of Naples the Grand Hotel Aminta is a grand base for exploring, Naples, Pompei, Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast. Hugh Taylor and Moira McCrossan checked into a rather elegant 1960’s hotel.

View from the Grand Hotel AMinta over the Bay of Naples

We stay in a wide variety of accommodation. Sometimes it’s based on location, sometimes on price and sometimes because it’s a hotel we just want to try. Often we are there at the request of the hotel management or their public relations company who are hoping that we will write nice things about their establishment. The only guarantees that we give them is that we won’t write about it at all if we think it is bad.

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We chose The Grand Hotel Aminta by the modern, digital, equivalent of sticking a pin in a map. We Hotel AMinta Sorrentogoogled ‘hotels, Sorrento’. There were rather a lot but we narrowed our search down by specifying at least three stars, reasonably priced, free parking and wifi, and close to the start of the Amalfi Coast. The Aminta had all of these, the photographs of the rooms and interior looked good and more importantly it sat beside the road, was just outside Sorrento and had a free shuttle bus into town. It had squillions of reviews on Tripadvisor and scored an exceedingly high ranking. So we paid our money and prepared to take our chances. What a find it turned out to be.

We could see it in the distance as we climbed the windy coast road up hill from Sorrento. Being a sixties construction it’s not much to look at but bear in mind that with hotels you are mostly inside looking out so the exterior is not as important. When we arrived we were met at the door, bags captured and someone even took me to where I should park. The receptionist was a cheery, welcoming, ‘can do’ person, the type that doesn’t see problems, just solutions and by the time we got to our room the porter was there with our bags.

We’d just booked the bog standard room but were upgraded to one with an ocean view. We suspect that late afternoon anyone arriving will be upgraded if they have ocean view rooms left. It costs the hotel nothing extra but generates a heap of goodwill. Our small balcony had views over to the Island of Capri and across to the Bay of Naples and we got there just in time to enjoy the sun setting.

The room was spacious, clean and well decorated and with a great ornately tiled bathroom. Plenty of plugs to charge the computers and camera gear and the free wifi is something that is high on our list of priorities.

We decided to give the shuttle bus a miss and just dine in the hotel. The dining room on the first floor echoes back to the days of the great Cunard Atlantic liners and in the morning we got down early to capture a table by the window and enjoy breakfast looking over the bay.

Dining room Grand Hotel AMinta SorrentoDinner is a choice of affixed price menu or a la carte. Moira started with aubergine  stuffed Sorrento style with smoked Mozarello, tomatoes, pepper and garic. For her main she had Gnocci with pesto. But this pesto was very creamy and a delicious dish. I ordered fillet steak, medium rare and that is how I got it. Melted in the mouth it did. And they never gave me a steak knife either. I didn’t need one. To finish we had a deliciously wicked chocolate cake followed by coffee and Amaretto. The service was certainly up to that of a five star hotel. We have in fact stayed in some five stars that did not provide service this good.

After dinner we went for an early bedtime but left the curtains opened and awoke to the dawn breaking over Capri. What was intended as a brief pit stop en route to Amalfi turned out to be an evening that will be long remembered. We will return again to this hotel, hopefully for a longer stay. We recommend it with but one reservation. Pre-book the ocean view room. You wont regret it.

See Also: CAPENA, PROVINCE OF ROME, LAZIO REGION - ITALY

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