london, United Kingdom
June 26, 2002
It's a great location to begin with, far removed from the main road, and perched right on the cliffs that make up the coast line. The rooms are fairly spacious, especially by local standards; some have sea views and balconies of varying size, and they all boast that most unusual of commodities: air-conditioning.
Due to a mixture of traditional habits and plain old economics, A/C is hard to come by, even in the four star hotels located in this area. In the lower categories it's almost unheard of. However, along with my key at the reception, I was handed a remote which, to my surprise,activated a small A/C unit in one corner of the room.
Not that you should spend much time indoors. A ten minute walk below the hotel, and plainly visibile from its windows, is a long sandy beach; again unusual, since most of the beaches here tend to be gravel or stones. It's easy enough going down but can take a while to get back up.
A five minute walk from the hotel,the station for the Circumvesuviana train sells round trip tickets to central Sorrento for 1.80 euros, or 1.70 US dollars. Passages are very frequent, every half hour and less during peak periods, and the trip only takes five minutes. The final train from Sorrento departs at 11:30pm, making it possible to have dinner in town.
Eating at the hotel is another possibility, and the cozy, glassed-in dining room located on the sixth floor doesn't make you feel as if you're missing out on anything: you can watch the sun go down, as I did, along with a great dish of pasta and a glass of wine.
From journal A brief weekend on the peninsula of Sorrento