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The 10 best hotels in Sorrento

Whether you’re after serious luxury or something traditional, the best hotels in Sorrento are sure to impress

Written by
Jan Fuscoe
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Oh, Sorrento, you do thrilling things to our hearts. The rural beauty of the Sorrentine Peninsula is magnificent, and it is no great shock to discover a plethora of fabulous hotels dotted in and around the area. With all the beauty to explore, a good night’s sleep is vital. Many of the best hotels in Sorrento double up as romantic restaurants and attractions themselves, all while offering comfortable sleep and the perfect base for exploring Sorrento’s villas, vineyards and lemon groves. Italy at its most magical? Gorgeous stuff.

Best hotels in Sorrento

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1. Relais Blu

When it comes to location, this boutique hotel really delivers. Located right inside the Punta Campanella marine reserve, visitors are treated to stunning views of Capri, Ischia, Procida and Vesuvius. Room interiors embrace a minimalist, marine-influenced aesthetic, combining cool expanses of white with bold flashes of Mediterranean turquoise. You’ll also find a chic mix of contemporary and retro furnishings, plus a fine-dining restaurant under the leadership of chef Roberto Allocca. There is a modestly sized infinity pool and modern spa on-site, but for beach-lovers, the Marina Cantone beach is only a short taxi ride away. Hire a boat or simply enjoy a relaxing walk to the delightful La Conca del Sogno restaurant in Recommone.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

2. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

The grandest of Sorrento’s grand hotels is set in five acres of orange and lemon groves, giving it a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere despite its central location. Spacious elegant rooms have period furniture, the occasional frescoed ceiling and 19th-century antiques, and all have terraces overlooking the sea or gardens. A holistic centre is set in the hotel’s renovated 19th-century greenhouse, and there’s Michelin-starred dining to be enjoyed at the Terrazza Bosquet restaurant, which has spectacular views over the Bay of Naples.

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La Minervetta

3. La Minervetta

A short stroll from Sorrento’s centre, La Minervetta has a spectacular position overlooking the Marina Grande, and it’s easily one of the most stylish places to stay on the Sorrentine coast. Run by Marco, an interior designer, and his wife Eugenia, it’s brimming with character. Each room is individually styled in bold colours, with a nautical theme, plus books, boats, and other ephemera collected over the years. A dining area serves excellent breakfasts, and beyond it lies a lounge area and sun terrace. Another terrace with a small (unheated) pool has private steps down to Marina Grande.

Don Alfonso 1890

4. Don Alfonso 1890

One of the best reasons to venture beyond Sorrento is to sample the two-Michelin starred food of Alfonso Iaccarino and his son Ernesto. And to really enjoy it, you might as well book a room. Each has been styled (by the same team behind La Minervetta) in a delicious combination of bright and pastel colours. The garden and pool are very restful, and the reception area charming, but really you’re just biding your time until dinner, the ingredients for which are harvested from Iaccarino’s organic farm in the Punta Campanella. If you’re inspired, cooking classes are also available.

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Hotel Palazzo Jannuzzi

5. Hotel Palazzo Jannuzzi

Slap-bang in the centre of Sorrento, Jannuzzi is a family-run boutique B&B that was designed by local architect/designer Marco de Luca (of La Minervetta fame). With a dazzling palette of yellow, white and black, rooms are stylish and spacious, some with terraces, and there’s an apartment complete with its own terrace, kitchen and, er, exercise bike. Breakfasts, including freshly baked pastries, are something else. The location is perfect for local shopping, restaurants and bars, and it’s a short walk to the port for boat trips.

Imperial Hotel Tramontano

6. Imperial Hotel Tramontano

There are few better views of the sea and Vesuvius than from the terraces of this four-star grand hotel. Public frescoed areas are furnished with oriental carpets, majolica tiles and antique paintings, while elegant rooms have views of the sea or the beautiful Mediterranean gardens. There’s a pool, access to the beach via a lift, and the kitchen is under the supervision of Alfonso Iaccarino, of two-Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890 fame. There is even a chapel, a frescoed jewel that dates back to 1500 and was completely restored in 1890.

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Palazzo Marziale

7. Palazzo Marziale

Once the residence of the Savarese family, this 15th-century building has been sensitively converted into an intimate luxury hotel while maintaining plenty of the original Catalan-Durazzo architectural features in the public areas. The hotel, overlooking the gardens of Piazza San Francesco and not far from the 14th-century San Francesco cloister and Villa Comunale, is located nearby an abundance of shops and restaurants. Rooms are more contemporary, and the Marziale Suite has its own interior garden patio. Two restaurants both serve traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist.

Parco dei Principi

8. Parco dei Principi

A mile from the centre of Sorrento, this wonderful Modernist creation, set within a park, was dreamt up by Giò Ponti. One of Italy's most important architects, Ponti designed the 'Superleggera' (a 'super-light' chair that a child could pick up) and the iconic Pirelli building in Milan, and here at Parco, he created everything from the furniture to the floor tiles, which are all set differently to create unique designs in each room. A wonderfully fresh palette of blue and white extends throughout, from the simple rooms to the restaurant and the lovely seawater pool.

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Grand Hotel Aminta

9. Grand Hotel Aminta

Another gorgeous hotel, the four-star Grand Hotel Aminta has retained its 1960s styling in the common areas, including a wonderful curved central staircase, wide windows, and tiled flooring. It might be a little way out of Sorrento (there's a shuttle bus), perched on a hillside, but the hotel has great views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, and the terraces are lovely for lunch, dinner and cocktails. Around the fabulous heated pool, there is summer entertainment, and plenty of excursions are available.

Hotel Antiche Mura

10. Hotel Antiche Mura

A traditional hotel in the heart of Sorrento town centre, Antiche Mura is situated beside the ancient walls that once protected the city from would-be attackers. Rooms have hand-painted tiled floors and marble bathrooms. Breakfasts are legendary, with a staggering array of pastries and cakes served in a striking Art Nouveau-style dining room. During the summer, simple food is served around the outdoor pool, set within a gorgeous citrus grove garden. Half board is available using an off-site restaurant located in the main square in front of the hotel.

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