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Hotel Il Faro

3.0 out of 5.0

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The hotel staff were extremely friendly towards me and my friends. The rooms were kept well furnished and there were wonderful views of the beach. Most of the food served was well above my expectations, especially the lemon cake, and it is very close to shops and restaurants.

The hotel staff were friendly and efficient, room cleaned and fresh towels provided daily. Location ideal for ferries to Capri, Positano and Ischia etc. The area is busy during day but quiet in the evenings. For those wanting something livelier the lift up to the main town is close by or if you have the stamina there are the many many steps which will take you there. Shops, bars and restaurants open till late. The only downside is this hotel seems popular with school parties not all of whom have any idea how to behave and in certain cases adult supervision was sadly lacking.

great location wonderful staff especially the waiters good food very good accommodation very clean what more could you want sun and Sorrento hop on the boat to capri or amalfi or ischia all of them beautiful places catch the train to Pompeii just great

Placed in the small harbour this hotel is ideal for staying a night and to take the boat to Capri in the morning. To hotel a simple and clean with friendly staff. The view from our room on the port and harbour was very nice.

Just back from Sorrento last night. Had a wonderful time in the hotel. We had a room with a fabulous view of the sea and Mount Vesuvius with a small balcony. Room was a double with w suite facilities, very basic but clean. Food was very Italian in the hotel restaurant served by a lovely waiter. Staff were always very courteous and helpful to us. It made our holiday. There were a couple of people who constantly moaned about everything they seemed to be looking for the slightest wee thing and we found them really a pain we felt sorry for the staff who had to endure the endless complaints We will be back. The location to the ferries is 5 minutes to Capri or Naples. Definitely worth a visit you won’t be disappointed.

The good points: 1. Great value for staying in Sorrento because Sorrento is such an expensive place to stay due to being such a tourist hot spot. 2. The rooms were clean and room service was great. 3. The breakfast had a good selection. 4. The concierge was very polite and VERY helpful in catering to all of our needs such as directions, suggestions for different restaurants and sights, and calling to confirm travel plans. The bad points: 1. A bit harder to find for first time travelers as it was in Marina Picolo. 2. Our room was quite small but that may be why the price was very reasonable for us. 3. Because it's right by the ocean, I always experience that rooms by the water are super humid and has a beachy/humid smell (take that however you like, whether good or bad is up to you. For me, it's not the most pleasant). 4. Lots of walking! - a lot of stairs and inclined roads to get up to the city square (there is an elevator that runs but costs 1 euro each person, each trip) All in all, would definitely recommend to any one that would want a reasonably priced place to stay in Sorrento and is not afraid of walking up and down number flights of stairs.

Located by the harbour, it does the job quite well. You ll have to walk up a bit to reach Sorrento downtown higher up. Service is correct and some rooms have a view on the vesuvio, which is nice. Little room with in-the-shower toilets, but clean

This hotel is of 3* standard and it does just that. Hubby and I spent a week at this hotel, half board. Evening meals were very nice. Please note, the service of meals are not fast, so take plenty of time enjoying the food. This is typical as Italians do not rush their meals. Bedroom had everything that was needed. You do need to bring your own kettle if you wish. Hairdryers and sachet of shampoo/cond/shower gels are supplied. Towels are changed daily. Bed is hard, but ideal for us. We had a room overlooking the ravine (back of hotel) which was suitable, we were able to see what people were wearing in the mornings when they were rushing to the ferries for work, which gave us an idea on what to wear for the day. Situation of hotel is perfect, overlooking the marina, a bus stop where buses take you up to the top and to the train station, a lift which is 1euro one way or 1euro 60 for return and the ferries which can take you to Capri, Amalfi and Naples. The gem of this hotel is the sun terrace. What fantastic scenery, day and night, our main highlight. A nice peaceful place for a nightcap. All in all, if we were to come back to Sorrento, this hotel ticked all the boxes for what we wanted and would stay again.

My parents, myself and my son have just returned from a week at Il Faro and we loved it. Yes, the niggles. The bathroom was slightly mildewy, a light didnt work in one room, the lift was small (not made for pushchairs!) and a bit slow, but it was faster than my toddlers feet so I really didn't care. It does the job. Staff seem a bit brusque but, it seems that throughout Campania people are just really not fake. If you ask a question they answer it, if you make a joke that's not funny, they won't laugh. I thought it was quite refreshing really! Yes, breakfast was the same every day but I've cooked hotel breakfasts and that's generally the way it is. Plus , I loved it. I have never eaten so much before 7.30 before in my life!! The owner appeared to be the grumpiest man on earth but when I rushed in upset after seeing a scrap down the port he was charm & friendliness personified. Evening meals were great, it was a small choice but we always managed to find something we liked. Accompaniments to meals can be a bit strange, but everything tasted nice! We found all customer-facing staff spoke good basic English, and I hardly think they need to do anymore, considering Italy isn't an English speaking country. We had no trouble with language barrier at all. Restaurant staff seemed to be well able to greet & hold a conversation with guests in at least 4 languages at my count which is pretty cool! I feel like some former reviewers need to remember that they're not in England/America/Australia etc. Italians speak Italian in Italy. They don't drink hot drinks the way the English chug them down so there's no kettles in rooms. The TV isn't in English, because you're not in England. (Seriously, why are you watching TV anyway??) The breakfast isn't last nights cake, it's breakfast food, just not as you know it. The fruit is ripe and fresh, the skins are blemished and I saw a slightly wrinkly peach but just tuck in, it's delicious! Even in the supermarkets the fruit isn't flawless and uniform, which is great! No food waste and probably grown very locally. The rooms are gloomy, because Mediterranean countries tend to have windows/doors shuttered to keep them cool & in my room the shutters & glass doors were independent so you could have light, cool/air or both or shut up at night. Embrace the differences! I had a huge balcony, a massive bed, a good cot with proper bedding and plenty of storage space. My sons bedding was Disney Princess but he seemed to like it! The room was kept clean, the bin emptied and i had fresh towels every day. Sorted Finally, Gianfranco in the restaurant is amazing. Literally my son loved him so much I wish I could have bought him home. He is the friendliest hotel staff member I've ever met, efficient, cheerful, happy to walk my toddler round the restaurant & introduce him to people, which was just very sweet. A 20 month old little boy isn't great at sitting down for a 3 course meal & neither him or I had been abroad before so it was soooo wonderful that when sat in that restaurant I felt really at home with staff and other guests. Honestly, if you're looking for a holiday where you're out all day, stuff yourself at night and then fall over into bed, and you want an Italian holiday, not England-In-The-Sun this place is perfect.

This is a nice, clean, basic hotel. Our room was on the fifth floor and looked away from the sea and towards the cliff, but had a large balcony with chairs. The meals were good; breakfast had nice bread, ham, cheese, tomatoes, fruit, cereals, yoghurt and cake. Evening meals were very good and we were never left hungry. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful. The room was a reasonable size, with plenty of space to unpack clothing. The air con worked well and the sink was very large. The location on the harbour is great, with buses and a lift to take you to the town square, if you don't feel like walking. What more would you want?

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51% of guests recommend this hotel

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