Our Rick Steves tour ends in Naples at the end of September, 2008. After Naples we will have an additional 3 days to explore before we have to head back home. We were thinking of Sorrento, Capri, Anacapri, or Ischia. Since we can’t get enough of the Amalfi Coast, we figured if we stay at any these places we could hop a ferry and visit the other three. Any suggestions? Also, looking for suggestion for some “moderately” priced places to stay. I realize we will get hammered with our half price American dollars, but, you only live once.
We loved the Hotel Villa Garden in Sorrento, which we found from posting on this board. We stayed there four nights and visited all the Amalfi Coast towns from there. The hotel is actually in a little town next to Sorrento called San'Agnello. About 15 minutes walking to the center of Sorrento, and in a nice quiet neighborhood, right on the waterfront. Service was excellent, the location beautiful!
There are several fairly recent posts that address this question. But, I'll chime in with two commonly recommended places. The most highly recommended is probably Il Nido. Il Nido is set up high above the town of Sorrento, and they provide a shuttle bus to/from town.
In a few weeks, we're staying at La Tonnarella. While it's more expensive than Il Nido, we selected it because they have a terrific suite for our family of 5, but even moreso because of their private beach. It's also off the beaten track, but more accessible to "downtown" Sorrento than Il Nido.
Both restaurants have spectacular views (although Il Nido's is from farther away) and wonderful restaurants, which is a definite plus after a long day of sightseeing.
We will be staying at the Antica Mura next month. Haven't been there before, but the website looks great and it has wonderful reviews on trip advisor. I chose it because it is in the heart of Sorrento. No beach but a fabulous looking pool.
I highly recommend the IL NIDO, great price, great location, great food, and great host.
We stayed a week at the Hotel Settimo Cielo in Sorrento. We loved it there because of the gorgeous views we had from our balcony. The rooms are plain and basic, but we spent most of our time outside on the patio or sightseeing. It is a 10 minute walk into town and there is a little store about 5 min away to buy snacks, wine, etc. The bus stop is right outside the hotel if you want to go to the train or bus station-- to catch the bus to Positano or Amalfi. Most of all, the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our rate was 140E including breakfast.
I loved staying in Massa Lubrense. http://www.francischiello.it/, is a fourth generation family owned hotel and restaurant. FABULOUS. The bus into Sorrento stops right at the front door. It is about 10 mintues to Sorrento. The rate worked out to about 135E per night which included breakfast and dinner every day.
Where ever you stay - you will love it!!!