Best Western Hotel La Solara
Via Capo 118, Sorrento, Italy, 80067
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, Relaxation
Expert review of Best Western Hotel La Solara
While Best Western might not be up there with other destination hotel chains, La Solara seems to buck the trend. It's three kilometres from Sorrento, rather old-fashioned and quiet – but these are just the reasons that its fans love it.
It's not in Sorrento's city centre but the hotel runs a shuttle bus that operates hourly (from 8am to 11.15pm) and picks up (and drops off) guests along the via degli Aranci just behind Sorrento's main shopping street (Corso Italia). The pick-up place is a five- or ten-minute walk from the bus station and, if you've just missed the shuttle, there's a hotel right behind you where you can sit and wait.
As with the rest of the hotel, there are no big design statements being made here: floors are tiled, windows are heavily draped, furniture is functional and bed coverings are the anonymous style found in a hundred other hotels, but rooms are clean, comfortable and equipped with everything you need. More importantly, the rooms are sound-proofed – no small thing, as the hotel is just off a main road to Sorrento. The shower is the powerful 'wake you up with a jet' type and, on my visit, hot water was in plentiful supply. Unfortunately, thanks to my inability to sort out the shower screen, much of it ended up on the bathroom floor. The bathroom mirror is well-lit, so great for applying make-up (or checking blemishes).
After dinner, the lounge seemed to be the hang-out of choice with its big screen TV and a couple of games tables for those who prefer a game of cards or Scrabble.
The huge dining room (tiled floor, old gold tablecloths, candelabra lighting) is where breakfast and dinner are held. Breakfast is buffet style and dinner is a more formal affair with waiter service. The food is simple, no-frills fare: a self-service salad bar that includes decent grilled vegetables followed by starters that include soup, and mains of fish, escalopes and pastas.
The pool is fabulous: Olympic-sized and heated in low season. It's surrounded by woods and terraces that have plenty of sun loungers as well as a children's pool. A small fitness area (bikes, treadmills, rowing and weights machine) is for residents only.
La Solara gets a lot of repeat business; those who like the 'home from home' feel of the place come back year after year. Our waiter, who has worked at the hotel for 25 years, has seen the same guests coming back to celebrate birthdays, honeymoons and all their subsequent wedding anniversaries. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to catch the weekly dinner dance. Something I rather liked was the free Italian lessons held twice a week. Nice touch.
Judging by the newspapers provided, guests are predominantly English, and probably those who prefer a package-style hotel, like to feel cossetted and enjoy the familiarity of their surroundings. But La Solara is also handy for independent travellers who intend to walk to nearby Massa Lubrense or be slightly closer to Don Alfonso's fabulous Michelin-starred restaurant.
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- Via Capo 118, Sorrento, Italy, 80067
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool