Parco dei Principi Hotel

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Address: Via Rota 1, , Sorrento, 80067, Italy

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.2

Sorrento, 1960s style, with a nautical twist.

Parco dei Principi is a wonderful modernist creation dreamt up by Giò Ponti – one of Italy's most important architects – who designed everything from the furniture to the floor tiles. You might have seen some of Ponti's work before as his influence is enormous, from his creation of the 'Superleggera' – a 'super light' chair that a child could pick up - to the iconic Pirelli building in Milan. His focus on simple form combined with elegant beauty can be seen everywhere in the hotel and the style extends to the pool too.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

Sant'Agnello is a little way out of Sorrento – a 15-minute walk – but the hotel provides a shuttle service that will take you into town. 

Bedrooms

Blue and white dominate, from the individual Ponti-designed floor tiles to the bed covers. Every room is a paean to modernism, full of simple shapes and lines; expect seamless storage, Anglepoise light fittings, modular tables and chairs. And beyond your white-walled room, perfectly chiming with Ponti's colour scheme, the sea. I'm a big fan of this period but, thanks to all the cleverly-hidden storage, the rooms may be too spartan for some tastes.

Public areas

The hotel has had the most sensitive of  revamps so it retains all the cool and chic of Ponti's vision while facilities have been updated to suit a 21st-century traveller. 

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is a basic buffet affair but made all the more enjoyable thanks to that spectacular view. The hotel also has a decent restaurant and there is a little eaterie down on the beach.

Leisure facilities

The salt-water pool, with its original diving platform, is absolutely beautiful and open from May to September. There is also a botanic garden and a Wellness centre (mini-gym, hot tub, massage rooms) as well as a private beach (accessible by lift) that is open from June to September (all towels, sunbeds and umbrellas provided free of charge). The hotel also has a boat that can be booked for days out.

Service

Staff are friendly and professional.

Who stays there

Style-mavens, singles, couples and all those looking for a bit of peace and quiet, as well as, rumour has it, Anjelica Huston while filming The Life Aquatic. Note that children under 10 are not allowed at the hotel.

Price advice

Parking costs 15 euros per day.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Wonderful views
  • Designer's dream of a hotel
  • All that tiling can make it a bit noisy
  • The pared-back style might not be to everyone's taste
  • A little out of the way
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