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Hotel Parco dei Principi 4.5

Sorrento, Province of Naples, Italy

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The stylish Hotel Parco dei Principi was built in the early 1960s, retaining modernist design elements and striking graphic decor augmented by an impressive location perched above the sea. The hotel is on the outskirts of the town of Sorrento; the town center is about a 15-minute walk away. Guests have commented favorably on the attractiveness of the grounds and the stunning views as well as the cleanliness of the property.

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Visually striking design in '60s-era hotel is popular with international tourists.

Parco dei Principi was constructed in 1962 by architect Gio Ponti and retains a modernist feel to the entire establishment. Ninety-six rooms are anchored by a lobby filled with blue and white tiles, minimalist decor, and light wood furniture in a spectacular location perched on a cliff with views of the Bay of Naples. Some have remarked that furnishings in common areas may be in need of repair, though few have felt any major changes are necessary. The surrounding grounds feature romantic touches like the Bridge of Love and Temple of Venus.

Location

Overlooking Gulf of Naples and requiring a significant walk to Sorrento's center

Parco dei Principi occupies a dramatic location on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples, on the outskirts of Sorrento. Hence, the property is a significant walk from the town’s center. There’s a free hotel shuttle to the Sorrento bus station running a handful of times per day; reservations must be made early in the morning of one’s planned trip. Naples International airport is an hour’s drive away.

Rooms

Clean graphic design in bright, airy, minimalist rooms

Blue and white mod tiles cover the floors of every room at Parco dei Principi, lending a retro as well as a nautical feel throughout. All surfaces in the bathrooms are mosaic-tiled as well. Skylights, light wood ‘60s-design chairs, and horizontal windows all contribute to a strong aesthetic sense in rooms that have received favorable comments for cleanliness and bed comfort. Still, certain aspects of the hotel’s original architecture may be limiting to guests: Some have noted the design of the bathtubs are difficult to maneuver and that there's a lack of electrical outlets in rooms. Multiple guests have also advised others to book a sea-facing room.

Features

Saltwater pool, fitness center, and small private beach area

A modest but updated fitness center is stocked with a handful of machines and free weights. There’s also a tiny business center with printing capabilities. A steep set of stairs from the hotel grounds to the sea leads to a small beach and deck area with lounge chairs, open part of the year. A saltwater pool adjacent to the garden gives stunning views of the coast. The on-site restaurant has received mixed reviews, with guests noting that it is on the pricier side.

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Via Bernardino Rota 44, Sorrento 80067, Italy

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