Last Updated on 01/18/2024
Sorrento is a wonderful city between Naples and the legendary Amalfi Coast, which makes it an excellent base to see other towns and Capri. Sorrento itself is very charming and has also been a vacation destination since Roman times.
Today, it continues to be a popular choice for travelers wanting to enjoy the amazing food, limoncello, swimming spots and natural beauty this part of Italy is known for.
There are endless options for where to stay in Sorrento. These are my suggestions on the best hotels in Sorrento based on living in Naples and numerous trips around the region. I’ve included luxury properties, boutique hotels, rural villas, a B&B that won’t disappoint (where I have stayed), and a few hotels that I would book next time in a heartbeat.
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What is the best area to stay?
I personally like to walk to the beach or into town to shop and eat out. So, for me, that means staying in Sorrento itself. However, there are a number of nice resorts on the outskirts with large pools that might be more of your style.
If your budget allows it, staying on the cliffside with an ocean view is the best choice. I have never regretted upgrading to a nicer room/hotel.
You’ll also want to consider transportation when choosing where to stay in Sorrento. From the train station, you might want to take a taxi directly to your hotel if you have a lot of luggage. If you arrive by ferry, that will be at the bottom of the cliff. I have walked with a small luggage, but that all depends on your preference. If you stay at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, there is an elevator directly from the port to the hotel.
You can also book a private driver that will bring you from the airport right to the door of whatever hotel you choose.
What is the cost of hotels in Sorrento?
Luxury hotels can easily run over 1,000 euros a night in the high season. While a great B&B with an ocean view that I have stayed in can be around 200 euros, depending on exactly when your trip is.
Where to Stay in Sorrento: Best Luxury Hotels
Hotels are listed in star order, from highest to lowest. Honestly though, I wouldn’t get too hung up on the star ratings. Sometimes a 4 star hotel can cost more than a 5 star. It all just depends on your budget and what experience you are looking for during your trip.
Hotel Bellevue Syrene
With origins as a mansion dating back to 1750, the Hotel Bellevue Syrene later became a hotel in 1820. As a Relais & Château property, it is one of the most luxurious hotels in Sorrento. From spring to early summer, enjoy meal on the terrace under a sea of wisteria.
While the pool is on the smaller side, you’ll have access to an entire private beach and sunbathing deck. The sun deck is accessible by elevator, but I’d take the roman passage way carved out of the cliffside.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
The iconic Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria was founded in 1834 and is still today owned by the 5th generation. Over its many years in operation, they’ve welcomed royalty, socialites and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren.
While Hotel Bellevue Syrene is the more modern 5-star choice, the Grand Hotel Excelsior takes a more classical approach…. think marble bathrooms, frescos, parquet flooring and antique furniture. Take a stroll through the gardens filled with citrus trees and lush Mediterranean plants.
5 stars, ocean view & balcony rooms, pool, breakfast included. Check pricing and availability.
Grand Hotel la Favorita
One of the less expensive in the 5 star line up in Sorrento is Grand Hotel la Favorita. With charming tiles, traditional design and a central location, this would be a solid choice. It’s not directly on the cliffside, so unfortunately it lacks ocean views in the guest rooms. However, they make up for it with a rooftop pool that overlooks the bay.
5 stars, pool, breakfast included, balcony rooms with courtyard views. Check pricing and availability.
Maison la Minervetta
The hotel Maison la Minervetta was built in the 50s on a perch overlooking Marina Grande by a Danish Italian couple. Their grandson owns and manages the hotel today. Classic, yet playful nautical themed rooms offer ample space (a rarity in hotels in Sorrento and Italy in general). Walk down the private pathway to the beach on Marina Grande or take a dip in the pool overlooking the ocean.
4 stars, ocean view rooms, pool, breakfast included. Check pricing and availability.
Maison il Conservatorio Sorrento
This property dates back to the 16th century and is right around the corner from one of the best look out points in Sorrento in the park Villa Communale di Sorrento. While rooms don’t offer ocean views, continental breakfast is served on the unique panoramic terrace. White and blue themed rooms are spacious with nice booth seating that could easily convert to an extra bed if traveling with a child.
Breakfast included. Check pricing and availability.
Palazzo Jannuzzi Relais
For those who love being in the thick of the action (and the color yellow), you can’t find a better location than Palazzo Jannuzzi Relais. Situated right on the main square of Piazza Tasso, you could sit on your balcony and watch the world go by. You’ll be treated to views of a massive Christmas tree in the middle of the roundabout if you visit around the holidays. Conveniently, Fauna Bar is located right below if you.
Breakfast included. Check pricing and availability.
Bed & Breakfast
One of my very first blog posts was about this very bed and breakfast. Reading it now makes me cringe, but I also get that feeling of why I started this blog way back in 2015…. To share special places like this one.
Pamela is the owner and she truly welcomed us like friends who were visiting her home. I loved the floor tiles, the view and homemade pastries she provided. It is located right on the beach, which is convenient for catching ferries and going to the beach. However, it is a climb up to the top of town where most of the restaurants and shops are located.
Breakfast included, ocean views. Check pricing and availability.
If Surriento Suites is sold out, I would also recommend you check out Yacht Club Capo Cervo that is in the same building with similar views and excellent reviews.
Capo Santa Fortunata
If you’re someone who wants to relax in a quiet villa environment, a secluded villa might be right for you. This Capo Santa Fortunata has just four rooms, each with spacious interiors and ocean views. I can picture guests relaxing in the thoughtful ceramic details and reading a book poolside with the expansive gardens in the background. I also think this would be a great choice for a large group or a family celebration.
Breakfast included, pool, ocean views, free parking. Check pricing and availability.
Relais Regina Giovanna
Relais Regina Giovanna is about a 10-minute drive from the town center, so this property isn’t for everyone and requires guests to take a taxi and/or rely on a shuttle to visit town. If you want to relax on a private beach away from the crowds and unplug, this would be a great choice.
Get lost wandering the 50 acres of gardens, and find your way back to the villa for dinner. Enjoy balcony rooms overlooking olive groves and the ocean with beautiful tiled floors.
Breakfast included, free parking. Check pricing and availability.