10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
What a find!
"We have just returned from a 2-centre break in the Amalfi coast and our first stop for 4 days was the lovely Palazzo Marziale. My fiance and I just feel we must write about our experience as this place is an absolute find! Location is perfect, very central, everything is walking distance but not right in the middle of the main piazza which is nice as you can get away from the noise and hustle and bustle when you feel like it. Breakfast was spot on, lovely fresh bread + pastries and a selection of cheeses and hams. Also yoghurt, cereal etc. The service was fantastic... yes the owner is not around all the time but she was very helpful and friendly when we met her a few times and when we wanted to speak to her during the day one of the maids went to find her for us. I have read the other reviews of people complaining that she is not around but we must remember it is a B+B and not a hotel and that is expected. Rooms - utterly fabulous!!! We stayed in the yellow room and he had a great view accross the church and the sea, it was a large room and large bathroom with beautiful high ceilings and very clean. Overall we have only good things to say about this lovely B+B and we would recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in Sorrento. It is everything we wanted!"
- Travel date: 13th June 2007
Great Location with extremly comfortable accomodations
"You wont find a better locaton in Sorrento. All shopping and dining is within a 5 or 10 minute walk. If you wish to hydofoil to Naples or Capri or take a train to Pompei the departing locations are 15 minutes. Our room, the white room, was extremely comfortable. I did not find the negatives reported in a few of the reviews. The breakfast was more than adequate with local meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, yogurt, dry cereal and a variety of breads and sweet rolls. Each morning we were entertained by Vincenzo as he prepared our capucino or coffee. We found Paola and her staff to be very charming and professional and ready to assist with any problems. If you plan to come to Sorrento DO NOT BRING AN AUTO. This would be my only negative. There is no parking at the location and you must use a lot 10 minutes away at 20 euro per day. All in all, if I return to Sorrento I would definitely return to the Palazzo Marziale."
- Travel date: 29th May 2007
"Excellent location for visiting the surrounding areas. Quality of breakfast was poor, we stayed in the Red Room and found it below average. No views from the window other that an internal courtyard facing the other bedrooms. The hotel is fairly noisy from both the plumbing in rooms upstairs and also the noise from other guests entering and leaving the hotel. Some of this should be partly offset by the friendliness of the staff. The hotel has limited services and feels more like a B&B than a hotel."
- Travel date: 12th May 2007
Great location - but completely ignored
"To see the Amalfi Coast, we decided to base ourselves in Sorrento for the week. This proved to be a wise decision - and the Palazzo Marziale was in a PERFECT location. It's close to the rail and bus stations, the port, as well as shopping and restaurants. We read great reviews about this place, and booked it because of the personal attention given to the guests by the owner. Unfortunately, we never saw the owner (until the last day, when payment was due from us). We were completely ignored all week. "Breakfast" consisted of packaged food and canned fruit, and on most mornings, we had to wait 5-10 minutes for the maid to realize that we were standing outside the breakfast room. The room, although nice, was not thoroughly cleaned (dust in the corners, and the fabric shower curtain was covered with mould). We've stayed at many B&B's and Inns. We know when checking into one, that you might sacrifice some of the normal amenities, but this is always replaced by the care and attention given by owners to the guests. However, this was not the case at the Palazzo Marziale."
- Travel date: 20th April 2007
Different yes - but friendly?
"Ok. We stay 2 or 3 times a year at the Grand Hotel Royal a 4**** in the centre of town and love, love, love it! The first time we stayed 'off season' was the last week of October 2006 and thought we would squeak in a short break this March 2007 for 4 nights. The Royal closes in the winter months and we also do like to stay in smaller B&B type accommodation in other parts of Italy / Europe so thought we would give it a go this time in Sorrento. Very good website - we booked the white room (junior suite) which was lovely, location excellent and a private pre-booked transfer through the Palazzo by e-mail was confirmed at 80 euros and we were met by a driver with our name on a sign and driven in a very nice mercedes to our door. Owner 'Mrs Paola' met us and showed us to our room - said the shower needed for us to be an engineer to be able to work it, I asked about the outdoor terrace and she said 'it is outside', gave us the keys and left us to it. Never saw her again - the only other person we saw was the maid who the next day asked us for our passports - usual in Italy - and in the end was the person who took our payment for our stay by credit card on departure! She had to ask my husband what to do with the chip and pin machine as she had not done it before. We also asked for a return transfer to Naples airport - via the maid - who said she would ask Mrs Paola to book it on her return. We got into the taxi presuming the same cost only to be told at Naples Airport that the cost was 220 euros!!!! What!!!! Apparently a metred taxi had been called instead of the original transfer company. All in all a great place to stay - location, room wise etc. off season. We really didn't get an impression of friendliness from the owner, you get quite a lot of road noise at night, can hear the family (and their plumbing) in the rooms above. Would stay here again and would recommend it but defn. not for the personality of the owner as other reviews have indicated."
- Travel date: 15th March 2007
The perfect Sorrentine experience
"Palazzo Marziale excels on all fronts. Not only is it luxurious and palatial, it is the perfect Sorrentine experience. The owner, Paola, welcomes you into her beautiful hotel and along with her excellent staff, succeeds in providing you with everything for a truly wonderful stay. We stayed for 2 weeks on our honeymoon and were made to feel as if we were the only ones in the entire hotel. We sipped grappa with our hosts, were treated to a fantastic Sorrentine supper and enjoyed many balmy evenings under the picturesque pergola overlooking Sorrento itself and of course, the sea. All of this aside, words cannot describe how truly magical this place is. Our advice is: if you want a romantic holiday or simply a relaxing stay away from it all, you should avoid all the big hotels in Sorrento and stay at Palazzo Marziale. You cannot go wrong! We are already working out when we can go back and stay with Paola and her family again!"
- Travel date: 28th August 2005
A very intimate and special palazzo!
"We stayed here a couple of nights on our two week holiday in Italy. It met our expectations in practically all aspects! The hospitable welcome from Paola, where we were first invited to the large outdoor sitting area for a welcome drink, where we could hear a bit of the small town buzzeling out on the streets, while we were sitting in this secluded romantic outdoor "living room", with flowers and plants all over, and what sounded like a Parrot somewhere on the Roof top... The thing is that Paola, and her family still are living i parts of their Palazzo, so we did not get to see the entire place, which made the experience all the more interesting actually, as long as we got "value for the money", in the sence that we felt that we got good service, breakfast, room, and got to see the parts we did... In a way we felt that we got a little peek into a Noble familys home... But we felt very welcome all the time, and did not feel like we were intruding (which was my worry before we arrived). The place is magical, with the spectacular hallway, once you get in. The thing is that on the outside you wouldn't find it, unless you knew what to look for, since it is not a hotel, but a private Palazzo with five bedrooms. We saw a few tourist groups that stopped outside, so it seemed as the Palazzo was a part of a tour... (Made the stay all the more special) We had booked the largest room; the White room, which cost a little bit more than the others, (335 Euros a night) but very much worth it! The room, and the entire place had a suttle exclusiveness about it, and not the vulgar "P. Diddy-million-dollar-look"... If you get the point?!? None of the rooms has actual seaview, unfortunately, but then the prize would have been tripple, and we would'nt have been able to stay there... And that would have been a real shame! So, if you want a peek into an Italian aristocratic Palazzo, still with some of the (hospitable but not disturbing) family living in closed off parts, then PLEASE stay here!!! It gave a much more authentic feeling, than living in any hotel!!! Not to mention the nice breakfast, and service of their Housemaid, and the exclusive room, with the fancy Jacuzzi, excellent bed and all in all very good value for the money!!!"
- Travel date: 11th August 2005
A true palatial experience
"Stayed for 2 nights at the Palazzo and loved the ambience and the friendliness of the staff. Paola, the owner was extremely friendly and accomodating. We had to drop off our rental car, and Paola arranged for the company to pick up the car from her own garage. This service was incredibly appreciated as we were exhausted from our drive. We stayed in the Red room, which was a tad small, but its beauty and luxury made up for that. The bright, large, marble bathroom, was truly palatial, with everything one could possibly need, from shaving kits, to toothbrush kits. We loved it. The location of the Palazzo is perfect. Close to the main piazza and walking distance from the elevator to the beach. Beach and elevator passes are included with the room. We loved Sorrento. We loved the shops and we loved the Palazzo Marziale."
- Travel date: 5th August 2005
Wonderful luxury palazzo hotel
"We spent 10 days in this wonderful hotel. It is a genuine palazzo and when you walk through the wooden door into the reception area you can't believe how something so beautiful could look so ordinary from the outside. Our room was beautifully furnished with lovely antique furniture and very comfortable. Our hosts were very kind and helpful. The breakfasts are delicious but watch your weight! (gorgeous little pastries that you just can't stop eating). The palazzo couldn't be more conveniently situated, so close to everything. Just across the way is a lovely church and while we were there we saw quite a few weddings taking place. Lovely! We would honestly urge anyone thinking of going to Sorrento to consider this small luxurious hotel. We felt we were a cut above everyone else who was staying at all the so-called luxury hotels! The palazzo is on a history tour, we believe, because one day when we were going back to the hotel there was a group of people standing outside and their guide was telling them all about the palazzo. As we opened the door to go in everyone got a look inside and you could hear everyone's surprise at how lovely it looked inside. Boy did we feel proud to be staying there!"
- Travel date: 28th April 2004
Palazzo Marziale - a wonderful alternative to a large hotel
"We just spent two nights at a fabulous small boutique hotel/bed and breakfast - the Palazzo Marziale in Sorrento. It is right in the heart of Sorrento, but private, quiet, and very serene. It has five beautifully appointed guest rooms, and the public rooms are also exquisitely decorated with fresh flowers everywhere. It has a lovely private garden area, where breakfast is served during the warm weather months. The service was excellent and personal, and the proprietess accomodated our every need with recommendations and reservations for dining, and making arrangements for a driver for touring. It is within walking distance to everything in downtown Sorrento, near fine restaurants, and the walkway to the marina area where the hydofoils depart. As an alternative to the large and expensive hotels, I would highly recommend the Palazzo Marziale."
- Travel date: 24th November 2003
Palazzo Marziale is also called
- Palazzo Marziale Hotel