Heavenly memories at Grand President Hotel, Sorrento

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The Grand President Hotel, in Sorrento, Italy is a magical place.

Home to Sofia Loren’s classic movie “Scandal in Sorrento”, the Grand President Hotel exudes understated glamour.

It’s a heavenly resort surrounded on all sides by meticulously manicured landscaping and fragrant flower beds. The hotel sits atop one of Sorrento’s picturesque rolling hills with enchanting panoramic views overlooking the city.

This family owned and managed hotel is an authentic representation of Italian hospitality that comes from expertise gathered over several generations.

The Grand President Hotel is part of the Acampora Hotel Group, a chain that was started by Antonietta Cacace and Vincenzo Acampora, who married in 1912, both dedicating their working lives to hospitality.

Today the Grand President Hotel is under the superb management of a third generation family member, Tonino Acampora.

In close proximity to Capri, Positano and Pompeii, and an hour by train to Naples, Sorrento has been nicknamed “the gentle” because of its enchanting position and mild climate.

hotel2The surrounding hills offer abundant olive and citrus fruit trees. As early as the eighteenth century, Sorrento was recognized for its beauty and became an elite tourist center.

At night, sit outdoors below the twinkling stars on the outdoor patio of the Grand President Hotel, sipping cocktails from the roof terrace and soaking in the Italian charm.

The nightly entertainment is first rate, with a piano lounge and a variety of evening events, ranging from a weekly Italian cooking class to live music.

The food is representative of the region. At the lavish buffet breakfast the chef at the omelet station turns eggs into an art form. Chocolate, apricot or sugar croissants, fresh fruits galore, buffalo mozzarella along with a wide selection of regional specialty cheeses.

The selection of dinner menu items offers something for all palettes, from gnocchi Sorrentina style, to stone bass filet served posillipo style, to roast turkey with chutney of pineapple and potatoes lyonnaise.

The classic décor of the hotel reflects the style of the region. Each room has its own terrace, by far one of the best features, allowing for private time with the breathtaking views of the city leading to the crystal clear Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvious.

hotel3The town center is only 3 kilometers away and a convenient hotel shuttle is available throughout the day. Our main shuttle driver, Tonino, always greeted us with a warm smile and an abundance of sweet candy for our journeys.

Italy, known for its mineral and thermal waters is a treat for the health conscious and the President Club Health and Beauty Spa is an oasis for those who seek the pampering of a full service resort spa.

A visit to the spa, under the guidance and expertise of Valentina, offers a genuine appreciation for the therapeutic properties unique to the region. The range of treatments include lymphatic drainage, reflexology, seaweed cellulite treatment, Turkish bath and manual face lifting, to name a few. Valentina’s patience and professional knowledge help to make this a first class spa experience.

Many members of the staff have been employed by this property since its inception over 40 years ago and demonstrate great pride in their work and in the property. Rooms are attended to twice a day with a warm smile. Front desk staff, including Andrea, Vincent, Rafael and Francesco show an eagerness to accommodate guests and to research any travel related concerns.

This hotel represents an authentic Italian experience that will not easily be forgotten. A visit to Grand President Hotel comes with cherished memories straight from the heart.

 

Source = ETB News: Donna Salle
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