Fantastic hotel in lovely village
on Oct 9, 2017
We've just returned home after a week at this hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel and pool area are spotlessly clean. We were on HB basis and the food was very good and plentiful - we had 3 choices of starter, main course and dessert to choose from and there was a self service buffet of salad and antipasto to start dinner. Breakfast was buffet style with plenty of options.
Our room was on the first floor at the front. We did hear traffic noise and a barking dog during the night (nothing the hotel staff can do about that) but earplugs sorted that out.
The room was spacious with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space and had a small fridge and kettle (with complementary tea and coffee).
The bus stop to Sorrento is a couple of minutes away so there are no problems getting around. There is also a walk (3km) down an old roman road to Sorrento. This walk can be quite hard on your knees but most people should manage it-coming up should be left to the fit!
We ate in Da Mimi one lunch time which was delicious and reasonably priced and highly recommended.
We did the land train tour of the local area and thoroughly enjoyed this 3 hour trip taking in local scenic points, the Termini lemoncello factory (fabulous products) and local mozzarella producer and lemon orchard.
Sorrento was very busy so preferred the more laid back Sant' Agata village. Sorrento and the rest of the Amalfi Coast and Capri are easily reached from there and these can all be reached on your own without needing to go on organised tours.
Would highly recommend this hotel to couples - the younger tourists may find it too quiet and remote from nightlife.
Lovely family run Hotel Sant AgataToet
on Oct 4, 2017
I travelled by myself but I received such a warm welcome from the staff that I soon felt 'at home'.My room was spacious & comfortable, with plenty of storage space, a safe, fridge & kettle, air conditioning & Wi Fi The bathroom was well furnished and everywhere is kept spotlessly clean. It was lovely to relax with a coffee on the balcony, before enjoying the beautiful pool/Jacuzzi where there are plenty of parasols, loungers, towels are also supplied. There are lots of areas to sit & relax around this hotel depending whether you prefer the sun or shade! The menu is varied & plentiful, all efficiently served by friendly waiters. The hotel is located in a perfect spot, the friendly village is quiet, but with a good selection of shops & gorgeous Church. The hotel reception is also helpful as to trips & bus time tables & I thoroughly enjoyed the local land train (Dotto) which leaves from the Square & takes approx. 3hrs & is a great way to tour the local area, stopping at the Monastery, Limoncello factory, plenty to sample! with fantastic views across the Bay. All in all a great place to stay!
Excellent, relaxed stay
on Oct 4, 2017
We have just had a fantastic week staying at the Hotel Sant' Agata. We had a friendly and helpful reception on our arrival, our room was spacious and clean with all the facilities we had been expecting. There was room service if we wanted it. The owners helped us book excursions and had helpful advice about the local bus service and the area in general. We stayed half board, there was lots of choice at the continental breakfast. The dinner in the evening, of which there was 3 choices for each course and also a buffet salad to begin with, was delicious and we never left the dinning room feeling hungry. This is a well run family hotel and we would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family and would re-book without hesitation if staying in the area again.
A laid back, absolutely delightful, family run hotel
on Sep 28, 2017
Spotlessly clean, cleaned and made up every day. Spacious and pleasantly decorated. The mattress is sligthly on the hard side. Bathroom a good size and functional, hot water all day. We had a sea view overlooking the road, the windows kept out all but the very occasional loud noise at night. Internet good throughout the hotel.
Breakfast was buffet style with several cereals, yogurts, different bread and cakes (savoury and sweet), bacon, scrambled egg, juices and the waiter served coffee / tea. A very good selection and excellent quality. It is served from 7.30 (earlier if you request) to an amazingly late 10.30 - impressive.
Dinner was as described by many other reviews. Our opinion is that it was typical Italian cuisine, very well cooked using top quality local ingredients. For the price, it could not be faulted.
One evening we asked for omelette instead of the set main course and it was served without any question. Good selection of soft and alcoholic drinks. The house red wine is from Sant'Agata and is good for the price. Waiter service is top notch. Lovely to be served your meal rather than join the queues as is normal in buffet evening meals.
If you have lunch in the hotel cafe, the menu is restricted and a bit pricey. Best to walk the few minutes into town and choose from one of the many restaurants and snack bars. The best food is served at Route 66 (ask at reception for a map of the town with all the restaurants and cafes shown) and the prices are amongst the cheapest. It is also on a road less busy than many others.
This is a family run hotel and the service is impeccable. The owners are hands on and the staff very helpful. Ask them for anything and they will do their best to accomodate and always with a smile.
Absolutely no problem with getting a place round the swimming pool. An attractive area with a delightful swimmimg pool.
THINGS TO DO
Ask at reception first because they know what has suited customers in the past and they will guide you, avoiding the rubbish trips.
Amalfi coast boat trip, stopping at Amalfi and Positano - this is a truly stunning trip. Positano is a bit of a waste of time unless you like up market clothes shops but that is being picky.
Boat trip to Capri, we didn't go but it is described as a "must".
Pompeii and Herculaneum. Best done yourself by getting the bus (90 second walk to the bus stop from the hotel) to Sorrento (end of line) and then crossing the road to the train station. Get the train to Herculaneum or Pompeii (both on the same line) from platform 2. Total return cost is just over 10 euros per person. Join a guided tour as you are queuing to get in or immediately after.
Our recommendation of the two is Herculaneum. At least one of these two trips is a definite "must do".
The "pretend train" tour to the Monastery (closed, but the views are possibly some of the most stunning you will ever see, especially from the viewing tower), mozarella factory and the Lemonchella factory (3 hour trip with a very amusing guide on board).
Lots of walking routes, different lengths and difficulites - ask at the reception for the walks guide.
Lunch or evening meal in Sorrento - take the bus from outside the hotel (2.60 euros return) which takes 50 minutes. Sorrento is busy almost all year round and packed with tourists. Even so, well worth doing and the buses run every 30 minutes so you control how long you stay.
Top tip, especially if you are not in your prime, get to the bus stop 10 minutes early, especially the the Sorrento to Sant'Agata return journey. If not, you may just find yourself strap hanging for the entire journey and that's not funny if the weather is hot.
For the money we paid, this was an exceptional holiday in all respects. The hotel is very chilled out as was the whole holiday. A real slice of Italy is hard to come by nowadays but this holiday came as near to that as was possible.
One very large minus point for going Thomas Cook is the absurdly low baggage allowance. Look round carefully for alternatives, almost all will have a better baggage allowance. Thomas Cook do not have a rep at Sant'Agata, they basically leave you to fend for yourself. The hotel staff however are more than capable of making up for that.
Wonderful Family Run Hotel with Excellent Staff in a Great Location
on Sep 27, 2017
We stayed in the main part of the hotel, on the 2nd floor, overlooking the front, for 2 weeks in September. Our room was plenty big enough for the two of us. It had the added bonus of having a kettle and a fridge. The pool and other parts of the hotel was kept spotlessly clean with plenty of sunbeds and parasols. Whilst at the pool, if you fancied a drink you just picked up the phone, placed your order, and it was soon brought to you. The dining room is large and bright , the waiters worked hard from morning to night. The food was delicious and varied. The coffee in the mornings was perfect. The location was excellent. When we visited Sorrento, we were so glad that we were not staying there. It was so crowded, and very touristy.
St Agata is a large village which has among others, a few bars and restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy, all that you are likely to need. Lovely walks around the village and up to the Monastery, which has splendid views over Naples and Sorrento bay.
We took trIps via the local bus and train to Pompeii and Herkilium, and we booked a few tours, using a local company, these were to Amalfi and Positano by boat, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello drive. (The Amalfi coast is so spectacular that we had to do it twice!). We also went to Capri, but wished we didn't as it was too crowded for comfort.
In summary, this hotel is excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, we enjoyed looking and talking to the lovely Claudio about his Italian car and bike collection. We really did not want to come home!