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Hotel Highlights

  • Easy access to the sea from the private sunbathing deck
  • Impeccable service and old-school charm
  • Creature comforts, including massages and delicious food

Overview

Perched on the cliffs outside Sorrento, the hotel Bellevue Syrene doesn’t leave all the sparkle to the shimmering seas of the Amalfi Coast, just beyond the dazzling suite's balconies. Built on the site of a Roman villa, this only-in-Italy lodging's balances flamboyance with vintage tastes in a marine-themed palette of emerald green, confectionary-worthy pastels and Adriatic blue.

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Here's what you get for booking Bellevue Syrene with us:

A bottle of sparkling white wine or regional red

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

50, including two suites.

Check–out

11.30am but flexible, subject to availability (free before 2pm; half of the daily room rate after). Earliest check-in, 2.30pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $547.97 (€409), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a generous buffet breakfast of local produce.

Also

According to legend, the spot where Bellevue Syrene is built was once home to sirens. Keep your eyes peeled for feathers and flowing tresses…

At the hotel

Spa with hammam and treatment cabins, gym, gardens, library, a sunbathing platform with loungers and umbrellas; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, free bottled water, minibar and La Source bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Superior Sea Rooms are styled with Italian elegance (shimmering crystal chandeliers, antiques, sprays of fresh-cut flowers, and soft sherbet-y hues: violet, rose, turquoise and mint) and have balconies overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Deluxe Sea View rooms come with lashings of space, plenty of nooks and crannies tricked out with antiques and oddities, and statement decor: ornate floral murals, bold colour combinations – purple and yellow; tangerine and chocolate – striking lights and marble fireplaces. The incredible 'Roccia' or Rock Suite is set in an ancient Roman grotto and has a large hydrotherapy bath tub opposite the bed, as well as sea views.

Poolside

There's a small quick-dip pool on the longer-lined sunbathing deck poised above the water and the the sea is in easy reach.

Packing tips

Binoculars: handy for spying on the fishermen, and – more importantly – for beating your neighbours to the last remaining spot on the sunbathing deck.

Also

Little dogs are welcome – albeit not in communal areas.

Children

Children are welcome. Cribs for babies and toddlers aged two and under are free; under-12s can stay with their parents for €60 a night (Deluxe rooms only). A local nanny can be drafted in with 24 hours’ notice (expect to pay €20 an hour). The restaurant has a menu tailored to tots.

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Food & Drink

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Bellevue Syrene Hotel – Sorrento – Italy

Hotel Restaurant

Mimmo Iodice honours all things local and edible. There’s no chance you’ll forget your seaside setting, with dishes such as home-made pasta with clams and zucchini, or sea bass with cherry tomatoes gracing the plates. There’s food for thought for sugar lovers too – for example, the enticing sounding ‘delizia al limone’. Help yourself to a spread of savoury nibbles, cakes, fresh fruit, wine, juices and various other treats laid out in the Club Lounge from 10am until 8pm.

Hotel Bar

There are plenty of spots in which to linger over drinks: waiters will find you out on the terrace, or sit by the piano in La Pergola, the Winter Garden room, if it’s chilly. Wherever you end up, be sure to take a mimosa with you.

Last orders

Eat and drink around the clock: breakfast is served 7am–10am; lunch is 12pm–3pm (with cold plates available afterwards until 7.30pm); dinner is dished up 7.30pm–10pm. You can get a drink until 1am.

Room service

Sandwiches, salads, cakes and fruit can be ordered between 10am and noon.

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Dress code

Linen by day; Lanvin by night.

Top table

Pick according to the season: summer lovers should nab a terrace table as close to the sea as possible for the breeze; come winter, the tables clustered around the piano are hot property.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with what’s in easy reach: have a treatment at the spa, bump up your tan with a bathing session on the private deck by the sea, and stake out a spot on the terrace with cocktails. Ask staff to arrange a boat trip for you, wander into Sorrento to admire the flower-laden balconies, and acquaint yourself with some of the region’s art and architecture: Roman ruins, the 15th-century Duomo and the 14th-century Church of St. Francis. Between July and August, the Ravello Music Festival (www.ravellofestival.com) attracts flocks of musicians – catch a concert if you can. It takes just half an hour by train to Pompei.

Local restaurants

Trattoria da Emilia (+39 081-807-2720) at 62 Via Marina Grande is a traditional, family-run trattoria with simple food, plenty of fish, and local house wine served in carafes. The owners also run the tiny bar next door which is full of locals, so save some room for postprandial drinks. See why Il Bucco (+39 (0)8 18 78 23 54) at Il Rampa Marina Piccola has earned itself a Michelin star. There’s a romantic little cobbled spot outside, just off the square. Vela Bianca (+39 (0)8 18 78 11 44; www.ristorantevelabianca.com) is right on the harbour, at 5 Via Marina Piccola. The restaurant has a number of dining areas to choose from, including a cellar, and the fish and seafood draw in a mixed crowd of locals and discerning tourists.

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In view of Vesuvius

Bellevue Syrene

Piazza della Vittoria, 5, Sorrento, Campania, 80067

Planes

Naples airport is the closest to the hotel, 50km away. EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) runs regular flights from London Stansted and London Gatwick; or go from Gatwick with British Airways (www.britishairways.com).

Trains

Sorrento’s train station is less than 1km from the hotel, with services connecting to Pompei, Ercolana and Naples (www.vesuviana.it).

Automobiles

Naples is 70km away; the hotel has parking spaces (€25 a day).

Reviews

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Bellevue Syrene Hotel – Sorrento – Italy

Anonymous review

by Stephen Bayley , Culture connoisseur

It’s a fine thing to be sitting here with Sophia Loren in the lobby of a spectacular hotel. The dimensional specifics of each are similarly impressive. Additionally, I have a glass of prosecco nearby, blue water in the middle-ground, a volcano in the distance and, just by my right elbow, a gasp-making cliff-drop of perhaps 300 feet down to a small beach of black sand. To be truthful, there …
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Bellevue Syrene

Anonymous review by Stephen Bayley, Culture connoisseur

It’s a fine thing to be sitting here with Sophia Loren in the lobby of a spectacular hotel. The dimensional specifics of each are similarly impressive. Additionally, I have a glass of prosecco nearby, blue water in the middle-ground, a volcano in the distance and, just by my right elbow, a gasp-making cliff-drop of perhaps 300 feet down to a small beach of black sand.

To be truthful, there is a (sliding) sheet of glass between me and bloodily pulped oblivion, and – alas – La Loren is here only in photo-album form: although, unlike Vesuvius, she continues to smoulder (even off the page). Still, as reception areas go, it’s not too shabby. The sun shines, oranges and lemons grow like weeds in the perfumed air and I think, as I so often do, of La Dolce Vita.

Sorrento’s freshly refurbished Bellevue Syrene is the most elegant of the necklace of fading grand hotels garlanding the vertiginous cliffs of the Golfo di Napoli’s southern shore. It’s only 50km from Capodichino airport, but since half that distance is travelled on the slow, derrière-clenchingly terrifying SS145 – more ledge than road – it seems more remote… both in space and time.

The ledge is a congealed mass of hot, angry metal in summer, so use a boat or come a little out of season. A grand hotel out of season is, I fancy, as the prosecco takes hold, rather like making love to an ageing beauty. Sophia Loren, for example. The physical attraction remains, but decorum is required; the passion may be muted, but the expertise is assured. The result? A specialised, but nonetheless satisfying, experience. For example, Bellevue Syrene’s proprietors have made the calculation that, in the quiet months, it’s cheaper to give drinks away than pay someone to serve them. And the happy result is ice-buckets of wine scattered about: fuel for more cheerful fantasy about mischievous Roman gods and Neapolitan sex goddesses.

We – and I mean Mrs Smith and I, not me and Ms Loren – are the latest in a line of odd couples drawn to this magical, haunted place. At the bottom of my cliff, Virgil celebrated completing the Aeneid with a party thrown by the Emperor Augustus, dedicating a statue of Amor in a troglodyte Temple of Venus (where they now store butane cylinders). Admiral Nelson began his affair with Emma Hamilton nearby in 1793: she had promoted herself by dancing naked on tables at society dinners. Nietzsche and Wagner had their nasty spat here in 1876. Love, and hate, hang in the air along with the oranges, lemons and popping prosecco corks.

All rooms have a sea view, but we have a suite with a panorama of everything. Decoration is by Marco de Luca, who worked on the High Bohemian B&B La Minervetta just up the road. But while the colourful mayhem of La Minervetta is like an explosion in Tricia Guild’s knicker drawer, the Bellevue Syrene’s style is monochrome and restrained: layered, competitive whiteness of very high threadcount sheets and superb Richard Ginori china. It
is sumptuously austere: a perfect counterpoint for our room’s model Riva Aquarama and a schlock bust of Marcus Aurelius suggesting the poles of experience, sensual and philosophical, available here. A flyer for a car hire company is in Russian and shows a Ferrari.

Like any luxury hotel, Bellevue Syrene has grand restaurant spaces out-of-sync with the stylish intimacy and dominant sensuality of its bedrooms. Eat here one night and enjoy the tinkle of the pianist playing soft rock classics while you sup. In town, Inn Bufalito is a mozzarella specialist that also cooks real Campanian dishes, which we enjoyed. (Possibly ignore the plague of alien industrial balsamic always on offer.) Also tempting is Aurora, a solemn, brightly lit old-school pizzeria where the staff sport dinner jackets and customers are in shorts.

Best of all, saunter down to Marina Grande, among the fishermen’s nets and ziggurats of piscatorial crapola, to Trattoria da Emilia. I doubt the menu has changed much since 1947, but since they serve the freshest possible fritto misto (the fish are too small to be worth freezing) along with, for Italy, unusually good restaurant bread and jugs of glugging bianco – who wants innovation? And, just beyond the threshold, a thrilling confirmation of the rightness of it all: a black and white photograph, taken in 1955, of Sophia Loren in mozzarella-tight shorts, taking a break at this very spot from filming Dino Risi’s Pane, Amore e… Loren said everything she did owed a debt to spaghetti, but I think other factors were involved.

Saturday morning in Room 501, the sepulchral quiet is interrupted only by a distant strimmer, a tap-tap-tap from invisible lavori and the maddening Eurostar chime, like the Danone ad riff, of our lift coming and going. Mrs Smith is sitting on the terrace in neo-classical repose, watching a distant aliscafo shoot silently across a glass sea to Capri, the craggy goat island. I know she is thinking of lunch.

Years ago, we stayed in Franco Zefirelli’s old house, the Villa Tre Ville in neighbouring Positano. This global HQ of modern hedonism introduced us to the troubled magic of an area that has attracted poets and lovers since BC and drawn gamblers, chancers, divas, directors, dancers and stars AD. The owners of Bellevue Syrene have just bought Franco’s old house and turned it into apartments, establishing another local connection to historic pleasure.

A chair on a vantage point here is a good laboratory to test if the ancient gods still exist. I think they do, but so too do rather younger ones. Maybe if I wait long enough in this sunburnt otherwhere, Sophia Loren will actually turn up. Bellevue Syrene makes la dolce vita real, turning a dream into an address.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Bellevue Syrene from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The situation and the views from the hotel are absolutely stunning, the service was great, and the rooms of a fabulous standard.

Don’t expect

The WiFi signal is frustratingly slow. But then one shouldn't really be on the internet when on a romantic break in Italy!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly staff, club lounge, lovely big room (Superior), big rain showers, balcony views of Vesuvius, the sun deck and the bar, as well as the glass ornaments and art works. We did not read your descriptions of the hotel and on the third day we were looking at a book in the hotel (in Italian) about reconstructions in the area and realised the hotel was built on the grounds of a roman villa. When we took the lift to the sundeck we realised there were Roman remains. As my husband loves anything to do with Roman history this was a massive bonus.

Don’t expect

More information in the hotel about the area would be good, but we were helped whenever we asked at reception. The restaurant was a little soulless but the staff were very good. The food was OK but not exceptional (we used the restaurant on two nights). We think the hotel should make more use of the beautifully preserved parts of the Roman villa beneath.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is one not to be missed. We had a fantastic room overlooking the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. The room was spacious and very comfortable. Breakfast, included in the room rate, was an experience with so much choice and with the tables on the terrace overlooking the bay what more could you for. We dined in one evening and were treated to a fabulous meal. The menu features a good selection of courses to suit every taste. Don't miss the hotel club which runs from 3pm to 6pm each afternoon with free wine, beer, soft drinks, fresh fruit and snacks. The staff were all friendly and attentive looking after you like an individual. This is one hotel we will visit again.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

An exceptional hotel. Service was absolutely first class – they couldn't help you enough and took a very personal interest in your stay. Every room is different and the decor is beautiful. It also has the best location in Sorrento on the clifftop. The open bar was also amazing! Unforgettable.

Rating: 10/10 stars