Hotel Highlights

  • Spectacular views over the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius, Sorrento
  • Sprawling communal lounges, terraces and gardens
  • Modern and antique furnishings from near and far

Overview

Perched precariously on the cliffs of Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast, Maison La Minervetta hotel showcases spectacular sea views. Each of the 12 nattily nautical rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and any of the three terraces make an ideal spot for sipping a Negroni and taking in the spectacular Bay of Naples vistas.

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Here's what you get for booking Maison La Minervetta with us:

A bottle of prosecco on arrival for BlackSmith members; a glass of limoncello on arrival for SilverSmith and GoldSmith members

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

12, with one junior suite.

Check–out

11.30am, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $339.15 (€245), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

Also

Reservations on request for private beach at La Tonnarella, 200 metres from the hotel. There are stairs direct down to the sea from La Minervetta; be prepared for the climb back.

At the hotel

Flatscreen TV, Sky TV,free WiFi. Crabtree & Evelyn bathroom products, solarium.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are sea-facing with fantastic views: some have floor-to-ceiling windows; some balconies. Rooms 7 and 8, 11 and 12 are adjoining pairs, good for families. The junior suite has two balconies and a large walk-in hydro massage shower, though no bath.

Poolside

The giant outdoor hydro massage tub opens on 1 May each year, with wooden loungers and towels provided.

Also

At the main port in Sorrento, where you catch boats to the islands, the hotel can pre-book you a parking space in the underground carpark, which is usually full by 9am.

Children

Under-12s can share parents’ rooms, with cots provided at no extra charge (book beforehand), and extra beds at €50 a night (€80 in high season). Babysitting can be organised.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

No restaurant: only buffet breakfast and hot eggs and bacon to order. The hotel's dramatic cliff-clinging location means getting to a restaurant involves a steep climb down stone stairs and then a short walk.

Hotel Bar

Guests can take drinks anywhere they like in the hotel.

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Dress code

Insouciant summer cool.

Top table

On the terrace with a view of the Bay of Naples.

Local Guide

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Maison La Minervetta Hotel – Sorrento – Italy
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The Michelin-starred Il Buco, on Il Rampa Marina Piccola (+39 (0)81 878 2354), is one of the best restaurants in Sorrento. It’s a good idea to reserve one of the tables outside on a warm summer evening. The taster menu is an excellent choice. Delfino in Marina Grande (+39 (0)81 878 2038) is the place for a relaxed waterside lunch of wonderfully fresh fish and seafood, just down the steps from the hotel. For a more formal lunch, try next door at Taverna Azzurra (+39 (0)81 877 2510). Da Gigino, on Via Degli Archi (+39 (0)81 878 1927), is the best place for a pizza, and has great spaghetti with clams.

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Neapolitan cliffhanger

Maison La Minervetta

Via Capo, 25, Sorrento, 80067

Planes

The closest airport is Naples, an hour and a half from the hotel. Rome’s airports are also convenient since it’s only an hour by fast train (www.trenitalia.com) to Naples, and from there an hour on the Cirmumvesuviana (www.vesuviana.it) metro line to Sorrento.

Trains

The Circumvesuviana metro is a 15-minute walk from La Minervetta and on the same line as both Pompeii and Herculaneum. From Naples, you can get to most other Italian cities; see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com) for details.

Automobiles

The hotel is an hour and a half from Naples, an hour from Salerno and Vesuvius and 40 minutes from Pompeii. There's free parking.

Other

Arriving by boat takes you via the islands of Ischia and Capri. Boats depart from the Marina Piccola, a 15-minute walk from the hotel, but schedules are seasonal; ask the hotel for timetables. The trip to or from Naples will take you 40 minutes by hydrofoil; if you take the sea metro (metro del mare), it can take between 35 minutes and two hours, depending on the route.

Reviews

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Maison La Minervetta Hotel – Sorrento – Italy

Anonymous review

by Juliet Kinsman , On-the-go editor at Mr & Mrs Smith

Whizzing around another hairpin bend, I gasp at the sheer drop from this coastal road to the Med. There’s no denying this is a trip already high on drama. A swarm of Vespas zips past. Below us the gozzi – brightly coloured wooden boats – bob in the sapphire-blue water. It’s everything I dreamed of. Uh oh.

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Maison La Minervetta

Anonymous review by Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

Whizzing around another hairpin bend, I gasp at the sheer drop from this coastal road to the Med. There’s no denying this is a trip already high on drama. A swarm of Vespas zips past. Below us the gozzi – brightly coloured wooden boats – bob in the sapphire-blue water. It’s everything I dreamed of. Uh oh.

As anyone who works in travel will know, you see a lot of images of sleek minimalist bedrooms and turquoise pools in the course of your day, which, I confess, can blur into one. Yet I distinctly remember the first time I saw a photo of the blue-and-white tiled kitchen at La Minervetta. It was 2005, it had just opened, and my eyes boggled. That shot – and one taken looking over the red parasols on the hotel’s terrace down to Sorrento’s harbour and out across to that big blue gulp of the Bay of Naples – has been nagging me ever since. The problem with these kinds of fantasies? When you’re lucky enough to make them a reality, there’s a danger they’ll fall short of your expectations. So it is with bittersweet anticipation that we approach La Minervetta.

‘Turn now!’ I screech, spotting its sign as we climb the hill out of Sorrento. Mr Smith swerves onto a tiny rooftop carpark on the cliff’s edge. ‘Hang on. Where’s the hotel?’ Spotting a lift protruding like a pretty white tardis, I twig it’s right below us. A small set of stairs tempts us into the hotel’s glossy sky-blue lounge.

Ocean-themed objets d’art, witty artworks and mountains of books and magazines confirm this is somewhere considered and cultured. It calls to mind the only internet date I had where the chap who turned up was actually
as handsome as his profile picture: it’s a huge effort not to jump up and down, clapping my hands, and cry, ‘It’s as lovely as I’d hoped!’ (Looking back, it might have helped if I hadn’t done that on the date.) We’re here anonymously and I need to play it cool. Too late. Mr Smith is already gushing about how gorgeous it all is.

Clutching the heavy key to our room, our delightful Sorrentine host escorts us down a flight of stairs. La Minervetta isn’t a fancy-schmancy five-star hotel where they dazzle you with their big talk of facilities and activities: it’s a family-owned boutique bed and breakfast that makes you feel as though you’re residing in their stylish holiday home. Our eyes are drawn by a cute collection of quirky finds on the way to our room. But the sharpest intake of breath is yet to come…

We’re on a corner, and the door opens to reveal a double-take eyeful of that staggering panorama. The vista comes at us in full floor-to-ceiling-window glory. A model sailboat on the sill is all that interrupts the sea – an unashamed nod to the nautical theme. No wonder they’ve positioned two armchairs right there, facing out. What else is there to do but flop into one and admire Capri and Vesuvius in full splendour? I reach for my phone, quickly snap a shot, and upload it to Facebook faster than you can say ‘I’m not being smug; it would just be selfish not to tell the world how wonderful this room’s view is.’ In the time it takes for me to freshen up for supper, 13 friends have hit the ‘like’ button. OK, maybe I am a little smug.

One off-season perk is that this most beloved of destinations is free of the tourists that converge on the Sorrentine Peninsula and Amalfi Coast in summer. We’re a week too early for the lift down to the harbour to be running or the pool to be open, but it seems a fair trade-off for people-free peace.

We ditch the option of taking the 300 steps down to the quiet port and instead drive to Bellevue Syrene, a waterside hotel off a piazza in Sorrento’s centre. Having parked next to a church, we pass a nun and then a monk, both wishing us buona sera – someone up there must want all our dream-holiday wishes to come true. We toast them with a prosecco as a pianist tinkles out a rendition of ‘Tonight, I Celebrate My Love’ on the baby grand.

You might think having a bed that big in a room with that view would make getting out of it challenging. Or that the five courses we ate quite late last night might prompt a lie-in. But remember: I’ve been dreaming of eating in that kitchen for years. The Breakfast Table I’ll Never Forget is piled high with sticky pastries and every possible biscuit, making it look like a cookery-book cover shot. We park ourselves next to an Australian family living in Switzerland, who are just as enamoured with La Minervetta’s colourful, quirky decor and relaxed atmosphere as we are.

Next comes another long-awaited lifetime goal: visiting Positano. The Amalfi Coast drive is in itself celebrated, twisting along the rock’s edge. We wend our way round the waif-thin roads, narrowly missing big buses that confidently hurtle past. When John Steinbeck visited in the 1950s, it was only populated by a few fishermen and lemon farmers. He predicted in an article for Harper’s Bazaar it was too unlikely a candidate for development to ever get busy. Ahem.

Tell you what Steinbeck also said: ‘It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.’ He got that right: it’s truly magical. All I’m wishing now? It won’t be long until it’s very real all over again.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Maison La Minervetta 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…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 4 Jun 2013

We loved

This hotel was sumptuous, far enough away from town to provide a tranquil setting, but near enough for convenience. The view from all the rooms is simply stunning. The decor is wonderful and makes you feel more like you are in someone's home than a hotel. Most of all though the staff are extremely attentive, friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much. The perfect break.

Don’t expect

Heating the pool would be very good as it would make it much more useful. The hotel do not have an iron which is unusual. The wifi connection was terrible.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 14 Sep 2012

We loved

The hotel Minervetta is ideally situated just above the quaint fishing harbour, Marina Grande, ensuring you visit the most tranquil area of Sorrento. The hotel is so unique and quirky, with the most magnificent views across the bay to Naples and Sorrento. We stayed in room 3 which had to be the best in the hotel, although I can't imagine any of the rooms having a bad view. We were looked after extremely well with just the right amount of interaction. There were many highlights but breakfast served on the terrace by Francesca would be difficult to beat; also, admiring the views day and night from every quiet corner of the hotel's many vantage points. Home via the steps was easily managed with a few stops to admire the view yet again and at least you felt like you had earned your nightcap. We will certainly be visiting the hotel again but next time we may not leave the room!

Don’t expect

The hotel excelled itself in every way and I honestly don't think they could have done anything better.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 7 Jul 2012

This was a truly fantastic hotel. Staff were brilliant and really friendly, superb location on the cliffs above the Marina, and a short-ish walk in to Sorrento itself. Probably not great for kids due to the hundreds of steps down to the Marina and back up, but the views are fantastic – as is just about everything else.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 10 Jun 2012


Amazing hotel set in beautiful surroundings. Wish we had stayed longer. We will definitely go back there. Il Buco restaurant was as good as everyone said – don't miss it. Sorrento is lovely, also well worth a trip to Capri by boat. Positano and Amalfi were stunning too. Would advise a transfer from Naples:  driving was quite scary, even for someone who is used to driving abroad and the road signs are not great in Naples.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 29 Apr 2012


We had the best holiday we've ever had at Maison La Minervetta Hotel – it’s fab! I strongly suggest booking room three; it’s the best in the hotel with amazing views. The hotel recommended the best restaurant, Inn Buffalito (www.innbufalito.it/), which had a lovely rustic setting, delicious food and we were well taken care of.

Rating: 8/10 stars