Maison La Minervetta

Sorrento, Naples & Amalfi, Italy Book from

A delightful cliffside boutique hotel perched above Sorrento's harbour, with 13 immaculate and artful rooms
This place is cool. In fact it's the coolest place we visited in southern Italy, and one of the best small hotels we've seen anywhere in the Med. What makes it so special? For starters, it's a small hotel with fantastic personalised service (the staff know all their guests' names and never forget a face). Then there are the rooms: the huge picture windows, colourful details and distinct décor make each one feel special. But, as you’ve probably guessed, what really sets this place apart are the views. Spanning 180 degrees, they plunge over the fishing harbour, glide across the mirror-still seas of Sorrento, and are framed by the volcanic cone of Vesuvius on the horizon.

La Minervetta is just outside town, away from the summer crowds but only 10-15 minutes' walk from its bustling restaurants, bars, shops and harbour. You're also within easy reach of Capri, Positano, Amalfi and even Naples, while Pompeii and Vesuvius are fascinating local landmarks. All of this makes Sorrento the single best base for exploring the area, and La Minervetta is the stylish, intimate and immaculately cut jewel in its crown.

Highs

  • Views beyond measure; gazing over the Gulf of Naples and the roofs of Sorrento will take your breath away
  • An intimate family-run feel, with delightful staff who have a wealth of local knowledge
  • The beautiful living areas, sun terrace and Jacuzzi pool, perched above the colourful marina grande
  • The immaculate design delights at every turn and every room has a sea view of some kind
  • Sorrento is an ideal base for those wanting to explore. Pompeii, Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast

Lows

  • Book early; this place is deservedly popular
  • The hotel welcomes children of all ages, but the cliffside setting and stylish interiors aren't ideal for families
  • Space around the pool is limited to only 6 loungers, but to compensate guests have free access to a nearby beach club
  • The hotel only serves breakfast, though there are lots of other restaurants within walking distance
  • Local traffic, especially at weekends, is a nightmare - use the train and boats instead

Best time to go

Summer is extremely busy: come in spring (April-May) or autumn (mid September-October) if you possibly can. The weather then is perfect for gentle exploration, and swimming is quite feasible until early November (though in April it's chilly).

Our top tips

The service here is really welcoming and friendly. If you let the staff know that you're celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary they'll provide a free welcome tray, and if they know it's your birthday they'll get you a cake!

Great for...

Beach
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 13
  • Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 8 Jan 2017 - 3 Feb 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Beach club access
Room: Room 4

Rooms

From the hotel’s rooftop entrance, glide down to the 13 sea-facing bedrooms where walls of windows maximise the views - those on the left look to the Gulf of Naples, those on the right to Sorrento.

The sole Junior Suite is decked out in teal, turquoise and lemon, with a balcony, a sitting area and a Jacuzzi tub.

Most Superior Rooms have views from the centre of the building, but two hang on each corner, with superb panoramas from dual windows. One faces Sorrento, but our favourite is all sea, with the pale peak of Vesuvius breaking the scene (and a sliver of neighbouring hotels visible, so be mindful of when to close the blinds).

The Deluxe Rooms also sit in the middle, with glimpses of Sorrento's marina grande (vertigo sufferers should keep the swivel-panes closed) and plenty of colour combos to choose from – ours had cool white walls and navy accents.

Perfect for couples, the Junior Studio offers a balcony and added privacy in exchange for a smaller bathroom and limited views. It’s accessed via exterior steps and is therefore only available during high season.

All rooms have been lavished with exquisite attention to detail: Balinese Buddha heads and Grecian model boats mingle with Philippe Starck lamps and top-notch fittings. Bathrooms enjoy vivid striped tiling, piles of fluffy towels and an array of luxury toiletries.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

A healthy, beautifully presented and daily-changing breakfast buffet is laid out on the kitchen table. Every bowl of oranges, pot of lemon jam and tray of sugar-dusted cornetti is as delicious on the eye as on the stomach. Cakes and pastries are fresh from the hotel manager's bakery and you might find jugs of fresh orange or pear juice, soft cheeses or slivers of prosciutto. Cooked eggs and American-style pancakes are always on offer. In summer, take your cerulean-glazed plate out to the parasolled terrace and sit facing the rising sun, the endless sea and the cone of Vesuvius.

For lunch and dinner, wander down the hotel's zig-zagging path to the marina grande for fresh fish at one of the waterside restaurants: try relaxed Da Emilia or Delfino, where we enjoyed an amazing seafood risotto.

Alternatively, take a 10-minute stroll into town for a wider choice of eateries. For a special occasion, splash out on Michelin-starred Il Buco’s fantastic seafood, steaks and wine list. If you have a car, staff recommend Don Alfonso in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi (10km), where father-and-son chefs Alfonso and Ernesto turn out impeccable, largely home-grown Italian fare.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
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Activity:

Activities

  • Sorrento may be touristy but it has not lost its soul: on Sundays the whole town turns out for a morning stroll along the corso, while in the evening shops open late for limoncello-fuelled purchases of leather goods, ceramics and fabrics
  • Wander down the stepped path to the marina grande’s small beach and restaurants; hotel guests get free access to Delfino beach club (and you can catch a bus back up the hill)
  • If visiting Pompeii, aim to arrive early (before the crowds) to see the Roman shops, villas and amphitheatres that remain remarkably intact after Vesuvius' AD79 eruption
  • Herculaneum is another Roman town wiped out (and preserved) by volcanic flows; its suburban setting is grim, but it's much quieter than Pompeii and boasts fine friezes and mosaics
  • Buses and taxis run from Pompeii and Herculaneum to the base of Mt. Vesuvius; climbing to the ash-swirling, lunar-rocked summit takes about 45 minutes (weather permitting)
  • Enjoy Naples, the islet of Capri, the pastel hues of Positano and the art-rich town of Amalfi (all reachable for daytrips)

      Activities on site or nearby include:

      • Boat trips
      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Historical sites
      • Kayaking
      • Museums / galleries
      • Sailing
      • Shopping / markets
      • Snorkelling
      • Swimming

Kids

All ages are welcome, but La Minervetta is best suited to children over 8. Any younger and you'd be worried about the steep paths, cliffside drops and fragile artworks. It might also work for families with a baby.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms and suites can hold a baby cot or extra bed; the Junior Studio has space for a baby cot only. Note that the number of spares available is quite limited, so request early and get written confirmation from the hotel.

Some Deluxe Rooms can interconnect with Superior Rooms or Junior Suites (ask for a special price if booking these in low season).

Families Should Know:

The setting is somewhat perilous for younger children.

Kid Friendly: Junior Suite

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
10/
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