Villa dei D'Armiento

near Sorrento, Naples & Amalfi, Italy Book from Book from £2193 per night

An elegant and peaceful 19th-century Sorrentino villa (sleeps 18-22), with pool, lush gardens and bright, stylish rooms
With its lush garden and bright interiors, this Liberty-style villa is a wonderfully peaceful and welcoming haven from bustle of nearby central Sorrento. Tucked down a quiet residential street on the Sant'Agnello edge of town, it has been the D'Armiento family home since 1980. After a comprehensive revamp by a renowned Sorrento architect, it was reborn as a boutique villa, but it still retains a family feel in the hands of son Pierluigi: classy yet intimate.

Nine high-ceilinged, serene bedrooms now blend antiques with Art Nouveau and 21st-century comforts and views of turquoise sea or leafy gardens. Outside are 4,000sq.m of grounds, with abundant palms, citrus trees and bird-of-paradise flowers - perfect for breakfasts alongside the turquoise swimming pool.

You're tucked away in a peaceful neighbourhood, yet Sorrento is an easy 15-minute walk away. Here you’ll find beaches, shops and plentiful transport links (boat, train and car), making it a great base for exploring the Amalfi peninsula, Pompeii, Capri and even Naples.

Highs

  • This is a great spot for a beach and town holiday rolled into one, plus archaeology (Pompeii) and islands (Capri) if you want
  • We loved the crisp, elegant design married with well chosen antiques: inlaid-marquetry furniture, colourful Murano glass chandeliers and ancient instruments
  • The smiling, helpful staff all speak pretty good English, and are quick to suggest fun excursions or look up train times for you
  • Sitting in the lush mature gardens feels like you've been transported to a tropical paradise
  • Great for weddings: the lush garden with its palm-tree colonnade is popular for processions, and there's an events pavilion on the lawn

Lows

  • From 2017, it's only being rented as a whole villa
  • It's a 15-minute walk to get into central Sorrento, although the upside is that the setting is much more peaceful
  • The sea-facing windows only open about 6 inches, on a rocker latch, so you can't lean out while drinking in the view - but all rooms except Superiors have a balcony
  • Traffic can be infuriatingly slow at weekends; use the train or boat instead
  • A niggle: the bathrooms are luxurious but the toiletries don't reflect this

Best time to go

The weather is best between May and September, but July and August are the Italians' main holiday season so tend to be pretty busy and crowded. April and October can be lovely.

There are serious Sorrento street processions every 14 February (in honour of the town's patron saint Sant'Antonino) and every Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which are said to be famous throughout Italy.

Our top tips

Don't miss sundowners and/or dinner at Bellevue Syrene, the sea-facing restaurant of the Hotel de la Syrene, reached down the Via Tasso from Sorrento's main square. Gazing across the azure waters of the Bay of Naples to a misty Mt Vesuvius as mellow jazz and tinkly balalaikas play and the sun flames into the sea is wonderfully romantic!

Great for...

Beach
Family
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Villa
  • 9
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Deluxe Room

Rooms

All bedrooms feel wonderfully clean, elegant and airy, with double-glazed to keep out the heat, cold and noise.

The Terrace Room is one of our favourites. Though one of the smallest spaces, it has no fewer than 3 private rooftop terraces, all with panoramic views. Reached via a penthouse button in the mirrored lift, or via a private spiral staircase from the floor below, it’s uniquely decorated in white and silver.

The other rooms are all given a dash of bold green with feature walls, upholstered headboards and seat cushions. Superior Rooms are small and simple, with showers only and crisp, light design. Deluxe Rooms are roomier, with lovely garden-facing balconies or terraces. We loved our Junior Suite, a sea of uncluttered open space with a garden-view balcony and loungers.

The Garden Rooms and Splendour Garden Room are newer, with private sun-trap garden areas; the latter also has an outdoor shower.

Decorative details come from Pierluigi's mother: glass chandeliers, heavy ceramic pots, carved lamps. You’ll also find air-con, fluffy duvets, bathrobes and crisp, soft cotton sheets.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Free bottled water
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Iron
  • LCD TV
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The big breakfast buffet is decoratively heaped up amongst local hand-painted crockery and bright raffia mats on the bar. Fresh croissants and tartes, plates of meats and cheeses, jugs of fruit juice, pots of yoghurt and jams make for a better-than-average Continental - plus you can order eggs and make toast.

If you'd like to eat lunch or dinner at the villa, you'll need to request this at breakfast time. The menu includes things like prosciutto or bresaola plates, salads and simple mozzarella and ham sandwiches. In the evening, you can choose from 24 flavours of wood-oven-fired pizzas!

There are, of course, multiple restaurants to choose from nearby. Just 50m away, The Capanno serves great steak, pastas and pizzas in a relaxed yet lively atmosphere. In Sorrento town centre (15 mins' walk or a short cab ride away), recommended ones include the Michelin-starred Il Buco (in a monks' wine cellar), Ristorante La Marinella for seafood on the harbour, and Il Pendolo for traditional Italian cooking.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • In Sorrento, see the gleaming white Duomo on Corso Italia, the medieval cloisters of the Chiesa di San Francesco, and the palatial Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea
  • The town's late-opening shopping offers traditional inlaid wood and carvings, ceramics, leather, limoncello and high-end jewellery and clothes boutiques
  • Catch one of the regular sailings around the headland to picture-perfect Positano, with its steep tiers of pastel houses
  • Take a boat to glitzy Capri for the day: step back in time at the hilltop town of Anacapri, or escape the crowds and explore the Grotta Azzurra sea caves by canoe
  • Jump on one of the regular Circumvesuviana trains to see the spectacular ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum, and climb to Mt Vesuvius above
  • Hop on a hydrofoil to Naples, a colourful city full of faded grandeur, with stately residences, imposing piazzas and Baroque churches
  • Back in Sorrento, take a gelato-making class at Gelateria David (Via Marziala), book a dive at the Sorrento Diving Centre, or learn pizza-making using the hotel’s wood-fired oven (summer only)

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Cooking classes
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Kayaking
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Wine tasting
  • Kids

    Children are welcome, and the spacious grounds and friendly staff will be a godsend for families.

    Best for:

    Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Only two Junior Suites can accommodate children, with space for 2 rollaway beds or baby cots, so you're advised to book early.

    Babysitting:

    Available by arrangement

    Baby equipment:

    • Baby cot
    • High chair
    • Baby bath

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Children's meals:

    A children's menu is available, items include Gnocchi all a Sorrentina (gnocchi in a tomato sauce)

    Kids Activities on site:

    • Kids will enjoy playing hide-and-seek in the garden
    • Swimming in the turquoise pool (toys provided)
    • Playing in the pavilion tent

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • There's a public playground a 5-minute walk away
    • Beaches nearby
    • Museum Correale

    Families Should Know:

    The shallowest end of the pool is 1.5m, so smaller kids and non-swimmers need to be minded

    Distances:

    • Airport: 60 minutes
    • Hospital: 10 minutes
    • Shops: 5 minutes
    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    9/10
    Room
    8/10
    Food
    9/10
    Service
    8/10
    Value
    9/10
    Overall

    What an exquisite experience! The Terrace Room on the top floor with three 'private' terraces was like staying in a dream. Breakfast each morning was delicious and I'm convinced the cappuccinos were the best I've had. I have yet to find a hotel on i-escape where the service is not top notch and must say Villa dei D'Armiento excels in service. From arranging our Capri excursion, to reserving a table at a nearby restaurant, to setting up our airport transfer on departure, they were nothing short of honest, helpful and professional. My husband and I will long remember our stay here as one of our favorites.

    10/10,

    Lovely staff who made us feel very welcome, especially our 18 month old daughter. Great service and breakfast every day was a treat.

    9/10,

    Everything about the place was good, without being terribly exciting. The breakfasts in the garden were lovely and the outdoor shower really nice. But we found it a little expensive for what it offered. The staff were very friendly and helpful however!

    9/10,

    We loved the friendliness & helpfulness of the team and very much enjoyed the garden and the villa. Breakfast would have been fine for one or two days. However we stayed for 6 days & the breakfast never varied. The cooked option was always eggs (we don't eat eggs) and the breads & fruits were exactly the same every day.

    8/10,

    Service was excellent. The garden is exquisite. I think they could do much better for breakfast which is very standard, e.g. bottled juice when all the fruit is growing right outside the door. First night, there was a very noisy party in the hotel nextdoor. Not a good start for a short trip. All in all, it was good, but I think at that price level they should not charge extra for parking.

    7/10,

    This lovely villa gave exceptional service to my mother and I. They couldnt have done enough with helping us organise our schedule for sightseeing to making sure we had everything we needed for our journey home. A most wonderful 5 star experience. To all the staff, a very heartful thanks.

    10/10,

    Generally we were OK with the hotel, we found the service friendly and efficient, the rooms well designed and clean. Compared to other hotels we visited in Italy - we did feel Sorrento and the hotel were rather expensive.

    7/10,

    The property has the feel of a family home, albeit generously upgraded to meet hotel status. My girlfriend certainly appreciated the style aesthetic and the gardens. I did get badly bitten by mosquitos when we first arrived but sitting by the swimming pool in the late afternoon - not the smartest move on my part. Service was generally great. Young, enthusiastic front desk, including some members of the family; they failed to give us an early morning call, as requested, but were very responsive to my need to watch the football one evening on TV which, of course, was far more important. Room was spacious, well appointed, clean lines, excellent bathroom, liked the green tiling. We had a junior suite and it ticked all the right boxes. Breakfast was perfectly acceptable. Poached eggs on toast and a cup of tea sitting in the garden was an excellent start to the day. We are not morning people as a general rule so breakfast is not a raging priority but it was served with charm and pleasure. I saw comments on your site previously about the walk from hotel to town. It is certainly 20 - 25 minutes unless you are an advocate of power walking. On balance, we thought Villa dei D'Armiento was super. Sorrento itself was something of a disappointment, however. Commercial, overpriced and a tourist trap. I would not rush back. The views of the Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples are, indeed, lovely but little compensation for an area that largely trades on reputation.

    10/10,

    Fantastic team at the Villa, they couldn't have been more helpful. One small comment - we'd have loved more variety of fruit for breakfast, especially when wonderful fruit is in abundance in the area. But this is a minor quibble. PierLuigi and Nina and Maria were delightful as well as the behind the scenes staff. Sorrento Cookery School was great fun too!

    9/10,

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