Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast
What We Love
- A Sorrento Coast escape with sea and volcano views, breakfast and tons of extrasThe Mediterranean cuisine and views of Mount Vesuvius from the elegant Gouache Restaurant
- The gleaming stretch of private beach, which is open over summer
- Taking a boat excursion around the Bay of Naples and to the islands of Capri and Ischia
- Enjoying your tons and tons of extras, like a spa discount and a welcome soft drink
What To Know
- The on-site restaurant has gluten-free options
- Off the beaten path location; you'll need a car to explore the area
- WiFi can be spotty
Sitting on the spectacular Bay of Naples, the Towers Hotel Stabiae is in a fantastic location between Sorrento and Pompeii. It also offers stunning views of Mount Vesuvius across the water. The hotel cuts a striking figure against the Mediterranean background, its pristine, minimalist white exterior popping against the deep blue of the sea.
The hotel is set on a seafront promenade, which leads down to a private stretch of beach, where you can lounge in deck chairs under parasols. The beach is also where you can catch ferry services to the nearby islands of Ischia and Capri. Enjoy rejuvenating treatments in the spa and swims in the heated freshwater pool, as well as fresh cuisine against the backdrop of Vesuvius on Gouache Restaurant’s stunning al fresco terrace.
Good to know
The private beach is open from May 20 to the beginning of October, and the swimming pool is open from the end of April to the beginning of October (both depending on the weather). At both, you’ll have use of umbrellas, chairs and beach towels.
Bedrooms are furnished in a contemporary minimalist style with parquet floors and soft pastel hues, and they command stunning views of the bay. Each has a marble bathroom with a bathtub and shower.
Gouache restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, which is as delicious as it is healthy. This is accompanied by wines that are sourced from across the country and served on a terrace looking out across the bay.
The Spamarine wellness center boasts a sauna Turkish bath and solarium, plus two balneo treatment pools and a beautiful relaxation area by the modern hydro-jet pool. There are a variety of excellent health and beauty treatments on offer, too.
The hotel is located a short distance from Sorrento, a beautiful old city along cliffs on the Bay of Naples. The destination showcases its rich history through its Roman archaeological sites and old churches and basilicas. It also boasts a number of great restaurants and charming little cafés. The hotel organizes regular boat trips to the stunning islands of Ischia and Capri, both renowned for their beautiful sandy beaches and verdant interiors. There are also regular excursions to the Roman city of Pompeii, all but destroyed in ancient times by the famous volcano eruption. Here, you’ll find a stunning open-air museum showing life in the days of the Roman Empire.
How to Get There
We booked our trip through a travel agency which we'd used before to travel to Ireland. We had unbelievable experiences at those hotels and were prepared for the same in Italy, but were very disappointed.
I'll start with the pros: the views are beautiful. Each morning we had a fairly good breakfast out on the coast with a terrific view of the ocean and mountains. The pool is nice, but the photos are deceiving. The staff was very nice and we had great service while we were there.
As for the cons: the rooms are pretty bad. Beds were very uncomfortable. Rooms are shabby and plain. We had little ants running all over our bathroom and even found some hiding away in our suitcase (yuck!). The pool closes at 7pm which was very disappointing after being out and adventuring all day. We would have loved to swim each evening. The restaurant was booked, so we never were able to eat there. We didn't think we'd need reservations for dinner at our own hotel. The bar offered quick meals which were fair at best and very expensive.
If we return to the Amalfi Coast, we will stay elsewhere. It seems as if there are many properties to choose from.
Found this hotel through Jet 2 Holidays for a break during the last week of July for 500ish each flights included. Having read reviews and looked at pictures this place looked idyllic - almost a bargain for the price we paid!
Arrived on a Wednesday afternoon where we were informed by a very rude receptionist that our room wasn't ready. Tired and hot we had to wait in the bar for our room to be prepared. Looking at the bar menu whilst we waited, it was apparent that prices were a lot higher, 8 euros for two small diet cokes, but hey we were on holiday! Treat yourself.
Our room was good, on the ground floor past a reception area that looked unused and a pool table that cost 10 euros an hour to play. Small toiletries, air con, free bottles of water, sky TV and some ants that if you're not that bothered about, you'll get used to. You are on the ground floor after all.
Looking at the location and the hotel, there is a shuttle bus service to the closest town which costs 1.50 euros per person each way. If you miss this it's a flat cost of 15 euros one way for a taxi. There are only 16 spaces on the bus though so get your tickets as quickly as you can.The bus runs at great times but conveniently stops around lunch time and dinner time so that if you're hungry, you're either paying for a taxi or their extortionate restaurant and bar prices.
The restaurant menu had 5 options for starters starting from 10 euros, 5 for pasta starting from 10 euros, 4 meat/ fish dishes starting from 13 euros. If you don't eat seafood, you've got a choice of 4 options.
The private beach isn't sand, it's made from rubble, that's why it's so white on the photos. The Towers hotel is a former cement factory and so look out for nails and building debris when you step into the sea.
The breakfast was a redeeming feature - top tip of eating as much as you can to last you until tea time.
Don't bother with the excursions, we paid 39 euros each for a Pompeii half day trip (78 euros total) to get on the coach and be told we both had to pay 15 euros entry each on top of this - a trip to Pompeii which lasted 4 hours cost us 108 euros. You can get the train from Vico Equense to Pompeii for cheaper.
It rained for 2 hours one morning and the hotel shut the pool and beach all day. There is literally nothing to do here if the weather is bad so pack some card games and a good book. Yes there's a spa but to use the small pool there its 15 euros per person per hour.
If you don't have the budget or spare cash to splurge don't visit, this holiday and hotel should have cost more money in the first place to get the guests they expect who can afford their prices. If they can get you to pay for it, they will.
No tourist tax was charged at the beginning or end of our stay.
Overall, I really wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. I have never written a review in my life but having looked forward to this holiday for so long I was so disappointed I felt the need to write this.
Don't bother, there's nicer places I'm sure.
We have just returned from a week long stay at the Towers Hotel, and I would happily recommend this hotel.
It is based along the Sorrento coast, giving a beautiful view of Vesuvius from every angle! We had a sea view room- and it’s well worth upgrading as the view is phenomenal. The room was spacious and clean, with a large balcony.
But where this hotel really came into its own was with the food. We were half board and dined each evening at the restaurant - just wow! Every night offered a good choice of 3/4 options, and I really enjoyed exploring meals I would never normally order. Just lovely! The extensive wine list was wonderful, with lots of local options.
It’s easy to get to Sorrento- the shuttle takes you to Vico Equense which is a pretty little town in itself, and the train is only €2 each way to Sorrento. The tours are also worth exploring- our favourite was the day trip to Capri, as the boat is lovely and not too big, you can really relax and take it all in.
We look forward to returning next time we’re in Italy!