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 hosted our wedding at this resort in August of 2018 and had nothing but an exceptional experience!
The staff: The staff went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. Rachele and Antonino are amazing! When you're planning an international wedding from afar, there's pretty much no way to avoid the anxiety. We were in contact, via email, with Antonino for almost two years before our wedding date. He was always extremely responsive (even during the winter months) and exceptionally flexible with our requests [see below for our high maintenance requests]. The day before our wedding, we met with Rachele to finalize the details. This was an added service we weren't expecting! Rachele acted as our wedding planner (for no additional fee) by helping me choose a color scheme, ordering a bouquet for me, and organizing the day-of schedule. Thanks Rachele!!
The room(s): If you're planning a wedding abroad, I guarantee you will be surprised at the number of friends and family members who will say, "Yup! We'll be there!" We were able to reserve all of the rooms for our guests (with no deposit) with no issues. We probably contacted Antonino at least a dozen times to add a room, remove a room, change a name, change a location, whatever -- never once did we get any pushback. He was extremely accommodating and our guests loved being able to pay upon checkout. It made things a lot less stressful for everyone involved. We booked the terrace suite for ourselves and another couple and we lucky enough to have our rooms right next to each other. We were also the only two rooms on that top level, so we had the entire floor to ourselves. The patios were ENORMOUS and I would highly recommend opting for this upgrade if its an option. It wasn't planned, but we ended up using our room for the groom and rest of the guys to get ready and I (the bride) and the other women got ready in our friend's room. The views were spectacular and so were the pictures we got. We also booked the family suite for a group of three, while everyone else went with a standard room (all had views of the sea).
Food: We did an incredible amount of research on planning a destination wedding, so I was absolutely shocked when we went to plan the menu and Antonino literally said, "What do you want? We'll make it." To our excited surprise, the restaurant on site (Gouache) is Michelin rated! We had no idea! Normally wedding venues will have set menus and ask you to choose between dishes, but we were able to have all of our favorite foods, no questions asked. We had a cocktail hour prior to the ceremony (chef's selection of cold and hot appetizers with wine), then for our reception we had more small bites, a seafood paella, choice between grilled chicken or beef wellington, tiramisu (they made a gluten free version for my sister in law), AND wedding cake (I just looked up some pictures on Pinterest and sent them to Antonio a few weeks before the wedding). We had a private room within the Gouache and the servers kept the wine flowing. The restaurant does shut down around 11PM, so we asked the staff to bring a few more bottles of wine up to our room and we did a little after party on our gorgeous terrace.
High-maintenance requests: We wanted every guest to have a room with a view of the ocean. Done. We were able to book (and pay for) the spa for all of guests -- they LOVED having this option on the day of the wedding. I've already mentioned it, but the fact that the kitchen staff was able to make whatever food we wanted was absolutely amazing. They cleaned and press both my dress and my husband's suit prior to the wedding. They handled all of the decor and flowers, including my bouquet and my MIL's corsage. We did absolutely nothing on time (started the ceremony an hour late just because it was hot and we didn't feel like starting yet), and the staff remained completely accommodating. One of the bartenders even picked up some cigars for the guys.
I am still absolutely blown away by how perfectly everything ended up working out. 12/10 would recommend. I really tried to be as low maintenance and calm as possible. I didn't want to pick colors or flowers or even food but Antonino and Rachele kept me in line. Everyone kept telling us "Just relax. Something will go wrong. It's gonna happen but there's nothing you can do. Just roll with the punches." I can honestly say that all of those people were wrong because nothing was less than spectacular.
I'd like to add that after all was said and done, my husband and I were able to host this wedding and spend another three weeks touring Italy, Paris, and Barcelona for around $15,000 -- which is about the same price as JUST a wedding venue for one night in the United States. We did not pay for our guests rooms (they paid upon checkout and no deposits were necessary even though we begged them to take one) but we did the provide the following for our guests:
- Access to the spa for 2 hours the day of the wedding
- Cocktail hour prior to the ceremony
- A four course meal plus wedding cake
- The day after the wedding, we had booked a coach bus to take everyone to Vesuvius and then to Pompeii for a private guided tour
Again, this entire three-week adventure cost less than a typical one-day wedding in the United States. Please feel free to message me if you have questions I haven't answered.
Stayed at the Towers for two nights. This is a large hotel that is spacious with great views of the coast and away from the larger city areas of Italy. Each room has a nice porch balcony. Breakfast service is great with multiple varieties of food that is American and European. Staff at the hotel are helpful and focused on tips for vacationing.
If I wee on the coat of Italy, I would again consider staying at the Towers.
Modern, renovated hotel with nice rooms. Our room had a small balcony with a limited view of the Bay of Naples. Breakfasts were plentiful with many options. Room was good size and nicely furnished. The one major drawback is that the hotel is somewhat isolated and a good distance from Sorrento. Otherwise enjoyed the stay
The views of Vesuvius were fabulous. However, the location was not great. Not close to anything. No options. Our room had ants and the floors were horrible. Would not stay here again. The restaurant was pretty good. Good breakfast and we had dinner there one night.
Strictly speaking, the hotel was nice. The room was acceptable - I was a little annoyed the single room didn't come with any prospect apparently of an ocean view, but that's what happens when you travel solo so it is what it is.
I didn't speak much to the staff, but they seemed helpful enough which is perfectly all good and well.
It is a hotel to relax - nothing really around. It's close to a few sites, Pompeii, Sorrento etc, but you need to travel by train etc. So it's pretty remote. On the plus side, it means it is quite peaceful - private beach, a pool area. So there is that. The bar area was nice for sure. My only comment was apparently they didn't have much change at the bar - I tried to pay for a 6 euro drink with a 10 euro note, so not sure if I was just being odd paying cash, or if perhaps it was just early and the bartender was being standard to ask if I had a smaller note or coins. I personally just wanted the change otherwise I'd have put it on the room... Anyway, it was resolved so all good.
If you're staying here, just be aware there is nothing around which means also very limited places to eat besides the hotel. A few places, but not many unless you want to get a taxi and go elsewhere. If you want a nice retreat (and a seaview) it's great unless you book a single room and it's a view of the road. In total fairness the hotel never suggested otherwise either.