Where to Stay in Sorrento in 2024 • TOP 5 Areas + Hotels

Coastal view of Sorrento showing multi-colored buildings, a marina with boats, and cliffs with a backdrop of mountains under a cloudy sky

Good food and unparalleled views of Naples Bay are just some of the reasons people plan a trip and wonder where to stay in Sorrento.

As a person who has lived in Italy and keeps coming back to Italy at least once a year, I can tell you that you are in good hands. 

In short, the very best spot is, of course, the Historic Center, i.e., the area around the renowned Piazza Tasso. 

But there are other pretty cool areas, too – all with different budgets and with different vibes. 

Yes, I know you’ll also need accommodation, which is why I went through literally every hotel in the town and handpicked only the top-rated hotels in Sorrento. I ordered by price, so once you pick your favorite area, you can also book your accommodation in a couple of clicks!

NOTE: it’s important to know that most of the hotels in Sorrento are closed during the winter. So, if you’re planning a winter trip some of the hotels in this article may not be available.

Quick Picks for Your Stay

Here are the best hotels around Piazza Tasso, in the Historical Center of Sorrento:


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here’s a map that will help you visualize all the areas I will be talking about in this post:

Colorful map highlighting six areas to stay in Sorrento, Italy, with labeled sections and roads.
  1. Historical Center: for first-timers
  2. Priora: for budget
  3. Sant’Agnello: for the best views
  4. Corso Italia: for shopping
  5. Piano di Sorrento: for families
  6. Meta: for the beach

1. Historical Center/Piazza Tasso – best Sorrento area for first-timers

Public square with palm trees, statue, and yellow buildings with European architecture.

Benvenuti! Are you ready to explore the charming heart of Sorrento? It’s your classical Italian spot for a holiday with gorgeous architecture!

Imagine narrow streets, chic boutique shops selling the best souvenirs in Italy, top-tier restaurants, and the town’s main attractions – that’s what Sorrento Center looks like. 

The focal point of the area is Piazza Tasso, but I suggest you take the time to visit the Cathedral of Saints Philip and James and admire the triple-tiered bell tower. 

In this part of town, you’ll also find great spots for enjoying a view of the Bay of Naples – the Villa Comunale di Sorrento park is a perfect choice for watching the sunset.

The Museo Correale di Terranova is another attention-worthy attraction. The museum is situated in an 18th-century villa and has a beautiful garden overlooking the bay of Naples. 

While you’re here, you have to visit at least some of the other towns on the Amalfi Coast, which are very close to Sorrento. There are many organized tours from Sorrento that can take you to Amalfi, and you can also catch a bus or a ferry – you have plenty of options to choose from!  

But if a day trip doesn’t do it for you, check out this post with the best areas and hotels in the beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of a hotel to stay in Sorrento: a bright bedroom with a classic wooden headboard and blue accents, a bathroom decorated with ornate blue and yellow tiles, and a poolside terrace with loungers overlooking a stunning sea view.

I love how they added a modern touch to the traditional Italian decor of this 5-star hotel! Enjoy the best views of the Bay of Naples from the outdoor pool and chill all day by the sun terrace! The rooms feature beautiful Vietri tiles, and all bathrooms are stocked with free toiletries.

Other accommodation options in the Historical Center

Mid-range
Rooftop patio with white outdoor furniture and cushions, overlooking a calm sea

Enjoy dinner with a view of the Gulf of Naples in this beautiful hotel that has a spa and a swimming pool 

Budget
White bedroom with a yellow accent wall, a small desk, white bedding, and modern art pieces

A stylish guesthouse in Sorrento that has rooms with a garden view, private bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi

Airbnb
Bedroom with a patterned bedspread, white walls, two bedside tables

Relax during your stay in Sorrento in this apartment with two large bedrooms, a private bathroom, and a balcony


The Sorrento Historical Center is a tourist hotspot, and good hotels are quick to sell out so I decided to recommend 3 more options. You can choose a more expensive option (the 1st one) or a slightly more affordable hotel (the 2nd and the 3rd options).

  • Maison La Minervetta (€€€) – high on the hilltop above Sorrento, this accommodation offers the most beautiful sea views you can admire from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The outdoor pool, the hot tub, and the many amazing amenities leave nothing to be desired.
  • Bellevue Syrene (€€) – 5 minutes on foot from the center of Sorrento, you’ll find this 5-star, luxurious hotel featuring an outdoor pool, a sun terrace, and 2 restaurants that serve delicious food from the Campania region. 
  • Hotel Minerva (€€) – a 4-star hotel built in 1875 that still features the original design but also all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Grab a meal at the hotel restaurant, or if you want to get to the center, 10 minutes of leisurely walking will do the trick. 
Inner courtyard of the Church and Convent of St. Francis in Sorrento, featuring arches, a weeping willow, and a bell tower partially obscured by foliage

Things to do in the Historical Center

2. Priora – where to stay in Sorrento for budget travelers

View from a hillside garden path overlooking the sea and Mount Vesuvius in the distance

Priora has that small village charm and is not as crowded as the more central areas, which means you’ll get to experience the authentic vibe of Sorrento, Italy! 

Although the central part of the town is just 20 minutes drive away or accessible by bus (see schedule) if you feel too tired, Priora’s convenient location makes it an ideal choice for budget travelers as the hotel and restaurant prices are lower than in the Historical Centre or Sant’Angelo. 

Priora has tons of places to explore, like the Marina Grande, which has kept its old charm. If you go there in the morning, you can see the fishermen bringing in the catch of the day! 

I recommend going at sunrise – there’s something special about that time when the world is still waking up, and there’s a complete calm over the whole town. 

And if you’re still looking for things to do, my last piece of advice is – just breathe. The Massa Lubrense is a commune in the Sorrento Peninsula that is famous for its olive groves and lemon trees! Its proximity to Priora makes it possible to get a sniff of that amazing natural smell of olives!

Lastly, I have to tell you that accommodations in Priora are extremely quick to go! There aren’t that many available options, and it’s a popular destination, so all of the hotels get fully booked. If you’re planning a budget visit to Sorrento and want to stay here, I advise you to book your accommodation as much in advance as possible. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of a tropical hotel to stay in Sorrento: an outdoor dining area with white umbrellas and palm trees, a colorful facade with rustic charm, and a romantic sunset view from a balcony with a hanging egg chair

Can this hotel be more Mediterranean? A lovely place to stay in Sorrento that will offer you some gorgeous views of the town from the lounge area on the terrace! The rooms are very stylish, and you can end your day with dinner at the restaurant! The hotel also offers an airport shuttle for an extra charge.

Other accommodation options in Priora

Mid-range
Resort poolside area with lounge chairs and parasols, next to a building with a wooden deck

The hotel terrace offers breathtaking views of the bay and the town, and there’s a free shuttle to the center

Budget
Bedroom with a four-poster bed, orange walls, a stone feature, and wooden furniture

Boasting spectacular views of Mount Vesuvius, this family-run accommodation provides free parking and a free shuttle to/from the center

Airbnb
Traditional living room with chandelier, piano, mirror, and antique furniture

You’ll want to move into this 19th-century villa in town that has a backyard filled with flowers and offers a tasty breakfast

Things to do in Priora

  • Catch the views of the coast from the hills in Priora
  • Venture out to the Monastero di San Paolo
  • Have dinner with a view at Il Borgo 
  • Make the trip out to Bagni Regina Giovanna beach

3. Sant’Agnello – where to stay in Sorrento for the best views

Coastal landscape of Sorrento with cliffs, buildings, and the sea, viewed from the water

Sant’Agnello is recognizable for the colorful vintage villas tucked away on the old cliffs, cliffs so old they’ve definitely seen at least 1 or 2 eruptions from Mount Vesuvius.

Here, you’ll find the best hotels in Sorrento with a sea view – a perfect choice for a Sorrento honeymoon (here are a few more honeymoon hotels on the Amalfi Coast if you’re planning a romantic getaway).

However, if you want to spend your Sorrento days hopping from one attraction to the next, Sant’ Agnello may not be the best choice. Conversely, it’s the best one if you want to unwind and witness unforgettable views. Then you should definitely book your stay here! 

When the bright golden light sets over the neighborhood, it’s like everything turns to gold – you’ll be glad you chose Sant’ Agnello!

While you’re here, you can also have an amazing day at the beach. Marinella Beach, or as the locals know it, Spiaggia La Marinella (map), is a small and lovely beach. But keep in mind that it tends to get crowded, especially on weekends, so if you want to get a sunbed and an umbrella, make sure to get there early!

If you want to get away from the sun for a bit, I recommend paying a visit to Villa Fondi De Sangro. The villa itself serves as a museum (entrance is free of charge!), and it’s surrounded by a gorgeous garden where you can go for a pleasant walk in the shade and admire the views. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of a modern hotel to stay in Sorrento: an elegant lounge with blue velvet sofas and marble floors, a cozy bedroom with a sea view and blue headboard, and an aerial shot of the hotel's outdoor pool surrounded by lush greenery.

I can already imagine myself watching the sun setting over the Bay from the rooftop terraces of this luxurious hotel while enjoying a glass of Italian wine! Set atop a cliff, the hotel is one of the best places to stay near the beach, but you can also swim in the pool or relax in the spa!

Other accommodation options in Sant’Agnello

Mid-range
Hotel exterior with a swimming pool surrounded by blue lounge chairs and lush greenery

Guests can admire great views from their room, but this hotel also has a terrace, a garden, and a pool

Budget
Hotel lobby with light blue sofas, a white floor with flower patterns, and white shelves with decorations

Accommodation within walking distance of the beach, with an on-site bar, lounge, and lovely gardens

Airbnb
Bedroom with double bed, headboard shelf filled with decorative items, and eclectic wall art

A perfect place for history lovers; relax in front of the fireplace in this 20th-century or enjoy the lovely garden

Things to do in Sant’Agnello

4. Corso Italia – best place to stay in Sorrento for shopping  

Aerial view of the Albergo Lorelei Londres hotel in Sorrento, with terraces overlooking the sea and a cliff in the background

This area is also the main road of the town, which runs through all the neighborhoods except Priora, ending at the Piazza Tasso in the central historic area. This makes it the perfect place to stay if you just can’t decide between all the awesome neighborhoods!

If you’re a shopping enthusiast, Corso Italia is definitely the place for you! The street is lined with various shops and boutiques, and you can get everything from designer goods to cool souvenirs sold (and sometimes produced) by local merchants. You can easily spend an entire day hopping from one store to the next!

TIP: if you were wondering where to stay in Sorrento with a car, Corso Italia is the ultimate choice. You can easily navigate the traffic along this main street, and most of the hotels in the area offer free parking. 

You can’t really say you’ve been to Sorrento if you haven’t experienced its lively nightlife! The bars and restaurants (even the cafés!) in Corso Italia look very fancy, and I’m sure you’ll want to take tons of pics here. For an unforgettable night out, I suggest Daniele’s Club, famous for its karaoke parties!

As I already mentioned, there’s a good selection of restaurants in this area, but if you are a true food lover, I highly recommend you check out this list of the most amazing restaurants on the Amalfi Coast.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos from Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria: A luxurious living room with a plush red sofa and balcony doors opening to the sea, a tranquil pool surrounded by umbrellas and a well-manicured garden, and a bright bedroom with a balcony overlooking the azure waters

The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is a 5-star hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples. You’ll find an outdoor pool surrounded by parasols, sun beds, and deck chairs. The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria La Serra spa offers various services, including massage rooms and hot tubs, and there are several upscale restaurants on site.

Other accommodation options in Corso Italia

Mid-range
Balcony view with wicker chairs and a table facing an adjacent building's windows and balconies

Enjoy your stay in Sorrento in clean and comfortable rooms, a short walk from the train station

Budget
Hotel bedroom with a green headboard and bedding, white lampshades, and a balcony

Each of the rooms has its own balcony, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and more

Airbnb
A cozy balcony with a grey sofa, red round table, and various potted plants on white walls

A stylish accommodation that offers a great view from the balcony, plus an elevator

Things to do in Corso Italia 

  • Visit the Piazza Tasso in the Historical Center of Sorrento
  • Grab pizza at Pizzeria da Franco
  • Go souvenir shopping along the Corso Italia
  • Take a secret walking tour of Sorrento with a local guide

5. Piano di Sorrento – the best Sorrento area for families

Cliffside view of Sorrento coastline with large caves near the base and buildings on top, sea in the foreground

Piano di Sorrento is another beautiful cliffside area, perfect for anyone traveling to Italy with kids looking for a quiet neighborhood. 

Piano di Sorrento is smaller than Sant’Agnello, and most attractions are nearby, so you can easily get to them on foot, even with kids. Just note that it’s 15-min by car from the Historical Center or a 30-mins walk.

In this area, you can enjoy amazing views of both the Piano di Sorrento neighborhood and the Gulf of Naples from the marina or just stroll around Piazza Cota, the neighborhood’s main square. 

You can also spend your day at the nearby beaches. Bagni Tina (map) is a sandy beach lined with sun beds and umbrellas, which makes it a convenient choice if you’re traveling with kids. 

After a day of fun, take your family out for traditional Neapolitan pizza at Da Giovanni o’ Faticone. And don’t skip on the kids’ favorite dessert – Italian gelato! 

If you’re willing to venture outside the neighborhood, I suggest you head over to Antico Casale Colli Di San Pietro. You don’t need to stay there, but if you have the time, definitely visit the restaurant – the food is out of this world!

NOTE: Piano di Sorrento doesn’t have any 4 and 5-star hotels, so if you want your trip to be the height of luxury, consider staying in the Historical Center of Sorrento or in the Sant’Agnello area.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos from Hotel Soleluna: A comfortable twin bedroom with modern art and lavender walls, a spacious white-wicker furnished terrace, and an inviting hotel lounge area with soft blue armchairs and chic decor

A wonderful hotel with spacious family rooms decorated in Mediterranean style, each with a private bathroom and air conditioning. The property is non-smoking and offers private parking and free Wi-Fi. Cots are provided upon request, and babies and toddlers can stay at the hotel for only €5/night.

Other accommodation options in Piano di Sorrento

Mid-range
Bedroom with a teal and white striped wall, matching bedding, white furniture, and a balcony with a view

The villa has a children’s playground and a picnic area and provides baby cots on request

Budget
Interior of a room with a white sofa, two chandeliers, a fireplace, and wooden flooring, with plants in the foreground

Guests can enjoy the spacious rooms at this hotel that provides cots for free and extra beds for €20/night

Airbnb
Tiled balcony with a wooden table and plants, leading to an arched doorway

The guests will enjoy this bright apartment, which has a patio, a backyard, and a convenient location

Things to do in Piano di Sorrento 

  • Visit the historical Basilica di San Michele Arcangelo
  • Go on a boat trip and explore the bay
  • Stop by the Basilica della Santissima Trinità
  • Take the kids on a tour of the Amalfi Coast

6. Meta di Sorrento – best place to stay in Sorrento for the beach

Coastal view of Sorrento with a beach, boats, and a pier, with cliffs and buildings in the background

Located very near Piano di Sorrento, Meta is a great area to stay on the coast if you love spending most of your vacation at the beach. Even if it’s just one beach, Lido Metamare (map), everyone can sit under the cute little umbrellas and go for a swim. 

The town itself is situated on the cliffs, so to access the beach, you have to go down a bit, so get some comfy shoes!

Although the beach is the main attraction here, Meta has an interesting historical background. If you’re looking for where to stay in Sorrento to enrich your culture, walk around the historic center of the neighborhood and let yourself be transported back in time!

The focal point of the neighborhood used to be a temple built to honor the goddess Minerva. In the 8th century, the ruins of the temple were transformed into a Basilica dedicated to Madonna del Lauro, which is now the symbol of Meta. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos from Laqua by the Sea: A serene bedroom with direct sea views through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a stylish wooden deck with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and an elegant corner with a white armchair and orchids

An upscale resort offering stunning panoramic views of the sea and access to an exclusive wellness center. In the wellness area, you can get everything from facial and body treatments to treatments for hands and feet. Consider booking one of their packages and enjoy the ultimate comfort the hotel has to offer.

Other accommodation options in Meta

Mid-range
Restaurant terrace with tables set with yellow tablecloths overlooking a seaside promenade

Guests won’t leave this hotel once they see the private beach area and taste the delicious pizzas and pastries

Budget
Bedroom with a wrought iron bed, bedside tables with lamps, and a balcony door

Enjoy the best views of the town from the rooftop terrace of this vintage home that has spacious rooms and gardens

Airbnb
Patio with white furniture and a blue patterned rug, with plants and an archway leading to an interior space

Live your Italian dream in this villa that has a lush garden, a lovely room, a kitchen, and a balcony

Things to do in Meta 

  • Have an Italian dining experience at Tico Tico
  • Watch the limoncello-making process at Limoncello di Capri
  • Climb up to Belvedere Sorrento and marvel at the view
  • Embark on an e-bike tour along the Sorrento coast 
👑 Luxury price:€300
💵 Mid-range hotel:€180
🛏️ Budget:€110
📍 Best area:Historical Center
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Grand Hotel La Favorita
💵 Best mid-range hotel:Hotel Continental
👛 Best budget hotel:Maison San Paolo

BONUS: Hotels in Sorrento with a sea view

Waterfront relaxation area with white sun loungers and umbrellas, wooden deck, and a view of Sorrento's cliffside buildings in the background

Many people flock to Sorrento because of the amazing views – and there’s nothing better than waking up to a view of the sea. Precisely for that reason, I decided to single out the best Sorrento hotels that allow you to admire the sea view from the comfort of your own room!

  • Hotel Lorelei Londres – nearly all the rooms at this upscale hotel boast a sea view, and some of them even have private balconies. But even if you don’t book a room with a view, you can admire the sea from the hotel’s terrace or patio.
  • Hotel Continental – this hotel is steps away from the Sorrento seafront and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. if you don’t manage to secure a room with a view, you can enjoy the view from the rooftop bar while sipping a cocktail. 
  • Grand Hotel Aminta – standing high above Sorrento, the hotel provides a panoramic view over the Gulf of Naples. Many rooms have a sea view, but I think the highlight is the Aminta Restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bay of Sorrento. 
  • Hilton Sorrento Palace – the Hilton is not only the epitome of luxury and comfort, but it also has some of the best sea views. Some of the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea, while the pool and the lounge area around it also face the sea. 
  • Parco dei Principi – set atop a cliff, this luxurious hotel provides panoramic views over the Gulf of Naples. You can enjoy the view from your room, and while having breakfast out on the terrace or lounging in the saltwater pool open during the summer months. 

FAQs about where to stay in Sorrento

Seascape view of Sorrento's coastline with colorful buildings and a cliff in the background

🏛️ Where is the best location to stay in Sorrento?

The Historical Center is the best area to stay in Sorrento, as it has the most charming atmosphere, great attractions, and some of the best local restaurants.

🤔 Is it better to stay in Sorrento or Amalfi Coast?

Sorrento is the better choice for budget-conscious travelers to this part of Italy, but it may be crowded during the high season. The Amalfi Coast can be more expensive, but it boasts more picturesque sights.

❓ Is it better to stay in Positano or Sorrento?

Sorrento is less crowded than Positano, making it a better choice for a relaxing vacation. Positano, on the other hand, boasts amazing views and offers more choices in accommodation and dining.

💘 What hotels in Sorrento are good for couples?

Grand Hotel La Favorita is the most romantic hotel in the center of Sorrento, while Romantic Relais Sorrento is one of the best hotels in Priora for a romantic atmosphere and cute candlelight dinners.

⚖️ Is Sorrento worth visiting?

Sorrento is most definitely worth visiting. I advise you to stay at least 1 night in Sorrento to have enough time to walk along Corso Italia, stop by Piazza Tasso, and admire the views of Naples Bay from Villa Comunale di Sorrento. 

🚶 Can you stay in Sorrento without a car?

Sorrento is a walkable city, so yes, you can stay here without a car. I also think it’s better to explore Sorrento without a car because you’ll get a closer look at the architecture and you’ll get to meet the lively locals.

🏖️ Which beach is the best in Sorrento?

The best beach in Sorrento is Bagni Regina Giovanna, which is actually a natural swimming pool in a secluded spot. However, it might be crowded during high season, but luckily, there are plenty of other beaches you can explore in the area.

⛴️ How long is the ferry ride from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast?

The ferry ride from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast takes between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on the company, as well as the trip itinerary.

Conclusion

Sunset over Sorrento harbor with moored boats in the foreground and a glowing sky

This is where I say my goodbye! I hope this post helped you decide where to stay in Sorrento and which hotel to book. I know I’ve given you tons of hotel options, but here are my 2 favorites, both located in the Historical Centre near Piazza Tasso. 

Make sure to book in advance so you don’t miss out on these incredible places! And feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions – I look forward to answering them!

Arrivederci, 

Yulia


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