Introduction to a European Birthday Adventure
New Delhi to Abu Dhabi (Jet Airways First Class 777-300ER)
Abu Dhabi to London (Etihad First Class A380)
London to Rome (British Airways Business Class A319)
Hotel Boutique Nazional (Rome 1)
Mainson Tofani Guesthouse (Sorrento)
Best Western Plus Hotel Milton (Rome 2)
Hotel Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux (Rome 3)
Rome to Paris (Air France Business Class A321)
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel (Paris)
Paris to Doha (Qatar Airways First Class A380)
Doha to New Delhi (Qatar Airways Business Class 787-8)
Sorrento lies just off the Amalfi Coast, one of the most gorgeous coastlines in the world - hence our reason for heading to this area and making Sorrento our base. After weeks of searching for a nice hotel - we came across one of the most highly rated Guesthouses on Booking.com, and on a whim quickly booked a room, as it was nearly filling up.
After a quick overnight stay in Rome, we rushed to catch the 1 hour train to Naples, before connecting with a local 'Circumvesuviana' train which took another 45 mins. Not the best train, but a cute way to travel when not packed.
From there, considering the main area of Sorrento was fairly small, we had a 10-15 minute walk past the 'Old Center Square' and into one of the side lanes as we found Maison Tofani, which was frankly quite charming.
As we understood from the lovely receptionist, who was a Tofani herself, was that is used to be a large house belonging to some Rich Man, who sold it to the Tofani Family who converted it into a charming little Guesthouse with only 12 rooms, meaning you wouldn't be looking at many guests during the stay. Since we turned up at 11am, we were told that rooms wouldn't be ready till 3pm as there were late checkouts, which was fine, since we decided to head to the marina for some lunch.
Sorrento is considered a Tourist town as many cruise ships stop over there - but since this was November, Cruise ships had stopped, the town was fairly empty and many restaurants at the Marina were closed for Winter renovations or breaks. Of course, the restaurants which were still open had fantastic fresh seafood, which I took full advantage of, and the view wasn't half bad either on the way to the Marina, and at the Marina itself!
Nevertheless, once we got back, the rooms were indeed ready and our bags were already waiting there for us, which is always nice. For the room itself, it's a Double Classic which comes in at a total of 24 meters squared, which is comfortable enough. The room itself keeps is classic Italian charm with a nice mosaic tiled floor around tiles. Cozy, but not grand by any means.
Ammenities were simple, such as a telephone, iron, safe, and a small Kettle with some instant coffee and tea. Bathroom (unfortunately I didn't take any images) was similarly red tiled such as the bedroom, along with the usual shower/shampoo liquids. There were two single beds as you can see above, which were a little shorter than expected, but luckily the mattress was indeed fairly comfortable, though I did need to double up on the pillows as they were a little flatter. The Tofani family made sure to show us exactly where everything was, along with instructions on how to get anywhere in Sorrento and what to do if we got bored. Wi-Fi was free and speeds were reasonable as well, which made things easy.
Of course, the center courtyard and the outside seats were positioned for a nice coffee outside, though it was quite chilly considering we were just entering the winter season, so we didn't utilize them much - but I could definitely considering doing so when it's slightly warmer.
Of course, what really made this Guesthouse of sorts was the interiors, which were gorgeous and unexpected - see for yourself.
The Dining room which is the breakfast room has an amazing painting over the top, and it made for quite a viewing the first time we saw it. Very pretty room for a meal, which made for a nice ambiance.
The entrance to the living room consists of a library full of books and travel guides for Italy and Europe - which really came in handy for Rome going forward.
Breakfast itself wasn't particularly spectacular - but there were enough options from hot and cold foods, to juice and coffee's - all included in the rate of the room, which is always great since hotels tend to not include Breakfast/Coffees in the room rates in Europe.
We had planned to stay for 4 nights, but since we had other issues which we wanted to get back to Rome for - we decided to cut a night off. The Tofani team were great in accommodating us here, and didn't charge us for the other room night, even though the room was already pre-booked for under non refundable terms - so much appreciated here.
Wrapping it up - a great little Guest house with lot's to offer, including the resident cat Mr. Kitty, who always took the time to sneak into our rooms when we opened the door. We enjoyed our time tremendously, and if we do ever come back to Sorrento - Maison Tofani will certainly be our destination of choice. My only complaint would be that the window wasn't glazed enough to completely block out the noise from the streets, but it wasn't loud enough to keep us up - but just something to improve on.