Petite but perfectly formed Marina Piccola 73 is a harbourside haven in Sorrento, with a rooftop terrace for Vesuvius views and hearty homemade breakfasts, impeccable Italian interiors and a charming mother-and-daughter duo running the stylishly curated show. What the boutique B&B lacks in communal areas it makes up for in proximity to the port for day trips to Capri and around to the Amalfi Coast, and there are beach clubs, boutiques and buzzy trattorias for neighbours, too.
Double rooms from £136.36 (€161), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-in.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The hotel closes for a few months in the dead of winter, from 7 January to the beginning of April.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, rooftop terrace. In rooms: beach towels, TV, air-conditioning, free bottled water, tea and coffee kit and Fragonard bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each room has its fair share of handpicked antiques, but we especially love the Tower Room for its circular shape, spiral staircase leading to the bathroom and direct access to the communal terrace. We’re also fans of the Deluxe Room with Terrace, for its vaulted bathroom with checkerboard tiles and its breezy outdoor space.
Stylish outfits for seafaring, and shoes suitable for step-climbing (or heels if you’re planning on using the town lift).
Breakfast at this boutique B&B comes with a choice of savoury, sweet or both, all served afternoon-tea-style on overflowing tiered plates, with a side order of some sea views out on the sunny terrace. Roberta and Alice’s homely hospitality extends to baking pies and cakes, ensuring their guests don’t go hungry.
Aperitivo hour on the terrace is as abundant as the breakfasts, with small plates, sundowners and obligatory spritzes.
The bar is open between 5.30pm and 11.30pm, but is closed one day a week between April and September.
Breakfast can be delivered to your room between 7am and noon.
The harbour-facing hotel is right by the port in Sorrento, overlooking the Gulf of Naples.
Naples’ Capodichino airport is an hour and a half away by car. Hotel transfers start from €100.
Trains Sorrento’s rail station is half a kilometre from the hotel; transfers cost €20-25.
You won’t need wheels to get around Sorrento, plus the port is nearby for seafaring day trips to Capri and the towns of the Amalfi Coast. If you have come by car, there’s a car park on-site for small vehicles – bigger ones will have to be stowed away for €20 a day.
The ferry port is conveniently close (ie: opposite) for voyaging around the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast. Sailing time to Naples is about 40 minutes.
Worth getting out of bed for
The port is on your doorstep, so it’d be rude not to make use of it with day trips around to the towns of the Amalfi Coast or across to Capri. In Sorrento, don’t miss the San Francesco Cloister, a monastery in the seventh century and now the host of regular exhibitions. The owners Roberta and Alice can guide you to the best beach clubs and assist with general dream-itinerary planning, especially if that includes cookery classes.
Helpfully for the inevitable carb coma that will ensue after your meal, Ruccio is only a minute’s walk from your bed, and serves delicious dishes such as tomato gnocchi and bountiful bowls of clams and mussels. Or work up an appetite en route to Ristorante Bagni Sant’Anna, a 20-minute walk featuring lots of calorie-burning steps, for sunset suppers on the jetty (and a taxi ride home). And for more carb-loading, head to Antonino Esposito to try the famous fried pizzas.
You’ll be hard-pressed to beat the hotel’s rooftop when you’re thirsty, but the terrace at the Vista Sky Bar comes a close second.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this harbourside hotel in Italy and unpacked their lemons and limoncello, a full account of their seaside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Marina Piccola 73 in Sorrento…
They take the phrase ‘mi casa, su casa’ literally at Marina Piccola 73 in Sorrento (the owner lives on the first floor). Every antique and installation has been handpicked by Roberta and Alice, who are sharing their incredible assortment of family heirlooms with the rest of us. The generational treasures on show include Roberta’s grandfather’s desk, an antique Venetian wardrobe and mid-century lamps (and not a single lemon motif). The terrace is the place to be for breakfast and daytime sun-soaking, all the way up to aperitivo hour, where guests rush over to chat to their esteemed hosts to tell them all about their day. Sundowners are served with the usual generous Italian snack selection; for dinner, Roberta and Alice can direct you to the best restaurants and bars in town. The clan extends to Joe Black the cat and various snoozing dogs. Welcome to the famiglia.