Sorrento, Italy

Villa dei D'Armiento

Rates from (inc tax)$182.88

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Majolica-filled manor


Sant'Agnello seaside

A stone’s throw from the Sorrento seaside, Villa dei D’Armiento hotel is an antique- and art-filled boutique that was once the home of local aristocrats. Restored to its former gleaming self, this 18th-century villa is home to Murano glass chandeliers and intricate tiling, all surrounded by citrus-scented gardens.

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A small bottle of limoncello in room; SilverSmith and GoldSmith members will also get a welcome drink each on arrival


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Need to know


Seven, including three suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $182.88 (€168), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR185.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast.


The hotel is in an acre-big park, home to an outdoor art gallery and regular exhibitions.

At the hotel

Gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, free bottled water. Tour guides, and bike, motorbike, boat and car hire can be organised by the hotel.

Our favourite rooms

All of the rooms have a fresh, bright green and white colour palette, but we especially love the Terrace Room at the top – it has a view of Vesuvius, courtesy of its eponymous, enormous rooftop, and can only be reached by a private lift.


The pool and Jacuzzi are set in the gardens, surrounded by dark wooden sunloungers, palm-trees and decking.

Packing tips

Leave room in your case to take home some of the huge lemons in the garden – the Sorrento version happens to be grapefruit-size.


No pets. In-room massages and other treatments can be arranged.


Little ones are welcome. Extra beds (€50 a night) can be added to larger rooms, and cots are free. There's a children’s menu in the restaurant. Babysitting with a local nanny costs €20. There’s a lifeguard on duty between 9am and 6pm.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Ask nicely and you’ll be able to eat lunch or dinner at a table set up in the garden.

Dress Code

Riff on the decor with all-white and flashes of gem-coloured accessories.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no formal dining room, but the staff will happily whip you up a sandwich or salad in the kitchen. This homely room overlooks the garden and is brightly coloured with majolica tiles and handmade local ceramics. In the park, there’s a traditional pizza oven and a barbecue ready to feed hungry guests.

Hotel bar

There is no bar as such, but mix yourself a Campari and soda or open a beer or bottle of wine whenever you’d like, thanks to the honesty bar in the kitchen.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 8am until 10am; after that, there’s always someone on hand in or around the kitchen.

Room service

Light meals and snacks are available 24 hours a day.


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Villa dei D'Armiento
79 Corso Marion Crawford
Sant'Agnello di Sorrento


Naples airport is the closest to the hotel, 55km away. British Airways ( and Thomas Cook ( fly from London Gatwick. EasyJet ( connects Europe, with regular flights from the UK, Geneva, Milan, Madrid and Berlin. From here, take the Curreri bus towards Sorrento, getting off in Sant’Agnello’s main square, in front of the town hall.


Circumvesuviana services connect to Pompei, Ercolana and Naples from the station in Sant’Agnello ( The ride from Naples should take an hour. It’s a 10-minute walk to the hotel.


Take the A3, which links Naples and Salerno, exiting at Castellammare di Stabia, and picking up the SS145. The villas has parking spaces (€12 a day).

Worth getting out of bed for

Head into Sorrento to admire the shining examples of this region’s art and architecture: Roman ruins, the 15th-century Duomo and the 14th-century Church of St Francis. Between July and August, the Ravello Music Festival ( attracts musicians – be sure to catch a concert. Pompeii is half an hour away by train. Borrow a bike or a boat from the hotel; they can also hook you up with informative local guides.

Local restaurants

La Marinella on Lungo Mare Cavalieri di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme (+39 089 873 6508) is half a block from the hotel, right on the beach with a first-class view of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy traditional Italian pizza and pasta at Ristorante Il Capanno on Via Nuovo Rione Cappuccini (+39 081 878 2453‎); guests at the hotel get a 10 per cent discount. Trattoria da Emilia (+39 081 807 2720) at 62 via Marina Grande is a traditional, family-run trattoria with simple food, plenty of fish and local house wine served in carafes. The owners also run the tiny bar next door, which is usually thronged with locals. Il Bucco (+39 081 878 2354) at Il Rampa Marina Piccola has earned itself a Michelin star. There’s a romantic little cobbled spot just off the square – reserve one of the tables outside if it’s a warm summer evening. Vela Bianca (+39 081 878 1144; is right on the harbour down the same road – locals and tourists come here for the seafood. Settle in at Inn Buffalito, a mozzarella bar in Sorrento, and work your way through their selection (+39 081 365 6975;


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Anonymous review

Mrs Smith’s mandate for our gastro getaway to Sorrento was stern and uncoded: ‘Nothing raw. Nothing street.’ I have a near-fatal attraction to exotic and authentic (read: uncooked and low-brow) foodstuffs, which had me out of action on recent visits to culinary centres Paris and Vienna. As expats based under the leaden cloud – and palate – of Holland, we are coveting the Italian sky and table. I agree to contain my impulses as we follow the signs along the autostrade to Sorrento.

A smart Southern Italian compromise for a quick in and out, Sorrento straddles the inferno of Napoli, the lacquer of Capri and the rustic respite of the Amalfi. We hire a car: the base cost is competitive with airport transfers to and from the Capodichino airport, and managing those legendary Sorrentine cliffs in a little Fiat is as good for the soul as anything else the region has to offer, as long as you opt for enough insurance.

We wedge into the gate of three-story powder-white villa tucked into a mansion district in the northeast corner of Sorrento, quiet but for the buzz of cicadas and the occasional scooter. The private Savoy-era property was converted only recently to an ethereal seven-room lodge. Owner Pierluigi d’Armiento greets us at the door and grants us access to the home’s optimistic living room, dining room and open majolica-tiled kitchen. The  design is a mix of airy and verdant mod-Med pieces dabbed with a tweedy, bookish accent against a lofty, light interior.

Cheery green sofas, vintage leather-bound volumes, antique binoculars, a gilded baroque mirror and a table laden with snacks, fruit and lemon bonbons are delightful. Our room upstairs greets us with a similar levity, plus a piccolo bottle of limoncello and a tempting in-room spa-treatment list. While our superior could be deemed a tad tight, the flatscreen is neatly tucked away, the finish is polished, and the bathroom is inspiring with a huge sunflower-head shower, jade ceramic-tile work and two fluffy white robes. ‘Is this a skinny mirror?’ Mrs Smith queries. The wind is at our backs on this trip.

Hungry from the drive and eager to sample local eats, we toddle around the corner for an easy lunch at Il Capanno to sample light classics. Mrs Smith eyes me toeing the line. ‘Honey, prosciutto is cured, not raw,’ I preemptively parry. Large local families, a reliable sign of quality and authenticity, linger in the post-lunch hours as a TV in the background alternates with news of the apocalypse and a dubbed German soap. The pizza is OK, but the salty prosciutto with sweet and crunchy melon is due a revisit.

We spy the lively beach club from the cliff occupied by the Marinella Bellevue, said to be adored by her royal hotness Sophia Loren, but rather than descend the mediaeval, labyrinthine stars to the vestigial port, we continue to our boutique bolt hole for a languid lounge by the pool. Under an olive tree surrounded by succulents we sit among a few youngish international couples. Sun, plunge, sun, shade, is how time is spent before we head inside for a twilight shower for two.

Villa dei D’Armiento’s sweet and petite Maria recommends a trip to Marameo, a beach club that offers free taxi service from and to the villa. At €20–25 a trip to the centre, it’s a nice touch, and we take her up on the idea. The underlit cliffside backdrop is spectacular, but the food and service less so, so we cut dinner short and detour into town to catch Friday night at Fifties-modern Il Fauno on Piazza Tasso, the main square. I feel pretty swank with a dazzling red Americano (Campari, vermouth, soda, rocks, lemon) and Mrs Smith rolls with prosecco and sfogliatelle, the little shell-shaped lemon-ricotta filled pastries. That’s my girl.

It’s prime for outdoor people-watching and scooter-dodging and we marvel at the go-for-it spirit barely hidden beneath a gold-sequin minidress. Taking in more street action, we stroll with the crowd down Corsa Italia until gawking at the absolutely manic Primavera Gelateria, which seems to combine the best parts of an ice-cream shop, a sailor’s bar and karaoke: funny thing is, it works.

The following morning, over yogurt, fresh fruit, more cured meats and pastries at one of the marble-topped cast-iron tables in the leafy garden, we debate the merits of doing nothing and a quick trip into Capri. Niente is powerfully tempting, but as neither of us has ever seen the famed island, we spend a day traveling up, down and around the island by flip-flop, funicular, water taxi, public bus and topless cab.

We return spent but determined to make up for last night’s dinner. Fortuitously we run into Kiara in the kitchen who enthuses over an easy-to-miss local joint. With a convincing double-hand gesture and emphatic roll of the eyes she divines: ‘Inn Bufalito. You have to go there. This is our food. It’s not for the tourists. But don’t eat the pizza. Nobody eats the pizza.’

Stuffed in an alley between Via Fuoro and Via San Nicola we find an easy-to-miss glowing red joint with a twenty- to forty-something clientele and hip, young staff. We do our best to run up a tab with a mini-mozzarella Capri salad, cured hams and salamis, fresh oversized rigatoni doused in braised buffalo ragu, and eggplant parmigiana with molten buffalo mozzarella, washed down with a litre-carafe of crisp house white. Instead of the usual local limoncello we try a refreshing Sicilian pacito dessert wine, but even so the bill remains well priced.

We talk, we eat, we drink, we laugh, we recall how much we miss the sun and water, and how these primary forces fuse the two of us. It then quietly occurs to me, and I dare not say it aloud, I seem to have escaped the purgatory of foreign WCs. Welling with gratitude, I earnestly consider offering the waiter our apartment back in Amsterdam.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Villa dei D'Armiento’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Lovely place, good staff.

Don’t expect

A restaurant.


Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

Beautiful house in beautiful grounds. Try the Marinella Restaurant and lido, just a short walk from the hotel.

Don’t expect

A short walk into the centre of Sorrento - it took us about 20 minutes.


Stayed on 13 Sep 2016

We loved

The beautiful pool and gardens, sunsets looking towards Sorrento and the cool, cool rooms where you can escape to perfect calm. But most of all the fantastic staff who can't do enough for you at any time of the day. Head to COKU literally 30 seconds from the front door of the Villa for Japanese/Med fusion in a stunning setting. Pricey but worth it for the whole lobster on the tasting menu. If you want a huge choice of restaurants and the holiday buzz, head to Sorrento which is less than 10 minutes in a taxi (25 Euros). Some fine restaurants in Sant'Agnello but all pretty low key.


Stayed on 30 Jul 2016

We loved

The Villa and gardens were exceptionally lovely and felt very luxurious and impeccably cared for. Our spacious bedroom and bathroom had expansive windows on 3 sides with lush gardens and trees all around, and two large private balconies. I don't usually value size of accommodation versus beauty, comfort and amenities, but this property provided all the above, making it possible to share the space for multiple days without tripping over one another or our luggage. We came to appreciate the location, which is outside of the town with no tourist masses filling the streets the way they are in Sorrento. Close enough to enjoy Sorrento as much as we liked, with the opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous, secluded pool and gardens when the heat and crowds became oppressive. See the Amalfi coast by boat and skip the crowded tourist busses and clogged, narrow roads by car altogether. The hotel staff helped us book an all day, door to door excursion that included stops in Amalfi and Positano, as well as swimming stops in favored points along the way. It was the highlight of our Italian romantic getaway!

Don’t expect

To be in Sorrento proper, as property is just outside in a small town called Sant Agnello


Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

The relaxing atmosphere and helpful staff. This hotel is a great jumping off point to explore the Amalfi coast and to visit Pompeii, Vesuvius and Capri from. Il Buco in Sorrento is a must if you are staying here. We would also strongly recommend renting a boat with skipper for the day from Nautica Sic Sic - swim in secluded bays, visit Positano etc

Don’t expect

This is more of a B and B feel than a hotel. Sorrento is a 20 minute stroll away or a quick taxi ride - leave your car at the hotel (driving/parking around the Amalfi coast is rather hectic)


Stayed on 2 Jul 2016

We loved

The garden room as it was a lovely big size with private garden to relax

Don’t expect

Choice of food was not great but plenty of places outside of the hotel. Also we would have liked a bar to sit and relax in rather than service drinks in the lobby. A little quiet for what we normally would choose.


Stayed on 21 Jun 2016

We loved

Our quiet splendor garden room with private patio. Fabulous sunset cocktail/dining just a block away

Don’t expect

Cheap taxis -they are very expensive to get to restaurants in town


Stayed on 26 Apr 2016

We loved

The location, the decor, the style, the gardens, the breakfast. Sundowners at The Terrace, a minute's walk from the hotel are a must. The best place to watch the sunset over Sorrento...

Don’t expect

To receive free parking


Stayed on 12 Oct 2015

We loved

The room. Beautifully finished.

Don’t expect

Insect repellent application is a must.


Stayed on 3 Sep 2015

We loved

The relaxing, calm atmosphere of the hotel, the amazing choice at breakfast and the super helpful staff.

Don’t expect

Anything less than sheer luxury, this hotel is a small piece of heaven.


Stayed on 13 Jul 2015