Having decided to make our first visit to Sorrento to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary earlier this year, we chose Casa Giada after seeing the photos of this immaculate penthouse apartment with beautiful furnishings and ultra modern electrical equipment and facilities. We were not disappointed and the property was even more spectacular than the photos suggested. Having previously been corresponding with the most helpful Bruno regarding the booking and airport transfers, we were met at the property by Vittorio who, in very good English, explained the workings of all the necessary equipment to us, advised us of where there the local supermarkets were, and recommended some nearby restaurants. He also left his business card with all his details should we need to contact him during our stay. The apartment had already been stocked with some essentials to begin our stay – milk, water, biscuits and a really huge platter of assorted fresh fruits.
The property is approximately 100m off a very busy main road (Via degli Aranci) but, once inside the apartment, the traffic noise is imperceptible – other than the occasional ambulance siren. Even when sitting outside on the terraces, it is still very quiet. It is only a five minute walk from the combined railway/bus terminus so transferring from Naples Airport to Sorrento is a very viable, and cheaper, option than hiring a taxi.
Although there is a lift within the building, you have to first climb a flight of 12 stairs before you reach the door to the small, but efficient, lift which takes you up to the second floor. Thereafter, you have a further 10 or so stairs to the extremely secure front door of the apartment. These stairs only presented a problem at the start and end of our holiday when we had to manhandle our luggage to and from the lift – indeed, Vittorio himself carried our case on our arrival. Once inside the apartment, there is a further flight of stairs up to the lounge.
The two large bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities, have ample storage with one having two walk-in wardrobes. The other bedroom had a sloping ceiling over the bed which might present a problem to any tall occupants using that bedroom. The huge beds had the most comfortable mattresses we have ever slept in which, together with ample soft pillows, ensured we enjoyed a peaceful uninterrupted sleep.
The overall design of the penthouse was very well planned and the modern, high quality furnishings and equipment complement the apartment perfectly. We found a week in Sorrento was not long enough for us to do all the sightseeing we had hoped for and we may well return for a further visit. Casa Giada will certainly be our first choice.
The only item missing, in our view, was a couple of lows plastic side tables to place alongside the sun-loungers on the sunbathing terrace. This was mentioned to Vittorio who agreed they would be a worthwhile addition.