"Lovely setting/scary walk to get there!"
First of all, we thought the hostel was in Sorrento, not in faraway suburb, Sant'Agnello. We had to take another train to get there. Then the fun began. I knew from other reviews that there was a 15 minute walk. With luggage that is a disaster. The road in front of the convent/hostel is very, very narrow and we truly have to cling to buildings when […] cars came by. It was dark and very dangerous. Had to call out for pizza because we did not want to try the road again. The hostel is very nice, run by wonderful nuns who were very kind. However, we decided to get another place in actual downtown Sorrento for the next night, paying for the second night because it was too late to cancel. If the hostel had been in Sorrento, on a road that was walkable, we would have loved to have stayed another night. If a guest has a car it is perfect, although a little out of the way. Hated to fork out more money, but it was worth it. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We stayed 2 nights here. It was very nice to find a place to accommodate 5 people in a room. We took a taxi from the train station when we arrived. The distance was walkable but better to get a taxi if you are carrying luggage, in my opinion.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Once I found Domus, I was relieved...it can be difficult to find, because it is not close to the train station. I stopped by a local food store, and the owner there told me how to find it. Also, it is not presently a "hostel". The nun who speaks English, Sister Clara, explained that it once was a "hostel", and is now a "pensione" managed by missionary […] nuns. Once you check in, walk out the back door, and gaze at Mount Vesuvius, which is across the bay, and peer down into the gorgeous water more than a hundred feet below...truly majestic and breath taking....It is quiet and peaceful...and a very short train ride to beautiful Sorrento, which should not be missed...actually ANY town on the Amalfi Coast is nothing short of spectacular !!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"this is a church, not a hotel"
it was not clear that this was a catholic facility, not a hotel. Looked beautiful, but not comfortable with it being a church.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"An amazing location and peaceful atmosphere"
We had a very pleasant stay Domus San Vincenzo. The location has an amazing view from a cliff across the sea and there is a sandy beach just 10 minutes away. The nuns are very clear on what they expect from their guests, but they are all very lovely. Note: they only accept cash payments, and the cash point is in the village (about 10 minute walk away). […] Also, we needed to look direction on google maps to find it. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
This is the most beautiful place to stay. the views were absolutely spectacular as this convent is on a cliff edge easily accessible by road, every morning I could take my coffee out to one of the the terraces and enjoy the spectacular views,the convent itself is beautiful and also a great place that cater for families so you don't need to worry about […] being quiet, the nuns are lovely and and keep to themselves and their duties, its a short train ride (1 stop) or 25 minute walk to Sorrento and I much preferred to stay here, a 5 minute walk to Piano with lovely restaurants and views, if youre a party animal maybe Sorrento is for you as there is a 11.30 pm curfew but if you let the nuns know you will be late they are pretty good about it, great place for families as they also provide gated parking, also wifi at 2 euros for1 hour, cash only no credit card facilities which was not a problem for me, I would come back and stay here in a heart beat, there was nothing I could fault about this place or its amazing location. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
encantador en todos sentidos.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"are you in a monastery sometime?"
The explanation before book the hotel was very clear as regards is a Monastery. A great view from the cliff, a good price and some kind of mystery move me ahead. Altought the hotel was empty , the sisteres asigned us a room with view to the street and not to the sea. There were fixed hours to take a shower, not at the time you want. The wonderful view […] is from the terrace, not from the breakfast room (located in a basement). In summary: the nice view is if you decide be outside. The sistes are very educated and polite , but are not the same than an hotel employee. I think the place is very good for a lot for people , not for me. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A vista é muito bonita desde o Jardim."
O local é um convento, são as irmãs que atendem. Longe de Sorrento e da estação de trem, e a caminhada logo na saída desta hospedagem é bastante desafiadora. Tem horário pra voltar a noite, senão não tem ninguém pra abrir a porta. O café da manhã é bastante simples. Elas cobram estacionamento e cobram a internet. Os móveis são bastante antigos e a cama […] range muito, achei que ia quebrar com meu peso - isso que sou magro, e o colchão era pra manter o casal separado, super erguido no meio, você voltava rolando para seu lado da cama. Durante o banho o banheiro alagava, até o papel higienico tinha que tirar do suporte antes do banho, e voltar a coloca-lo depois. Era demorado pra abrirem o portão quando você voltava, dava a impressão de que você estava incomodando por estar tocando a campainha. O local é bonito, e desde o jardim a vista é bonita. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"sejour de retraite spirituelle"
tres belle situation face a la mer,mais athmosphere severe avec beaucoup de contraintes horaires parking payant pour une plce sur la terrasse petit dejeuner industriel sans aucune preparationGenuine Hotels.com guest review
它應該算是個神職場所，如果對住在宗教場所有排斥的人別考慮，除此之外都很不錯，有電梯也有簡單的早餐，離海攤很近，看夕陽看海很方便。Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Et rigtig dejligt sted"
Nonnerne er rigtig søde og det var en god oplevelse at bo her. Tæt på Marina di Cassano ( der er elevator ned) hvor der er strand, udlejning af både og flere spisesteder. Stedet er et kloster og ikke et hotel med 24 timers service, men har du lyst til en anderledes hoteloplevelse og kan du leve med at være hjemme på klosteret før midnat er det absolut […] anbefalelsesværdigt! Vi kommer gerne igen. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Smuk udsigt og dejlig have"
Rigtig dejligt ophold. Nonnerne var soede og hjaelpsomme. Vores vaerelse havdesmuk udsigt over haven og vandet. Haven var et dejligt sted at opholde sig og vaerelserne var rene og bekvemme med masser af plads.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Silent environment, Nice view, Good breakfastGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Value for money"
Fantastisk udsigt til Napoli Bugten og til Vesuvio. Charmerende ao bo på et kloster med rigtige nonner, der er søde og imødekommende. Søster Clara taler perfekt engelsk. Dejligt med parkering i beskyttet gård. Meget billigt - masser af værdi for pengene, men lidt spartansk på den gode måde. Morgenmad var inkluderet i prisen, og var også spartansk, men […] kaffen fremragende. Bruser delvis defekt. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Et spesielt sted, en spesiell atmosfære, og en fantastisk utsikt over Napolibukta - stedet drives av nonner som har sine gjøremål i kombinasjon med å drive gjestehuset. Romslige rom og rolige omgivelser. Litt vanskelig å finne pga trange, enveiskjørte veier, ta med GPS.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Très bon emplacement ,un peu difficile à trouver malgré le GPS,mais cadre magnifique,très calme,les chambres sont très correctes et grandes.La proximité de la gare est apréciable pour les déplacementsGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"muito bonito o local, limpo e confortável"
pra quem nào gosta de restricao de horario, a entrada é permitida até 23:30, e tem que deixar todos os dias 9 da manha pois é fechado para limpeza, a localização 20 minutos a pé do centro de Sorrento, tem comecio e restaurantes perto, o café da manha é das 8 a 9 da manha, simples, pao, cafe com leite, suco um doce e sucrilos...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hermosa vistas, bellos jardines, muy limpio"
Excelente para decansar. No es recomendable para personas que gustan de la vida social nocturna ya que requieren que se este en el hotel no mas tardar de las 11:30pm. El hotel queda en un area de trafico vehicular algo peligrosa para peatones. A 10 minutos caminando del tren y de los buses. Las monjas que lo administran fueron muy amigables y servi […] ciales. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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"Oasis of Serenity"
02/15/15 journalist92 Belgrade, Serbia
According to some beliefs, when angles come to the earth they first visit orphans, widows and nuns. My life experience showed me that abandoned children and grieving wives really receive special Divine blessing and comfort. On the other hand, I've never been sure how the nuns are truly ranked in angels eyes, but after my vacation to Sant Agnello, a suburban part of Sorrento, and staying at Domus San Vincenco, I realized that God’s messenger wouldn't bypass such a nice place. Perched on the clifftop and hugging the Naples bay, this small Catholic hotel, managed by group of five Catholic nuns, is perfect place for all of those seeking for peace, serenity and complete immersion with old style Italy seen in classic movies of 50’s and 60’s. Although only one nun (sister Mary) speaks English, it is not problem to understand the others,Italian-speaking nuns. The warmness of their communication stimulates you to learn basic Italian as a way to be responsive in atmosphere of unique hospitality and mutual respect. Although I booked the single room, the nuns surprised me with their decision to give me a bigger room with king-bed for the same price. Moreover, the room had its own balcony viewing the Vesuivuis and Naples Bay. Music of waves in November nights made me better to sleep. Despite of the fact that cloudy weather dominated the mornings, I was lucky to have sufficient number of sunny hours for my touring the town and surrounding area. Domus offers classic breakfast – croissant, jam, cream, juice, coffee or milk – and personally, it was sufficient source of energy to start my day as a solo – traveler. My special moments of breakfast were conversation with sister Mary helping to me to be more familiar with the town, Italy and Catholicism as a leading religion of Italy. As she comes from India, she also helped me to gain more knowledge about the country of her origin well known by cultural and religious tradition. Domus is surrounded with sea, the small port, hostels , house of locals and gardens with lemon trees. It gives you an opportunity to feel as a hero of romantic novels coming into small town and seeking for the love of his life. The Vesuviana train station is just a 10 minutes from the Domus, and it is the cheapest and most practice way to reach Pompeii, Herculaneum,Sorrento or Naples. On your way to Vesuvina, you will find a numerous of markets helping your budget. It is place where locals buy so I recommend it. For example, the water ( 1,5 l) /0, 34 euros while in small shop 0,5 l of waters costs 1 euros. Domus also have its own machine offering drinks and coffee with very afforadable prices. Booking of room in this kind of accommodation absolutely doesn't oblige you to follow any kind of religious practice, but there are some rules that nuns stress you when you are checking in. The leading rule is that the guest should be in their rooms no later than 11- 11.30 p.m. The nuns have their regular schedule and I would recommend to the guest to follow this principle. To be honest, no reason to be longer out of the hotel in this time of year ( November) given that touristic activities are reduced to minimum. Many of hotels are closed making pause before New Years celebration and locals usually are in their homes before 10 pm. It is very understandable bearing in mind that many of residents are actively participate in tourist business during the high season so they use this time of year for their own relax. Of course, if you are planning to prolong your staying out of the Domus, do not worry: it’s always possible to make a deal with the nuns, but you should always have in mind that late coming in the hotel disturbs their night rest. These women are like bees: they are hard workers, they wake up very early and they certainly deserve to have a their own resting hours. They will welcome you personally. And they will serve you breakfast personally. They will clean your room personally. Even the oldest nun among them contributes in all of these activities not hiding her good mood and optimism. So let’s give them respect for everything they offer you . And never forget: they have their regular prayers but it doesn't affect the guest privacy nor oblige guests to take participation in it. But if you want, the sister will pray for you, and the guests who wants to pray themselves can do it in special room. As a believer I am deeply grateful for positive thoughts and prayers they had for me and in my name. The nuns of Domus San Vincenco contradict o the stereotype about rigorous, cold and distanced Catholic women serving the Church and Gods. These ones create atmosphere of Italian closeness implementing themselves as unforgettable part of Sant Angello memories so I recommend you to visit this place without any doubts.
"It is what it is"
01/10/15 Chris G Brisbane, Australia
I feel a little bad giving this an average rating as the location and sisters are wonderful. Firstly, the location. Perched on the clifftop looking back towards Naples, the views are brilliant. Unfortunately, to get into the accommodation it is on an extremely narrow road where you need to park in the driveway with half your car jutting into the road to press a buzzer for the sisters to open the gate for you. Secondly the accommodation. The building has served many purposes in its life including orphanage, school and now convent for the 5 sisters. Now the sisters were all wonderful, only two spoke English and we dealt mainly with sister Mary. The rooms a very sparse which is fine, when I say space there is no kettle, fridge or any other convenience. Showers must be had during certain times, otherwise there is no hot water. We tried to hit the peak shower times, but alas, just have kept missing them by a few minutes as ours was always tepid. You must be out of your room by 9am and must be back before 11pm. This didn't bother us as we don't stay out late, but it is a consideration. When you go out, you have to press the buzzer to be let back in. I know this makes the place sound awful but it really isn't that bad and we enjoyed our stay here. We had booked this numerous months in advance and had requested an ocean view room as we had heard the road noise was bad, but unfortunately we were not given our request and did have to put up with road noise. Would I stay here again, probably not. With no kitchenette facilities, the money we saved on the rooms was eaten up buying meals elsewhere, so it was a false saving. If you want cheap accommodation and you are happy to travel some distance to have your meals, this could work out well.
"Perfect for two nights"
10/14/14 ReginaFood Matera, Italy
If you do not have high expectations but you are at the Sorrento area for the movida or to stay out the whole day and crush the night... perfect place to stay at the Domus San Vincenzo. I can guarantee that you will have the best moka of your life. The nuns are great. You can get to the bus stop on foot and then it is only 15 min bus ride to Piazza Tasso, center of Sorrento. By taxi it is shorter 7-8 minutes and cost 25 euros.
"What a gem!"
09/19/14 28cam56 Burnie
A pleasing sight is when you arrive and think, this is just what I'd imagined it to be. Away from the busyness of Sorrento, this is a quiet recluse. A 10 minute walk from Sant Agnello station; sometimes a little challenging with luggage because of the walkways on the roads. You cannot help but feel relaxed by the ambience of the location and the friendliness of Sister Clara and her delightful colleagues. We left the balcony doors open at night to hear the waves and feel the sea breeze. Take the nearby lift down to the beach for a swim or take in the spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. Our room was large with antique furniture and a large balcony and bathroom. Limited restaurants nearby but a few up in Sant Agnello near the station. Regular suburban buses to Sorrento on Line C pass regularly from a stop 5 minute walk from the hotel. Otherwise it's an interesting and worthwhile 25 minute leisurely walk. The bus to Amalfi Coast leaves outside the coffee shop opposite the Municipal Plaza near the train station. Tickets need to be bought from the tobacconist before boarding.
"great views, pleasant stay"
09/14/14 Laila1100 Dubai
Location: if you dont have a car, then its a good walk from St Agnello station, which becomes a lot with luggage or when you are tired. However, this is on top of a hill, and stunning stunning views of sea and mt vesuvius. Room: I think we had the best room. quadrupple spacious with a huge private terrace. Really awesome. There is no AC which wasnt much of an issue once you open windows. The rules of the place are that they change sheets and provide new towels after 3 days. this was a bit uncomfortable as the room is not made up every day. towels provided are sufficient to last for 3 days. Breakfast: ok. Overall, it was a pleasant experience.
08/19/14 Dyanne2014 Tustin, California
The minute I saw the photos of Domus San Vincenzo on Bookings.com, I knew I had to stay here. It exceeded my expectations! Our room was large, beautifully furnished and had a spectacular view from our balcony. The welcoming breeze completed the perfection. The nuns were all friendly and delightful, but Sister Clara was a treasure! We loved the beauty, serenity and charm of this place so much that we had trouble tearing ourselves away to visit Sorrento and Amalfi. We stayed four days, but that wasn't long enough. I will return to this piece of paradise!
"Quiet and Peacefull place"
07/03/14 Karine L Paris, France
I stayed 3 nights in this "hotel". Hosts are sisters, really nice. It was hard to find it as I forgot the map and my GPS didn't work. Few people knew this place. I had my own room with single bed (mattress need to be changed), room was quiet big, and my own bathroom. Room was really quiet as it was on the patio. Breakfast was plenty enough for me (this is not a buffet: crackers, bread, pastry, cornflakes; drinks; no fruit). Families, couples and solo were there. Some rules if you stay there (remember, this is a "religious place"): breakfast from 8 to 9.00am, need to come back before 11.00pm, leave the room before 9.00am, and leave the key when out. Tips: better to stop at Sant Agnello station if you come by train (10mn walking) / free beach just down the hotel (ask sisters the way). I really appreciated the quiet of the place, thank you sisters.
06/17/14 Paul S Melbourne, Australia
Very amazing place, with views to die for. The sisters were wonderful and very welcoming, nothing was ever too much trouble. Our room was basic but very clean and spacious, however a little noisy as our room faced the Main Street. Basic breakfast but if you get hungry there are plenty of cafés around. We enjoyed sitting in the garden soaking up the views and taking in the ambiance. Highly recommend.
"Domus San Vincenzo magnificent hotel"
06/17/14 Barbara K Johannesburg, South Africa
What a magnificent hotel, run by the nuns. I had quite a bit of correspondence with Sr. Clara as we had to change our bookings and then needed letters for Visa purposes and then I couldn't confirm the booking through bookings.com but Sr. Clara was so helpful and promised us that all would be well and she would give us the best rooms. When we arrived the taxi which was fairly large was not allowed to go down the narrow little road so we had to walk the last 100m or so on a very busy narrow little street. We made sure when we left that we hired a sedan sized taxi and there was no problem with being picked up right at the hotel. When we entered the hotel, Sr. Clara came to greet us and she said "You must be Barbara". How lovely to be greeted so personally. She escorted us to our room, which literally took our breath away, threw open the shutters to reveal the Bay of Naples in all its glory with Vesuvius in the background and a little harbour at the foot of the cliff, from our own personal little balcony. The hotel has the most beautiful gardens and a little private pergola where one can sit in silence and watch the tranquillity of the beautiful bay. The rooms are beautifully furnished with huge wardrobes and dressers decorated beautifully with strips of inlaid wood. The room had it's own bathroom. Breakfast was very simple, but it started our day on the right foot. There were several evenings when we had supper sitting on the balcony. There is a supermarket and several restaurants nearby and a lift going down to the beach. It is not far from the centre of Sorrento and we caught the bus which was maybe half a kilometres walk from the hotel. I would have no qualms about recommending this hotel to anyone who wants to stay near Sorrento and should I be so lucky as to return, I will definitely be returning to Domus San Vincenzo. Thank you Sr. Clara
06/13/14 raynond South Morang, Australia
Wow what a place to stay the most amazing views sitting in the garden or on the top deck, you were made very welcome by all the nuns, the bedroom were very clean and comfortable. The traffic was a problem with noise as we had rooms facing the street, breakfast was very basic. Fantastic location if you dont drive the station is a 10 minute walk, with trains to Sorrento or pompeii, but if you have a car you are able to park it on site.
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