"Excellent value for money"
10/29/13 Supratik Leicester, United Kingdom
We wanted to stay away from Sorrento as it gets too crowded for my liking in summer months. But at the same time I wanted to stay somewhere nearby to visit all the attractions like Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Meta fits the bill perfectly and it even has probably the only decent beach in the whole region. Came across Luigi's apartment through TA and e-mail communication went smoothly. He wanted my credit card deatils but did not charge me anything in advance. Payment had to be in cash on arrival. There is an ATM nearby if you do not want to carry cash but beware of withdrawal limits. We felt very safe in the neighbourhood walking late at night and hardly came across any tourists. Compare that to Sorrento!! I noted a previous comment about Meta being not very touristy. Everyone is to their taste. I was very happy to sample a little bit of local life rather than resort like towns. We were family of 4, kids 12 & 8 and opted for a 3rd floor apartment whcih was reasonably spacious and had a slither of view over the bay with 2 balconies. The apartments are basic but you have to consider the rent which is very reasonable. It was nice and clean on arrival with plenty of bed sheets, pillow and towels. Understandably don't expect very fluffy fancy towels but perfectly acceptable. The 2 negative points were : there was no a/c in the living area and the bathroom was small and the hot water ran out pretty quickly. But overall these were not big issues. A/c in the main room worked very well. I had no problem with noise or hard bed and slept like a baby after tiring days. Importantly plenty of storage space for families travelling with kids. TV had only italian channels. Kitchen had an electric hob, plenty of utensils. No ketttle and make sure not to switch on all the hobs ain full blast at the same time as that'll blow the fuse. The water is really hard and leaves mark but perfectly OK to drink straight from the tap. Washing machine came very handy. Internet was a bit dodgy in the beginning. There are 2 modems and later I found out the better one and it worked well. Note w-fi and A/c are not included but not too pricey. Luigi is a very friendly chap, who lives on the top floor and provided plenty of good advice. He has arrangements with Ninnuccio restaurant and Lido Marinella and we took full advantage of those. I honestly can't fault Ninnuccio. Yes it's not that posh but the food was one of the best that we ate in Italy. I thought 12 euros including wine was a cracking deal and their a-la-carte menu was also pretty good. In my opinion the food was better than much more expensive Tico Tico. As mentioned freshly made bread and take away pizza joint literally a stone's throw. I can't undestand the problem of not finding the apartment in this day and age of Google street view. 5 minutes from the church, main bus stop and to Station and 20 minutes to the beach ( longer in mid day sun). All trains stop at Meta. Familiarise yourself with the time table and make sure you don't miss the last train !! The only gripe is that to catch the SITA bus it is better to go to Sorrento as although the buses do stop at Meta but in August you won't have any chance of seating in rush hour. The beach was OK for southern Italian beaches which are not that great and as expected one has to pay. One morning was enough for us. I am not saying this is the best aprtment that we had ever stayed but considering the money I paid it was an extremely good value and the money saved by not eating out or staying in fancy hotels was well spent on buying lovely inlaid wood works and Limoncelo from Sorrento and travelling across the Amalfi coast. So don't come here if looking for luxury or all mod-cons but do come here if you are looking for a relatively cheap family apartment in a small town very conveniently placed. Milie Grazie Luigi.
"The quiet end of Sorrento"
10/23/13 MrBeery Taunton, England, United Kingdom
We stayed here from 12-22 Oct '13. The apartments are in an approx 150 year old building in Meta. They vary in size and some have nice views with others having an outside seating area. The owner, Luigi, has an apartment on the top floor. We went for a room on the bottom floor with a seating area but no view. There is a terrace on the roof that can be used by anyone for sunbathing which has nice views. Sorrento is a strip of 4 areas each one with it's own train station. They are from east to west; Meta, Piano, Sant Agnello and Sorrento (end of the line). Meta is at the quiet end of the strip but it's easy to jump on a train (roughly every half an hour) to get to Sorrento. No doubt here are quiet parts of Sorrento to stay in, but maybe not as close to a train station. Meta is not touristy; as you explore the town/village mostly all you see are locals although there are some tourists on the beach (yes, Meta has an ok beach. Sorrento doesn't have one). It's a bit of a pain to have to go into Sorrento to get a bus (for Positano or Amalfi) but Meta is 4 stops closer to Napoli and Pompeii. A few doors along from the apartments is an excellent bakers which also sells other food supplies. Opposite is a small cheese makers selling a small range including buffalo mozzarella. Opposite the bakers is a Pizza take away (tried it once, very nice). A few minutes up the road is a restaurant where Luigi has negotiated a cheap 12 euro, 3 course with wine deal for Castellano renters. It's a limited menu but very nice if you choose carefully (pizzas are part of the deal) but is maybe not the option if you want somewhere romantic. There are other options for eating in Meta but we didn't try them and of course Sorrento has lots of restaurants. The room was not luxurious but comfortable and clean and ours was quiet. The shower worked (always a bonus) and the bed was ok (it's rarely as good as home is it?). The apartment was split level with a quite narrow spiral staircase. The kitchen had a good selection of pots and pans for the money saving meals we cooked. Luigi lent us a baking dish when we wanted a smaller one. In fact Luigi is very helpful all round, giving advice on travel options (we used public transport, driving looks dangerous!) and places to visit. He speaks excellent English. Contrary to another reviewer it's easy to find. Just put Villino Castellano Meta into Google Maps and print it out. It's a 3 minute walk from Meta station or less if being dropped off at the top of the road by the airport bus (operated by Curreri - 10 euros). Luigi also sent us some directions. Lastly, prices are cheap for Sorrento; our apartment was 350 euros a week. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Meta - grazia Luigi!
10/08/13 TallyWriter Tallahassee, Florida
We had no idea how to reach the apartment and at the train station, no one spoke English. The owner didn't provide directions to the apartment and we didn't have a map. Gestures from the train station ticket agent got us going in the right direction, so we found it. The rooms were spacious. The mattresses were not very comfortable. Towels were really skimpy. No hair dryer. My husband had to spend hours with the owner trying to get the internet to work. The owner was very friendly and willing to take the time to solve the problem. But it isn't the way you want to spend your vacation. Meta is not the easiest place to vacation. There weren't many restaurants near the apartment, and the one we really liked was closed because of "a ceremony" one of the nights we hiked up the hill to eat there. We ended up making tomato sandwiches in our kitchen. We took the train in to Sorrento for the day and enjoyed that. We liked the other small towns in Italy we stayed in better because it was easy to find bakeries and green grocers and restaurants no matter the time of day. Meta locks up the stores mid afternoon. We weren't comfortable walking in rain in the dark long distances to restaurants (that only opened at 7:30 p.m.) Streets are very narrow--okay in daylight, difficult on rainy night.
08/19/13 atlas182 Montreal, Canada
We really just got what we paid for. We didn't want to spend a lot for a place in Sorrento, and this seemed like a good compromise. The apartment was huge and the shower worked well, but the towels and sheets were a little stained. It's very close to the train station, which is really great and convenient, since it will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go in the area. The last train back from Sorrento to Meta is very early, but there are a few night buses that will drop you off if you don't want to pay for a cab (I believe it's around midnight on weeknights and 1:30am on week-ends). You can always walk the 4km back, which is very safe and well-lit, even in the middle of the night (it'll taken you about an hour at a good pace). All in all, we loved Sorrento, but this accomodation was just OK. It served its purpose, but didn't exceed any expectations.
06/28/13 lilis78 Toronto, Canada
We stayed in castellano apartments from june 14th to june 19th.apartments are located in Meta about 4 km outside of sorrento. if you take the train, sorrento is 2 station away and tickets are 1.50 euro. it was very easy to find the place it is located on a one way street so you want to becarfull not to miss it. luigi is super nice. the apartment i chose we didn't like it cause i assumed there was balcony but it didn't have it and he was nice enough to give us the best apartment in the building. he also put an extera bed for us since there was 3 of us. apartment was on the 5th floor no elevator but let me tell you this it worth every step going up and down with all the pizza and food you eat there!!! the panaroma view was amazing we had the mountain, the oacean and the see. it is about 800 meter away from the beach and lots of steps going down but the hardest part is coming back cause it is uphill specially after long day of laying under the sun and wet towels!! There is a pastry shop/ super market about 20 m from the house they are very nice you can fresh baked goods even at 2 in the morning ( that is when they bake) there is a pizzareia that we didn't get any pizza and a bar that you can get you cafe latte from. we had an amazing stay would i stay there again??? for sure no doubt can't wait to go back there. luigi is intimadating but once you get to know him he is a sweet heart.
"Very Italian fine location."
05/02/13 davidtg46 middlesbrough england
We took a standard double apartment which was large, basic and wonderfully cool on hot days. We choose Villino Castellano primarily because of it's location for transport to the major sites, the fact that Meta would be genuinely Italian and yet would be reasonably accessible to "tourist" Sorrento. The apartment fulfilled our hopes on all these counts plus the patio was fabulous for breakfast (pastries from the local bakery about 50 meters away), Luigi's arrangement with a local family restaurant made eating out great value and the local pizzeria (60 meters) does fabulous take aways. The "issues"? Take your own electric kettle if you want tea or instant coffee! The seating wasn't too comfortable and of course no TV.
"Fantastic local experience"
11/18/12 Mat_T518 Sydney
This was the first stop on a two month European adventure for my girlfriend and I. Following 30 hours travel time from Sydney, we arrived exhausted to Luigi’s very warm and energetic welcome. The villa is nestled on a quiet cobble stoned lane in Meta di Sorrento, with outstanding views looking over the local community. Rooms are big, clean and simple. The large rooftop deck is great for quiet dinners (recommend prosciutto melone). Location for us was ideal, we were looking for a local community away from the hustle and bustle of main Sorrento where we could drink and drink with the local Italians, this ticked all boxes. We were staying in Meta for the Easter weekend and were lucky enough to catch the local Easter parade from our balcony. The train station is a 30 second walk up the hill, passing the local patisserie 30 metres from the Villa’s door with coffee shop only another short stroll towards the train station (ideal for early rising travellers looking to grab a bite/kick start to the long days of exploring). While the train ride is by far the quickest and easiest way to get to the main streets of Sorrento, I would highly recommend walking the coast line and nearby quiet streets for something different. You will see some of the best views Italy has to offer as well as some amazing estates.
"Clean and Comfortable"
09/22/12 Melissa E London
My friend and I stayed here for 6 nights in September. It was a last minute booking and because it wasn't in Sorrento where we wanted to stay we were a little dubious, however, when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. We stayed in apt 11 which opened onto a courtyard. The decor was really simple but it was very well kept, very clean and comfortable. It had a basic kitchen which is good enough for cooking simple meals. Luigi's English is very good and he's very friendly and helpful. He lives on site so is available if you need him. Meta is only three stops from Sorrento on the train and there are regular buses as well. Our only problem was that the buses and trains finish quite early in the evening so if you're planning on staying in Sorrento beyond 11pm you could be stuck with getting a taxi back to the apartment, and these are expensive (€30+). All in all though, a great place to stay to explore the region.
"Ideal base for exploring"
09/15/12 Allotmentier essex
My husband and I enjoyed our one week stay here. The apartment we had number 15 has a small terrace, kitchenette, large living area and a mezzanine bedroom reached by a spiral staircase. The bed was not very comfortable and i didn't like using the spiral staircase, no good for anyone over weight or with mobility problems. However, the positives far outweigh the negatives, Meta is a great little place just 3 stops from Sorrento. A wonderful bakery just down the street for your morning bread or croissants. A lovely church, and while we were there, in the municipal park people were dancing every night under the stars and it was free to join in. We found the people to be really friendly and we felt very comfortable roaming around at night. It was nice to be staying outside of Sorrento and the crowds. Travel links were excellent, the airport bus stopped and picked us up from the main street, other buses to Sorrento stopped here and the Circumvesuviana train stops in meta also. The train can take you to Sorrento in a matter of minutes and to pompeii in just 15 mins or so. Very reasonably priced and reliable. The apartment was very clean and reasonably well equipped, Luigi the owner lives on site and is on had if you need any help. There is a nice roof terrace to watch the sunset from. It is not super comfortable but a great base for exploring the area.
"All you need!"
We stayed here for 6 days. The appartment had everything you need for a relaxing inexpensive holiday. It's not luxury by any means but given the location and prices as well as all the facilities it's well worth it. The recommendation of the restaurant where the owner has a special deal for guest could make this a clinche of a deal. It's a short walk to the station, beach or the bus. Plus Meta has some of the nicest beaches this side of Sorrento.
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