"5 stars for the hotel and staff, 3 stars for the location"
The hotel itself was very nice and modern with upscale fixtures and linens. It is quiet and the view is beautiful. The staff, especially Luigi was extremely helpful in booking excursions and had great advice on the Amalfi coast. I do disagree with some of the other posts about Meta - while it is quiet and peaceful, I did not feel like I wanted to spend any time in the area, I was mainly looking to go somewhere else. To some degree it depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a relaxing retreat, this could be great. If you are looking for a home base for the Amalfi/Sorrento coasts, I would pick a different place.
"Stunning view and excellent Amalfi coast base!"
07/12/14 haynsie05 Los Angeles
This boutique hotel is actually located in Meta, about a 10 minute train ride from Sorrento. I'm a big fan of staying JUST outside of the really crowded and touristy areas and Meta is just that. A bit of a sleepy area but very easy to get to Sorrento and beyond. Easy walk to and from train (a little long with your luggage but not too bad). This was the last stop of our four leg trip and by the end we wanted a relaxing stay. Laqua is the PERFECT place for just that - settling into the hotel early after some sight seeing and relaxing on the patio to view of a stunning sunset and a glass of vino. Laqua is a unique boutique hotel with only 6 rooms. The view is absolutely unbeatable, one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. The rooms definitely have a spa-like quality about them, the beds are super comfortable - I felt like I was going to melt into them! There is a pool on the patios (it has jets but is not heated) but only curtains splitting you from the rooms next to you so not super private if your neighbors are out on the patio too. The staff at Laqua was fabulous and very accommodating. You can have room service delivered to you on the patio, and breakfast also. The breakfast is incredible - I think I ate my weight in nutella filled pastries (you'll know what I'm talking about). There is also an indoor spa pool & sauna that is shared by the guests, although with only six rooms, we ended up being the only ones using it at any given time. There are not a lot of places to eat in Meta, although I definitely recommend hitting up Tico Tico, a restaurant inside a cliff, toward the Meta beach. Train ride is about 20-25 minutes to Pompeii/Vesuvius. There are also tours of the Amalfi coast that leave from the train station in Sorrento. Highly recommend!
"Beautiful and Peaceful"
07/05/14 LaDolceVita85 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
We stayed at Laqua Charme & Boutique for 5 nights for part of our honeymoon in June 2014. This is a new boutique hotel, with only 6 rooms, that overlooks the sea. The hotel is located in Meta, which is about a 20 minute drive from Sorrento. Meta is a smaller town that has a nice beach area. The hotel is only about a 10 minute walk to the beach (down a series of steps--we were winded coming back up). Staying in Meta is nice if you want to feel more immersed in Italian culture, rather than staying in the more touristy Sorrento. There is a train station in Meta that is about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel that will take you to Sorrento, Pompeii and Naples. You can also take cabs to wherever you want to go, but just be aware that cabs are pretty expensive (it is about 40 euro to take a cab from Meta to Sorrento, about 90 euro to take a cab from Meta to Positano, and I think about 140 euro to go to Naples). There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel that we enjoyed, especially "Tico Tico", which is a restaurant on the beach built into a cave. The hotel can arrange day trips for you, including a boat tour of Capri. We paid 80 euros per person (which is much less expensive than some of the other tours that we saw). Each room at Laqua has a terrace overlooking the sea and an infinity pool. The terrace and infinity pool are shared between each room, but there are curtains separating each room so there is some sort of privacy. The pool is not heated but is warm enough in the summer to go in. The rooms are modern, very clean and nicely decorated. The light system in each room is actually a touch screen. The shower that was in our room is inside the main room (not in the bathroom) in a tinted glass enclosure. This is great if you are staying as a couple, but obviously not very family friendly. I'm not sure if the shower in every room is like this. The rooms are a good size, not huge but not tiny like many hotels in Europe are. The king size bed is actually two smaller beds pushed together, but this is very typical for Europe and we had no problem with it. The bed was actually very comfortable! The staff is really great and we can't say enough good things about them. They were incredibly friendly and helpful, from arranging a boat tour of Capri, to giving restaurant recommendations, to making cappuccinos for us and even just asking us how our day was. There is a nice spa in the hotel that has a salt water pool and a sauna that each guest has access to. You can get a massage in the spa, in your room or even on the terrace if you wish. They offer other spa treatments, too. The breakfast selection is pretty typical for an Italian breakfast and was very good i.e. bread, cakes, charcuterie, cheeses, yogurt, cereal, etc. You can either eat breakfast in the breakfast room or in your own room. We chose to eat breakfast on our terrace most days. Also, we got the sense from different cab drivers that Laqua had a lot of positive buzz around it in the area, since it is a new hotel. Overall we loved our stay at Laqua. The terrace is very romantic, the room was comfortable and clean, and we enjoyed the location by the beach. If you like the idea of staying in a romantic hotel in a smaller beach town with easy (albeit sometimes expensive) access to the other towns of the Sorrento and Amalfi Coasts, then I would highly recommend staying here.
"What a treat!"
05/25/14 737Cactus88 London, United Kingdom
We stayed at Laqua Charme & Boutique in May and honestly couldn't fault it. The hotel itself was clean, the staff couldn't have done more to help us and the breakfast was amazing. The area of Meta is also nice and peaceful - far less busy than Sorrento itself. There are also some lovely restaurants in the area. We particularly liked Tico Tico. Would definitely recommend a stay here!
"Excellent base from which to discover the Amalfi coast"
05/25/14 MonFish Northants, England
This is a very modern Spa Hotel with just six rooms all of which looked brand new. The Hotel is situated in the town of Meta which is roughly twenty minutes drive from the centre of Sorrento. We flew into Naples and arranged transfers which cost around £118 for the four of us and included both journeys. The Hotel was booked at discount through Voyage Prive. The Hotel does not have a bar or lounge area and is clearly designed for couples to enjoy a relaxing Spa break. This was not a problem as there is a bar/shop/cafe directly opposite the hotel although we never used it in favour of taking some wine into our room at night. The hotel has a heated plunge pool inside and sauna both of which are very tastefully designed. It also has a separate massage room. The rooms are bright and very comfortable with glass sliding doors to shut off the toilet area and washbasin. The glass door in our room appeared to stick and was very heavy to move and so needed some attention (we should have mentioned it to them but didn't). The shower cubicle is smoked glass and when the light is on it is completely transparent; something to bear in mind if you have a guest in the room while taking a shower! The base of the shower is made from a ridged plastic but is very noisy when you move on it. All of the light switches are modern touch sensitive buttons. The room was very tastefully decorated and the bed was very comfortable. The room includes a safe. Breakfast was a mixture of cold meats and fresh bread together with cakes and pastries. Orange juice was available and the coffee superb. We had this in our room one day and there was so much we could not eat it all; you will not go hungry! They do have an area outside of your room to have breakfast or to sit with a laptop as they do have a very good wifi connection both in the room and the breakfast area although out on the decking it was touch and go. The service we received from both Luigi and Emily was second to none and they could not do enough to help us. They certainly know how to look after their guests. The view from the room is simply spectacular looking directly across the open sea from a great height (200-300 ft at a guess). There is a wooden decking area with a coffee table and chairs but you are unable to walk up to the glass panel overlooking the sea because there is a plunge pool between the decking and the glass. I would have preferred these to be the other way around because the plunge pool is not heated and the water was very cold during our stay (mid May) and so we did not use it. It hot weather it would be great to sit in that with a drink overlooking the sea. When out on the decking the rooms next to you are only separated by a sliding curtain and so if anyone is noisy then you will hear them. I think if the hotel added heating to the plunge pool it would make an enormous difference as customers could use the pool all year long. The train station is just a ten minute walk away which will also take you to Sorrento and we used the train to visit Pompeii which is just six or seven stops away and comes out directly at the entrance to Pompeii. There are a number of restaurants in the town but we found Tico Tico down by the beach and just a few minutes walk down lots of steps to reach. It was very inexpensive and the food and service superb and we ate their daily. It fills with locals from 9.30 onwards every day but as we got their typically at 7.30-8.00 we never had trouble getting a seat.
"Horrible service by female staff"
11/28/13 A TripAdvisor Member
Ok,so when you pay this much for a hotel, the thing that makes the difference is the service. And for me, when met by someone who had no sense of service, it ruined it for me! When we called to check on the room, she said that the massage was included in the price. When we came - it wasn't. To the place's defense. For the night shift the most helpful and friendly guy was working and really made us change our mind for a while. He recommended an excellent restaurant and was very helpful. He really gave the service this place deserves. Then the morning after, the woman was back the the service was again really poor. Rude at breakfast. Lied about check out time (said 11.30, website said 12.00) and just in General had a bad and hostile attitude. Sucks cause the place was small, but beautiful. Also, massage was ok, but nothing extraordinaire ...
"Lovely Relaxing Hotel"
10/30/13 Garnett47 Belfast, United Kingdom
Just back from Laqua Spa after 7 nights there. Near the beach but like everywhere near Sorrento a walk up and down a hill is necessary. The breakfast is coffee, yoghurts and yoghurt drinks, cakes, breads, hams, cheeses, some fruit, 3 cereals to choose from and bottled water. There is a smart TV in the room but with 300 channels all in Italian the internet and Youtube kept us entertained. The light switches will keep you amused as we never got used to them. The very young staff are lovely, Ilaria and Luigi will help you whatever you need. The patio pool is very good although cold but the indoor pool although small has warm water and a sauna also beside it. The views will amaze you both night and day. There is a cafe/bar/restaurant facing the hotel called Cafe Laura and we found it good, lasagne for 6.50 euro and sandwiches from 3 euro. There are a few supermarkets nearby the nearest being the "Magherita" only 2 to 3 minutes away up the hill, beer 66 cl for 1.50 euro and bottles of wine from 3 euro. Only watch your times as they close 1 pm to 5pm then close when they like sometimes 5.30pm. There is a bus stop outside the hotel which goes to Sorrento but the train station is 20 mins away and takes about 10 minutes, the bus takes 30 minutes so it`s about the same only without the walk uphill to the train station. We enjoyed our stay met other lovely people from Germany and Cheltenham in England. Meta is small and beware of the traffic as there are very few footpaths. The Laqua deserves good reviews as it has a bit of quality.
10/26/13 nan134 London, England
My husband and I stayed at Laqua in October 2013. We had an amazing, relaxing time. The staff were so nice and extremely helpful. The rooms were clean and attended to twice a day. The beds and pillows were so comfortable, I didn't want to get up in the mornings. The breakfast was lovely and the staff even left out a few treats during the day just in case you got peckish. The views from the balcony were breathtaking. The infinity pool is unfortunately just a pool, not a hot tub, so a little too cold to use in October but I'm sure it's really refreshing in the heat of the summer. In the spa they have a warmer pool (and sauna) which was lovely. Meta is a bit sleepy in mid-October but we were there mostly to relax so didn't mind that there wasn't much to do. The train station is about a 10 minute walk up the hill from the hotel and you can easily get to Sorrento and Pompeii.
"7 Days in Meta"
10/26/13 samm1310 Erftstadt, Germany
Great Hotel with outstanding Service, very modern with beautiful Sea view! Hope we can Come Back :) The SPa Area is very comfortable and clean. Smart tv in every room, which allowed us to live Stream German tv Channels!!! Best wishes from Germany!!!
"Exceptional service , great views"
10/14/13 Couperon Hook, United Kingdom
Just retuned from a lovely stay at laqua , the first thing that stands out is the exceptional personal service from all staff , nothing was to much trouble . The rooms are spacious and well equipped and the views from the balcony outstanding although unheated pool/Jacuzzi made it an interesting challenge to use at this time of year . The wellness centre is small and personal but would benefit from Jacuzzi in pool connected up . The only downside is the location in Meta , not much around and the trip into Sorrento is around 4km . Taxi's are expensive , bus and train options are available , it is walkable if you enjoy the exercise to work off the local food/drink but takes about an hour.
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