I must say that the weather in southern Italy is only getting better and better, and I’m writing this blogpost from a sunchair in the backyard after finishing this week’s classes.
This week we went on one of my favorite excursions during this trip. First we went to Crowne Plaza located between Castellammare di Stabia where we are staying, and Sorrento, and overlooking the bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. The Crowne Plaza is a 4 star hotel with 150 guest rooms, a restaurant, meeting space, an outdoor pool and a beautiful spa. The average rate is around 100 Euros per night. There is a handful Crowne Plaza’s throughout Italy and it was very interesting to visit an American brand hotel in an Italian location and environment. The sales manager that was guiding us said that a majority of their guests are Italians though most of their guests stay at their hotel because they recognize the brand and know the standards of a Crowne Plaza.
The second stop we did was in Positano, in the Amalfi Coast. The hotel we visited there is called Il San Pietro di Positano and is an extravagant 5 star small hotel overlooking the Amalfi Coast, the ocean and the picturesque town of Positano. The hotel has 61 beautiful guest rooms, of which 14 of them are suites. The property also offers a health center with spa, gym, and yoga under the lemon trees, 2 restaurants, an outdoor lounge area, and a private beach. Since the hotel is located on a cliff the guests have to take an elevator down to get to the beach, where one of their restaurants also is located. The price of the hotel rooms range from 600 Euros and up. We got to see one of the rooms that Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Tina Turner have stayed in and the room was amazing. There was mosaic floors, a King size bed, a couch, a walk in closet, a balcony over the water, but the bathroom was the best part. It was all white with mirrors everywhere, and with a lowered, built in marble bathtub next to the panorama window that you could open. It is properties like San Pietro that I’m interested in and would love to work at in the future.
After the two hotel tours we went to Ravello, also located in the Amalfi Coast, for a tour of Villa Cimbrone, the beautiful gardens and views.
I really enjoyed this excursion because it directly related to what we are studying. It was very interesting to hear about the hotel business in Italy, their clientele and how hotels and businesses differ from the U.S. It also made me realize that going into the hotel business opens a whole new world of opportunities, since hotel, lodging and tourism exist almost everywhere!