The time here in Italy is starting to wind down. As the end of the term approaches we are quickly wrapping up last minute travels and work. This past Wednesday we took our final day trip down the coast of southern Italy.
Our first stop was the Crowne Plaza Stabiae Sorrento Coast in Castellammare di Stabia, which is very near the Vesuvian Institute. At the hotel we received a tour by Luca and we viewed most of the hotels facilities. The hotel itself has 150 guestrooms, which either have a front or side view of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Room rates start at 100 euros and travel up with different sea views and types of lodging. The Crowne Plaza has a private beach and dock that the guests can use. They also have a Spa onsite and meeting space for up to 250 people.
The second stop on the excursion was at Il San Pietro di Positano. This 5 star hotel is located on the Amalfi Coast and really lives up to its rating. This small luxury hotel offers 61 guestrooms and average rates per room start at 600 euros. During the summer months they have two open restaurants, one that is connected in the hotel and one on the way to the private beach. They have a 24-hour shuttle service that can take guests into Positano and elevators from sea level so guests can dock at the beach. There is a twenty-minute walking path down to the beach through lush greens and vegetation. They also have a wellness center and spa that guests are free to use.
Both these hotels gave us something different that they offer. The Crowne Plaza is more geared towards meetings while Il San Pietro is more luxury. It was real hands on experience learning what these hotels do to service there guests. Italy in general has taught our group that hotel operations work differently depending on your location. Now as we proceed into our careers we can keep in mind that you have to adapt to locations and what is important to hotels around the world varies.
After our hotel visits we continued on our journey through the Amalfi coast and we stopped in Positano and Ravello for a couple of hours. This was a great way to end our excursions here in Italy.