Using Hotel Swimming Pools in Sorrento

We really wanted the use of a pool while we were in Sorrento, but were staying in an Airbnb rather than a hotel. I figured there would probably be some hotels where you could pay to use their pool, so I did a bit of research online. Most of the information came from scattered TripAdvisor posts. Since I couldn’t find one definitive source regarding the use of swimming pools in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, I thought I’d compile my research for others.

After doing my online research, I went and enquired at four hotels in Sorrento which have swimming pools, and three of them allowed non-guests to pay to use the pool. The only one which didn’t was the Grand Hotel la Favorita. Here’s some information on the ones that do:

Hotel Central

We only had enough time in Sorrento to sample one of the pools, and we ended up going with the one at Hotel Central. It cost €10 each to get in, and was open until 7pm – unfortunately I neglected to check what time it opened, but I suspect it was 9am.

Hotel Central had a medium sized pool with a good number of lounges in both shade and sun, with a solarium off to the side. The pool was quite warm when we visited – absolutely lovely temperature. The bar on site has a happy hour, reasonably priced cocktails, and chair service. If we had more time we would have gone back!

The entrance is the “Central Fitness Club” just to the right of the front doors to Hotel Central, and to the left of Hotel Gardenia, which has an arrangement with Central so that their guests can use the pool as well.

Hotel Carlton International

Costs €15 per person, open from 9am to 6pm and use of the pool by non-guests is subject to availability. Also has a bar with a good range of drinks and food available.

Grand Hotel Flora

Costs €15 per person, open from 9am to 6pm and provides you with towels. We didn’t actually get to go in and see what the pool looked like or the facilities, but the Flora certainly looks like an upmarket place so I imagine they at least match the other hotels we checked. The website states it also has a pool bar.

I hope this helps other people in our position make the most of their time in Sorrento!

Bangkok Stopover

After an uneventful flight from Koh Samui we arrived in Bangkok and checked in at the airport Novotel, as we have a 7am flight to Hanoi tomorrow. I always check my flight information the day before I fly and so I got out my itinerary and had a look.

Le sigh.

Turns out that we aren’t flying out of Bangkok’s main airport, we’re leaving from its secondary airport, which is an hour’s drive away. This explains why the tickets were so cheap. Annoying, as it means a 4am wake-up, when I’d specifically booked this (moderately expensive) hotel so we could sleep as long as possible. Still, at least I noticed now.

After checking out a few of the hotel restaurants (everything seems so expensive… but isn’t actually more than we’d pay at home) we ordered a surprisingly delicious pizza, had a swim in the pool and settled in to do some blogging and video-processing. I’m sure there are going to be days where we will wish we had a fancy hotel room and time to laze around, but after many days on the beach I’m ready for some sightseeing. Bring on Hanoi, Hoi An and some (slightly) cooler temperatures!


The pool and swim-up bar at the Novotel. Great for long exposure shots.

Oh, one thing of note happened today, one of the staff at the hotel asked me if I spoke Thai after I greeted him and said ‘thank you’ in Thai. Ha!