Along the pathway full of rosemary, the sea peeps out framed by Mount Vesuvius and you can imagine why the Romans chose these places for their summer vacations.Few things have remained since that time but the the ruins of the beautiful Roman fish pond, found in the water under the Syrene, can not escape to a keen eye.
The current Hotel Bellevue Syrene, was built in 1750 as a private villa. The Counts Mastrobuono used it to spend their summer holidays.In 1820 the villa was turned into a small, friendly hotel. Many were the distinguished guests who stopped to stay in this house overlooking the sea.
Luigi II of Bavaria, Eugenia, the Empress of France, the Spanish Prime Minister Emilio Castelar as well as the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe and the poet Lamartine, appreciated this villa that was increasingly enriched with frescoes, paintings and furnishings.
At the beginning of 1900 stayed King Paul of Greece, Vittorio Emmanuel III and the Duke Amedeo of Aosta. Here found inspiration the Russian poet Jorge; Marguerite Yourcenar in 1938 during her stay wrote “The Coup de Grace.” William Waldorf Astor, who was captured by so much beauty and in reminiscence of the roman Empire, between 1905 and 1907 built the Villa Pompeiana, almost an exact copy of the house of the Vetti in Pompei.
This has brought the Bellevue Syrene to be included in the local history of Italy.
In 1995 the Bellevue Syrene was bought by a famous family of Sorrento Hoteliers headed by Giovanni Russo.
The new ownership has undertaken a series of renovations and modernization, respecting and enhancing the prestige of the hotel’s historical and artistic, have created the new image of Bellevue Syrene, a “home” reborn from the unique relationship between past and present.
Today the Bellevue Syrene offers 50 rooms and suites. As in a house, each room is different from the other.
Located on the sea all the rooms have spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples. Recently refurbished emphasize the atmosphere of exquisite welcome: decorated with fresh pastel colors to mix and match a modern style with authentic antiques belonging to the villa.
In the main building there are common welcoming meeting places. The “Winter Garden” – veranda overlooking the hotel courtyard – is the space where guests can enjoy a drink and in the evening listen the live piano music. The frescoed lounges are ideal for relaxing and for the reading lovers, who can choose from the rich selection of books.
The terraces of the hotel, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, offer breathless views. “La Pergola”, located at the entrance of the structure, is a snack bar, outdoor restaurant and piano bar during the summer. The “Villa Pompeiana” consists of a large terrace with colonnade and two inner rooms, built at the beginning of the century in the Pompeian style. These are particularly suitable for banquets and gala dinners.
The restaurant “Mimmo Iodice” whose windows overlooking the sea, like paintings, make Guests as spectators of a landscape that changes daily.
For dinner, in winter the fireplaces warm the atmosphere of intimate rooms “Gli Archi” while in summer on the terrace the sea breeze and the scent of pine accompany the dishes. And the kitchen? Simple and tasty.
One of the ancient Roman cave is now a cellar where we keep the best traditional Italian wines and international.
Those who come here in search of relax, could not miss the Hotel Spa. The turkish bath, beauty treatments or massages are some of the ways in which we like to pamper guests.
The private beach is accessible by private lift and by the pedestrian access where, along the way, you can admire the caves and the nymphs of the Roman era.
The level and quality of the Hotel services, since 2008, enabled the change of category from 4 to 5 stars, and in November 2011, to be included in the family “Relais & Chateaux”.