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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

We had the exclusive opportunity to sit down with Guido Fiorentino, President and CEO of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria.


What was your design inspiration for Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria?

The GHEV is a historic hotel that was founded in the 1834 by the Fiorentino family, now in its 5th generation. This year we are celebrating its 180th anniversary. During all these years the family has strived to keep the original style but up date all the technological tools, preserving the original glamour.

What is unique about your property?

One of our most unique qualities is that we are 5th generation; there are not many hotels that after 180 years are still managed by the same family that built the original hotel. We have also preserved the original furniture, for example the chairs that decorate our winter Garden lounge are a unique example of the Sicilian architect Ernesto Basile, 1857-1932, the chair, Modello Carretto Siciliano, of which two are on display at the Musée d’Orsay of Paris. Last but not least as a family owned hotel we can provide a personal approach to all our guests

What was important about having Frette in your property?

Our focus is on providing the maximum comfort to our guests and Frette’s fine fabrics and linen provide a smooth and delicate feel.

How does the Frette product add to the design of the hotel?

With their fine quality, Frette complements the luxurious design and products that our guests can experience throughout our hotel.

What are the most important decorative elements in your hotel?

The most decorative elements in the hotel are the frescoes and antique furniture.

What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom/room?

When designing a room we ensure that it is state of the art but that comfort is not compromised. Therefore our focus is on the guest experience both in the room and bathroom and of course this includes a comfortable bed with the perfect linen!

What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette?

A sensation of comfort and well-being.

How do you define luxury?

Today Luxury is Time. This means having time to dedicate to do what we like and spend time with friends and family and to have the time during a trip to really study and experience the destination we are visiting.

If you only have 72 hours in Sorrento Napoli what would you recommend doing or seeing?

Sorrento is within easy access to many places of interest in the area. We are a gateway to historical sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum. I would also recommend a day cruise along the Amalfi Coast and Capri stopping for lunch in one of the famous fishing restaurants of Nerano at Marina del Cantone.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Sorrento Napoli?

For sure the Terrazza Bosquet restaurant where chef Luigi Tramontano surprises the guest with spectacular dishes. His nickname is Pinturicchio because as the artist each dish is an artwork to taste.

Guido Fiorentino can be reached at the below address

  • Guido Fiorentino
  • Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
  • Piazzo Tasso, 80067
  • Sorrento Napoli, Italy
  • Phone: 39 081 877 7111
  • http://www.exvitt.it/index-EN.html