Grand Hotel la Pace is fairly new (opened in 2001) but has the classical, distinctly European flavor of the Continent's older grand hotels, with extravagant chandeliers and heavy drapes. It features an expansive marble lobby, a formal restaurant and two bars, a large fitness center, and spa. An expansive circular pool offers sweeping views of the sea, Mt. Vesuvius, and Naples. Rooms are pleasingly decorated, and many have balconies and sea views. Although the hotel has a wide array of amenities and an elegant feel, it's not in the league of genuine luxury hotels like the similarly rated Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento proper. A stay here is for those who want an upscale, amenities-filled experience in a quieter setting, not far from Sorrento and its attractions.