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“Very nice but hard to find” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa San Gennariello b&b
via Madonnelle n. 5, 80055 Portici, Italy   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 6 Portici B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Arvada, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Very nice but hard to find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 6 nights while doing day trips to Naples, Sorrento, Paestum, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, etc. The location was great and the house lovely, but our GPS could not find it so we ended up calling Francesco, who came and found us and brought us to the Villa. He and the entire family were very hospitable and helpful, and the sunset view of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius from the roof was unforgettable.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I agree with other comments that area around villa is noisy, scruffy, littered and a bit threatening. But short walk to villa from station and once behind locked gates felt very lucky to be able to share this beautiful C18 villa with its exquisite furnishings and garden and charming hosts. Our room was large with a sofa and access to gardens through French windows andfascilities to make a welcome drink on waking, unusual outside GB. We didn't know about roof top terrace and possibility of drinks up there which was a pity! But recommended restaurant short walk away and had most delicious meals of our holiday on two nights in lively local restaurant frequented by families and groups out for a good evening and no tourists. Delicious breakfast served in garden. Although area scruffy never felt threatened and came to no harm walking there and using public transport to visit sites for which conveniently sited.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed one night at the Villa San Gennariello B&B and everything was perfect : since the help we received by Francesco (the owner's son) by phone in order to reach the Villa, to the very charming and big room we had and the great breakfast in the garden.
The venue is stunning : it is an ancient bourgoise villa reach of history and very charming; all the people we met (basically the all family) was very nice and helpful.
We definitely suggest to stay at Villa San Gennariello!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Couple in our mid 20’s – stayed here for 3 nights during a 3 week Italian Tour, this is the fairest way to assess our stay:

Good points:

- The Villa San Gennariello is a beautiful 18th century building with charm, history, and amazing panoramic rooftop view

- Francesco our host was fantastic, informative on arrival and continued to go out of his way to accommodate us with lifts to the station, local information and pointers on excursions

- The breakfast in the courtyard garden was one of the best we had during our 3 week Italian tour with wonderful surroundings, and extras as flavoursome local fruits and produce


Bad points:

- Needed assistance every time we wished to enter/leave (had no independent key to the villa – all guests were reliant on one of three hosts personally opening/closing a gate which in turn induced a ‘curfew’ and buzzer which audibly eclipsed the rooms day or evening)

- No wi-fi connection available in individual rooms – had to visit a communal room on first floor (although this is a beautiful room)

- Portici as a town is hideous – really was shocked at the consistent ‘poverty’ almost – streets did not feel safe (day or night), large quantities of animal droppings on most public walkways alongside household refuge strewn in the streets

- The public transport makes the London DLR seem glamorous – the train line between Napoli Garibaldi and Sorrento was dreadful with no signage/information and the ‘Direct train’ usually stopping at all 15+ stations – adorned with graffiti and derelict industrial scenes


Conclusion:

Wonderful hosts, premises, and great location for day-trips (e.g. Vesuvius, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast) but ONLY recommend hiring a car. DO NOT use the public transport (trains or buses).

Anticipate little independence, and avoid Portici/Ercolano as it is a town in squalor, it amazes me how a coastal area of such natural beauty and history may possess such undesirables (locals) who fail to realise tourism is providing the majority of their legal economic activity. The irony is that the place we felt safest was the summit of Mount Vesuvius.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay. We enjoyed the company of the family and appreciated all the help we received with our travel arrangements. We especially enjoyed breakfast in the courtyard and the beautiful garden which we used as a shady refuge. The Villa is a step back in time to the 18th century, beautifully restored and maintained. Our room was clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. It was convenient for the archaeological site of Herculanuem (15 minutes on foot) and the station (10 minutes on foot) for trains to Pompeii, Naples and Sorrento. We highly recommend staying at this beautiful villa.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We just came back from a trip to Pompei and the Amalfi Coast and stayed at the Villa San Gennariello with my husband. The Villa is a former royal hunting lodge, full of character and history. Our room was spacious, with lovely furniture and a huge comfortable bed. The beauty of the villa and its garden were only matched by the charm and hospitality of the hosts. They made us feel at home from the moment we entered the front door, giving us tips about getting around Pompei and making the most delicious breakfasts. The Villa is in a perfect location 20 min by train to Pompei and a walking distance from the Roman city of Herculaneum. We loved it and will be back with the family soon!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

We were picked up at the station by the son who spoke good English and was very helpful.
We even got a lift to the airport for a small contribution - less than taxi.
Wine and canapés not to be missed on the roof with excellent wine costing less than the bottle shop.
Historical residence with Mamma catering.
Pappa in the background also very friendly.
Gardens to sit in quiet location close to Ercolano and Ercolanium

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa San Gennariello b&b

Address: via Madonnelle n. 5, 80055 Portici, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Portici
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Portici
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is a splendid eighteenth-century villa B&B set in leafy grounds with palms, rare plants and trees over a hundred years old. The Bed and Beakfast consists of three sunny rooms - one of them with a small terrace and cooking facilities. Each room is provided with private bathroom, Air-conditioning, WiFi Internet.Close to the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii and well connected to Sorrento and Naples. ... more   less 
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