We (a couple of mid 20's) stayed for 3 nights. We decided on this hotel mainly because of the price but It turned out to be one of the best experiences we have ever had.
Let me begin with the only downside, it is possible that one might not like the neighbourhood. It is close to the train station and it is true that you see some dodgy looking people around, particularly at night. However, we never had any troubles, not a single time. In fact, it even feels more down to earth place, we even liked the neighbourhood since it gave us an impression of being in Naples (not just another tourists' enclave). If you come to Naples you should take it with all pros and cons since this city has a lot to offer once you open up for it.
The hotel is tidy, good, nothing spectacular but definitely worth the money. If you are like us, just sleeping in the hotel, using all the energy to explore the city, this is a perfect place. The standard was actually higher than we had expected!
The MOST important part is the people who run this place, first we met the owner's sister. By accident we booked a shared bathroom room, but she gave us a room with a private bathroom for no extra charge. This was nice but it turned out to be just a start. After a while we met also the owner and his son, Daniel. It did not take long (the second day) before we felt like with good friends with them. They all made so much extra effort for us, just out of sheer kindness, it is impossible to write about all this here. The owner would bring us best pastry from a neighbouring cafeteria in the morning, just so we could try it. Perhaps it is a matter of being in south Italy but the owner knew all the other persons running the restaurants and cafeterias on the streets, so we would always be given the best things. You surely feel the sense of community they have there, and what is the most important for us, we were allowed to enter this community as friends, not really tourists. Just as one example, we would go to a restaurant with Daniel and were allowed to go to the kitchen, talk to the chef, see what he was cooking at the moment and got the best of it. Just in the same way as neapolitans would go to eat out in a restaurant of their good friend. It was just amazing, despite we stayed there just 3 nights we felt we were part of this community and accepted as genuine friends.
When it comes to Daniel, he would take us with his car everywhere! It was totally beyond what you get as a hotel's guest. It was beyond anything! We visited his home, were taken to the best parts of Naples (probably the parts tourists never get to see), tasted the best, original Neapolitan food and totally fell in love with the city. He offered us to take us to Pompei so we could save the money and time as we did not have to take a train..In fact we did not feel as in a hotel but more like we visited a good friend from Erasmus or would use couch-surfing.
Sometimes when you are in Italy you might feel everyone wants to rip you off, we were ripped off in a cafeteria in Rome once. It was absolutely opposite in D'Anna. Daniel would spend more money on us than we had spent on the hotel, he bought us drinks, food that we had to taste..Never accepted money back. It was really difficult to pay for him at times. Just as it is with a good friend, and a one who is excited to show you around, proud of his city. I think he enjoyed our company too and we had some great time together.
We had a unique chance to experience all the best there is in Naples. I doubt everyone gets the same once they visit the city. Once you open up and are friendly you get so much back it is unreal. We have been to maaany places in Europe and outside and never seen anything like this. The hospitality was way beyond anything you can expect.
If you want to experience something you will never forget, go to Naples, one of the best cities there is, full of contrasts and very "south Italian". If you have already decided to visit Naples, D'Anna is the place to be. If you do not think you would love D'Anna, perhaps you shouldn't really go to Naples. Go to Milan instead:)
We have been to Italy a number of times, we have been to Rome, Milan, Venice, Sicilly, Firenze, Pisa, Naples. We have lived in hotels, hostels, met a lot of people. Our stay in D'Anna was without any doubt the best experience of it all. We highly recommend this place for everyone who wants to experience Italy, Naples and the people living there. If you are a kind of tourist who just wants to get the picture of Pisa tower or a collisseo, you don't have to go there, you may not like it.
Jan and Tatiana
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