We spent 2 nights at the hotel in mid-June. It was a perfect place to stay for a visit to the medieval walled town of Caserta Vecchia. Our room was of decent size, clean, good AC and a nice small patio overlooking the beautiful pool. The shower in the bathroom was small but serviceable. The hairdryer was a challenge to work as it was partly a hairdryer and partly a small heater for the bathroom; we never quite figured out how it worked. The pool is large and clean and has lots of nice pool furniture around it. They offered to serve dinner out by the pool both nights that we were there; it was a very romantic place to enjoy a meal. The breakfast was simple but adequate, coffee made to order, fresh fruit, croissants, yogurt, juice. Parking our car was a little bit of a challenge - either leave it on the street where others had parked or try to squeeze it into one of the small spaces available down near the pool. We elected the more spacious street parking, even though the car was blocking part of the road. Our only disappointment was the very poor wi-fi service. Even when I took my iPad out to the hallway where the router was situated, I couldn't get the service to work.
The walk into Caserta Vecchia was less than 10 minutes. We had a nice dinner there on the evening that we didn't eat at the hotel. A word of warning - our car's GPS was guiding us up and into the old walled part of the town. DO NOT drive in the old town unless you enjoy the challenge of small narrow cobblestone streets. Park your car on the outskirts and walk in.
We enjoyed being up in the hills away from all the hubbub of Caserta and Naples. It was an easy drive to the autostrada. We went to Herculaneum one day without any problem.
On Saturday evening, Caserta Vecchia comes alive with locals. By 9 pm all the restaurants were really busy, including the very nice restaurant in the Hotel Caserta Antica.
The owner of the hotel was always around overseeing what was going on at the hotel and its restaurant. We got the feeling that he really wanted everyone to enjoy themselves. He spoke a little English but most of the staff was primarily limited to their native language so it was helpful that one of us spoke a reasonable amount of Italian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the hillside above Caserta, 15 minutes' drive away, Hotel Caserta Antica enjoys a peaceful, panoramic location between 2 medieval villages. Sunbathe by the large outdoor pool. Caserta Antica Hotel is a pleasant 15-minute walk from Caserta Vecchia, and just a few steps from Sommana, a charming, old village. After admiring its historic buildings, eat out at one of the pizzerias here, where you can enjoy lovely views over the countryside. ... more less
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