Usually I can read about a hotel and get a "gut " feeling whether it is a good fit for my husband and I. Not so with the Decumani Hotel de Charme and Palazzo Decumani. I have read all the reviews on both - some more than once. I'm just not sure. Here is our situation.
We are returning to Naples to celebrate my 55th birthday/Xmas in Dec 2013. I am looking for a nice hotel in the Centro Storico that is a little bit special. It doesn't have to be extravagant, but I want a hotel that is a relaxing break from the hectic vibrancy of the historic center. And, most importantly, I want a hotel in a convenient area that is safe.
Here are what I see as the pros and cons of each hotel:
Decumani Hotel de Charme:
Pros: 1. Located near Santa Chiara - few blocks from Via B. Croce 2. Very helpful staff
Cons: 1. Bit of a grimy entrance but nice inside 2. Breakfast has a lot to be desired 3. Some complaints regarding the showers
Pros: 1. Located near Via San Gregorio Armeno (Christmas Alley) 2. Very helpful staff
Cons: 1. Too contemportary decor 2. Well-come drink (too touristy?)
For those of you who are more familiar with Naples than I, which location is better? Although they are very close to each other is one location safer at night? Is one location better during the Christmas season? Does one neighborhood have better restaurants?