As other reviewers have pointed out, arriving at the Decumani Hotel de Charme can be a bit of a shock. It's in the heart of old Naples and we were unprepared for the graffiti (such a shame!) and general rundown state of the surrounding buildings, and the entrance is a little hard to find. However, the hotel occupies the second floor of what was a 17th century palace and once you step out of the lift, you enter another world. Our room was delightful - spacious, with a very high ceiling with what appeared to be original decorated beams, and quality linen on the large and comfortable bed. We loved the fact that just feet away across the street, Neapolitan locals carried on with their everyday lives.The breakfast room is extraordinary and the breakfast - especially the delicious fruit salad - very nice. We also enjoyed being able to buy a bottle of wine which was brought to us to drink on the terrace one evening. The location is great for exploring, with some lovely restaurants nearby and we were so please to be staying here rather than, for example, a hotel near the 'new castle' area down by the port or near the railway station. I particularly want to mention the hotel staff who went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. My husband had phoned from the train to let them know we would need help finding a doctor as soon as we arrived as I was very unwell, and we were assured this wouldn't be a problem. Federica, especially, was very helpful in directing us to the emergency department of a nearby public hospital, advising that this was the quickest way to see a doctor. (The hospital was an experience in itself, but this was the right advice as I got the treatment and medication I needed and the medical staff were very kind). For the rest of our stay, all the staff (even those I hadn't seen before, so it must have been a bit of a talking point!) asked after my health. We received lots of good advice (again from Federica, but I'm sure all the staff are just as helpful) about nearby restaurants and highlights of the local area. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel and wish the owners and their team every success as they further develop this amazing building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are glad to give you the warmest welcome as our guests into Palazzo Sisto Riario Sforza. Here, in the heart of Naples old town within inches of Santa Chiara Church with its Cloister, the Veiled Christ and Via San Gregorio Armeno was born, in 2008, our Hotel. The Decumani Hotel de Charme was originally built during the 17th century and belonged to Sisto Riario Sforza, the last Archbishop of Naples in the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies of which Naples was the capital. In 2008 we embarked on a major refurbishment programme for the second floor, where the Hotel is placed. The hotel has now been fully restored and equipping with all the modern conveniences our guests expect. A wide lounge, decorated with golden stuccoes and mirrors, testifies the illustrious past of this residence. All of our 22 bedrooms are fully air-conditioned and feature the following: soundproof windows, flat screen Television with international channels, safe, minibar, direct dial telephone and hairdryer. The Decumani Hotel de Charme is located in the Decumani, in the heart of the old town originally a Greek "polis" and then a Roman "urbs", an area wich represents with its squares, streets and alleys, a unique historical, cultural and artistic heritage, as it is testified by the acknowledgment of Unesco, which in 1995 declared the historic centre of Naples " the biggest open-air museum in the world". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Decumani Hotel Naples