I always promised that I wouldn't go less than 4 star because of previous disappointments .... However I booked this hotel because of the reviews!
We wanted a real experience of Naples.... Bustling city break..... Visiting the coast.... Ferry to Capri.... Basically to use this hotel as a base for what we wanted to do.
We were not disappointed at all.... Yes the area does look grotty and covered in graffiti etc...but it's traditional Naples. You get a real feel of Naples and not a facade created in places like Sorrento where it is difficult to believe it is ever inhabited by anyone other than tourists!
Inside the hotel the staff are helpful.... The superior rooms are spacious and clean.... Excellent powerful shower too... The breakfast is an excellent example of continental with lots to choose from... All of which is high quality!
The hotel interior is beautiful and demonstrates it's importance in the past.... Yes there are areas which other reviewers have commented on such as the ceiling in the breakfast room which could be worked on, but it's a very old beautiful building...not a case of an average hotel where a quick bodge job of artex will do!
You don't get a swimming pool with loungers and lots of tourists slurping on booze here...but you do get a great hotel at a great price which is clean comfortable base to explore Naples from. I am well travelled and a bit of a snob....and I would stay here again.
Oh and one last thing the room has a safe and a very cheap mini bar! GREAT!
- 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