A really great experience. Our room was attractive, clean and comfortable and the service was excellent. We received a welcome drink, which was served to us with complimentary appetizers. Our breakfast the next morning was fine, including the coffee (which surprisingly isn't the typical Italian hotel's strongest point). I've stayed at three or four Naples hotels, including some that were much more expensive, but this was the best by a wide margin.
Our experience began when we tried to drive to the hotel, only to discover all the streets had been closed off for an event. Once we'd explained our situation some friendly street cops waved us through and we made our way with no more traffic to contend with. Driving a car anywhere in Naples is not a good idea, but trying to drive on the streets around this hotel is just plain crazy, as I found out after it was too late. Everyone's friendly though, and I never lacked for help as I tried to navigate down too-narrow alleys past parked motorcycles and scooters and shop displays.
The Palazzo Decumani is on the edge of a gritty working class neighbourhood that really comes alive at night. The man at the bar of the hotel recommended a pizzeria for dinner and getting to it turned out to be an adventure in itself. We had a great time working our way up and down streets filled with brightly lit shops and pedestrians, none of whom were going anywhere in a hurry. We ended up stopping for drinks at a small badly lit bar ran by a cocky 20-something who was ruled by his 80-something grandmother. Their wine was okay, their olives were fine and their friendly hospitality was outstanding (the food at the pizzeria didn't disappoint either!).
Overall, a wonderful time. This is the place we'll stay on our next trip to Naples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Hotel Palazzo Decumani combines the elegance of an authentic early 20th century palazzo with the very best in modern interior design so as to create an urban residence of quite indisputable charm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Decumani Hotel
- Palazzo Decumani Naples