Stayed for a couple of nights after a week in Sorrento in July. This is a great hotel in the heart of the old town. Naples is a chaotic city of extremes and Palazzo Decumani exemplifies this. On arriving from the station (c.20 minutes on foot dragging suitcases) you walk down a street with derelict buildings and think, "Oh dear, what have I booked?" - and then, bam! a really swish hotel appears. Dont be concerned by the locale, the whole of Naples is like this with the rough rubbing shoulders with the smooth. We were too early to check in but the efficient staff allowed us to freshen up and took charge of our bags (we nipped into the church 10 mins walk away which has a Carravaggio). After a fortifying gelato we returned to find our bags had been taken up to our room - nice touch. The room itself was grand(ish), large, comfortable, clean and well-appointed. In the bathroom there were expensive potions, loads of fluffy towels, bathrobes, slippers and some scales (not a good idea in the city of pizza). Breakfast was good with a wide variety of fruits, cakes, cereals, juices, cold meats and cheeses. All the staff were friendly and helpful. We were also given a free complimentary drink, which we took after our meal on the second night. This was a fine bellini accompanied by a wide array of nibbles (could have been a meal in themselves) served by a distinguised elderly gentleman. The view from the room overlooked a side street with bins but, hey this is Naples and the view from the front of the hotel overlooks the derelict building mentioned earlier. Being July this was low season in Naples which meant the room was only £63 per night. As we had spent the previous week in Sorrento with hindsight we would have spent a couple of nights less there and stayed in this hotel (Sorrento was more than double the price). The area where the hotel is situated is very safe and close to a wide variety of important sites. My wife is already planning our return to Naples and we will definately be staying here.
NB Get a fixed price taxi to or from the hotel to the airport - only 20 euros.
- 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