This palatial and luxurious hotel is a haven in an area rather less salubrious. Not far from Naples Central Station we decided to walk to the hotel but found the way littered with unsavoury rubbish and equally unsavoury-looking people. When we got to the hotel it was protected by a chain-link rail around the frontage, security guards, and the receptionist warned us not to take any valuables out with us but leave them in our room safe. Not an auspicious start to our brief stay before travelling further south.
The hotel itself has comfortable, if predictable, rooms, and a central courtyard where we could relax with a pre-prandial drink - when we could eventually attract the attention of the chattering staff who seemed to find their guests rather a joke than serious customers. However, dinner was a gorgeous affair, beautifully presented in smart surroundings with excellent wine. Expensive at just over £100 for 2, but superb pasta followed by delectable fish, and tasty hors d'oeuvres served with our aperitif.
If we'd had more time we would have visited the adjoining art gallery, an asset to this palace hotel. But Naples is a mixed blessing. Despite the luxury of the hotel next time we are going to Southern Italy we are avoiding this city which just does not feel comfortable outside the protection of the palazzo walls.More
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included