We chose the Royal based on other Trip Advisor reviews and weren't disappointed during our two night stay.
Our ninth floor room had a perfect view of Castel dell' Ovo and an enormous balcony from which to enjoy it (could also make out Vesuvius to the left).
The location is great for walking along the waterfront and into the city (my wife and I walked as far as the main train station, but that's a ways).
The folks at the front desk were very helpful in arranging a car and driver for a trip to Herculaneum and the top of Vesuvius. They also happily agreed to our request to delay our checkout from noon to 4pm (just be sure they write it down in case, as happened to us, the staff on duty in the afternoon don't get the message).
The breakfast is quite good, and the dining room has a great view as well.
Oh, and the pizza in Naples is as good as they say.
Less good points
The bathtub / shower seemed specially designed to make sure that water pours onto the floor when you shower (however, I've had that experience in Ritzs too ... and that's why they provide all those towels).
As others have mentioned, the taxi situation is dicey. The taxi we took from the airport was the classic overcharge the foreigner affair. Note to self, next time the cab driver asks if this is your first time in Naples don't say "yes". Instead, ask to see the fixed fares. On the other hand, we also had a wonderful taxi driver who used the meter, was charming, and expressed great unhappiness that other taxi drivers harm the profession's reputation.
Great location, great views, decent room, careful with the taxis, be sure to eat some pizza (oh, and see the mosaics at the National Museum).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four stars for the Hotel Royal Continental, a hotel on the seafront promenade of Naples with a fascinating past, rebuilt in 1955 by Ferdinando Chiaromonte where once stood the Grand Hotel Royal des Etrangers . Today it is known as a structure of great prestige framed by the extraordinary beauty of the Bay of Naples. Large common areas , multiple meeting spaces , picturesque corners of relaxation, the Royal Continental sparkles elegantly with vintage charm thanks to the interiors designed by Gio Ponti , one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. The furniture too was designed by him combined with designs by young architects of his choice . All 397 rooms, of which most have large windows and a balcony facing the breathtaking view of the Gulf, are spacious and very bright. On the Floor Museum Gio Ponti you can stay in one of the 24 rooms with wooden furnishings and fixtures designed specifically for the Hotel by Ponti. Suspended furniture, three-drawer chests with feet, and magazine racks and lamps in satin brass integrated into headboards from briar have made the history of Italian design. In stunning New York style, the Roof on the tenth floor, from which the beautiful view of the ancient Borgo Marinari and the legendary Castel dell'Ovo can be enjoyed, presents the one of a kind sea-water pool designed by Gio Ponti, published in 1954 on the cover of Domus. Guests are offered the solarium, outdoor bar, Fitness Center, massages booked in advance and two exclusive restaurants with spectacular panoramic views that stretch from the Vesuvius to the hill of Posillipo and the island of Capri. Breakfast served by the sea, in addition to the buffet which offers freshly baked pastries by Hotel Royal Continental, including oven fresh Neapolitan sfogliatelle, pastry horns. Location of reference for events and meetings, the Royal Continental is a well known Conference Center of primary importance in the national scene. Equipped with the most modern equipment and complimentary Wi-Fi, the Conference Center is characterized by its many meeting rooms with natural light and sea views. An exceptional location for large or small events thanks to its Auditorium setaing 530, its 16 Meeting rooms, 13 business suites and exhibition space, more than 200 sqm large. Pets up to 10 kg are allowed with an extra cost of 20 euros per stay. Located in one of the liveliest and most dynamic areas of Naples, the Royal Continental is the ideal location for living and exploring the city, within walking distance from shopping streets and the main local attractions, 10 minutes walk from Piazza Plebiscito and the Royal Palace. Furthermore, it is a 7 minutes drive to the harbour for ferry connections, 10 minutes to the Central Station and 20 to the International Airport. Not just a hotel but the real meeting point in the city, with its numerous events, food and wine tasting events, exhibitions, parties and aperitifs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Continental Naples
- Hotel Royal Continental