My husband and I spent three nights here (he was attending a meeting at the Royal Continental Convention Center, just a block away) in late April. We reserved a sea-view suite with balcony via Expedia for 238 Euros/night, a slightly reduced rate with their pre-pay no refund plan.
The hotel is located directly on the ocean overlooking the Bay of Naples with a marina and the Castel del 'Ovo directly in front. Don't worry; they don't block the view of the bay...just add interest. A very, very busy and loud street, the Via Parthenope, runs right in front of the hotel; the constant horn honking and vespa motorcycle noise were impressive, and annoying. Luckily the hotel's windows are sound proof. Plus they have the electric window covers that really block the light and sound. This Santa Lucia area of Naples seems like a different city from the seedy, scary, dirty Piazza Garibaldi area. It has several nice hotels and art and boutique stores for several blocks in from the bay. We felt safe, relatively speaking.
Do take a taxi from the Garibaldi train station to the hotel. Don't try the bus-to-save-money like we did; not only do you have to walk a block to the seedy bus area in front of the station on a busy, chaotic street with NO SIDEWALKS, but a female thief made a blatant grab for my husband's back pocket as he boarded the bus with luggage. Score one for the tourists; we keep all valuables in hidden waist belts. We discovered the taxis now charge a standard rate (15 Euros) from the station to the Via Parthenope, and they adhered to that the three times we used them. No hassles, no trying to jack up the rate. The same was reported from others at the meeting.
When we walked into the lobby, we were impressed with how beautiful this small hotel is. Old world luxury: chandeliers, rich fabrics, marble, just lovely and elegant. The staff at the front desk all spoke perfect English and were professional. Not warm and smiley, but very efficient and polite. All was in order with our reservation.
Our room on the third floor consisted of a large living room with sofa, chair, cocktail table, flat screen tv, writing desk with chair and a window that opened to a small balcony.
Next a hallway with closet, then the master bedroom with king sized bed, hutch with tv and mini bar, and a second window opening to a balcony. The bath was pretty, with marble tile with a tub/shower with excellent water pressure.
We took a chair from the writing table in the living room and a stool from the bathroom and squeezed them through the doorway onto the balcony so that we could sit out with a glass of wine (that we bought at a local grocery as we trekked in the last few blocks from where the bus let us off). Via Parthenope is quite busy with traffic, joggers, tourists, marina activity, plus the view of Vesuvius off to one side and the beautiful Bay of Naples. So, in spite of the noise, we were quite entertained watching all this.
The room was clean, the carpet thick, and we never heard other guests. There were no odors. The mattress was too hard as other reviewers have mentioned. But this hotel was so quiet (after you close the windows) and the air conditioning worked well...that we slept deeply.
There are two computers on linen-covered tables on the mezzanine, which I believe you put in a credit card for internet access. Didn't use that.
There are restaurants all around. We ate mainly via the meeting, but did walk a block up the side street, Via S. Lucia, to Marinos; it was recommended on TA. Had very good pizza and beer and pleasant servers, outdoor seating. Felt safe walking in that area. I actually walked to the Amedeo metro stop, probably about a mile and a half away on my way to the Archeological Museum and felt safe the entire route. Directly across V. Parthenope are the few streets around the Castel del 'Ovo with several restaurants, but they didn't look good to us. The one recommended on TA (Trattoria Patricia) could not be found, must be closed.
The hotel's restaurant was apparently closed for dinners (temporarily), but open for breakfasts, included with the room. The breakfast rooms were lovely, pale yellow walls with well-spaced, linen covered tables. They had the normal cold items, plus a buffet of scrambled eggs and bacon. Great cappucino also.
This hotel helped us have a better attitude toward Naples...but the crime, filth, and noise of the city in general would keep us from going back.
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