We always stay at the Grand Hotel Oriente when we visit Naples, and it has been fun to watch the transformation taking place in the past two years. Originally, we liked the hotel because it was such a good value: clean, spacious rooms for a reasonable price which even included a generous buffet breakfast. Today, the rooms are still clean and spacious, but they are also sophisticated, having been completely revamped with new furniture and appointments in soothing gray tones. Even the registration staff seems jauntier (including John). The downside? It costs a lot more and breakfast is only available for an additional 15 euros per person!