First of all, I would like to apologize for my bad English. I write in English to be of use to a greater audience, even though it is not my first language.
I stayed at the B&B, quite aptly for a German, in the room "Federico II", 1st floor.
Very good base to visit Naples and the Golfo di Napoli. Very nice rooms. Good value for money, prices for a single room starting at EUR 35. I would recommend it as a very good option among the budget B&B's. It was certainly much nicer than the one I stayed in at my first arrival in Naples and about the same price.
The place is situated between the central station and the ferry port, so the station "Porta Nolana" of the Circumvesuviana, the suburban railroad connecting Naples with the eastern suburbs, Pompei, Herculaneum/Ercolaneo and finally Sorrento, is pretty close. There is a tram, normally connecting the nearby harbour road with the west, though when I was there, it was blocked by a construction site after a few hundred metres. The famous Pizzaria "Da Michele" is just some 250 metres to the north.
Therefore he place is pretty ideal as a base for excursions to the islands (Capri, Ischia etc.) and the famous sites east of Naples. The central station is also nearby, and the bus to the airport and the Metro (though not much of a metro actually) are also pretty close.
And: the Piazza Mercato is at least a little bit less spooky and less noisy and dirty than the Piazza Garibaldi, the obvious alternative, if you are looking for budget accomodation and a good base near all the available means of public transport.
I haven't seen much of the B&B. You enter through an iron door on the ground floor, walk up narrow stairs to the, in my recollection, windowless reception in the first floor. There is a second floor. I suppose there is a breakfast/dining room somewhere, which I never saw, since I appeared to be more or less the only guest and had breakfast in my room on the first floor.
The room was very nice. Nicely decorated, good proportions, spacious, nice colours, nice, spacious bathroom, good bed, Satellite TV set (unlike in other places not exclusively Italian TV channels programmed, though few others and only one in English), and, most important: Wireless-LAN (and apparently LAN, as well); a bit dark though.
Other than the room I had in another B&B at the Piazza Garibaldi, it didn't smell of foul water or sewage pipes. I have to admit though, that the other room I was offered, next to mine, did.
breakfast and service
The breakfast in Italy is often a disappointment consisting of stuff in plastic packages passing for bread, croissants or whatever.So I won't complain more than necessary, that it wasn't any different in this place. We agreed, that I would just have the coffee and some marmelade and find myself some rolls. (The funny thing about this country is: unlike in Spain or England they do have decent bakeries with good rolls. They just want let you have them for breakfast.) The coffee was good and better than in other places I tried.
The fella running the place, Salvatore, was very nice and tried hard to be helpful. His rudimentary English is, however, hampering communication considerably. Since, at least to my experience, this is generally the case in Italy, I probably should learn Italian.
The room was clean, if not speckless at my arrival.
How to find it:
It took me some time to find the place. This was mainly due to the fact, that I scanned the Piazza Mercato for the typical glass door of the reception of a hotel or such. When I didn't see anything of that kind, I looked at the address and thought of a mistake, because the Piazza is far to small to harbour a couple of hundred buildings. So "no. 340 b" seemed a bit unlikely.
What you want to look for is a massive iron door underneath a yellow B&B sign in the southeastern corner of the Piazza, opposite the church in that corner (there are 2 other churches in sight).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B La Storia Di Napoli is located just 1 km from the historic centre of Naples, and 200 metres from the coast and its harbour. It offers free Wi-Fi and comfortable rooms with a private bathroom. All rooms feature a classic style and are elegantly decorated. Each is air conditioned and provided with a satellite TV. Rooms also boast a private balcony with views of the S. Eligio Maggiore Church. Breakfast at the Storia Di Napoli B&B can be enjoyed directly in your own bedroom, and in the summer on the rooftop terrace. It includes cappuccino or coffee, together with fresh pastries and croissants. Porta Nolana Metro Station with its connections to most of the city’s sites, is just a 2-minute walk from the property. Naples Capodichino Airport is a 20-minute drive away. Service of the B&B La Storiadi Napoli: Public Parking; Private Parking at price of 10 euros at day; Service of Chauffeur from Aeroporto, Stazione Central, Airport, at low cost; Service of Chauffeur to see the very city of Naples. ... more less
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