The entrance to Hotel Bellini is a non-obvious large arch near the plaza of the same name. You enter through an open air lobby that is one of the best parts of the hotel. The front staff is friendly, helpful, efficient, and speaks perfect English.
The charm ends on the first floor, and the room was clean, quiet, and new, though a stark undecorated cell with two small high windows, plastic furniture, and an acceptably comfortable large bed. This was a non-smoking room which is a real plus. The bathroom was also modern, two tubes of shampoo/body wash, larger towels, and very clean.
Wireless (free) is only available on the first floor, so there were many college girls hanging out their first floor windows with their laptops trying to pick up the signal. If you travel with your own LAN cable (I do) you can connect in your room.
I had more trouble with this hotel than most. I had paid a higher rate for a room with a balcony on the street, but it was not available and they blamed Hotels.com for not telling them (though clearly spelled out in my reservation print out), and no offer for a refund. One trip down to “activate” the air conditioning, a second trip down to “turn it on”, and a third to get the internet password.
The breakfast is included in the rate, and is a very basic continental breakfast (juice [blood red orange juice was a nice touch], coffee, rolls) plus cheese, boiled eggs, and lunch meats. When leaving, there was a mysterious additional 4 euros “city tax” which was not included in the original payment.
To get to the hotel you can take the Napoli train station subway (platform 4) one stop to the Museo station and walk about 12 minutes to the hotel; do not forget to buy your ticket on the subway (1.20 euro) from the tobacco shop and validate it first. You can also walk from the hotel to the port for the ferries in 20 minutes (25 minutes uphill from the port).
This is a clean hotel, in the modern boutique-style, in a great location for walking around this very nice city. However, it is not a value place and lacks any local charm beyond the open air lobby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel, housed in a restored noble palace dating back to the end of 1500, reinterprets with fresh design this historical building to offer a unique experience blending antiquity and contemporary use of space. Sometimes the hotel hosts exhibitions and installations by emerging artists. The Hotel has 48 rooms on 6 floors. It is only a few steps from the most interesting places: the Archaeological Museum, San Severo Chapel, Duomo Cathedral, San Gregorio Armeno, Napoli underground, Santa Chiara complex with its majolica cloister. At the entrance a astonishing court with columns and a fountain with some 18th century busts where the vault rooms of the reception and the breakfast room give onto. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The Hotel as also 3 internet point near the reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Piazza Bellini Hotel
- Piazza Bellini Naples