This was my second time at the Casa Mira Napoli. It is one of the reasons I returned to Naples, as I had such a pleasant stay last year. Each time I came for a week's holiday, but now (I am a writer) I am considering going back for a week to use it as a place to write, as it is so inspirational and relaxing. And as I said, the view is incredible.
It is on the 10th floor, which means you get to use the old fashioned lift. There are just four rooms, all leading into a central dining room and each guest is independent, yet Alessandra is always on hand next door, if you need anything. Something wonderful is always on the stove there and sends you scurrying downstairs to the myriad trattorias to discover the endless culinary delights of Naples.
At Casa Mira Napoli the service (they will even pick you up at the airport or stazione), the fully stocked fridge, the sumptuous breakfast, the ambience and the mod cons, i.e. full air-conditioning, Sky TV, comfortable beds, great showers, internet, coffee machine etc is impeccable and the warmth and friendliness of the hostesses Gina and Alessandra is like sunshine. The location is also perfect for getting around, for Mira Casa Napoli is located in the musical sounding area of Mergelina.
Two of the rooms overlook the bay of Naples and many evenings I walked along it imbibing the beauty of the sea air, the life of the local families out for walks and wound up at Ciros for their famous gelato! I have also taken boat trips to Capri and Sorrento and Amalfi from there.
The other two rooms (with their own terrace!) overlook the fabulous Via Giordano Bruno, which in itself is a fascinating street, packed with tiny bakeries and patisseries, salumeria -- where they sell only cured meats, cafés, restaurants, bars as well as a supermarket, shoe shops, fashion shops, lots of banks, stalls selling cheap handbags and dresses you name it!
A little further down and to the right is an amazing fruit,veg and clothes market, full of boisterous friendly traders shouting their wares, selling punnets of ripe wild strawberries, cherries, apricots as well as beans,zuccini flowers,varieties of plump red pomodori! As you walk on, reeling with the sounds and smells, you reach the zenith of pleasure: Nonna Anna, which is a tiny canteen where freshly cooked pasta, beans, meats, seafood is served daily strictly between 12-3 to a variety of punters. Market traders jostle shoulders with manual workers, shopkeepers, local writers, media people, boat captains, itinerants, families and well, just about anybody! I want to say ‘all of Naples is here’ but of course there is much more, but it is only a walk away!
Fifteen minutes the other way from Casa Mira Napoli is the magnificent Piazza del Plebiscito and ofcourse the famous Grimbus cafe, and then the myriad streets of pizzerias and trattorias, ice cream parlours and these teeming streets are flanked by those tiny streets Napoli is famous for, narrow with washing swaying in the breeze.
From my terrace in Casa Mira Napoli i saw all these moments of Naples, as the lights came on in the houses far away as the sun set. High above the hurly burly you feel transported into a privileged magical world, and for a brief period you can imagine you are living in your own casa, in Napoli, on your own terrace with atmospheric lighting, with a comfortable easy chair and as the perfume of jasmine reaches your senses you feel convinced that all is well with the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our nice B&B is a Penthose in the center of Naples in the best and quitest part of the town Very silent house. It offers a spectacular view of the city. Location ideal:it is close lo the istorical center of Naples,within an easy walk to Naples Bay,the train station ,bus stops ,and the subway system. It is close to Usa Consulate. It is close to Mediterranea Clinic Queen-Size beds , or french bed rooms . Safe boxes Hair driver WIFI free Air conditioning and heating Full bathroom with shower. In the living room : Refrigerator kitchenette Coffe machine Boiler for tea Pc and printer Maps books Guarded garage Transfer to and from station or airport ( extra ) Touristic guides Tours ... more less
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