Where to Stay in Naples
From luxury hotels to B&Bs, our expert reviews accommodations by neighborhood.
It’s not hard to find accommodations in Naples, the options ranging from chain hotels with generic furnishings to the traditional Neapolitan luxury or classic hotels. Additionally, in the last decade a small but steady flow of boutique, design or luxury hotels have opened for business, and a stream of sumptuous and quirky bed and breakfasts have sprung up in historic palazzi all over town. Here’s a sampling of accommodations in Naples, arranged by neighborhoods.
Very broadly speaking, Chiaia is a chic, smart neighborhood filled with pleasant restaurants, cafés and pedestrianized areas; the Historic Center (or Centro Storico) is the part of town with the most character, featuring small alleys, historic churches and beautiful piazzas; the Port is a rather busy and gritty area west of the main station and due for a well-earned facelift; Vomero is a largely residential neighborhood built on a hill overlooking town and has posh houses, museums and a large shopping district; and Posillipo is a rich neighborhood located along and above the coast road southwest of the city.
Micalò (Riviera di Chiaia 88, tel. +39-081-7617131, www.micalo.it) is an oasis of stylish design, cosmopolitanism and luxuriant peacefulness on the second floor of a 17th-century residential palazzo just minutes from the city’s designer shopping area and the waterfront.
The hotel’s nine rooms and breakfast area are made of local and southern Italian materials and feature a great deal of earthy marble, stone, iron, leather and wood (the large decorative stones whimsically displayed in the rooms were collected by hand from local beaches). Owner Michelle Lowe has lined the walls of the rooms and halls with artworks by up-and-coming Neapolitan artists. Rooms four and five have sea views.
Much less charming, but with good value for your money and in a great location, is the MH Design Hotel (Via Chiaia 245, tel. +39-081-19571576, www.mhhotel.it), opened by four brothers in 2004. Set on the pedestrian Via Chiaia, just 164 feet from the magnificent Piazza del Plebiscito, the 20 rooms follow a minimal chic aesthetic and there is a distinct lack of communal areas in which to chill out.
Deep in the residential heart of the well-heeled Chiaia district is the very popular Pinto Storey (Via G. Martucci 72, tel. +39-081-681260, www.pintostorey.it). The old-fashioned pensione (opened by a British couple in 1878) is located on the 4th and 5th floors of an elegant late 19th-century palazzo with grand marble staircases.
The airy and comfortable rooms are decorated with wrought-iron bedsteads, oriental rugs, old prints of the city, and offer views of the bay or picturesque views of a nearby piazza. Lastly, the well-located Riviera 281 (Riviera di Chiaia 281, tel. +39-081-7641427, www.riviera281.it), which offers three rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a memorable veranda with a view.
On the leafy Via S Maria di Costantinopoli, a short walk from the city’s literary cafes on Piazza Bellini, a couple of hotels are worth considering. The first is the charmingly appointed Costantinopoli 104 (Via S. Maria di Costantinopoli 104, tel. +39-081-5571035, www.costantinopoli104.com), a haven of green and tranquility in the heart of historic Naples (not far from the city’s famed National Archaeological Museum). The hotel’s 18 rooms and suites look out on a delightful palm-shaded garden and small pool or a sun terrace upstairs.
Another option is the small but refined Belle Arti Resort (Via S Maria di Costantinopoli 27, tel. +39-081-5571062, www.belleartiresort.com) offers rooms in a late 17th-century building.
For a more homey experience, Tribù (Via dei Tribunali 339, tel. +39-081-454793, www.tribunapoli.com), in the heart of the historic center, this small and quirky B&B is filled with art objects, furniture made from reclaimed wood, and a colorful dining area and balcony.
Conceived to resemble a mid-19th-century aristocratic home, the Art Resort Galleria Umberto (Galleria Umberto I 84, tel. +39-081-4976224, www.artresortgalleriaumberto.it) is located, as the name suggests, at the top of the late 19th-century Galleria Umberto [read more about Top Naples Attractions] and affords spectacular views of the glass roof and elegant tilework below from many of the 16 rooms and breakfast area.
Minimal or subdued are not words you would ever use when talking of this hotel; baroque over-decoration and eclectic collection of objets d’art displayed in the communal areas make it a unique experience.
The most striking new opening is Hotel Romeo (Via Cristoforo Colombo 45, tel. +39-081-0175, www.romeohotel.it), a glass-fronted five-star hotel renovated by Paul Tange (son of world-famous Japanese architect Kenzo). It has an unusual waterfront location opposite the city’s main port and opened in January 2009. It boasts plenty of modern art and design pieces in its communal areas and 85 rooms, a rooftop pool (with an amazing view of the port), a heavenly spa, an atmospheric sushi bar [read more about Drinks and Dining in Naples], and a glamorous rooftop restaurant.
A more traditional but nevertheless outstanding lodging option in Naples is the Hotel San Francesco al Monte (Corso Vittorio Emanuele 328, tel. +39-081-4239111, www.hotelsanfrancesco.it), a tasteful conversion of a former 16th-century convent located high up on the Vomero hill.
The interiors still feature the vaulted ceilings, frescoes, old refectory and chapel of the original building; the rooms have been modeled out of the Franciscan monks’ former quarters and offer stunning panoramic vistas. The top floor has a swimming pool (carved out of the local tufo rock), a bar, a hot whirlpool bath nestled in a grotto and a massive garden with walkways, a vineyard, fruit trees and a lush pergola.
Nestled in the leafy and super-posh neighborhood of Posillipo, west of the center, Villa Marechiaro (Via Santo Strato 4, tel. +39-081-2403420, www.villamarechiaro.it) is a glamorous furnished villa offering luxury accommodations for groups and families (it sleeps up to eight in the main house and two to four in the renovated outdoor annex).
The house belonged to the grandfather of owners Fiorenza and Marika Cafiero and still features a lot of the original furnishings and paintings, but the sisters have added modern amenities such as air-conditioning, plasma TVs, a gym, a sauna and renovated floors in beautiful royal blue patterned ceramic tiles made exclusively for the Villa by historic family-run Neapolitan ceramics firm Fratelli Stingo. Film and advertising crews have shot here and director Wim Wenders and actor John Turturro have stayed here and made good use of the outdoor terrace, the various living rooms and the idyllic pool.
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