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Buy a Campania Art e card
We were lucky enough to be given one of these by our hotel (Piazza Bellini) but it would have been good value to pay the price, currently €13 for 3 days Naples + Campi Flegri or €25 for 3 days all sites (includes Pompeii etc, entry fee to Pompeii alone €11).
The system is rather hard to understand and might repay study of their website before you go (English available). Briefly it covers two free sight entries plus up to 50% off further sites. PLUS there is a travel card for most of the transport within the region.
DO NOT BUY A CARD IF YOU ARE OVER 65 , most sites in the region will let you in free with ID, passport photocopy would suffice.
Wonderful hotel, good value
My wife and I had a very pleasant three-night stay at Hotel Piazza Bellini in late November 2007. We found our room to be functional, spacious and visually appealing; the artwork that others have mentioned adds to the appeal. From my experience, the breakfast (a buffet consisting of croissants and various spreads, yogurt, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk and juices) is better than many other hotels in Italy of its class/price range, but it could be improved by offering some cheeses, for example. The staff were friendly and eager to provide recommendations and assistance upon request. I had no problems using the high-speed internet connection in the room. As for the TV, I think that there’s only one English-language news channel, but that was fine for us since we were trying to practice our Italian anyway. I did not try to use the parking, so I can’t speak to that, but we found the hotel’s location to be convenient (it’s very close to the Archeology Museum and Piazza Dante, for example) and perfectly safe by Naples’ standards. (On a separate note, visitors to Napoli are well advised to spend as little time as possible around the train station after dark due to the sketchy characters in the area.) A couple of minor quibbles: (i) there wasn’t that much natural light in our room, but perhaps some rooms will have windows facing the street when the fifty-room expansion is complete; and (ii) guests should bear in mind that rooms are situated in various places within the building, so if you’re arriving with others in your party you may want to leave your travel mates in the courtyard with the bulk of the luggage while you go up to the reception to check in (along with everyone’s passports) in order to avoid having to go back downstairs and then up to your room with luggage. A tip for Naples in general: if you’re taking a taxi to the train station or airport with luggage, make sure to confirm that your rate is all-inclusive, otherwise you may end up having to haggle with the taxi driver over additional charges. In sum we had a very positive experience and indeed hope to return for another stay in the near future, but it’s worth noting that the hotel and location is probably most well-suited for younger (or at least young at heart) travelers.
Frankly, this hotel is a joke. It is at best worth 2 stars – many of the claimed features do not exist. The air conditioning is asthmatic, the breakfast is smaller than those on aeroplane, the parking is twenty minutes’ walk through a dangerous part of town to a dodgy garage which is extortionate and the “English Rooms” are in a separate part of the building. You have to buzz for access at any time of day or night, then discover that the staircase for your room isn’t open so you have to go downstairs, across the courtyard, and upstairs to the reception then back again to get in! The whole hotel is basically a few apartments in a building but the location, though central, is not pleasant – lots of tramps and drunks around, even on a Sunday afternoon. I would never stay here again, no matter what the price, and we left after one night (having booked three) to find somewhere else.
Love Piazza Bellini
The Hotel was a short walk from the Metro and not difficult to get to.
The place was like new. Everything was superclean and neat. We enjoyed
the computer and free internet access. The people were amazing, very nice and very helpful. I will definately go back. We walk a lot and we
were able to walk many places that we wanted to go to. The only problem was they told us the taxi was going to be 16 Euro but the taxi
driver us didn't pay much attention when I said 16 euro when we got into the taxi but then demanded 25 Euro when we were getting out. Because of the hour and no one around after some disagreement we ended
up paying, I hear that the taxi's do this when they can get away with it. That was the only and I really do mean the only thing that was disapointing, everything else was perfect. They are going to have a lot more rooms in the future. Great place
Loved the Piazza Bellini
i stayed at the Piazza Bellini with two other women, each of us singles in a double room. this hotel is a keeper! Our stay was perfect. The location was great; right in the center of Naples about two blocks from the archeology museum. Our rooms were huge, beautiful and pristine. The breakfast was great. The service was superb. The young people at the front desk spoke beautiful english, were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. The only drawback is that while there is an elavator, steps are unavoidable.
Good value hotel in excellent location
We had a three night stay in late November 07 and the Piazza Bellini lived up to positives other reviewers have noted - large clean quiet comfortable well-equipped rooms, and helpful staff. Breakfast is OK (though no more than that) but at this price we weren't complaining.
The name "Hotel Bellini" makes the place sound much grander than it is. It's a first-floor B+B, good of its kind, but not a luxurious place with public rooms where you might want to spend a lot of time. Probably not a good place if you have mobility problems or lots of luggage (lots of stairs). But for what it is, it's well-designed and great value. As some have noted it's quite hard to find - we arrived after dark and wouldn't have spotted the small banner high up above the intercom outside the big green door had our taxi driver not pointed it out.
The location is great - we walked to most places we wanted to see and there were good bus/metro links for the rest. We never felt in the slightest threatened when walking at night - there are lots of places in London (where we live) scarier than this. The Neapolitan obsession with fly-posting and daubing graffitti on every vertical surface may make it look more threatening than it really is.
Naples itself is astonishing: raucous, operatic, grimy, vibrant, cartoony, smelly, careless, decaying, warm-hearted, and with more history than it knows what to do with. Late November was a good time to go - we were lucky with the weather, there were hardly any other tourists, and the street stalls were full of wonderful Christmas tat. I have extremely basically Italian but it definitely helped in getting around, and ordering food. Not at all a relaxing place, but one that blasts away mundane cares and leaves you feeling braced and more alive.
We strongly recommend the walking tours in the Lonely Planet guidebook.
Good choice for Naples
The hotel is hard to find (typical for Naples) but in an excellent location near the Archeaological Museum. and across the way from Piazza Bellini, which has a nice cafe/small publishing business (Intermoenia). The exterior door to the hotel enters an interior courtyard with the reception up a flight to the left. Rooms are on the left and right and up at least one level. Although there is a small elevator, the hotel is not recommended for those who have difficulty with stairs.
The room we had was modern. By European standards, it was large and comfortable, with a large bathroom as well. Our room was not quiet, but not horribly noisy either. The staff, mostly young people, were friendly and helpful. An "expanded" continental breakfast was served which was perfectly adequate, and their was free internet on site as well. Overall, an excellent refuge from the challenges of Naples.
Note: We noticed some construction during the day, and the staff indicated that the hotel. Potential guests might inquire about the status of the renovations and the possible impact on their stay. We had no difficulty.
Good bet for a hotel near Archaeologcal Museum
We stayed two nights Christmas week. Chose this hotel because it is a 5 minute walk to the National Archaeological museum that houses many of the best artifacts from Pompeii. Our main reason for coming to Naples was to see Pompeii as well as the artifacts that are in the museum. The hotel is NOT easy to locate--we knew that when we booked it several months ago but then forgot. So we struggled with our taxi driver who wanted to leave us in the piazza to fend for ourselves--but when we insisted he telephoned the hotel and they explained where it was. In retrospect it would not have beedn that hard to find except that we arrived in pouring rain and there is only a tiny sign outside the door. If you stay here be sure to ask for a room on the main side of the hotel near the breakfast room. We stayed across the courtyard which was somewhat inconvenient--no elevator on that side though rooms are only one flight up. Also, they ask you to leave your key so when you come home they have to buzz you in, you have yo go up one level to collect your key (elevator available on that side of the courtyard), then you have to go down one floor, across the small courtyard and up again and get buzzed in again before getting to your room. One we got used to it it was only a minor inconvenience. But the first day was a holiday and the person on front desk duty was not very helpful and we were waiting in the cold to get buzzed in. Also, the room heater did not work well even though we had it on full blast. I asled for an extra blanket and they brought one to the room.
Other than these couple of inconveniences--which I describe in detail to help fellow travelers get a complete picture--the stay at this hotel was very positive. It is a new property, very clean and the staff was very attentive and professional. They arranged a tour for us to Pompeii and Vesuvius. At one point we were stuck in Pompeii and the driver who was supposed to pick us up to take us to Vesuvius was not there at the stated time--we had no telephone number to call except the hotel. So we called Bellini and they called the tour agency for us. The driver showed up 10 minutes later and Bellini called my cell phone to make sure we were okay!! That was very nice of them--they took personal responsibility.
Breakfasts were delicious--if you stay here try the brown breakfast rolls made with anise. Very exotic. Also, the coffee here was the best on this trip.
If we came back I would probably try to stay in Pompeii instead of Naples if I could get a reasonable hotel rate. We were here in winter and as I said mainly interested in the museum--and the rates at this hotel were so good, we paid ~80 Euros/night, including breakfast for 2 people, which is excellent value for what we got. Travel from Naples to Pompeii was easy--one day we took a tour that left from a bigger hotel and the second day we took a taxi to the train station and then an easy train ride on the Circumvesuviana line.
This hotel was exceptional, particularly at the price.
Lovely and loving renovation of old, old building. Room are large with high ceilings, lovely bathrooms and all expected amenities including t.v., computer, minibar, good breakfast. The staff is young, professional and eager to please. I would recommend this without reservation.
One of Italy's Best Hotels Under 100 Euros
This hotel is a lot of fun. It's a fairly new hotel and the management team is doing a fantastic job. They were very helpful and friendly. The rooms were very large, new, well designed and spotless clean. Showers were huge, new and very clean. Very modern look to this hotel. The hotel offered free internet in a common area. The location was perfect for visiting Naples treasures. The Piazza Bellini had a good vibe and we would stay here again in a heartbeat.
We had a car in Naples and this was a difficult location from that perspective. Parking at the off-site garage is a kilometer away and costs 20 euros a night. This was the least fun part of Naples.