After a long day of travelling from Viareggio to Naples by almost every mode of transportation known to man, we made it to the B&B Orsini 46 and called their number to advise them of our arrival.
We were greeted by our lovely host, Manuela, who explained that she was suffering from a headache, but who then graciously spent the next hour (along with her husband, Gabriele, who joined us later) advising us on places to see, places to eat (and where NOT to eat), potential plans if the weather was good, or bad, and, of course, where to get the BEST babà, sfogliatelle, and pizza. She marked everything down on a map of the city for us.
This, of course, does not mean that the B&B itself was not spectacular. If the hosts were the epitome of what you would expect from a B&B-teur (if I may) then the B&B itself was the epitome of the place you would want to lay your head at night.
Our room, the Ischia, was very spacious, bright, tastefully decorated, and CLEAN. We had initially thought to bring our daughter (at the last minute my in-laws asked to keep her for the two nights so we could get some time away) and a single bed had been made beside the queen size with matching bedding. I don’t know about you, but these touches matter to me. If anything, I like consistency!
The bathroom had a lovely, large, shower with rainfall head that heated quickly and lots of counter space for my various beauty ‘necessities’.
In the morning, we were awakened by a soft knock at the door with our breakfast.
Manuela had told us to leave a sticky note on the door at night with the time we would like our breakfast to be delivered in the morning.
The tray that was brought in was a breakfast dream come true.
Hot coffee with steamed milk, pre-measured cereal in bowls, an assortment of fresh fruit, two brioches, yogurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, and an assortment of crackers. Of course, there were tea cups and a variety of teas, but, well, I couldn’t have cared less. I need my coffee in the mornings!
The tray itself was decorated just as tastefully as the rest of the room, the tablecloth that was provided matched the colors of the room. Now, I don’t know if this is done on purpose, but if it is – wow!
We ate our breakfast leisurely and marvelled at the service. This was the first time either of us had had such service and I don’t think either of us had felt so relaxed for AGES.
After a breakfast like this, we were ready to start our day.
The B&B is centrally located in the Santa Lucia area and if you can’t reach most of the major sites by foot, you are extremely close to public transportation hubs. In the 2 days that we were in Napoli, we were not once burdened by our location. It was a pleasure to walk past the church, San Francesco di Paola, each day and to take in the everyday scene of Napoli – kids racing past on motorinos, wildly gesticulating people having passionate arguments about politics (or maybe just coffee), or stylish men and women setting the fashion trend for the rest of us.
Our experience at the B&B Orsini 46 exceeded our expectations and now, aside from having a new place to stay when we visit Napoli, we have two more friends.
It is hard to pinpoint just one thing that makes the B&B Orsini 46 so amazing. Manuela and Gabriele were absolutely delightful, gave us personalized advice on where to eat, things to see, and/or avoid, and were funny to boot. The B&B itself was clean, comfortable, relaxing, and close to EVERYTHING.
For me though, what stands out as the best thing about B&B Orsini 46 is the map that Manuela marked up for us with every great restaurant (the ones the locals go too) and sight to see. I did not expect that! We can use the map the next time we go back to continue exploring Napoli!
Very friendly small hotel in a great location,airport bus maybe 10 minutes walk away and lots of bars and restaurants close.
Large and comfy ensuite for us with a nice view from the balcony. Decent breakfast included in the very reasonable price.
Enjoyed our short visit here and very happy to return one day.
We payed 99 euros for a it tiny room and minuscule bathroom. There is Wifi but it goes on and off. They call it Hotel but there is no reception after 8 and it's not there for most of the day anyway. Provided breakfast consists mainly of sweet cakes. The "queen" bed is merely two stiff twins together and the other "bed" is a rock hard leather sofa. The shower is open and so you have to put towels of the floor to prevent it from getting the whole bathroom soaked. Not recommend because it is too expensive for whats given unless you really like what I have described.
Ocean front (no view), 1 provided computer, owner is a really nice guy and ask him where to eat because he knows where there is great food. Nothing else.
Pleasant stay in a real palace. Even if the bathroom would benefit from an upgrade and contrasts with the opulency of the sleeping room. The breakfast hall with mirrors and frescoes is just gorgeous...
The palace was designed by the architect Vanvitelli, who designed the royal palace at Caserta. And it would seem that Garibaldi was a guest of his hotel...
Youth Hostel Mergellina is a 2 minute walk from the metro station, up a steep road. It's reasonably priced but the staff aren't the frendliest and there is a 5 hour lock-out, although you do get a reasonable breakfast.
It is situated in an old building at the Northwestern corner of the square outside central railway station.
The surrounding was indeed a chaotic, dirty place, and usually not very safe. But the room was spacial, facility was acceptable, and more important, transporting to most part of Naples bay from train station was convenient.
Late September, EUR 60 per night for a double room. Book online beforehand
Villa Marialuisa is a great Villa in the heart of Forio d'Ischia -one of most beautifull place of Ischia - surrounded by a lush Mediterranean Garden with lemon, orange, mandarin, palm trees and english garden.
The Villa offers recently-restructured independent Apartments with a garden and all comforts.
Together with the features of the accommodation, from Forio’s Port (at 100 meters) there is every day trip for Capri, Naples, Amalfi, Sorrento, Pompeii, Positano, Vesuvio, Procida Island, Royal Palace of Caserta.
The charming village of Forio Of Ischia with its many restaurants where it’s possible taste some tipycal food, bar, pubs, delicatessen shops, is only five minutes at walk from Villa .
The most beautifull Beaches of Island and the most important Thermal garden (Poseidon and Negombo) are near Villa.
We have spent a splendid vacation in the chalet of the villa, it's characteristic and has the beautiful view on the garden. The Villa is right in the center and we move on foot, even if there is an optimal service of bus! We have visited "villa the Mortella" one splendid garden of English property with president Charles of England, the magnificent "church of the Soccorso" and its only sunsets, the romantic "sant' angel", a little Capri. The villa is close at all we go on foot for the characteristic ways of the island, in little time we arrive to all beaches, particularly at the "bay of citara" where is a place unique at world "poseidon thermal garden", with over 20 hot water swimming pools, the thermal water of Ischia is wonderful and perhaps it true that has divine virtues; we have visited the "bay of sorgeto" where are free hot water sources without to pay. Truly beautiful. Two times we have taken the boat that departure from the port close the villa and have gone to Capri for a complete day, the second time to Positano and Amalfi, two beautiful days, it is incredible as many places can be seen beautiful without never to take the car and walking always on foot. The owner Mr.Mimmois very hospitable, has advised to an optimal Pizzeria in the center "La strambata" where we have eaten a delicious napoletan pizza, restaurant "ciccio" on the port, reccomend the "linguine of Ciccio", has offered an optimal "wine novello ischitano" Think that we will come back every year and perhaps in October of this year, we are not visit to see all the island, and the thermal baths have made me truly well, i'm resurected. Ischia in May is wonderful and has excellent quality of life, has the quality of a lively place.Our enthusiasm for Ischia seems to be infectuous. We now have friends that are looking into going
Well, first you have to be a member of the military, but if you are and you need a place to go and feel at ease from the seediness of Naples and pickpockets and thieves it's a great place to go. One important thing to mention because my father got mugged minutes after getting off the bus in naples. If you are travelling with anyone that is a diabetic the american version of INSULIN called LANTASE is not available in Italian pharmacies so this could be your only chance to get replacement insulin if you get mugged or just lose it. WATCH YOUR WALLETS -- even in your front jeans pockets guys. THEY ARE "THAT" GOOD.
Just a great clean place to relax, do laundry, catch an american movie and dinner, even rent a dvd from downstairs and just write postcards for a night. :-) oh yeah, its pretty cheap too. Like 40 to 60 a night.
We speak Italian so phoned and negotiated 9 nights double B+B for 45 Euros/night. Confirmed by fax. Arrived and told breakfast no longer available! We got ours down the street for 3 Euros each. No hot water in room. Shower was communal and bad. Broken light in room would always be fixed 'tomorrow'. Row about price when we left as we deducted the money we spent outside on breakfasts. Told the woman to call the police.
We got a quiet room onto coutyard and refused to move when told other guests had reserved the room months before us. Some rooms noisy onto Via Dei Tribunali.
Leaks into corridor when rains.
I stayed in a small Bed & Breakfast with no breakfast and separate showers / toilets at 45 euros for two persons in a double room at the Pensione Miraglia which is a small home run by an old couple and very clean and cosy atmosphere on the second floor of a building just opposite a church in the art and church district of Naples!!! The Tel / Fax number is +039 081 455382. Not too far from the station (about 15 minutes walk).
Nice little cozy room and a balcony with a beautiful view of the churches in the neighbourhood!!! Separate showers and toilets but not too inconvenient!!! Only disadvantage was there was no breakfast in the Bed & Breakfast!!! Not even a cup of tea or coffee!!! HAHAHA!!!
Find a place with a great view, since Naples is nearly all coastal volcanoes this shouldn't be difficult. This palc
I stayed in an apartment on the second floor of a little three-storeyed house in the coastal province of Bacoli. Bustling in the day and tranquil in the evening, the district is a pretty and rustic location that is absolutely charming. I fell in love with it the first day I arrived. Living in a 'guesthouse' turned out to be a bonus. Cooking all the wonderful stuff I'd gotten from the fascinating Napolitan supermarkets and markets (the sausages and hams are a must) every other day, rubbish in the backyard, dogs lying in the sun, my motherly proprietress' two bambini yelling upstairs every morning, a very cosy bathroom with pretty white mosaic tiles, slanted ceiling and a low, long window that let in the morning sun, making espresso in the mornings on the old gas stove...At the end of each exhausting day, I felt like I had come home.
SPLENDID (***): Located in a quiet street in a residential part of Naples, the Splendid offers something rae in Naples - tranquillity! All double bedded rooms have a superb view of the coast road leading through the Phlegraean Fields. Car parking facilities are available.
ITL195,000-200,000 (incl breakfast)
EXCELSIOR (****): The monumental entrance provides a taste of what to expect inside, a luxurious Belle Epoque setting of mirrors, marble, columns and chandeliers. Many famous guests have stayed at the Excelsior. The elegant rooms are traditionally furnished and decorated, and overlook one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.
ITL420,000 (without view) to ITL470,000 (with view, incl breakfast).
If money is no object and it's pure luxury you're after this has to be Naples number one hotel.
MAJESTIC (****): The Majestic is in a smart district, and is therefore well situated for shoppers. Along with the Excelsior and Vesuvio, the Majestic is part os the Prestige Hotel chain. It's the least expensive and most modern of the three. All rooms above the 6th floor have a marvellous view.
ITL270,000 (with or without view, incl breakfast).
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