We had a wonderful stay at Hotel San Francesco al Monte. Our room had a wonderful view of the city and the Bay of Naples. I really appreciated the location; the hotel is located in-between to funicular stops that bring you to the center of town (or up to some other great neighborhoods and Metro connections). The neighborhood felt very safe--even late at night--and there is a great restaurant just down the road.
And the food. The food! We only had one meal at the restaurant and it was great, but we were fortunate enough to be guests at a wedding held at the hotel. Wow! Everything we ate was remarkable. Antipasti, pasta, SEAFOOD...make sure to book at least one meal at the hotel. The only thing I didn't like was the house white wine, which was strange since you are in Italy and even cheap wine is usually pretty good. Stick to the red.
The hotel staff went out of their way to be helpful to throughout our stay, including working out prices with cabs ahead of time so we didn't get overcharged. The atmosphere could not be more charming...don't every corridor is a surprise including an old chapel and a delightful pool on the roof. The entire former monastery is built into a cliff and you really get a sense of how unique the building is. Keep in mind, this isn't an ultramodern hotel...that combined with the cliff means things can seem a bit old and damp, but we didn't run into any of the mustiness problems other reviewers have mentioned.
All in all, the hotel is a great home base in Naples (and jumping off point for seeing everything from Capri to Sorrento).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seemingly carved into a mountain side, a 16th century monastery once home to the monks of Barbanti (due to their flowing beards) is now home to a timeless retreat. Hotel San Francesco offers serene views over the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius ana Capri Island and easy access to the colourful Naples street life. ... more less
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