We stayed at this location for 2 nights in October 2010. This review will be long, but suffice to say that we would recommend staying here so long as you have arranged for transportation.
The Rama is relatively new (2 years old) and has been designed with the business traveler in mind. The hotel is beautifully clean and modern with a large elevator (important if you have lots of luggage). The neighbourhood is new – all the buildings around were recently constructed and appear to be offices or condos. There is lots of free parking if you are travelling by car.
We stayed in a standard room. It was well designed with a large walk-in closet space to store luggage out of the way. There is also a large work space (desk) with internet access. In addition to a comfortable bed, the room featured an LCD TV (with a few English channels such as BBC World), a mini bar, a safe and an air conditioning unit with remote control. If one had to find a criticism, the bedside lamps could have used a higher wattage bulb to allow for easier reading in bed.
The 4 piece bathroom (toilet, sink, bidet and stand-up shower) was compact but well laid out – in addition to shelf space above the sink, there was a very large marble window sill that could be used to store additional cosmetics. A hair dryer was also provided.
The room featured a balcony with a café table and two chairs. The patio door was covered by a pair of sheers as well as a pair of drapes. Each sheer and each drape was mounted on its own track (4 tracks in all) which meant that the curtains not only met in the middle but could be overlapped, guaranteeing a perfectly blacked out room!
The breakfast that was included was typical of the area (coffees and sweet pastries) but probably not up to North American tastes. There was also juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, one type of cereal and bread with butter/preserves.
The front desk staff were helpful and, although they were not totally fluent in English, we had no problems communicating with them. The front lobby featured a computer for guest use – a great way to access one’s email.
We ate at the restaurant (Luna Rossa) both evenings and would highly recommend it. On the first night, they had fired up their pizza oven (we actually saw them bringing in the wood to stoke the fire), so we took the opportunity to try their house specialty. There are about 30 pizzas on the menu, so you are bound to find one that you like. The second evening, pizza was not available. We ordered from their regular menu and the food was excellent. The service both nights was friendly and efficient. So don’t let the décor throw you off (what is it with the bizarre red centerpieces that looked like they were left over from last Christmas?) and enjoy what is on your plate. It will not disappoint.
We chose the Rama because it appeared to be relatively close to the Naples airport without having to go into the city. We arrived at the Rama via a rental car from our previous location. We had our own GPS but it indicated that the hotel’s street address did not exist. Consequently, we had to use a lower house number on the same street. We ended up driving through alleys and farm lanes to get to the hotel but we eventually found it.
Our departure flight from the Naples airport was early in the morning and prior to the opening of the rental car agency. We checked out the walk from the car drop off point to the airport and it did not appear to be particularly safe if alone at 5am. So we decided to drop the car off the evening before and take a cab. When we got into the cab at the airport, we were told that because Casalnuovo was outside the Napoli city limits, the cab would have to charge twice the metered rate to take us to the hotel. Plus there is a 4 euro per person fee for airport pickup. (We checked this out and these airport rates were legitimate.) Interestingly, the cab’s GPS (a different make and model from our own) had the same problem locating the hotel. The cab ride back to the hotel was 40 euros.
In the morning, to catch our flight, we had the hotel call a local cab. He seemed to know his way around and we only drove on main streets and highways from Casalnuovo to the airport (no farm lanes or alleys). His charge was only 30 euros. Therefore, we would suggest that if you are using this hotel as a base close to the airport, have the hotel make arrangements to pick you up at the airport upon arrival instead of taking an airport taxi.
Finally, we found that pictures on the hotel’s website http://www.ramahotel.it/ are an accurate depiction.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rama Palace Hotel l is a 4 star superior hotel situated on the outskirts of Naples. A contemporary art forms, architectural choices innovative, surprising, unique. Signs that define ideal, comfortable, exclusive, born by harmony between the experience of the Group and the architect and Servillo Designer Vanni Servillo. A jewel for all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rama Palace Hotel Casalnuovo Di Napoli, Province Of Naples, Italy