The mostly glowing reviews on this site led us to choose this hotel for our 3 day stay in Naples. The location is pretty much ideal for travelling around the area (Pompeii, Ercolano, Sorrento) as it is very close to Napoli Centrale and P.zza Garibaldi stations. A 5 minute walk along the southern side of the (still under construction) metro station in the piazza gets you to the hotel. The area seems to have a bad reputation, likely due to street vendors and some sketchy-looking people about, but we found this to be mostly concentrated in front of the station and the northern side of the piazza. Never felt uncomfortable on the walk to the hotel as there are restaurants and cafes about (some are very cheap! 3 euro for a pizza!); however it does always pay to be cautious.
The hotel itself is just off one of the side streets here. Note that the signs don't necessarily say 'Hotel CineHoliday', some say 'Hotel Holiday' (the big one on the side of the building!). It is located on the first floor here, you can buzz to get in to reception. Staff were mostly nice and friendly; our limited Italiano was not a problem, staff spoke English just fine. The place seemed in very good shape, and everything was kept very clean. We were given a NY cinema-themed room (posters on the wall basically) which was actually very spacious!
The beds (surprisingly) were very comfortable, some of the better hotel beds we've had. Room was air-conditioned, which worked well (too well in fact!). Our room's window faced the courtyard behind the hotel, and apart from some restaurant noise across the way was very quiet! The street itself was also fairly quiet so I doubt noise would be a major issue for the other rooms.
Now, the only real negative to list here was the shower in our room. The rest of the bathroom facilities were perfectly adequate (toilet, sink, bidet), but the shower was not fantastic. Water did get hot just fine, but at the expense of some pressure. It did not drain perfectly well either, leaving you in a pool once you were finished. Honestly, it could have been much worse.
Breakfast was included, which is always a plus. Fairly simple, as with most hotels like this; croissants, yogurt, cereal, some sliced meat and cheese. The staff will make you an espresso, cappucino, or whatever to go with it. Definitely a good way to start a long day of climbing over ruins and walking into traffic.
All in all, this was a great base of operations for seeing Naples and the surrounding areas without breaking the bank.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first hotel of the city all dedicated to the cinema's world! You can choose between 14 rooms such as Marilyn Monroe Room, Nouvelle Vague Room, Dolce Vita Room, Audrey Hepburn Room, Vintage 70's Room, Diva's Hollywood Room and many others. We are located a few steps far from Railway Central Station, Port and main public transports of the city. ... more less
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