We stayed five nights at the Vesuvio in Naples in early September as part of our trip to Sorrento/Amalfi Coast. It proved to be a perfect base for our time in Naples. The hotel is excellent, from the knowledgeable and helpful staff to the fantastic roof top restaurant. It is beautifully decorated and up to date. Breakfast was excellent and the work out facility was adequate. Both were included with our room rate along with serviceable Wi-Fi. We had a seaview room with a breathtaking view of the Castel d'Ovo and Bay of Naples (Mt. Vesuvio, Sorrento Peninsula, etc.). The room was clean and spacious with comfortable bed, two-vanity bathroom and sitting area. The Vesuvio is in a nice, safe area of Naples. We felt very comfortable taking the 15-minute walk to the royal area (Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace, etc.) and there was no problem strolling in the evening in the area of the hotel. There is a lot of activity around the Castel d'Ovo and the noise from revelers at night can be a bit annoying, but certainly tolerable. We used taxis a lot to get to sights and restaurants and fares seemed reasonable, averaging 8 to 10 Euros one way for most trips. We do recommend you get a quote for your trip before entering the cab. We recommend the Vesuvio highly. It is a much better deal for the money than comparable hotels in Sorrento (booking for 5 nights helped). We also highly recommend spending several days in Naples as part of a trip to Sorrento/Amafi coast. At first we had planned to stay only a night or two in Naples, but the more we read about the City the more we felt we needed to set aside more time to it as part of our 12 day trip to the area. The city is a little gritty in places with graffiti, litter and ever-present motor scooters zipping in and out of traffic, but there are sights in Naples that are not to be missed: National Archeological Museum, Capodimonte Museum, San Martino Convent, churches along the Spaccanapoli, San Gennero catacombs, the royal area, just to name the major ones. Also, we enjoyed excellent restaurants recommended by the hotel and the pizza is everywhere and awesome! We were sorry to leave Naples and the Vesuvio. A final note: for one of our days in Naples, we had an excellent guide, Fiorella, who was arranged for us through Hugo Somma's guide/driver service (which we recommend - Ugo Somma <firstname.lastname@example.org>). Fiorella is a charming, knowledgeable woman (she has written an excellent travel guide for Naples) and helped make our stay in Naples a time to remember.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right on the seafront, the prestigious Grand Hotel Vesuvio overlooks the Gulf of Naples, the island of Capri and Mount Vesuvius. These views can be admired from its rooftop restaurant.Rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated. All air-conditioned, they also feature a minibar and a TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels. Some have a balcony with sea views.Caruso Roof Garden Restaurant on the 9th floor offers fine Regional cuisine and panoramic views across the Mediterranean Sea (closed from 12-25 August, 2013). Reservations are mandatory.The hotel is opposite the Castel dell'Ovo in the historic quarter of Santa Lucia. The port for boats to Capri, Sardinia and other destinations is 15 minutes' walk away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Naples