I stayed in this hotel at the beginning of October. My husband was on a business trip and I took the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Naples. It is in a very good location on the waterfront. We had a sea view and looked out over the castle and a small harbour. The road is very quiet as only taxis and the odd coach are allowed to go along there. There are two parts to the hotel - the part where the reception is and, through a glass corridor, a second section which seems to be used for conferences and the associated guests. We were staying in that part. The room was large with a desk, arm chairs, mini bar tv etc - all the things you would expect and a decent bathroom. The balcony was small, but big enough for two chairs. All in all, nothing out of the ordinary but perfectly adequate, comfortable and clean. I only ate breakfast in the hotel; it consisted of fresh fruit, cold meats, yogurts and an assortment of Italian sweet cakes. It was plentiful, though I suspect if I had stayed longer I may have become bored with the same selection on a daily basis. The pool closed for winter whilst we were there and even on the days it was open the weather wasn't conducive to sunbathing or swimming, so I cannot comment on it. The reception staff were efficient at check in/out but I cannot say it was service with a smile. I enquired about the hop on hop off sightseeing bus and after a shrug was told where I could buy a ticket for the local bus. I explained that it wasn't what I was after and was met with a blank stare. I gave up and walked to the port where I picked up the bus without a problem Also, I overheard someone enquire about a doctor and what it was likely to cost to call one out and he was simply told 'don't know' with no offer of help or display of concern. In short, don't expect overly helpful service! There are some areas with large sofas for relaxing and a small bar.There are lots of good restaurants both around the harbour and along the road - a pleasant stroll along by the sea wall and lovely to see the lights of the bay twinkling in the distance.
So, the hotel is in a good location, provides a decent breakfast, is clean, large and the rooms are perfectly good. It is not startlingly good nor does it have anything to especially recommend it, but, if you want a perfectly good hotel in a good location with a wide variety of restaurants within easy reach, then it could be the place for you.
A few points about Naples; the hop on hop off bus gives a good overview. It's worth jumping off at the catacombs as it is a fascinating tour but...... check tour times or, like me you could end up hanging around a while before it starts and after it ends. There is nothing else to do in the area so you just waste time. The Archaeological Museum is not terribly well organised and they seem to close rooms at random times but it's worth seeing for all the things from Pompeii and Herculaneum. I felt perfectly safe walking around Naples on my own, despite initial fears having read that it could be very dodgy! Use common sense and don't go down empty narrow side streets alone and keep bags firmly gripped and closed. The scooters should be your biggest fear....they appear from nowhere in places you wouldn't expect and don't slow down for anything or anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four stars for the Hotel Royal Continental, a hotel on the seafront promenade of Naples with a fascinating past, rebuilt in 1955 by Ferdinando Chiaromonte where once stood the Grand Hotel Royal des Etrangers . Today it is known as a structure of great prestige framed by the extraordinary beauty of the Bay of Naples. Large common areas , multiple meeting spaces , picturesque corners of relaxation, the Royal Continental sparkles elegantly with vintage charm thanks to the interiors designed by Gio Ponti , one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. The furniture too was designed by him combined with designs by young architects of his choice . All 397 rooms, of which most have large windows and a balcony facing the breathtaking view of the Gulf, are spacious and very bright. On the Floor Museum Gio Ponti you can stay in one of the 24 rooms with wooden furnishings and fixtures designed specifically for the Hotel by Ponti. Suspended furniture, three-drawer chests with feet, and magazine racks and lamps in satin brass integrated into headboards from briar have made the history of Italian design. In stunning New York style, the Roof on the tenth floor, from which the beautiful view of the ancient Borgo Marinari and the legendary Castel dell'Ovo can be enjoyed, presents the one of a kind sea-water pool designed by Gio Ponti, published in 1954 on the cover of Domus. Guests are offered the solarium, outdoor bar, Fitness Center, massages booked in advance and two exclusive restaurants with spectacular panoramic views that stretch from the Vesuvius to the hill of Posillipo and the island of Capri. Breakfast served by the sea, in addition to the buffet which offers freshly baked pastries by Hotel Royal Continental, including oven fresh Neapolitan sfogliatelle, pastry horns. Location of reference for events and meetings, the Royal Continental is a well known Conference Center of primary importance in the national scene. Equipped with the most modern equipment and complimentary Wi-Fi, the Conference Center is characterized by its many meeting rooms with natural light and sea views. An exceptional location for large or small events thanks to its Auditorium setaing 530, its 16 Meeting rooms, 13 business suites and exhibition space, more than 200 sqm large. Pets up to 10 kg are allowed with an extra cost of 20 euros per stay. Located in one of the liveliest and most dynamic areas of Naples, the Royal Continental is the ideal location for living and exploring the city, within walking distance from shopping streets and the main local attractions, 10 minutes walk from Piazza Plebiscito and the Royal Palace. Furthermore, it is a 7 minutes drive to the harbour for ferry connections, 10 minutes to the Central Station and 20 to the International Airport. Not just a hotel but the real meeting point in the city, with its numerous events, food and wine tasting events, exhibitions, parties and aperitifs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Continental Naples
- Hotel Royal Continental