There are some immensely churlish reviews of this hotel below. We spent 10 days here over Christmas and NY. The building is of a period, and, even if in need of some tarting up here and there, has its own character.
The rooms with water views are excellent, the bathrooms spacious and well-appointed, the balconies a treat. Yes, they cost more than rooms without water views, obviously, but why would anyone book into a hotel in a prime water-view location and opt for a room without a view? Proximity to Via Partenope and the restaurant strip? There are any number of hotels a short walk inland. Most of all, though, the RC's rooms with water views are excellent value relative to equivalent rooms in the neighbouring Vesuvio and Excelsior Hotels.
Our room was also overly warm when we arrived. Obviously the air conditioning system is turned off in winter. The solution was simple: turn off the heating and air the room until the temperature drops.
And the internal security is more than adequate. I returned to our room to collect something while it was open being cleaned. The cleaner insisted I put my key card into the door lock to confirm it was our room.
The staff are friendly and welcoming, the breakfasts ample and typical of hotels of this kind. We dined one night in the hotel's restaurant and the food was both excellent and very decent value. Parking is available in the hotel's own secure underground carpark. We would happily stay here again.
- 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