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Grand Hotel Europa
Ranked #51 of 185 Hotels in Naples
Reviewed 1 May 2011

So first things first, the hotel is a 30 second walk from the main metro/train/bus station in Naples - Piazza Garibaldi. It is (thankfully) situtated in a street off the main Piazza which means you have all the tranquility of the side street and the very simple ease of getting around Naples at your finger tips.

Piazza Garibaldi IS NOT the nicest part of part of Naples and so long as you are aware of this and can see the benefits of staying here then happy days!

Now to the best bit - The best hotel without a shadow of a doubt is the Hotel Europa!One of the main reasons being that it actually DOES look like the pictures you see one the internet....which is definatley not the trend when it comes to the other hotels which are on the main Piazza such as Hotel Cavour - it really could be done for false advertising...however let's not be negative now.

My friend and I (two 30 year old ladies) arrived on Easter Sunday to a very lovely Ida who greeted us in a friendly and efficient manner wand who directed us to the best way of getting to the Mergillina...which unfortunately for us had to be by a taxis as it was Easter. Now the taxi rank at just outside the station was going to blatantly rip us off sayng it would be 25€ but thankfully Ida did say that it wouldn't be that much...so we walked to the otherside of the Piaza (near the Kimbo sign) and found a cab for 15€ which is actually about right.

The rest of the trip was, as they say, is history...we had a great stay in this hotel and successfully visited, Ischia, Sorrento, Capri, Mount Versuvius, Ercalano (Herculanium), Pompei...all in 6 days!

The Breakfast was ample with some lovely crossaints, bolied eggs, cheese, bread, coffee (:-), cereal - typically continental.

The rooms where always cleaned everyday because we put the sign on the door "please make up my room" everyboady had a friendly smile and was always happy to help.

The waether was rainy in Naples on some days and unpredictable - so Ida was great in helping us plan our trips out of Naples and thankfully we got the weather right!

Naples is a great city, and I would definately stay at Europa again - because quite frankly there isn't a reason not to.

A few tips...

Changing money - do not bring foreign money to Naples and chnage it in the Stationez - you will get ripped off (i.e. £100 = 80€!!!!)

VISIT Ischia and the Gardina Poisiden Terme.....natural thermal spas on a cliffside...need I say more?....make sure you leave at least 2 hours to get there and back and get there early.

Capri...worth a visit - but don't believe the hype - it only has 2 small beaches which are both rocky - designer shops and people who want you to hop on their boat for hiked up prices....it does have some amazing scenary....

Sorrento....wow!take the train - it costs 8€ return - and if possible maybe stay there....sandy beaches (not like Mauritius - but good enough)...little streets for shopping, a great green bus journey (7.50€) and some free Lemonciello with some great music and lively bus guide!

Pompei - book the older man with the dark red rain mac - it costs you about 10€ each for his tour (11€ to get into Pompei)....he has written books being used in oxford uni ;-).....wether it's true or not - I don't care - he was much better than an audio tour - and answers any questions you may have.

Mount Versuvius - only do this on a very clear day and be prepared for a 30 minute climb...the van will only take you so far...seriously do not attemp the climb if you have breathing difficulties, heart problems or are unfit (and be honest with yourself here!)

Finally have the ice cream from the shop on the hill in the Mergillina area it has an Italian there called Roberto Smith - sing to them and they may give you a free ice cream! Make sure you eat seafood and fish dishes only it's too good to miss out! Try the fresh homemade pasta - Seafood Scialatielli from Conrado (I think that's the name of the reasturant) it takes some time - but is the best pasta i've ever had....it's so fresh! Marina or Margarita pizzas are defo the best!

Phew....i think i'm going to relax now.....but as you can tell I had a great time and hope you do too!

Room Tip: use public transport.go to ischia
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

The hotel is a short walk from the train station but as other reviewers have said, the area is dirty, litter strewn and just a bit dodgy, especially at night. But this is Naples! The room was an interesting design with a brick, barrel roof and a mezzanine floor for the children to sleep on. It was a bit small for a family and luggage but it was clean and the shower was powerful. The window had a metal shutter across it and this was a bit restrictive (no light). However, when I forced it up, the view of a dirty, littered and overgrown quad explained why the hotel preferred to keep it covered up. This was certainly not a view of Naples you would want to see.

Breakfast was in the basement and a bit characterless and basic. Typical Italian really. The hot chocolate was good though!! Service was brisk and efficient but not friendly. We had a meal in the hotel on the night we got back from a tiring day in Pompeii and again service was efficient but not especially friendly. The food was good though and certainly a good option if you don't fancy a trip out into Naples. The tables are in front of a stage where I suspect entertainment takes place on some evenings. For our meal - Champions League football on a big screen. Two happy boys!

Reception staff were keen to help and recommended an excellent pizzeria two minutes away. The best pizzas we had throughout Italy. Naples - the home of the pizza.

The best reason for staying at the hotel is its location as an ideal base for Naples, the train station, the Cirumvesuvia, Pompeii and Erculano. It was a great hotel for sightseeing and if you are not too bothered about staying in your room for long, it will serve you well.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 April 2011

The location and price of the Grand Europa were perfect for us. Our room was very large and immaculately clean. We particularly liked the paintings on the wall by one of the hotel staff. Each room is painted differently and the public areas make you feel as if you are home. The receptionist held onto our bags the day we were leaving so we could go to Pompeii unencumbered. We will return again and again.

Room Tip: Very clean hotel with elevator, great location an.
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

We found this hotel to be basic but clean providing all our needs. Breakfast was good and evening meal was good also but order seperate dishes, we found that way the meal was better and cheaper, made the mistake of ordering a set meal first night but didnt find that as good....just wish the waiter would smile a little. Reception staff were very helpful and our room was kept very clean. This hotel was in a good spot for transport links but not for general sight seeing.

Room Tip: Good for transport links.
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

I was really impressed by the quality of the hotel for the money. We were able to park our two cars in secure parking across the road, the hotel and rooms in general were clean. Hotel is virtually across the road from the main railway station so it was easy to catch a train for a day trip to Pompeii. We ended up eating dinner in the hotel both nights, and the food was good.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

This hotel is very close to the train station, which is great if you want to do some traveling around. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2011

what I miss: glasses in the room
in the four bedded room there is a tea kitchen, but without any pot we could not use it, even for making a tea ot coffee. What the kitchen is for?

Apart from this everything was perfect, the room and bathroom was very clean, staff was very kind and smile, location of the hotel is good!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Europa

Address: Corso Meridionale, 14, 80143, Naples, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Naples
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Naples
#32 Business Hotel in Naples
Price Range: £38 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel Europa 3*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Hotel Europa is an elegant nineteenth century building, just a few hundred metres from Garibaldi central station and Naples historical city center and it is the ideal location to visit Naples and its most important attractions easily and even in a few days. The hotel has 84 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and one meeting room. All rooms are spacious and equipped with all amenities such as air conditioning and heating, satellite television, hairdryer, telephone, safe, Wi-Fi and non-smoking rooms. Buffet breakfast available at the price of € 9,00 per adult and € 6,00 per child. ... more   less 
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