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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
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