We have used the Montespina Hotel many times for business while in Naples. For this particular trip, we spent half of our time there on business, and half of our time on vacation. So, our review of the Montespina is a bit biased by some facts: we get a corporate rate while we are there, we stay there enough that the owner and staff know us and give us amenities other may not get (i.e. – no cost upgrades to the bungalow suites), and we are very familiar with the area and restaurant scene, so it makes our life in the area much easier – especially with a car.
The Montespina is located near downtown and is a completely gated property, which is important in Naples. Additionally, the hotel is situated on top of a hill, which helps separate it geographically from the rest of the city. Naples has a well-earned reputation for being a “tough” city – it is a good idea to use caution if you plan to stay in Naples for any length of time. The traffic and driving habits of the locals are beyond insane – for the uninitiated, driving in Naples may be the worst experience of your life. The crime is rampant in certain parts of the city. One of the major organized crime families in Italy is headquartered in Naples, so there is a tendency to have things like you car stolen. The haphazard street layout can be extremely confusing, so we do not recommend trying to navigate in the city without a GPS. The public transit system is overcrowded and a bit sketchy. If you do not rent a car, you will be left with expensive options to get from the airport to the hotel. If you do rent a car, you are subject to all the issues we noted above. So, if this has not scared you off from going to Naples, read on.
Frankly, there are nicer hotels in Naples. We use the Montespina because our company gets a corporate rate from them, they are safe and clean, and they provide an adequate level of service for the money. Getting to the Montespina can be a bit of an adventure, regardless of how you get there. If you rent a car, make sure you have a GPS and program the address in before you travel to Naples. Having said that, the GPS may dump you off on the wrong side of the hotel, which means you will be at the bottom of a large hill with no idea where to go. For that reason, we also recommend printing some maps of the area around the hotel to “help” your GPS. Once you find the large iron overhead gate for the Montespina, drive up the way a bit and use the intercom to gain access to the hotel. If you take the train, well, good luck. The train is not really a pleasant ride into the city and the nearest station is a pretty good walk from the hotel (think 800 meters to 1 kilometer – straight uphill). So, if you take the train, you will probably want to get a cab up the hill… if you can find one. Lastly, taking a cab all the way from the airport is an option, but it is costly, so be prepared. We will assume you have a car.
One benefit of the Montespina is that it has a large amount of safe and secure parking and there is no charge for parking. Obviously, free parking at any hotel is nice, but the fact that the parking lots at the Montespina are controlled by a gate makes them even better. The hotel has a number of rooms inside the hotel, but they are somewhat small and the climate controls and amenities in them are sometimes lacking. We pretty much always stay in the bungalows near the pool. Once you are checked in, it is a short walk outside through the garden/pool area to reach the bungalows. The bungalows all have a walk in foyer which has a coat closet and a place to drop you shoes, etc and usually the bathroom entrance is straight ahead. The bedrooms are spacious with a large queen bed and a collection of useful office furniture. Each room has its own AC/heat unit. Wifi is available for free in the rooms, though sometimes we have had some issues with speed/connectivity, so take that into account if you require internet of a high quality of service. We did find that, when the connection in the room was lacking, the wifi connection in the main hotel area was usually pretty good. There are toiletries and towels available, but they aren’t that great. When we stay for business, we usually bring our own towels (like most places in Europe, they don’t have washcloths). In the end, you get a fairly basic room, with basic amenities, but, if you only need that, it is a good place to stay due to the security. We would point out that the rooms are a bit outdated and the beds are not all that comfortable and some rooms do have climate control issues, so, caveat emptor there. We were lucky to get a good room on this go around.
The restaurant is actually quite good. Breakfast is included with the room and is decent. It consists of a continental buffet with cold meats and cheeses and you can get eggs to order and espresso drinks to order. The wait staff is friendly and helpful and will pretty much get you anything you ask for. Dinners at the hotel are a nice sit-down affair and the waiter is a great guy we have spent many nights chatting with and watching football on tv with after dinner. Usually there is a choice of a fixed menu or a la carte. The menu does change frequently, so there is a decent variety for a long term stay. Compared to other restaurants in town, the hotel is a bit pricey, but it is decent and convenient, so if you are there for a while, getting dinner there every few days is worth it. For a short stay, venture out and check out some of the other great restaurants in town. The pool at the Montespina is open in the warmer months and usually has a fair amount of people using it (people do pay to come use the pool during the day), but it is large and we have not found it to be so crowded that there was not space available on the lounge chairs. Fair warning –like many places in Europe, swimming trunks are frowned up (“speedos” are preferred, due to sanitary reason) and everyone MUST wear bathing cap to swim.
We do recommend the Montespina and we give is 4 stars – in this case, like many other reviews we have written, the 4-stars are not indicative of a “4-star hotel” – we are merely saying that, in their price range, the Montespina does deliver an above average experience. They deliver what they advertise, which is all we should ask when visiting a property. Set your expectations correctly, and you will probably enjoy your stay at the Montespina.
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