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“Magnificent view combined with ancient charm”

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Hotel San Francesco al Monte
Ranked #18 of 185 Hotels in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Thank you for an excellent stay during our short geataway in Naples. The hotel is in perfect location overlooking the city, between the 2 "funiculare" that connect the upper and lower part of Naples. Wear your comfortable shoes, walk and experience the city. Do not forget to eat a pizza at Sorbillo. While enjoying breakfast next day, Naples will be calling you again for a visit!!! The hotel just completes the Naples experience!!! Special thanks to the reception for the excellent service and the room!!! We certainly recommend San Francesco al Monte if you intend to visit Naples.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Three nights in the "San Francesco Al Monte Hotel" was a unique experience with delights round every corner. Our spacious room provided comfortable modern facilities and yet retained the ancient charm and magic of the monastery building that was its origin.

Our balcony with views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius became a profound treat as the last thing we saw every night and the first thing we saw each morning.

Nothing was too much trouble for the very friendly and capable staff in all areas of the Hotel which added the final pleasure to our visit to Naples.

We would have no hesitation in recommending the "San Francesco Al Monte" Hotel to all our friends and family.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

A converted convent with magnificent views across the city towards Vesuvius. Each room is made up fron two or more nuns cells knocked together with trompe l'oeil ceilings and as the hotel is built into the side of the hill all rooms have the same view. THis view does include a busy road so if you like sleeping with the windows open then it will be noisy. Not all facilities are open year round: the roof top pool and terrace is only open during the summer months so if you are going out of season don't expect all things to be available. The hotel is well out of the historic centre of the city but you're only 300/400 yards from a funiculare station so access is relatively easy although you will need a taxi if you have luggage.
Breakfast is served on another, lower, enclosed, terrace and is the usual Italian buffet. In the evenings this becomes a restaurant.
For those who need these things: wi fi is available in rooms for a charge but is free in the reception area/courtyard where there is also a free to use computer with printer.

Room Tip: All rooms have a view over the city. Higher ones may have less road noise.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

A piece of history with breathtaking views over Naples. To be honest there are a few minor things which need attention but nothing that would put off a regular or first time traveller within Europe. This is a hotel with so much history that you tend to overlook the cracked paint etc.
We stayed in mid February 2013 so didn't expect everything to be available e.g. the pool. It was cold and wet on a couple of days so there was no walking among the vines and roof garden or sitting on the outside breakfast balcony.
The staff were very attentive and helpful, including a personal tour of floor 3, where some of the hotels' historical gems are situated.
The room, a classic, so bottom of the three tiers was excellent. It was big with two windows that opened fully. a compact but modern bathroom with jacuzzi shower 9 which we couldn't get to turn into a jacuzzi but so what). My only problem with the room was that the hotel believe everyone needs to exist in a heated environment. The nice gentleman who showed us to the room set the temperature at 23 degrees - I had to turn it down immediately as the room became oppressively hot. If you turn off the central air con it will turn itself on automatically at some point during the evening and set itself at 28 degrees! You couldn't use it to supply cold air to reduce the heat - opened windows were the only way. Everywhere in the hotel was hot.
The room was cleaned daily and there were fresh sheets daily. An in room safe and minibar provided (very expensive items as usual so best avoided). We were in room next to lift on 6th floor and there was virtually no noise as there really weren't more than 20 people staying i should think.
Continental breakfast but including scrambled eggs and sausage was good but I'd avoid the fruit juices - they were dire. Excellent coffee served in silver jugs - touch of class but unfortunately too hot to hold without a napkin!
The best part of the hotel was that it was situated high above Naples with 2 funicular railways within a few hundred metres either side. Be aware that when they run they seem to alternate between a stopping service and a direct from top to bottom and vice-versa so don't be put off if the first one shoots pat you - just wait a few more minutes. It costs 1.20 euros for a ticked which lasts for 90 minutes from the time you validate it by putting it into the machine at the entry. Use a travel card - see later.
My only complaint with the area around the hotel is that, as is common in Italy, people allow there dogs to foul the pavement and thus you have to watch where you are walking all the time, which is such a pity.
We didn't try the restaurant as the prices were a little steep but we should have done. There are some very good local ristorantes and pizzarias within a few hundred metres downhill of the hotel. they might not look brilliant but give them a try.
Definitely buy a tourist travel card if you are going to be there for a few days. A good one costs 20 euros and is valid for all forms of transport. It will take you by local train (downstairs line in the main station at Piazza Garibaldi) to Pompeii (35 minutes) and Sorrento(an hour approx) and up the Amalfi coast, as well as local buses, trams etc. Taxis are metered, except at the port, so beware of them but you can barter at the port for a few euros off if you can be bothered. If you want the Artecard it costs around 30 euro and allows you entry to 2 or more galleries or museums etc as well.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. It may be slightly off the beaten path and away from the main tourist areas but I can assure you it is worth staying there.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

What an amazing place....the hotel is an old monastry so the decor and the building is incredible.

The view from the bar and restaurant is just beautiful over the bay.

Our room was huge and had a terrace area with a table and chairs overlooking Naples and the Bay. Our friends had the room next door which was not as large but had a terrace that was massive. Both were great.

Could not fault it!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

Got to stay here, staff, location, view, hotel, facilities,food and rooms just wonderful! Cannot recommend it enough, would go back in a heartbeat. Decor is superb, modern yet sympathetic to its origin as a monastry which is a nice touch - not cookie cutter like some chain hotels.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

My wife and I have wanted to travel to Naples for sometime and wanted a hotel with a view .Well what a view , the bay , Vesuvius and the city below.
Firsty , getting from the airport, This hotel is further away to get to if you use the Alibus from the airport, (3 euro) If you get off at the Port you will have to travel to Via Toledo a few minutes walk behind the Castle opposite and get the funiculare train up the hill, go one stop up then exit left to the Hotel 200 metres up . It might take longer ,but it was 38 euros on the taxi meter when we arrived on the Sunday . On leaving the staff arranged a fixed price tarrif or us at 23 euros ,much better.I now know that you should always ask for the fixed tarrif to your destination before you get in the taxi. On arrival our room was on the second floor and had vaulted ceilings with the views , a comfortable bed and a spacious bathroom .The room was clean and airy. Also the double glazing and shutters were good as there is lots of noisy traffic outside!.(it is Naples so its noisy anywhere near a road). The hotel has the fourth floor terrace and dining area where we took breakfast . The breakfast was continental, buffet style with a choice of cereals, rolls, pastries, several meats and cheese's, with fresh juices, tea or coffee which arrived in silver pots. The service was good ,the staff polite and well mannered .Nothing seemed to much trouble .The seventh floor terrace with pool and seating area was quiet and relaxing , it seemed like we had the place to ourselves ,The pool closes in September , but that didnt stop an intrepid French lady from having a dip,as the weather was hot.
We took time out to explore the hotel as its well worth a look around , Ive never stayed in anywhere like this, Its an historic former monastery and carved from the rock of the hill . My wife was delighted with the hotel as the trip was a Birthday treat. We did intend dining there one night of our stay but found the prices a bit expensive. So we travelled down the hill and found a good choice of restaruants around Via Toledo. If you pick a hotel with a view you know its a long way down or up from the main shopping and dining areas, be prepared to either get the funiculare . (by the way dont bother using it to get back up after 10pm we found it shut) get a taxi, or walk through the interesting narrow streets leading down , be warned some are poorly lit ,grubby and busy with scooters , cars , vans and they all are driving like crazy every which way.
As previous reviews have said, Naples is dirty in places , if it something doesnt move its covered in Graffiti , but it has History, culture and its full of Character, and Id go back again because a three day stay was too short . After spending the day in Naples, the Hotel was a little oasis of calm .

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele 328, 80135, Naples, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Naples
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 185 Hotels in Naples
Price Range: £105 - £183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel San Francesco al Monte 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seemingly carved into a mountain side, a 16th century monastery once home to the monks of Barbanti (due to their flowing beards) is now home to a timeless retreat. Hotel San Francesco offers serene views over the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius ana Capri Island and easy access to the colourful Naples street life. ... more   less 
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