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Hotel San Francesco al Monte
Ranked #26 of 186 Hotels in Naples
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Incredible City views”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

The place is a little older and has it's quirks- shower would not drain and filled with water for one. Rooms are all different I think, so maybe if you're nice to the staff at check in you can get one of the bigger/better ones? We got a room that was pretty small even for European standards. Safe neighborhood although not too much going on right near the hotel, there is plenty of things within walking distance. Hotel is in the side of a cliff and even the 2nd story rooms have incredible views of Vesuvius, the city and the water. Not the greatest hotel I've ever stayed at, but probably one of the best in Naples.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marianna S, Direttore vendite at Hotel San Francesco al Monte, responded to this review, 6 May 2013
Dear vthoie,

Thank you for choosing our historical property for your stay in Naples. The hotel was built at 12 years ago. Our hotel was in origin a monastery, the building is solemn and discreet, characterized by a series of small and continuous windows. It is full of memories and stories, every place and corner seems to tell you the life of friars and Saints that stay here. It seems to live in a divine dimensions ideal for meditations and relaxing.

From the ancient "cells" of the monastery, now the comfortable rooms of the hotel, it is possible to enjoy a dramatic view of all the bay of Naples, crowned by the imposing Vesuvio and to see some foreshortenings of the city with its weaving of streets and buildings
Please always bring in mind that your room was a cell carved into the rock of the mountain of Saint Martino.
The classic room is approx 15 sqm with two small windows overlooking the bay. The original one are located between 1 and 3 floor, for bigger room you have to ask for executive or junior suite.
Then it is not necessary to be nice with the staff at check-in because the receptionist is not responsible of room allocation but the rooms are checked directly by me considering the category booked, the lengh of stay, the price and please note that Italian hotels have to follow Italian laws and standard, and we respect them in all.

An additional selling point of our hotel is also the roof top terrace with a garden of 1000 sqm to relax and enjoy the view all over Naples and the bay. In the middel the small swimming pool opening all days from 9 am to 17 pm for our guests only.

The best way to experience our hospitality is not thinking about luxe but simplicity and desire to discover a unique treasure of Italian history.

Best regards
Marianna Sarno
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

We stayed in this hotel 5 years ago and had a wonderful experience, so we decided to repeat our stay the first days of april 2013. Our booking was for five nights in a junior suite. Unfortunatelly the suite we where offered was in any way comparable to the one we had in the past. I understand rooms do not have to look exactly the same (personally I hate this). What I am complaining about is the quality and athmosphere gap between the rooms offered. From sunny, spacious and light floded to dark and narrow. Because of the availability problems we stayed in a regular room the first night. It was too hot in the room (we had to ask to turn off the heating, sleep with open windows and try to ignore the loud sound produced by the turned off AC aggregate). The bathroom looked old and had all the signs of an outdated multiple stars hotel. Next day we where showed another two rooms - but shortly after we dedided to stay at one of them (again, not a junior suite), I had to learn the safe was broken and just seconds latter almost broke my back as the chair I sat on was not stable enough to support my 90kg and fell apart... Too much for a hotel where I was supposed to pay over 260,00 euros (close to 340,00 UDS) per night. We checked out, where charged a cheaper rate for the regular room we stayed and left... Note: The staff was very helpful and tried everything, the problem was "the hardware"...

As stated in many other reviews - and the reason we where so impressed years ago and decided to come back, the property is incredible. Public areas a decorated with old furniture and many of them also have beautiful frescos from the old days. The view over the city is outstanding.

Finally we ended up staying in one of Naples most prestigious hotels, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio, in an very nice deluxe room with see view (for even a few euros less then planed).

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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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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Surrey
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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London
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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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Sydney
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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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Property: Hotel San Francesco al Monte
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 #26 of 186 Hotels in Naples
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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