This hotel is somehow carrying a 4-star rating but I suspect that the management either paid off the rating agency or stole the 4-star plate from a more respecable hotel. In reality the hotel rates 2-stars and maybe, on a good day, 3-stars.
The hotel is on the outskirts of Naples and will cost you 30-40 Euro from the airport and just as much to get back into town. Bus and train connections are NOT conveniently located nearby. The hotel is actually across from the, now abandoned, US Navy Exchange and the street is lined with abandoned buildings and car dealerships. The surrounding area is more industrial than tourist and if you want sights, night-life, restaurants or activities for kids, DO NOT come here.
If you want to take your life into your own hands, you can walk around the area, while avoiding the insane italian drivers (pedestrians do not have the right-of-way), piles of garbage, broken bottles, large pot holes and feral cats. However, the ever present stray dogs were mostly harmless and will take a likeing to anyone who gives them something to eat and/or won't kick them. Also located nearby is the local transvestite hangout where you can watch them do a brisk business most hours of the day.
The hotel itself is fairly modern but the decor is minimal. Rooms and the hotel were clean but spartan. However, the elevator didn't work and we were foced to use the stairs our entire stay. The rooms contained a bed, small table, TV with CNN only english channel, hairdryer, telephone, small refrigerator with five small drinks. There was no alarm clock. View from my room was the parking lot of the police station next door. Air conditioning in one of the rooms created a lot of noise, but no cold air.
The bar (if you want to call it that) was closed more than it was open. Funny thing is there's a small sign at the reception desk that said "We invite our guests to the Hotel Bar for a complimentary drink". So one night we headed to the bar to find it closed (10pm). When we asked the receptionist, he said that the sign was only for "new guests"....it was our second night there so we were now classified as "veterans" by the hotel staff. However, the bar was rarely open and, when it was, the bartender was frequently absent. Decor in the bar was a few tables and chairs.
Breakfast was included and was OK. Not to standards for most european hotels but OK. Croissant, rolls, jam, butter, ham, cheese, juices, milk, coffee (very good), yogurt. I did not eat dinner or lunch there but those that did either said it was "good" or "unremarkable"
Parking was provided but the sign behind the receptionist desk said "we are not responsible for theft in the parking lot".
Reception staff rated from 'friendly and helpful' to 'don't bother me' with english proficiency from 'poor' to 'pretty good'.
All in all, if you want to see Naples, don't stay here. If you are going to visit the NATO Headquarters, it's about a 30-40 minute walk or a 10 minute drive. Even then, the Hotel Montespina is closer and worlds better than this place.
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