I had to go to Naples to take care of some Visa business at the US Consulate and selected Casa Mira Napoli as my home base based on the TripAdvisor reviews. Here is my review along with some notes about Visa appointments for those who are in the same boat I was:
This B&B consists of a common room with doors that lead off to each of the rooms, named by color. We stayed in the blue, green, and red rooms. Blue room is big with a small terrace that is shared with the yellow room. Separated by some plants. The room is big and has a nice bathroom. The terrace is pretty tight and we did not really use it. The red room is really small but still pretty nice. There is a small window that looks into an inner area. Not much to see but at least fresh air. It has a private bathroom and is good for a single person on a budget. It can also be closed off with the green room to make a private 2 bedroom apartment. The green room has a nice view of the water. I really liked this room and enjoyed the view but it is a bit smaller than the blue room and the shower head was broken on my stay. I also looked in on the yellow room which has a smaller bed but a bigger terrace. All of the rooms are well furnished and designed and super comfortable.
The food selection is great. They have a well stocked cabinet with a fridge filled with snacks. There are pastries, cured meat, cheese, yogurt, coffee, tea, chocolate milk, water, chocolates, etc... Lots of snacks which was really nice to have when you needed a quick bite.
We had to get up early so only got the croissants one morning. They were ok but nothing too great. When you book the room, you will deal with Gina but her daughter is the one you see when you get there. She lives in an apartment across the hall. Gina's son Gabrielle picked us up from the airport and was super friendly and helpful and gave us lots of great advice about the city.
I loved the location. For me, it was perfect for exploring the city and super convenient for the consulate. We spent one day heading into Posilippo by foot which is easily the most beautiful and trafficked area of Naples.
My only complaints about the B&B would be that the common area is right outside all of the doors so you hear everything out there. Not great if you want privacy or if people wake up for an early breakfast. Also, Gina is pretty hardcore about the 11am checkout but did let us store bags at her daughters house. We flew out at night and it would have been nice to still have some access to at least a decent bathroom.
The best part of the B&B, besides the great food and free wi-fi, is the fact that Gina and her team have dealt with many people coming to the Consulate and know a lot about how the process works and are super helpful in making sure things go smooth. They drove us to the medical appointment in Varelli. Also, another guest was in the same situation as us so we were able to take care of everything together and share the experience. This was the main reason I chose Casa Mira to make sure I was in good hands for dealing with the Visa business and it really delivered.
As for the Visa, everything worked out. Day 1 you go to Varelli for the medical. We got there at 8. They take blood and then you get an x ray and then there is an interview. We were done by 11 and they told us to come back at 12 to pick up the documents. The problem is Varelli sucks and there is nothing to see or do there. When we came back, the printer was broken and we wound up getting our documents at 1:45. My guess is that it is pretty standard to get out around this time. I had my iphone and just watched movies the whole time so it passed quickly. Bring cash to pay. I did not see anyone have any issues with the medical. We had worried about vaccinations but in the end, they said my mother in law only needed tetinus. Maybe try to call before you go and try to find out what is needed so you do not over prepare.
They told us we needed to go right to the consulate after which we did. We all mad rushed by taxi over there. This was to take fingerprints and get your photos so they can run them through the system to make sure there are no issues. Nobody takes the medical forms. Varelli contacts the consulate if there are issues. Make sure your photos are the right size. There is a place to take them right down the street.
Day 2, we woke up early to be first in line at the consulate. This was a great idea because we were the first processed and first to finish. The consulate staff is first rate and really friendly. Make sure you have your documents in order. Original copies and make sure you have copies of passports for anyone involved with your application. Our stuff was fine but I did see others who had issues. One lady needed an original copy of her diploma and another couple needed a copy of a passport. I think you might be able to send your documents in advance so they can review them. It would suck to get there and find out you needed 1 thing that you dont have. We emailed beforehand with a lady named Cristina and she was the one at the window that we dealt with.
Alli in all, they were super nice. A lot better than US mainland immigration employees. The interview was through a window and really quick. They asked why she wanted to come to US, she said some oath or something and it was done. They asked her to go to a Mailbox Etc. down the street at 5 to pick up the Visa. Not sure why Mailbox Etc. You have to pay a meaningless fee when you pick up the visa so bring some cash. It was only like 6 euro. I stayed for 3 days but I think you only need 2 unless you dont have a document and need to go back the next day. A funny thing is that you go through all of this with the same people and by the end everyone knows each other and is friends. A group of people all trying to get to the USA. Good luck with your adventure!
Oh, also make sure to try the fried pizza at Regina Margherita over near the castle on the water. That was my spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our nice B&B is a Penthose in the center of Naples in the best and quitest part of the town Very silent house. It offers a spectacular view of the city. Location ideal:it is close lo the istorical center of Naples,within an easy walk to Naples Bay,the train station ,bus stops ,and the subway system. It is close to Usa Consulate. It is close to Mediterranea Clinic Queen-Size beds , or french bed rooms . Safe boxes Hair driver WIFI free Air conditioning and heating Full bathroom with shower. In the living room : Refrigerator kitchenette Coffe machine Boiler for tea Pc and printer Maps books Guarded garage Transfer to and from station or airport ( extra ) Touristic guides Tours ... more less
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