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Reviewed 4 November 2011

This is a difficult property to review.

There's an initial shock when the taxi drops you in front of a huge green door in a pretty run down neighbourhood. Going into and up the first two flights of steps doesn't relieve this, but once through the front door, recent renovations reveal a depth of old world charm within.

The proprietor greeted us warmly and generously changed the room we had initially booked when he saw that one of us was struggling with stairs. We were invited out onto the rear deck looking out to the Island of Capris and offered orange juice and despite the language difficulties we began to feel at home.

Our bedroom was huge and featured several large, ornate pieces of walnut furniture. The bathroom was very compact, with a very thick, heavy door, suggesting it used to be a strongroom in a warehouse. There was a new digital TV but despite the abundance of channels, none were English language. A day into our stay we discovered by accident that the property does have free wifi - this allowed us to listen to English language newscasts on the internet using our iPhone.

Strangely, there were no drinking glasses in the room, but we had retained the disposable plastic cups from our welcome juices, so we used these. They were not replaced during the first three days and disappeared after our second last night.

Breakfasts were somewhat disconcerting. Disposable plastic cups and plates prevailed, although tea/coffee were provided in china versions. Each guest was served with a fresh, sweet croissant or cake, and additional food was available on a nearby table. Much of it comprised additional pre-packaged pastries and sweet biscuits, as if just brought in from the supermarket. Water was self-serve from a large plastic bottle that lasted us three days. There was also packaged yoghurt most days, plus cereal, although the cornflakes ran out and weren't replaced until two days later when more guests arrived. This continental breakfast was adequate, but was suited more to sweet palettes. Overseeing the breakfast table was another walnut cupboard full of china cups and saucers and real glasses. At our final breakfast on Day Five, several bottles of wine had been placed in it, presumably for sale? There was a hint of Fawlty Towers here, without the humour.

The property is well placed for visiting arcaeological sites. Ercolano (Herculaneum) is just ten minutes walk away, while 15 - 20 minutes will see you at Ercolano Scavi railway station that provides very easy rail access to Pompeii and bus access to Vesuvius, as well as rail access to Sorrento.

We did sleep comfortably and managed the compact bathroom OK but overall we didn't feel at ease in this property. We're not sure why, because we have previously enjoyed similar older properties elsewhere in the Mediterranean where there was no English spoken at all. We would hesitate to stay here again, not because there was anything substantially wrong, but because of our unease with the general environment.

Date of stay: October 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 2ozgypsies
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

I Papiri is an excellent find for staying in Ercolano/Portici or traveling around the Napoli area. It's a straightforward and easy 15-20 minute walk from the Ercolano Scavi stop on the Circumvesuviana. The B&B is on the floor above street level of an older building (probably a villa at some point in its life). It is newly and very nicely done—very clean. We had the O Solo Mio apartment, a real deal in terms of comfort--full kitchen and dining area. We spent much of our time on the big terrace in the back that has a beautiful view out to Capri and the Sorrento Peninsula.

I Papiri is literally 2 blocks from the entrance to the Ercolano archeological site and 8 blocks from Villa Campolieato (go there--I kept saying wow several times when I walked out on the terrace). About 4 blocks from the University--ultra convenient for working there.

The immediate neighborhood (2-3 blocks in either direction has several Salumeria (small grocery stores) and a wood-fired take out pizza place—but little in terms of restaurants (although Boco…(can’t remember exact name) on Corso Resina has excellent pizza). Walking a couple blocks down to Via IV Novembre brings you to a major shopping street with a lot more going on. Restaurant recommendation: Viva Lore. Restaurant definitely NOT recommended: the Pizzeria/Spaghetti place just up on the right from the archeological site. Café del Angolo (approx. name!) on the corner of Via IV Novembre and Corso Resina is friendly and fun. Go to MAV on Via IV Novembre—it is amazing. Walking in the other direction about 8-10 blocks brings you to a main piazza in Portici. Gallo gelateria is superb.

I Papiri is an excellent place to stay in a real Italian neighborhood. The proprietor Leo and the staff were very friendly and helpful. So much nicer than staying in a hotel!

Date of stay: June 2011
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Thank BTraveler58
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

We rent an apartment with bedroom, kitchen and toilet. The rooms are very large. The bedroom is sea view and quiet. The furniture is old-fashioned, from granny's times. The atmosphere inside the apartment is good for romantic people :)

The location is simply strategic. Many sightseeing venues are on foot distance: Ercolano excavations, palaces of Golden Mile, MAV museum, etc.

Date of stay: April 2011
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1  Thank FrancescaAlessandra
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Reviewed 21 August 2018
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Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile
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Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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