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Naples has plenty to offer visitors. Firstly this is where pizza comes from. And the city's historic mishmash of cultures and nationalities has bred some very fine, and lively, markets. Then there's the art, architecture and archaeological treasures of the city. And Vesuvius looms excitingly over the Bay of Naples, which has its own appeal of pretty islands and shoreline of wonderfully luxurious traditional hotels - still some of the best places to stay in Naples. But if you want to be in the heart of the action you'll want to stay closer into the lively buzz of the city (you may even decide an apartment suits you best - for a range go to our online partner, Booking.com).
Like other Italian cities Naples has impressive Roman ruins - in Naples' case Italy's third largest amphitheatre, and wonderfully historic religious buildings - including a warren of 2nd Century catacombs and a beautifully reconstructed basilica.
It's also got a wonderful array of art and architecture, Italy's oldest, and largest opera house, and of course it's the closest city to Pompeii and Herculaneum. So there are plenty of reasons to give Naples a try.
If you spend all your time in town you'll be missing out though. There's a lot to see around Naples - starting with the essential trips to Pompeii and Herculaneum, and out to the beautiful islands of the Bay of Naples.
Just outside the city is the Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano, Italy's second largest national park. Blessed with World Heritage Listed beauty, from the Apennines to the crystalline coastline, this park also houses some wonderful archaeological treasures. So this is a great place for walkers and riders - both bike and horse.
Naples is different. Visitors seduced by Italy's timeless elegance are often shocked on their arrival into Naples - Naples' stark yet vibrant juxtaposition of the beautiful and the grotesque can be a bit of a slap in the face. And lots of people hate it. But anywhere that elicits hate - or love - in a couple of moments is definitely worth seeing for yourself.
Choosing the right accommodation in Naples can really make a difference to your experience of the city. Some of Naples is as graceful and elegant as Paris, while some is as gritty and lived in as some of the less charming North African capitals. For the lively end of the scale, the best places to stay in Naples are around the Mercato quarter, packed with markets and packed with life. Chiaia is for the hipsters, Toledo for the serious shoppers, and Vomero and Posillipo have the bay views.
Naples City Break
- If you're looking for small and elegant try Palazzo Alabardieri, a converted 18th Century palazzo in a chic shopping area.
- Weekend a Napoli is an elegant, yet homely B&B with excellent facilities in a pretty, residential area. Rooms have cool tiled floors and some have jacuzzi baths.
- The Costantinopoli 104 is a stylish villa with a quiet garden; an oasis of calm right in the heart of town. There's only 13 rooms, so the peace pervades the rest of the property as well.
- Portalba Relais is a centrally located B&B offering an eclectically stylish place to lay your head which is reasonably priced and close to all the major sights.
The Best Views in Naples
- The Grand Hotel Vesuvio has long been one of the best places to stay in Naples, with immaculate service and luxurious facilities right on the seafront. They also have a private yacht and chauffeur driven Daimler on hand if you need them.
- The Grand Hotel Parkers has a stunning, hilltop setting, while inside it's all understated neo-classical elegance with ornate ceilings and glamorous decor. The really special views can be seen from the roof terrace.
- The San Francesco di Monte has ben converted from a convent, but the spartan features have been retained, so antique minimalism is the theme here. But with a fantastic restaurant and roof top terrace and pool!
- Micalo is almost a beach hotel, with whitewashed walls and fresh, natural decor all built around the sea views just a few steps away.
- The Grand Hotel La Medusa is a mini resort with wonderful views over the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius.
The Best Value Places to Stay in Naples
- Piazza Bellini 77 is a great value B&B right in the thick of things. The decor is bright and cheerful and you're close to everything.
- Il Convento is a friendly, modern-rustic guesthouse in an authentically Neapolitan neighbourhood. Rooms start at £54 per night.
- Still well under £100 per night, the Chiaja Hotel de Charme is an elegant palazzo in a very central location. The quality, and quantity, of its Neapolitan breakfasts are also the stuff of legend.
For an apartment
- For a wide range of apartments all over the city from budget to boutique, we recommend the selection from our online partner, Booking.com.
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Best Hotels in Naples
Attico Partenopeo 8 rooms from $80Naples (80132 Napoli)
An affordable B&B in the heart of Naples, with a sun-soaked roof terrace and views of the castle. Rooms are simple and set on the 5th floor, some with private balconies. Breakfast is on offer, although there is no restaurant, there are plenty nearby! Simple, chic and good value.Other Activities - Visit San Carlo- one of Italy's finest opera housesClose to nightlife - Arenile, a beach club close to the city centreLocal markets - Enter the epicentre of coffee cultureSights nearby - Visit nearby Pompeii & VesuviusRecommended by - I Escape
L'Alloggio dei Vassaili 7 rooms from $68Naples
Warm and welcoming B&B in a lively area of Naples. Comfortable, traditional rooms and a small wellness area with sauna and hot tub. Enjoy Neapolitan pastries and good Italian coffee for breakfast. Local restaurants nearby and plenty to see on the doorstep. Great value base for exploring the city.Sights nearby - Take a Day-Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum. Close to all of Naples attractionsFull of character - Set in what was once the noble residence Palazzo DonnalbinaSpa - Spa area with jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bathLively area - In the thick of the action.
Il Convento 14 rooms from $68Naples
Friendly guest house in an authentically Neapolitan neighbourhood. Modern rustic style throughout with sweet personal touches - wooden staircases, tiled floors, mosaic tables, lots of fresh flowers. A great choice for families and those on a budget.Value chic - A16th-century former convent, offering comfortable rooms with fantastic breakfast and private balconies at a reasonable price.Great walks - Head out of the hotel and start exploring on foot, this historic neighbourhood heaves with hidden treasures!Sights nearby - Right next to the Convent of Santa Maria Francesca, worth checking out on your visit.Recommended by - Frommers
Portalba Relais 6 rooms from $71Naples
Eclectically contemporary B&B. Slick white rooms decorated with modern art and styled in neutral tones. Smart bathrooms with large jacuzzi baths. Ideally situated in the heart of the historic city. Excellent views and indulgent breakfasts. A stylish yet affordable choice.City Style - A chic choice overlooking Piazza Dante, with floor to ceiling windows, designer furnishing and contemporary vibes.Great walks - Great central location makes this an ideal spot for exploring on foot.Sights nearby - Check out the 4th-century mosaics and relics in the nearby Duomo.
Belle Arti Resort 7 rooms from $90Naples
Contemporary B&B in central Naples. Elegant rooms have frescoes domed ceilings and original stucco with modern bathrooms. Breakfast is served in room or in the funky lounge. Ideal for city exploring on a budget.Value chic - Centrally located to both the nightlife and history of this Italian gem, it is great value for a young couple or groupSights nearby - Tours to Vesuvio and Pompeii from the hotelGreat walks - Through nearby Sorrento townLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Piazza Bellini 48 rooms from $104Naples
Cheerful, modern B&B in an excellent location. Rooms have bright colours, paintings, giant bedheads, and parquet floors. A great choice for those who want to explore Naples from the thick of it, on a budget.Value chic - Centrally located rooms featuring original paintings by Alessandro Cocchia, terraces with panoramic views and wooden floors.Sights nearby - Close to many sights including Cappella San Severo - Cristo Velato, Santa Chiara, San Gregorio Armeno and the Duomo.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotel
Chiaja Hotel de Charme 27 rooms from $135Naples
A quaint and elegant guesthouse in a bustling central palazzo of Naples. One part of this former aristocratic home was once a brothel, and the rich individually furnished room bear the names of their former occupants. Enjoy the delightful Neapolitan breakfasts.Local exploring - An elegant property right in the hustle and bustle of central Naples, minutes from Piazza del Plebiscito and the Royal Palace.Sailing - Take a boat from the nearby habour to the islands Capri and Ischia, the hotel will provide packed lunches.Great walks - A five minute walk through vibrant narrow streets brings you to the seafront and port area.Sights nearby - Just down the road from Piazza del Plebiscito and Piazza San Ferdinando.
Micalo 8 rooms from $146Naples
Gorgeous sea-facing hotel steps from the beach. Softly sunlit rooms with parquet floors, white washed walls, and neutral hues. Private balconies, walking distance to restaurants, steeped in surrounding history of Baroque churches. A great choice to explore Naples from.Sights nearby - Easy access to all of Naples' historical sitesViews - Great views from hotelOn the beach - In front of the hotel.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape, CN Traveller
Weekend a Napoli 6 rooms from $163Naples
Elegant yet homely B&B with excellent facilities in the upmarket Vomero Hill residential area. Rooms with cool tiled floors, white walls and brightly coloured fabrics, some have jacuzzi baths and balconies. A great choice for a weekend getaway with style.City Style - A chic and unique choice, in the charming Vomero Hill district, overlook this magnificent city from your leafy haven.Sights nearby - A 15 minute walk brings you to the Sant'Elmo hill and fortress, you'll be rewarded for the climb with stunning views.Cooking classes - Learn to cook your favourite Neapolitan dishes, such as penne alla Genovese or polipetti di scoglio alla luciana.Great walks - Explore this fashionable and elegant area with Vomero District Walking Tour.
Palazzo Alabardieri 44 rooms from $193Naples
Elegant small hotel in a chic shopping area. This 18th century palazzo boasts marbles, chandeliers, frescoes, paintings, gilt-framed mirrors and lavish flower arrangements. Luxurious bedrooms have wooden floors and rich fabrics. A tasteful choice for the sophisticated traveller.City Style - Just off the fashionable Piazza dei Martiri, this chandeliered, marble floored hotel is a undeniably a chic choice.Sights nearby - You can reach the Piazza del Plebiscito in under ten minutes walking from this central hotel.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers
Grand Hotel Vesuvio 160 rooms from $208Naples
Immaculate service and luxurious facilities on the seafront at Naples' most prestigious hotel. Top floor restaurant famous for its views over the bay, fantastic club spa, great meeting rooms, private cabin cruiser and chauffeur driven Daimler available. Colourful rooms with balconies over the bay.Total relaxation - Large comfortable bedrooms right on the seafront, make the most of the wellness area with hot tub, sauna and steam bath.Local exploring - Prime positioning opposite Castel dell'Ovo iIn the historic quarter of Santa Lucia and overlooking the sea.Sights nearby - A few steps from the Royal Palace, Plebiscito Square and the San Carlo Theatre.Views - Great views from hotel
Costantinopoli 104 19 rooms from $209Naples
Stylish oasis of calm with a small pool and tree-shaded garden in the city centre, a stone's throw from the centro storico. Individually decorated rooms in modern-classic style, some with wooden floors and four posters, others with tiled floors, pastel colours and artworks. A very dashing villa.Local exploring - In the heart of the Centro Storico, steps from Piazza Bellini and the churches of Santa Chiara, Gesu Nuovo and San Severo.City Style - An oasis of leafy green peace in this hectic city- think inviting pool beneath the shade of a magnolia and red cyclamen.Great walks - Naples is a city to explore on foot, step out of the hotel and explore the historic streets of the old town.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor poolRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers
Grand Hotel Parkers 82 rooms from $213Naples
Comfortable, old-style luxury in a stunning hilltop setting. Understated neoclassical elegance - ornate ceilings, chandeliers, Empire-style antiques. Fabulous far-reaching views from the rooms and top-floor restaurant with summer terrace. A destination that oozes classical romance and glamour.Total relaxation - Whether it's lounging on the rooftop, indulging in the cigar lounge or pampering in the spa, relaxtion is on the cards.City Style - Perched on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele above palm trees and rooftops, with traditionally decorated Empire-style rooms.SpaRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
San Francesco di Monte 45 rooms from $219Naples
Spartan elegance with a view in a former convent. Original features dominate the interiors - vaulted ceilings, frescoes, majolica tiles - while the rooms maintain soft elegance and classic furnishings. Fantastic terrace restaurant and roof top swimming pool. A beautiful spot.City Style - A magnificent 16th-century monastery with two rooftop pools and a restaurant boasting 360° views over the Gulf of Naples.Sights nearby - Right at the foot of the Castel Sant'Elmo, a medieval fortress located on a hilltop overlooking the city.Swimming Pool - Lovely outdoor poolSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Eurostars Hotel Excelsior 122 rooms from $291Naples (Campania)
Old world charm meets luxurious facilities and great views. The interiors ooze Italian elegance and grandeur - marble floors, chandeliers, and tasteful decoration. The gorgeous roof terrace and restaurant has splendid views of the bay. A quintessential Napolese spot.Local exploring - Right on the Lungomare Caracciolo, the most popular spot for tourists, boasting Naples' world famous views.Great walks - Head down to the nearby Marina or beach for an after breakfast stroll.Views - Over Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers
Romeo Hotel 60 rooms from $304Naples
With views overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvias this hotel is a modern haven in an ancient city. Like the decor, a mix of modern and antique, from all over the world, the three restaurants' menus are a blend of traditional and haute cuisine. There is an extensive spa, gym and outdoor pool.Sights nearby - Naples has many historic churches inclusing the 15th century Gesù Nuovo and Naples Cathedral.Cooking classes - The Sorrento Cooking School offers lessons in the region's famous local cuisines.Swimming Pool - Stunning rooftop pool with spectacular views over the Bay of NaplesSailing - From the port take a scenic boat ride to Capri or Sorrento.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith