Grand Hotel Vesuvio
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Our day started this morning in Mannheim early when we boarded a train for Sttutgart. We then flew to Naples with AirBerlin. The 1 1/2 hour flight was enjoyable and relaxing. Upon arriving in Naples we took a taxi to our hotel on the waterfront. The view is breathtaking and the hotel is very nice. We checked in and then went for a walk to find a …
I do not recommend flying for hours, followed by cab rides and trains rides -- paarticulalry when one's semi-large suitcase does not fit the aisles of the commuter train which is full of Italian commuters who are unhappy that one is blocking the aisle while attempting to get off said train car because she got on the wrong car -- and... had to high …
... audio tour cued up and our map! It was pretty hot, but not unbearable, which you wouldn't know by looking at the boys. We looked around at all the ruins, I thought it was pretty cool. I did a report on Pompeii in like 5th grade and have always wanted to visit there. I especially liked the 3 stones in the middle of the road where the chariot wheels could pass and people could step across when they flooded the streets to clean them. We saw the fast food place, where basically ...
Today we toured south from Rome to Naples and Pompeii. We did a bus tour through Naples, stopped at a cameo factory to see artisans at work (not tempted to buy) and then to our walk through Pompeii - a city that lay covered by 7m of volcanic ash and pumice from Mt Vesuvius for 1700 years. Of all the diggings we have seen, this has been excavated the most and is the most intact because it lay protected by ash rather than being covered in molten lava or destroyed by earthquakes or ...
Caught the 8:26 am train to Naples and arrived at 9:37. Not too bad of a trip for 4 euros. We spotted our hotel as we exited the train station and what a relief it was to be within a 60-second walk. My backpack is no longer the 22 lbs it started out as when I left home. Air weighs a lot! Will need to seriously repack things tonight before our trip home. The only thing on our list to see was the Archaeological Museum which houses ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Vesuvio Naples
I have stayed at LHW hotels in the past and trusted booking my stay at the Grand Vesuvius based on LHW's past performance. Never again... The Grand Vesuvius is listed as a 5 star hotel and I am still wondering why they have the rating. The room was worn, patio dirty. But, my disappointment lies with the front desk employees. They were unpleasant, unhelpful, and had "attitudes". Mr Rigo, the Manager was the only individual who was pleasant and helpful. I wrote it all off on the war in Iraq as we are Americans but regardless, my husband and I are not the "Ugly Americans". We have traveled the world and have never experienced this level of rudeness in Europe. In addition, we decided to celebrate our last evening at the hotel restaurant as we were weary from a busy week. The food was bad, but the service was worse. Yet again, more attitude from the waiter, he was visibily perturbed that we perused the menu longer than he wanted and then tossed the plates on the table. I also urge the Leading Hotels of the World to take notice and strip the Grand Vesuvius of their 5 star rating......
I hope that my title was descriptive enough, but in case it isn't, here's my experience:
We arrived to spend the Easter weekend and on seeing the initial room allocated (the main door would not close!), we asked to see other rooms and accepted an alternative which was altogether better with a larger balcony, sea view (although being located on the side of the property) and a much warmer decorative style. Despite being told the hotel was fully booked, it seemed deserted and we only saw three people using the bar during our stay. The staff did not seem to possess the Italian charm and personality we were expecting and the breakfast, whilst satisfactory and full of the freshest bread and cheese, was somewhat disappointing with the range of items offered. The room was very elegant though with a good view across the bay. Sadly we had a disastrous set of meals in local restaurants with surprisingly appalling service added to the fact we were mugged one afternoon!!!!
Most uncomfortable bed (both matress and scratchy sheets) I've ever stayed in, and plain wrong for a hotel of this rating/price. Plumbing in adjacent rooms noisy. Decent breakfast included.
Excellent views. Old style glamour (don't expect modern decor). Very helpful staff. Excellent food.
As previous review noted, king bed is two singles combined.
Only other drawback is €32 entrance fee per person per visit for spa (jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym etc) even for hotel guests.
Would stay there again.
The staff at this hotel missed no opportunity to treat us in a gruff, or at times rude, fashion. Every little request was seized upon as an opportunity to worsen our experience. As one of many examples, we arrived exhausted on our first evening there, asked the concierge to recommend a moderately-priced, relaxing restaurant, and were sent to a place that charged us outrageous prices (i.e., $25 for a salad) and treated us like we absolutely were not wanted (although our mony, of course, was eagerly taken). We were given no documents confirming our rate when we arrived, but they did insist that we sign a blank credit card slip that they could keep on file. All wake-up calls and other exchanges were delivered in a cold, laconic fashion. We requested reliable and trustworthy cab drivers on several occasions and twice were directed to drivers who attempted to cheat us out of our money, once by charging double and once by telling us that the money we gave him was fake and then trying to drive off with all of it. I'm sure that the hotel staff can't be responsible for the cab drivers, but one would expect that a high-level hotel would have the number of a trustworthy cab service (particularly considering the reputation of taxis in Naples). The hotel itself is fine, as long as you are careful to request a sea/ocean view with a balcony. We had such a room, and enjoyed a wonderful view of the bay, including the volcano. The "king" bed was actually two beds pushed together -- not what one would expect from a hotel that purportedly is of high caliber. Room and bathroom were tiny. Drinks in the minibar were a whopping 8 euros and up! We would be remiss if we did not include a warning about the neighborhood that the hotel is located in. Beware of all of the streets behind the hotel after dark! We were walking back from dinner one night fairly early (not later than 10), and were followed by a gang of young men for several blocks, until we navigated to a busier thoroughfare. We had a few other similarly frightening experiences. The hotel, of course, made no effort to preempt these experiences by warning us about the neighborhood. Still, by the standards of Naples, which is a dirty, dangerous city, the hotel was probably in a relatively decent area.
Just returned after having spent a long weekend in Naples. They've got some good offers on their website.
This is a comfortable and stylish hotel, very friendly and helpfull employes, a lovely breakfast buffet with a nice view on the bay and the castle and an attractive fitness/relaxation center.
At the reception desk they gave us some good advices to have dinner, try Taverna dell'Arte (62,50 euro for 2) or Dora (110 euro for 2, arias inlcuded).
The Caruso (in the hotel itself) serves good quality as well, try lunch there because the view is magnificent.
My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights in June 2004 and found the experience wonderful.
Overpriced for what you get. Although the rooms have luxury amenities, I would recommend you go elsewhere unless you have money to burn. For that much money you can stay in a large suite in most cities.
Hard to match in Naples!
Top notch in each and everything. Without asking we got a room on the top floor with a small but very nice balcony facing directly the Vesuvio. The rooms are not large, but everything has style. Bathrooms are excellent. Staff is very helpfull. In my opinion, hard to match in Naples.