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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 …
... the weird thing was most restaurants didn't open till 7-7:30 and it was 6 o'clock!! We finally found a half decent place open, quickly sat down and ordered dinner, we hadn't eaten anything since breakfast time . Luckily for us the restaurant was lovely. Italians worked there and the pizza was great! It tasted different to the rome and Venice pizza, it had a puffy crust and they put ricotta cheese on top. Yummy!!!! After a great dinner, we went to an amazing gelato shop! ...
... were actioned in the forum represented Pompeii's cultural capital - they had economic strength and power and the prosperity of Pompeii was not forgotten despite its undoing by Vesuvius. From ruins we can still marvel at the wonder and magestic nature of this town - we can admire and appreciate the way in which the community would have been organised and how it operated. The way in which the many different buildings were utilised for various purposes shows that it was not ...
... still airy.
We then walked over to the Duomo and did a quick tour around the Musee Archeological. With the streets of Naples buzzing with daily life, it seemed wrong to look around artifacts from long ago. However, once we got back out onto the streets, it was 2pm. There was a marked difference in the number of people walking around and shops started to close their shutters! We did not experience this in Rome but in Naples, ...
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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.