Royal Continental Hotel
Travel Blogs from Naples
... in Sorrento not being particularly pedestrian friendly, I thought it was best to get the bus. Once we arrived at the car park it was then a steep up hill climb to the very top where we were able to look into the crater of the volcano and have fantastic views all around the area, from Naples right round to Sorrento as well as over Pompei.
Naples is a bit of a foodie heaven. I had been waiting to visit naples to try a margherita pizza and sfogliatella ...
After leaving Greece and cruising the Strait of Messina between the toe of Italy and Sicily, our first Italian port since Venice was Naples. We had originally planned to spend the day seeing the sights of Naples on the hop-on hop-off bus but we decided to spend the morning at Pompei (we'd missed out on visiting Pompei when we were ...
... went out for dinner in search of traditional Napoli Pizza (since it was invented here). We seem to have slipped into a more continental way of doing things and it was 8pm by the time we ordered food and Izzy and Thomas seem to be fine with that. Unlike most other places we have stayed where there are lots of tourists and so lots of restaurants out touting for your business, usually pretty close to your hotel, here we had to go and search for the. ...
Castel del'Ovo was the final stop for the day was we walked along the waterfront. It is situated right in the bay and offers a beautiful view of the Bay of Naples and the city itself. It was quite a hike though and both of us felt it would be good to head back the train station and Rome.
Naples was truly crazy to visit. I don't plan to visit again for a while, but it does warrant a trip. It was good to see this different side of Italy. Just be prepared.
... a 20 minuite walk from the top. After numerous tight hair pins and switching between 1st and 2nd gear as it was so steep we finally arrived YEYYYY !!
The view, even from the car park was out of this world and we still had a 20 minute
vertical walk to go. As we set off up the steepest walk I've ever seen we came across a man selling bamboo walking sticks, they literally were just ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Continental Hotel Naples
A bit of culture in the real Italy !
We have stayed in many 5 star hotels and consider the Royal Continental worthy of a 5th star ! This is a beautifully clean and comfortable hotel and the staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly. Though small, the swimming pool area is immaculate and well furnished with fabulous views of the bay of Naples. Although the city of Naples has a slightly seedy feel to it, it definitely feels like the "real deal" ie, not just tourist Italy and it's ideally placed for visits to Pompei, Rome, Sorrento, Capri and many more. We would definitely return to the area as there is so much to see and would not hesitate to stay again at the Royal Continental.
Brilliant hotel & location
we stayed at the Royal for 2 nights in August, if you want that little bit of class then this is a great hotel, staff were very friendly & helpful, breakfast was just above the average for Italy but with great views across the bay of Naples, the location was most probably the best in Naples, very safe & loads of restaurants nearby, the pool on the roof top is a bit on the small side but adequate for a little swim, we found the restaurant a bit on the expensive side but great food, a balcony is a must to appreciate the views across the bay to Capri, we paid 120 Euros a night & worth every single penny. Would definitely stay here again.
What a view!
We stayed at the Royal, upon check-in we were given a room on the 9th floor with a large patio and views of Castel dell'Ovo, Vesuvius, Capri (on a clear day), and the entire Bay of Naples. The room was new, clean, excellent value with a very comfortable bed with clean linens changed daily. As it was very warm and humid, the ocean breezes on the ninth floor patios made our stay there wonderful! Plus, a welcoming bottle of Prosecco upon arrival. The staff was very warm, polite, helpful and seemed eager to accomodate our requests.
The staff's reccomendation for for a chauffer with private car to tour the entire area including Pompei, Amalfi to Sorrento and back could not have been better.
We will definitely stay at the royal on our next trip to Naples!
40th in Naples!
Whever said "See Naples & Die!"wasn't far wrong.Like the city that is our home in England-Liverpool-Ignore the bad press!This place is pure energy with a vibe i've never experienced outside of New York.
This purest of Italian cities just MUST be visited if you want to sample Italy at it's best.
Having been to Rome,Florence,Venice,Pisa and all the other major Italian tourist destinations in the last 3 years we wanted to chose somewhere different and memorable for my 40th birthday in January and the "home of the pizza"-Naples did not disappoint!
We'd done our homework on Trip Advisor in early January so knew the sort of stuff that mattered-like how to avoid being ripped off by the taxi drivers at the airport and where and where not go after or even before dark.
All I can say is that from arriving at the airport we had a great time.
Our taxi driver was fine from the moment he picked us up to the moment he dropped us off at our 4 star Hotel Royal in the bayside area of Santa Lucia.Although he couldn't speak any real English we got by and that universal of languages "football speak"provided for some friendly banter as we passed Napoli's football stadium on route which he proudly pointed to and uttered "Stadio Maradona!!".We paid 30 euros from airport to hotel although on our return I believe we negotiated this to 25.
Our Hotel was excellent if a little out of season.The room was immaculate with a beautiful view of Naples bay and the breathtaking Mount Vesuvious.
Food was as you'd expect in Italy was superb and staff friendly enough too.
Most of our time was spent though out on the streets of Naples and what a way to start my forties!
Pumping with life and people this city is busy busy busy and walking around is by far the best way to see it and take the energy and sights all in.
We walked during the day and after dark as well and although Naples is certainly not the cleanest of cities and has got an air of seediness in certain areas,(we did not like the railway station area), we did not at any time feel unsafe.Common sense security precuations are adequate here and good vigilance.
After just spending Christmas in England with all the shopping fever that comes with that time of year walking up Via Toledo on our first night I can only aliken our first impressions of Naples to Christmas shopping back home.Thousands and thousands of late night Italian shoppers were on the streets some on foot and many on mopeds and in cars,(strange why do they not wear crash helmets in this city?).Naples young people seemed to be out engaging in the art of conversation collected in groups standing around the beautiful squares.We saw no trouble as we walked around.
Naples as you can imagine offers many places to sample the legendery original pizza.Within easy walking distance of our hotel we found a great Tratttoria-Pizzeria on Via Santa Lucia 99.Very reasonably priced,(around £28 for a two course with wine for two), we ate here every night of our 3 days trip such was the charming atmosphere and ambience created by the mainly local Italian clinetele.Like in a lot of Naples eating houses we were able to watch our pizza being made from scratch.
We took a boat trip to Sorrento further down the coast which took about 40 minutes and returned to Naples by train same day but found our greatest enjoyment was just strolling along the around the Santa Lucia area in the sunshine and admiring the Castle,views of the breathtaking volcano Vesuvious and the bay itself.
Only two odd experiences we had were being approached by romanian begging children on the pier side and getting "latched onto"by a "friendly" middle aged local around the fountain at where via toledo begins determined to show us the route to the cable car.Something didn't feel right and I politely offloaded him.In hindsight he might just have been a lonely old guy!
Funniest experience was trying to order coffee in a city cafe where virtually no one spoke a word of English.Note much of Naples is like that and don't expect to wile the day away in English with the locals-you will get many blank looks.My advice learn some Italian before you go.
Verdict-I would return tomorrow.This city is everything you see in the pictures and read in the books but nothing they tell you can adequately describe the energy that is Naples.
Fantastic Hotel - Wonderful Experience
Hotel Royal is centrally located in Sorrento and everything is within walking distance. The rooms are super clean and the grounds are well maintained. We had a room on the 3rd floor facing the ocean with a view of Mt. Vesuvius and Naples. Caution: We slept with the sliding glass door opened every night and were attacked by mosquitoes, also, there was early morning noise from ships coming into the harbor, but I was too tired to care. I could have closed the sliding glass door and prevented it, but the cool sea breeze was worth it. The service from the dining staff is suburb and very helpful. For breakfast, we ate at the hotel everyday and for dinner we ate about 5 times. Breakfast was included with our room and your choices were omelets, bacon, ham, potatoes, cheeses, variety of fruits, cereal, sweet rolls, coffee, tea, and juices. Dinner was just as good and we tried a lot of different dishes. We miss our friends, Alberto, Mario and Antonio - they kept us well fed. Salvatore and Luigi were at the front desk and they were very helpful. They set up our trips to the Isle of Capri, Isle of Ischia (mineral springs), trip to a cheese farm, Amalfi coast, Positano, Ravello, Herculon and Pompeii. Cost of trips varied from 20-65 Euros. Take Bus line A and it will take you to an old abandon Roman villa - with a view to die for. Hotel Royal has laundry service, mini bar and a safe. We left our safe open a few times and everything was there when we came back. We visited Hotel Royal in Sorrento later October and this was the end of the tourist season, so that means I found a lot of bargains on designer shoes and clothes. I highly recommend this hotel because of its service, food, cleanliness and location.
Huge room, great view, great pool on roof
We stayed here at the beginning of October. It was arranged by the conference organizer - our conference was in the hotel. We had a huge room (even by American standards), a great view straight out to sea and the Maritime Fortress, great pool on the roof. Was really great.
See Naples and LIVE
Jenny and myself stayed at the Royal hotel earlier this year.
Citalia provided us with a balconied room looking over the sea to Castel dell'Ovo.
The view was super, we ate in the hotel more than once, which is unusual for us, and we found Naples and its environs really interesting.
If one is looking for a hotel slap bang in the middle of Naples then the Royal would not suit.
However, if one is looking for a hotel within walking distance of the centre of Naples, but with beautiful views and good service and facilities then the Royal is more than acceptable.
The Royal was great
Stayed in the Royal - it and the Continental are side-by-side. Chose the Royal because the lobby was much nicer and the exterior was neat and attractive - the paint is peeling off the Continental everywhere.
Rooms in both were good. The breakfast room is in the Royal on the second floor with a great view of the Castle directly in front. Very nice breakfast spread - ham, cheese, jam, rolls, sweet buns, cereal, fruit, juice - you can ask for a capaccino. Room was a corner room with a balcony and had a fantastic view. Room was a good size and very clean and looked new; bathroom was large and new and clean. Had a working TV and in-room safe. Good location to get around Naples from. Very friendly and helpful staff at reception.
Loved the Royal, but the Continental was not so nice
I spent 3&1/2 weeks at the Hotel Royal Continental. While I had made reservations for the Hotel Royal, for the first week they stuck me in the Continental. I was not impressed witht eh continental. It was a bit beaten up and not as nice as the Royal. The last twoo weeks, at my request, they moved me to a balconey room overlooking the Bay of Naples. It was clean, neat and comfortable. The view was un believable.
Food and hotel service were excelent. They took care of every need.
Also, the Royal has its own garage, which in Naples is a necessary, if you want your car there in the morning. I'm going back for 25 days in two weeks and am staying at the Royal.