Travel Blogs from Naples
... local taxis. We walked the hill from the station once without luggage, and that was enough! Now you know we are not whimps after some climbs we have done, but with bags it would be too much.
We went to Herculaneum one of the days in this area. It was another victim to Vescuvius like Pompeii, but it was covered with boiling mud.
It was a great excursion.
Peter opted to join a small group with a guide. He was just super and ...
... off to the sea, they mean it! Our guide, Sebastian gave us some historical background and points of interest as we made our way along the coast. We saw the homes of Sofia Lauren, Roger Moore and Federico Fellini. Bill Gates wanted to buy a fishing village that is situated along the Amalfi coast and turn it into a resort but he was REJECTED. I guess that’s a good thing. Once Jackie Kennedy came for a holiday, the Amalfi coast became THE PLACE for THE ...
Elaine and I had the opportunity to travel to southern Italy for sixteen days this month. Our last stop was Naples, and we had the pleasure to spend six nights in the Hotel Excelsior, located on Via Partenope, directly across from the Castel dell'Ovo, and all of its nearby upscale dining and nightclub establishments. Upon arrival, we were immediately upgraded to a junior suite located on the second floor (called the first floor in Italy). The room ...
... more words I was eventually allowed off the ship!! I felt like an escapee from Yatala!!
We walked to the Sightseeing bus and went on a 60 minute circuit of the city. Naples is what I expected. There are some beautiful churches, statues and monuments but it is covered with graffitti and litter. The distinctive red and grey buildings are attractive but too many others are rundown and in need of a coat of paint. We went past the Archaeological ...
... Napoli at night, We went to one of Federica's favorite hangouts called Ciro. Which had every gelato or dessert imaginable. I got Pistachio gelato which was excellent. This place was packed with locals. On the other side of the street was a place that was a little bit like an American diner but we did not go there. These two places reminded me of Pat's and Gino's in Philly. We then headed up ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Excelsior Naples
We enjoyed our stay at the Excelsior. We stayed 6 nights and used points for 5 of them. The only complaint was the internet. It did not work well in the room. It was difficult to connect and we had to reconnect frequently. Everything else about our stay was excellent.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Excelsior Naples
We just returned from a 5 nite stay at the Excelsior in Naples. Naples is much maligned but unfairly so. It is a great city. The people were extrmely nice( even the famous Naples taxidrivers). The food and particularly the pizza eas fabulous. Would recommend Ciro e Mergellina,Ciro a Santa Brigida and Dora as our favorites. This city needs a PR overhaul because it was beautiful, interesting, close to Pompei, Herculaneum Amalfi coast etc. I could have stayed another week. I was with my wife and 3 kids. We never felt unsafe or threatened. Try to get Dolores Caporossa as a guide for anywhere in Naples or surrounding sights. I am so glad we weren't deterred by some of the naysayers on this site.
others write of a good location. that's true especially for strolling and shopping. the hotel is well maintained with a seemingly recent upgrade but in the sort of style where one would bring the mistress, not the wife. marble bathroom and padded brocade wall coverings with wood floor. all fine except there is not enough water pressure to make the overhead shower work. so baths it is. if you have a street/water view then you are indeed lucky but be aware that the noise is considerable and the aircon is set to a minimum of 21 centigrade so the choice is limited here. i have found the desk staff not just aloof but actually disregarding. no attempt to retrieve a bag out of a cab or off the street. when requesting a cab was met with no response at all. five minutes later i hoofed it. everything seems a bother as you are breaking in on the chat time for the staff. i can't say little enough about about this place except for the housekeeping. can't wait to get back north and have this fade into a memory. and not a good one at that. if this is the hometown of Sophia Loren, no wonder she lives in Malibu.
You have to meet Luigi, simply the best Concierge
How nice it is to feel a really warm and personal welcome to a large Hotel? The Excelsior excelled in every department, we stayed for a week and could have stayed longer. We would stay there again without hesitation. The room was traditional with a very comfortable super king size bed. The attendance from room service was quick and correct. The crowning glory was provided by one of the very best Concierge's I have ever come across. If there were a competition for the most outstanding Conceirge, Luigi would win it hands down.
Unlike some other reviewers, our room had a great view of the Bay and Vesuvius and was light and large except when we closed the shutters at night. We stayed for free on brother-in-law's starwood points-they got the upgrade room but our room was large and our bathroom too even without the upgrade-I can only assume that the dark, dusty rooms were across the corridor. The hotel is well located-you can walk to the port to catch a boat to Capri without much trouble or up to the shopping street and mall. There is a dock with many restaurants right down the street-we ate there 2 nights-the food was nothing special but the ambience was great. We ate around the corner at a good small restaurant the 3rd night because of the rain. Because breakfast was not included, my husband and I had coffee and pastries every morning around the corner for 2 to 3 euros. I did not have a bad pastry in Naples. At the hotel, on Sunday when the little places were not open, I had coffee and toast for 7 to 8 euros. We had drinks with good nibbles every night at the hotel-not cheap and like someone else wrote the piano gets annoying if you stay too long. I would not stay at this hotel again unless on a coupon, the staff was efficient rather than friendly but the view and location were superb. Only one really bad thing. We rented a car after two days to go to Pompei and then on the our next stop. As we were leaving (literally in the car) a person ran up and handed us a bill for more than 40 euros to cover two nights parking. We did not pay anywhere near this amount anywhere else that we had the car. Ask in advance if you park a car at this hotel.
I don't imagine that any other hotel in the city will have quite such a good view as the Excelsior. It is truly a great location, overlooking the bay, with the open sea front making the area around the hotel seem spacious - something to be valued in the otherwise cramped architecture of Naples
Very few hotels offer you a view as grand as the Bay of Naples plus are in easy walking distance of most of the historic sites of Naples. The Excelsior Hotel offers a great location combined with superb service.
We stayed here for one night for our honeymoon in July 2004 and my husband and I loved it! our room was facing the Castel del Ovo and the bay of naples so the view could not be beat! the room itself was very large and luxurious because we made sure to request one of their suites. the next morning we found out about the rooftop restaurant and regretted not going up there at night since the view was spectacular in the morning! overall i would highly recommend it. we don't stay at upscale hotels a lot but this time it was absolutely worth it!
Loved this hotel
I thought that this was a great hotel. As starwood members, we were upgraded to a king size room facing the bay. it was an incredible view and the rooms were light and airy, not dark as in another person's description.
The hotel is located on the water, but it is still possible to easily get around to the other parts of the city. There are also some great restaurants around there as well.
Everything about the hotel was professional and luxurious. I only wish that I wasn't so jetlagged when I first arrived so that I could have appreciated it more.
We were upgraded to a large, spacious suite upon our arrival (Starwood member) and were not particularly impressed with the overall rooms....they were large and very dark, despite lots of windows, the air was very stale (perhaps from the last guest's smoking?) and the bathrooms were a bit antiquated.
Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, but it is likely we wont' stay there again.......if we have to stay in Naples for a night ever again!
My wife and I stayed at the Excelsior for 3 nights for our honeymoon in September 2003. We stayed at hotels in Rome, Positano, Capri, and Ravello during this same trip, and the Excelsior was our favorite by far. The hotel's views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvious are the best in Naples. The roof top restaurant was wonderful. The hotel has a great old world charm and atmosphere. The rooms have high ceilings and nice big bathrooms. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The only thing lacking at the hotel was a fitness facility, but this is typical of European hotels. Since this hotel is part of the Starwood chain, the best chance at getting a room with a view is to sign up to become a Starwood member in advance and ask for an upgrade at the desk.