Hotel San Francesco al Monte
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel San Francesco al Monte Naples
Great Start in Naples
Just returned from two weeks in and around Naples/ Amalfi coast. We caught a Hotel-arranged taxi from Napoli Airport to the Hotel [cost 35 euros]. The hotel and staff were fabulous, especially with the swimming pool on the roof garden. Naples can be a bit busy / daunting and this hotel is a real refuge. Breakfast was excellent. And the views, especially at night were spectacular.
Dirty Metropolitan City
We just returned from a week in southern Italy. We stayed in Naples for 6 nights at a lovely hotel - San Francesco Al Monte - that we would highly recommend for all travelers. However, the city itself is extremely dirty so we do not recommend staying in the city for more than a few days to just use as a base to get to other locales such as Sorrento, Capri, Almalfi Coast, etc. It would be better to stay in the lovely town of Sorrento.
The streets of Naples are so littered with trash, animal poop, etc. that it is difficult to walk anywhere! After the 5th day there the trash was finally picked up on our hotel street from the trash containers but the streets and sidewalks were still littered with filth. What a sad commentary for a city that has so much to offer.
Beware of cab drivers also - agree on a fixed price before getting in any cab!
Also, dont' take guided tours of the city, Capri, etc....just tourist traps at high prices with little commentary. Be adventurous and do it on your own...it's really quite easy!
Absolutely top class
Excellent hotel. Very friendly staff, unique rooms, excellent service. We particularly loved the views from the restaurant. We didn't think the neighbourhood was that menacing. The funicolare (walking distance from the hotel) is a very convenient way of getting into town.
We got a room with a spectacular view on the vesuve, but also on all the Naples City because the hotel is situated on a hill. It's really splendid.
The rooms are in the spirit of a monastere. So the decor is quite simple.
There is very beautiful terasse, but that must be the paradise in spring or summer. In March the weather is not enough perfect for using this terasse and the swimming pool.
We stayed two nights.
The funicular is 5 minutes away, and it's convenient for going in the center. An other mean is to walk for going directly in Spaccanapoli. But that is sport because of numerous "vespas" in the beginning of the street.
We recommend this hotel. You can stay all the day at the window for contempling the city.
Unforgettable, after all!
It's a special place with a great, unforgettable view and a nice atmosphere. We have been there for a weekend in february and so we paid half the price for a nice little room (i wouldnt' spend 300 euros for it!). In the whole, I would recommend it to a friend but suggest to ask for: 1. a "superior" room if you need more space than a monk in XVI century 2. a room on the 5th or 6th floor if you dont' want to hear the traffic in the street below. The "funicolare" would easily take you (three minutes) from the hotel down to the center of Naples. People at the front office are nice and helpful and breakfast on the terrace is definitely unforgettable and romantic!
Magical mix of history and comfort
This was one of the most special hotels I have ever been in. If you love history and architecture (don't all visitors to Italy??), this is the place for you. We loved exploring the network of passageways and rooms of this former monastery built into the mountain, filled with frescos, mosaics, ironwork and lovely furniture. The rooms are quite comfortable with wonderful linens and a 'gratis' mini-bar restocked daily. The views over Napoli and the looming Vesuvius are unforgettable, as was the gracious service of the staff, especially Guido. Because it was January, we didn't avail ourselves of the rooftop pool, but this is where I would bring the kids in a heartbeat.
A lovely hotel
What a gem. Stayed here for 7 nights in August, half-board - highly recommended - and would go back tomorrow. Reception staff very helpful, rooftop pool with view of Vesuvius delightful. Breakfast excellent, as was dinner. Still, must not rave about it too much, as it will be too difficult to book next time!
Really enjoyed staying in this hotel and wish we could have stayed longer. Hotel is a converted monastery and retains a wealth of original features including wonderful wall paintings and religious artifacts. There is a unique atmosphere and staff are very friendly and helpful. Hotel is well located in a quiet area but the city centre is easily accessible by public transfort via the "Funicular" railway.
There is an elegant swimming pool with a jacuzzi built into the rocks face (not yet up and running, but it will be wonderful when it is). Spectacular views over the bay of Naples and of Vesuvius. Every comfort, including spa showers in the ensuite and free minibar.
Highly recommended by a seasoned traveller!
I think the hotel has 5 star value. The service was excellent. On the reservation, they kindly accepted our request of late checkout till 4pm without extra cost. Drinks in a fridge are all free. All staff were very kind and polite. Swimming pool was elegant. Breakfast was like a star restaurant... We loved everything!
The circumstances are calm and not noisy. Frankly speaking, location is not very good because you cannot reach there without passing through an insecure area. However, two cable car stations, one of which connects to the new shopping street (via Toldo) and the other to old area (Plazza Dante) are close at hand.
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... pizzas and bring them back to the ship for all of the front office staff, but because of the overnight in Naples, they were able to go and have a relaxing meal there. We ordered a pizza with mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, mushrooms, tomatoes and basil and a glass of house red wine for me and house white for Karl. The pizza was amazing – fresh ingredients on a chewy wood oven baked crust. I loved the red wine, but Karl said the white was just okay. When ...
... us. Another extremely knowledgeable guide that taught us so much about these ruins in about a two hour tour. He wasn't kidding when he said you could use about five days to really see it all in detail! As we explored this town, I quickly saw what he meant as every piece held its own story! The city of Pompeii was destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 ft of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city was ~ 170 acres and about 30% remains covered. ...
... of lack of choice as there is pizza everywhere, but I had been recommended a few places and wanted to try them. The main recommendation was Pizzeria da Michele, and I had been warned about the huge queues and hour long wait and so when I arrived I was not disheartened by the massive crowd outside. There must have been over 100 people waiting for their order! However it wasn't to be as I failed to order a Margherita pizza. Initally I was told to wait ...
The last day in Athens was spent wandering the streets in the plaka area and a market. We did a bit of shopping and had a nice lunch. We stumbled across another fish foot spa and so round two occurred for 10 euros, the staff member forgot the time so we got 20 minutes! We agreed they were bigger fish this time...... Packing we have finally gone up to flights of 23kg! There was a lot of juggling this time. At ...
... were so tired that we called it quits. It was great - so much to see and has a very different angle on many things from the likes of Ephesus. I thought it would be closer to the Volcano than it was.
We were so tired that we just picked up some rolls, tomato, salami and juice from the supermarket just down the road (which has to be seen to be believed, it is an absolute rabbit warren) for ...