Hotel San Francesco al Monte
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... or to Napoli centrale. Everyone on the Rick Steve's board said to just go to Napoli centrale, even though it didn't make any sense to me. But we did that - mistake. The station was under construction and it was a real pain to get from the tram to the station. We just got behind some people who looked like they were local and had a suitcase, and darted in and out of traffic behind them! Kurt said he didn't understand how they were driving, there weren't really lanes or ...
... Ben as we decided to take him along with us to Sicily, he had proved himself to be quite a witty travel companion. Kathryn Ferries! We love overnight ferries! This time we opted for a non-cabin and set up camp on the couches. Having marked our territory upon arrival, every opportunity we got we enacted our plans for domination over the lounge precinct! Michaela used her bum to push one guy out onto the balcony and I just got out my stinky socks from the day... Worked wonders! ...
... stoplight is green, you get in the fastest line at Target, and your husband cooks dinner while you get a pedicure. Perfect, but unlikely.
Our first stop on our 30 passenger boat was to the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a famous cave in the cliffs of the Mediterranean that can only be accessed by boat. The opening of the cave is about three feet tall and requires adventure seekers to get into a small dinghy with another dingy rowing ...
... cream containers. Although the surroundings were cheap, the prices were not! Making a quick escape, we found the main shopping strip and enjoyed a walk through the mayhem of Naples where road/pedestrian rules don't seem to matter. Santo even got offered a iPad for sale off a guy who was stopped at the lights on his motorbike and produced his goods from a bag on the side of his bike. Although we thought we ...
... because the metro stations were few and far between, we hailed a taxi for the first time on this trip. By this point we were starving, and even though it was only 4pm, we wanted dinner. We quickly learned that most everything in Naples closes at 4pm, and doesn’t re-open until around 7:30pm. After having such a frustrating and long walk, we were very disappointed when all of the recommended places were closed. Luckily, Matt didn’t give up and ...
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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.
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.
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.