Hotel San Francesco al Monte
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... was the place I was recommended to try them. I was very spoilt in the fact that the hotel I stayed at served sfogliatella calde (hot sfogliatella) every morning, but I also tried one from a pasticceria to compare and it was even better. Sfogliatella is a shell shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese and candied orange peel, and is so delicious I think I started a slight addiction to them.
Finding a margherita pizza was a little more difficult, ...
... cause there wasn't enough people interested in doing the tour).
We were a bit concerned initially that we were going to get a bit wet at Pompei but the decision to take the umbrella was effective in keeping the rain away. When the clouds cleared it actually turned out to be a pretty hot day so we spent a bit of ...
... off to the old quarter into the pedestrian only precinct (though it appears that some of Naples didn't receive that memo) and finally found some restaurants and settled down for pizza.
The walk home let us see Naples after sunset (wouldn't want to walk it by myself) and Thomas jabbered non stop all the way home (and I can hear my mother saying just like me when I was that age!).
Tomorrow we plan to spend the day in Naples.
Outstanding place to see, standing under arches built 2000 years ago...or next to marble fonts 3 metres across worn smooth by people long gone...all over-shadowed by the mountain... Walking along flag-stoned roads built by slaves with the worn in ruts of thousands of busy chariots. Recreated gardens, light-filled Atriums, monuments to house gods, mosaics and fresco alike... Pompeii would have been a terrific place to live with a bit of cash behind ...
... is becoming a daily staple here in Italy, I don't know what I'm going to do when I get back to the States. Any local Italia vino is just lovely. I haven't had a bad glass yet! I stopped at the mercati for some fresh peaches and roma tomatos for my munchies. U can eat organic and healthy for cheap here. Lots of fruta y verdure home grown and delizioso! Then off to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. This building's exterior isn't much to look at. It ...
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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.