Where to Stay in Naples?

February 18th, 2020 by Prontopia

Naples is a fantastic city to discover all about Italian culture, art and food! It's a multifaceted city, with lively people and culture. With so much to see at every corner, it can get hard to decide where to stay in Naples, find a few suggestions below to make up your mind.

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Centro Storico - Historic Center

Naples' historic center is made up of three decumani. They are three ancient streets of Naples created at the end of the 6th century BC. during the Greek era. They represent the heart of the ancient center of the city. The area encompasses the tiny alleyways of Spaccanapoli (Decumanus Inferiore) and Via Benedetto Croce, around Piazza San Gaetano and the Duomo.

Many family-run hotels and B&Bs are found in the historic centre and can be rented at a reasonable price. Check out ZonaportoB&B: 5 minutes walking distance from the Duomo and from Spaccanapoli, strategically placed between the station and the port to easily jump on a ferry and get to the islands. Also convenient to get to the city center, better if with the help of a Prontopia local assistant to discover the hidden paths of the historic Naples. If you are looking for a luxury hotel instead, have a look at Palazzo Decumani, a restored palace dating back to the early 20th century with modern high-level design.

The pros in staying in this neighborhood are that it is close to all main city monuments, sights and metro. It is perfect if you want to have a taste of the 'real' Naples. However this is a very lively area, which can become loud at times, especially at night. You may also want to pay close attention to traffic and motorbikes when crossing intersections.

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Quartieri Spagnoli - Spanish Quarters

Right in the city centre, opposite of Via Toledo. This neighborhood developed during the Spanish domination of Naples in the 16th century. It is a true local gem, full of small authentic shops and hidden boutiques.

Again, great B&Bs and hotels such as the Il Convento, great to immerse in a historic past thanks to its monastery style with all the modern comforts.

For an iconic luxurious stay, check Hotel Principe, a beautiful building inside Prince Tocco di Montemiletto. Perfect to reach the shopping central areas, art and traditional streets.

The neighborhood of Quartieri Spagnoli is great to easily reach on Metro Line 1 to Toledo stop. The cons are as for Historic Centre the caution needed with the traffic and noise in some areas.

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Santa Lucia/Lungomare

One of the most loved and popular places for citizens and tourists. It is constantly animated by events and manifestations of all kinds, but also by the numerous bars, restaurants and pizzerias that follow one another along the way. The pros of the area is the picturesque views of the bay, not to mention the views of Mount Vesuvius and Castel dell'Ovo.

The Lungomare di Napoli is a beautiful, relaxing path of nearly 3 km that starts from Santa Lucia - via Nazario Sauro - and goes up to Mergellina in via Caracciolo, running along one of the most beautiful sea views of the world.

Here visitors will find the most upscale, five star hotels, like the Hotel Royal Continental, with stunning views in front of Castel dell‘Ovo and the Borgo Marinari, or the Grand Hotel Vesuvius which fuses tradition with a luxurious service and design.

If we have to find any cons to staying in Lungomare neighborhood, it might be its distance from the metro: the closest stop is Toledo or Municipio on Line 1. The historic centre is just a 20 minute walk away - a very charming and pleasant walk.

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Vomero

Near Castel St. Elmo, it is located up above Naples, for visitors to enjoy clear skies and the views over the city. This is the neighborhood of elegance and green parks. The Vomero district is also remarkable for the number of ice cream parlors, open-air cafés and refined restaurants of Italian cuisine.

From Piazza Vanvitelli visitors can take time to shop in famous chain and department stores. Main attractions in the neighborhood are he Certosa di San Martino, also home to a museum and the above-mentioned Castel Sant'Elmo, which offers a wide panorama of the city and on the Gulf of Naples .

The neighborhood offers more than 119 hotel facilities with very high standards. Look at the comfortable and elegant GENTILE Relais or the simple Hotel Cimarosa. They will make for a great service and stay.

The neighborhood provides very good transport connections via funicular (Centro and Montensanto) and metro (Vanvitelli). At the same time the whole ares gives a cozy feeling thanks to leafy streets and clean and comfortable roads. Compared to other neighborhood Vomero is undeniably on of the most distant from main sights, train station and port.

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Posillipo

This neighborhood is very similar in surroundings and atmosphere to the Vomero district, but even further away from the historic center. The views from here are spectacular though. It is a great place to wake up to in the morning to stretch the gaze over Naples. Also depending on your hotel of choice, there is a quick access to the Mergellina funicular and port, with ferries to Ischia and Procida. However, both funicular and metro transport is required to get to the city center with numerous changes of line.

Hotels here are scarse, but in case of necessity check Primo Piano Posillipo with its beautiful and distinct rooms and highly efficient service.

Piazza Garibaldi

The neighborhood surrounding Napoli Centrale - the train station. It's an unpretentious and grubby area, but very well serviced. Opposite to what visitors might think this is not unsafe here, although it is always a good idea not to walk around late at night.

The hotels and BnBs in the area are non-expensive and nicely located. Try the aesthetic of La Peonia, a country-chic BnB close to any means of transport and the Historic Center neighborhood.

Apart from the comfort of being next to the train station, it has easy access to the Circumvesuviana, perfect to plan daily trips to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Nonetheless, it must be underlined that this is a very unattractive area, full of traffic and noise.

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Now you know all the options on where to stay in Naples, which one will you choose?

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