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Pompei: B&B Certe Notti

Nolana n.128, Phone: 0818636667

Reviewed by: Jayebyrde from CA, review #3189

When: December 2011

Perfectly situated for exploring Pompeii. The owner will pick you up from the train station with your luggage!

Breakfast at Certe Notti, photo by Jaylynn Bailey

Solo female traveler. I stayed at Certe Notti for two nights (not long enough!) in mid-December '11. I had an amazing, incredible wonderful stay. My room was HUGE, the biggest I stayed in throughout my trip. Antonio, the owner, had so much wonderful advice for exploring the ancient ruins and the modern city. He even loaned me a book on ancient Pompeii that helped put the history into context.

My room had a balcony with a glorious view over orange trees and mountains. The bed was delicious. This is one of the only places I stayed in during my 5 week holiday all over Italy where the wifi had a strong enough signal for Video Skyping ... and actually worked the whole time I was there!

My interest was solely in Pompeii and Herculaneum, so why stay in Naples? The modern city of Pompei is small and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again, solo or traveling with a companion.

Every morning, Ione, Antonio's wife, would greet me with a freshly made, steaming hot cappuccino and a smile. Homemade chocolate cake for breakfast? You bet. Fresh croissants, too. And ham and cheese and yummy yogurt. Certe Notti serves up a 4-star breakfast. You can't ask for more than that.

There is a little grocery store right next door to the B&B to pick up water or other snacks if you want. Though it is an easy walk from the Circumvesuviana train stop, Antonio or Ione will happily pick you up and drop you off with your luggage.

It is a brisk 10-15 minute walk to the entrance of the ancient ruins. This is what they call the "Amphitheater" entrance, which is level, unlike the "Porta Marina" entrance on the other side, which requires a steep ascent in order to gain access. The Amphitheater entrance is, as you might guess, close to the amphitheater. It is also close to the so-called "Garden of the Fugitivies." http://www.mummytombs.com/pompeii/cast.garden.htm.

Happily, it is also close to all the best restaurants in Pompeii. Lots of great options after a long day in the ruins on your way back to the B&B. I ended up eating dinner both nights at the Pizza Margherita restaurant right near the train station. It's run by a mother/daughter team and the pizzas are surperb, and cheap!

I had such an amazing time visiting Pompeii. The food, the people, the mountain, the history! But especially Antonio and Ione and their wonderful hospitality. I can't wait to go back. I hope Romeo, their friendly and laid back dog, welcomes me back. He's the best!

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA, review #3010

When: September 2010

A fabulous find in modern Pompei. We were very happy in our little studio, and hope to return one day.

Living area with sleeper sofa, photo by Colleen

Travel buddy Shannon and I stayed for two nights at this small B&B (3 rooms) and enjoyed it very much.

The entrance was very secure, with a locked gate at the street in addition to the building security. Watch out for Romeo the dog... he likes the ladies. ;)

Our large space (really, a 1-bedroom apartment) was nicely laid out, with a sleeper sofa in the living area, along with bookshelves, a small frigo bar, electric kettle and coffee/tea supplies. We used the hallway air-conditioning unit fan to refresh the air.

That part of our rooms was quiet - I slept on the sleeper sofa (nice linens!) and didn't hear any street noise at night.

The separate bedroom had a full size bed, armoire, dresser, TV. Shannon said it was a bit noisy at night - apparently a nearby disco goes until late.

The bathroom was beautiful! Lots of lovely marble and soothing colors. Immaculately clean and in pristine condition.

We were upstairs next to the breakfast/common area, and our French doors opened onto a narrow balcony overlooking Via Nolana. There was also a private balcony at the back, accessed via the bedroom, with a table and chairs overlooking a citrus grove.

Breakfast was plentiful with a good variety of options.

The owners could not have been more helpful - they took time to mark favorite (non-tourist) restaurants on the map, and let us use their laptop to check email. One day they drove and dropped us off at the entrance to Pompeii, and on the day we left they drove us to the train station.

If ever in the area again I'd be happy to return to Certe Notti, and unhesitatingly recommend it!

Note: BEWARE of the epically awful Ru-Yi Ristorante Cinese just up the street from the B&B. See my review on slowtrav ... and avoid eating there!

Reviewed by: SallyB from CA, review #2839

When: April 2010

Friendly, helpful, clean, comfortable, large suite walking distance from train and entrance to ruins in Pompeii. Very reasonable. Include substantial breakfast

The room is really a two room suite with a nice patio with a view of an orange and lemon grove. Very comfortable.

Breakfast is in a pleasant room and quite substantial including homemade goodies. Bed is very comfortable. The B&B is walking distance to both the train station and the ruins. However, Antonio gave our friends a ride to the entrance and picked them up at the train station.

This B&B is run by Antonio and his wife who went out of their way to help us, not only with restaurant recommendations, but by giving us a ride to pick up our rental car and then communicating with the agent in Italian for us as they spoke little, if any, English. When we had issues with the rental agency on returning the car almost two weeks later, Antonio spoke with them and cleared up the problems.

I highly recommend Certe Notti B&B for anyone visiting Pompei, Herculaneum or even Naples.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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