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Naples: Hotel Constantinapoli 104

Via Constantinapoli, 104

Reviewed by: Michael in Chicago from usa, review #1846

When: March 2007

A beautiful, quiet and all-around superb hotel.

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This hotel is set inside a courtyard that has a garden and small pool, and all the rooms open up into this area, so it is very quiet, even in the midst of this frenetic city. The building is beautiful and impeccably restored, and the staff was incredibly professional and warm. These were the kind of people when, if asked about the weather, they immediately looked it up on the web and printed it out for you.

We stayed in room 106 (210), one of the rooms that opens up into the garden area, so it was a tranquil and peaceful scene out the window. Some may not like this, fearing a lack of privacy, but there are bars on the window if it's literal safety you'd be concerned about, and sheer curtains you want some light without revealing yourself to the crowd. The windows also have heavier curtains and those mechanical metal shutters for blacking out the room at night as well. Since it is a small hotel, there are not large crowds.

The breakfast area was well-lit and large, and the breakfast worth of lingering over (before venturing out for your real Italian breakfast). For those who want to eat here, there are egg, meat and cheese offerings, American cereals, Italian pastries, yogurts, fruits, juices.

The hotel is a few blocks from the Museo stop on the Metro, but just around the corner from the Piazza Dante stop. This latter one is not listed on our maps, and in fact might be relatively new - they are currently digging up another new Metro stop elsewhere nearby. Thus, getting to and from the train station via the Metro was easy.

The only disadvantage of this hotel might be its location away from the bay. The area near the water is obviously nicer, catering to the cruise-ship tourists and is more central to shopping. However, it was only a 10-15 minute walk to this hotel from there (admittedly, a crowded, Neopolitan-style walk), and the hotel was fantastic. I would definitely stay there again.

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