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Pompei: Villa dei Misteri

Via Villa dei Misteri, 11, Phone: 081.861.35.93

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Reviewed by: dragonpat from MN, review #1454

When: March 2006

Located only a couple blocks from Pompeii. The rates were very reasonable. Transportation was convenient on the railway line. {2 stars}

The hotel takes its name from the ruins of an ancient Pompeian villa located on the same street. Half of the rooms are located in the main building. The others are located around the swimming pool in the centre of the hotel complex. The rooms in the main building have a better view and balconies. At least half of the rooms in the main building look out onto the Bay of Naples itself and a view of the dead city.

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The rooms in the main building have an exquisite marble bathroom with a big tub to soak your feet in after walking on the uneven payment in Pompeii all day. The staff was very polite and helpful with all of our needs and questions.

The Villa dei Misteri Hotel is located only 150 meters (a couple blocks) from the Porta Marina gate of ancient Pompeii. The modern city's center is only two km (less than a mile) away. Two important means of transportation, the Circumvesuviana railway line and the A3 Napoli-Salerno highway, are nearby (150 and 300 meters = a few blocks). This makes the Villa dei Misteri an ideal starting point for trips to the Sorrentine peninsula, the Amalfi Coast, the Mt. Vesuvius area and Naples.

You can walk with your luggage down the street from the Circumvesuviana railway stop easily when you arrive from the airport on the train which you can catch at the Central Station at Garibaldi Piazza in Naples. The Alibus can take you from the airport to Central Station at Garibaldi Piazza. The furniture is very simple and consists of a little writing desk, two chairs, a bag support, a cupboard and two night tables. There is no TV in the room, but with the railway stop so close you can always go to Sorrento for entertainment in the evening. There is shopping in Sorrento till 9 pm., and a host of restaurants. During the off-season there weren’t any restaurants open on the Porta Marina side of Pompei. It is a 15-20 minute walk to the other side of Pompei where there are many good restaurants like Zi Caterina's.

The rates were very reasonable, especially since transportation was so easy to and from it on the Circumvesuviana railway line. We paid only 58 euros a night during the off season.

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