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Review 5583: Owner, Alla Terrazza (#337434)
2bed/1bath apartment in Naples, Campania
June 2013, 7 nights
This apartment is right in the Spanish Quarter of Naples, just off Via Toledo, so very central to the historical sites of the city. The streets around it look a bit "iffy", but in actual fact we felt very safe the whole time we were in Naples. The street has many apartment blocks, little stores, and churches too.
We walked everywhere in Naples, and there are a hundred restaurants within a 10 minute walk! The coffee is very good in Naples, but give Café Gambrinus a big miss, as the coffee was awful and not hot; and the service appalling! Living on its name, but not up to its name, that's for sure! The best coffee we had was in the Mexico Caffeteria on SpaccaNapoli.
There is a grocery store about 10 minutes walk away, I think it was a Conad; and there are lots of little pop-up street markets every day nearby for fresh produce.
We ate very well in Naples; and I think the food there is much better than in more northern parts of Italy. Don't forget to try sfogliatelli, the wonderful warm ricotta-filled brioches that are a specialty of the area.
The building has great locks, and is very secure. The windows in the apartment are new, and are very solid and lock well; also there are roll-down shutters on the outside of most of the windows. It's on the fourth floor with an elevator, which only stopped working once while we were there!
The building was not historical as in ancient; but I believe probably from the 18th or 19th century. The apartment was quiet, we saw none of the neighbours except the lady on the next terrace hanging out her laundry.
The garbage dumpsters below seemed to be emptied at 01:00 every night; but that doesn't last long. The noise in Naples comes from cars and scooters honking at every intersection before speeding on through. They don't stop, just honk! Watch out when walking the narrow streets.
The apartment has a huge living room filled with books, art and light; it's very colourful. Two comfy sofas with lots of cushions. The big bedroom has a double bed and big wardrobe for clothes; and the small bedroom seems to be an office; but was plenty big enough, with an extremely comfy futon-bed.
The bathroom has a decent shower; and the kitchen was large and opened onto the terrace on two sides. It could do with an overhaul of the dishes and cutlery and glasses; but it was adequate for two of us. It needs a kettle to boil water, and the owner said there would be one next time we were there!
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The terrace was great; very big and filled with fragrant plants and flowers. The table and chairs are plastic and old; but we put a cloth on the table and cushions on the chairs and it was fine! The view is of the Castle and church at the top of a huge hill above Naples and is very colourful and lovely. It's a private terrace just for this apartment with lots of room to hang out your laundry after you've washed it in the machine tucked at the back of the terrace under an overhang.
The furniture was in good shape; we slept like logs on the comfy beds! It was all super clean and in fact a cleaner came along midweek and did a tidy up and cleaned the bathroom and kitchen for no charge, so that was a nice surprise! Plenty chairs to relax on in the evenings, two comfy sofas, and one easy chair. The dining table is a picnic table with benches and some fold out chairs; but lots of room for about eight people if need be. We ate outside anyway or ate out.
See comments above.
The kitchen had plenty pots and pans; it just needed a kettle to boil water. Us Canadians and Brits must have our tea! The dishes and glasses were a bit of a hodgepodge but were adequate for two of us. We cooked a couple of times, but mostly were out for dinner as the food in Naples proved to be so good, and so inexpensive compared to further north!
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises other than that we were so taken with Naples and its people! They are so kind and warm!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were treated very well. The owner always responded promptly to all my emails when I was booking ; and she was there right on time when I arrived in a blinding rainstorm. She didn't speak much English, but I have a bit of Italian, and we both spoke French, so we managed! She came by midweek, and brought us a little present; and was so lovely and kind to us. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting her!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a safe stay in Naples, and wants to be right in the heart of it all! We just loved it; and hope to go back again one day!
Things to do in this area
We went to Ischia on the ferry which is a 20 minute walk down to the port. We went to Pompeii and Herculaneum on the train; we got the local bus to the train station from the apartment.
We had dinner a t Trattoria da Nenella, which is just a riot of noise, music and people; it's about a five minute walk away. We also ate at Hosteria Toledo; also round the corner; and at another place I don't remember the name of which was very good, also nearby. The prices are about two-thirds what you would pay in Florence, Rome, etc. and the quality much better.
You can walk to the beginning of the long street Spaccanapoli from here and a lot of the historical sites are along or just off this street.
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