This is a lovely 3 star hotel located in the middle of Napoli.
Positive points: the hotel is spotlessly clean with clean, crisp bed linen and a good continental breakfast. the staff are very helpful and friendly and we were made to feel very welcome. They spoke reasonable English and were happy to offer advice and maps. The bedroom we stayed in was furnished simply but adequately, with terracotta tiled floors and walls in the bathroom, which had both shower and bath. The room was cleaned daily to high standard.
Points to note: be aware that the hotel is in the middle of the Spanish quarter in the middle of the densely packed gridwork of streets that is typical Napoli- high buildings narrow streets and washing hanging out - like West Side story. The bed was quite hard.
Scooters race up and down hooting all day, all evening till late. A nearby chapel rings its bell furiously at 7 and 8 a.m. every morning. Although much is made in the guidebooks of thieves and muggings we had no experience of that (except the taxi driver who charged us 50 euros from the airport - the official fare is 21 euros so negotiate up front and don't accept the tricks they use like the meter being broken and the difficulty of naming a price because of so many factors that come into play. Write 21 euros on a piece of paper and if he objects get another taxi.)
Recommended: get a 3 day travel & Art pass from the Information kiosk in the Galleria about 5 minutes walk away. This a high vaulted "shopping centre" on the Via Toledo. You'll find the information centre at the back on the right hand side next to the tobacconist. Hotel receptionist will give you a leaflet on the travel pass
This saves you having to buy timed bus tickets from tobacconist shops and queuing in railway stations (queuing is an alien concept to italians!). We found almost all the italians we met helpful, friendly and charming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il Convento is a cute little hotel in the very heart of Naples. It's situated in the narrow atmospheric streets of the Quartieri Spagnoli only few meters away from the main shopping street (Via Roma/Via Toledo)In a palace of the 1600, skillfully restored, with the aim to re-create its original look it feels a bit like living in a castle (lit candles and brickwalls). The hotel is filled with beautiful furniture have a cute breakfast area and free wi-fi in breakfast rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Convento Hotel
- Il Convento Naples