Naples can be chaotic, loud and exhausting as well as beautiful, exhilarating and delicious! At the end of a hard day's touristing, I can think of no better place to stay than the Art Resort in the supremely elegant Galeria Umberto. Yes, the hotel is on the 4th floor of a 19th Century shopping mall. High up and close to the intricate glass domes, decorated with statues and reliefs that the regular shoppers down below probably never see.
The hotel is elegantly decorated in 19th C period style with new bathrooms and comfortable beds. Good double glazing and the location (high and in the shopping arcade) means that this may be the most peaceful place to sleep in Napoli.
The location is excellent - close to the sea, high end shopping, street market and key tourist sights. It is also well connected to public transport which is how one should visit Naples. Don't bring a car as you will suffer the grief of not finding parking, chaotic driving styles, and possible crime.
The staff in the hotel are super friendly and helpful - even though Naples lost their football match to Chelsea that night! - there is a welcome complimentary aperativo until 8 and breakfast is surprisingly generous for an Italian hotel, with too many delicious cakes to try.
There are only about 10 rooms in the hotel, each named for an artist with a tile replicating a famous work by that artist on the room door - though this seems to be as far as the art theme is taken. This gives the hotel an intimate atmosphere.
The location may make this hotel seem a bit quirky, but in our opinion it's what made it special and will make us go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Art Resort Galleria Umberto is a small jewel settled in a historical monument in the very Heart of Naples. A luxury 4 stars rated recently opened hotel in renowned Galleria Umberto I, nearby Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, San Carlo theatre and Maschio Angioino, priceless places to visit for tourists coming from all over the world.Conceived and furnished in a XIXth century Patrician house style, Art Resort is a rarity to be unveiled, in a typical Baroque style ambience. L'Art Resort Galleria Umberto e un piccolo gioiello incastonato all'interno di un monumento storico nel cuore di Napoli. Un lussuoso hotel 4 stelle aperto di recente nella celebre Galleria Umberto I proprio accanto a piazza Del Plebiscito, al Palazzo Reale, al Teatro San Carlo e al Maschio Angioino, mete imprescindibili per i turisti di tutto il mondo.Concepito e arredato nello stile di una casa patrizia di meta Ottocento, l'Art Resort e insieme una rarita tutta da scoprire e un tipico ambiente barocco napoletano. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Art Hotel Galleria Umberto
- Art Hotel Naples