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Where to Stay in Naples, Italy: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Although the major attractions of Naples are somewhat spread out, the majority of tourist destinations are in the busy Decumani neighborhood (old town) and by the waterfront of Naples Harbor. The Decumani area is packed with restaurants and shops that line the narrow streets, near major sights like the Archeological Museum, San Domenico Maggiore, and numerous historic churches. The waterfront area on the eastern side of the city is home to the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) and Castel Nuovo, as well as the main ports for ferries and passenger boats. The southern shore along the Santa Lucia district faces Vesuvius and is where you can find the upscale Chiaia neighborhood's city park, Castel dell'Ovo, and numerous historic monuments. Visitors who will be taking day trips and are willing to take a bus or the metro into the city center may find hotels near the train station a handy alternative. Public transportation is convenient and dependable, but it is easy and safe to explore the touristy parts of the city on foot.

Where to Stay for Luxury

View over Naples to Mt. Vesuvius
View over Naples to Mt. Vesuvius
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The Grand Hotel Vesuvio sits in the Chiaia neighborhood, near the Castel dell'Ovo, overlooking Naples harbor with views of Mount Vesuvius across the water. The spacious rooms and suites at this opulent five-star hotel feature decadent furnishings and artwork, antiques, and parquet floors. Amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, full-service spa, and a business center. A generous breakfast buffet with fresh-baked pastries is available, served at the hotel's restaurant.

Also near the water, Romeo Hotel sits near the main passenger boat launch, where you can take ferries to Pompeii and the surrounding islands. Known for its chic spa, the Romeo also has a heated rooftop pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center, so that guests can become fully rejuvenated during their stay. The hotel has two restaurants, including an excellent authentic sushi bar and a Michelin-starred gourmet eatery.

The Hotel Palazzo Decumani is located in the old town close to major attractions like San Domenico Maggiore, the National Archeological Museum, and Cappella Sansevero and is within easy walking distance of many other historic sightseeing destinations. This newer, 20th-century building fits well in its old town setting, with an impressive façade and grand interior that features a huge marble spiral staircase. Rooms are high-ceilinged and expansive and are both modern and elegant. This 28-room hotel offers personal service to its guests, and your stay includes a gourmet breakfast.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

A fountain in Naples
A fountain in Naples
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Housed in a converted factory that allows spacious high-ceilinged rooms and suites, the Hotel Correra 241 offers excellent value with a central location and standard amenities that include an electric kettle for tea and coffee and in-room safe plus complimentary breakfast. The hotel's ultra-modern look is stylish and has personality, using swaths of solid color to accent walls and furnishings. It is located within a five-minute walk to the National Archeological Museum and just ten minutes from most of the old town sights; there is a bus stop one block away for easy transportation to Naples Harbor and outlying attractions.

Hotel Il Convento sits in the Quartieri Spagnoli, which is conveniently situated between the Decumani and Chiaia neighborhoods and within walking distance of both, making this an ideal base for sightseeing. Close to Palazzo Lieto and just three blocks from the Fontana Del Nettuno, the hotel is also near plenty of restaurants and shops. Rooms are plain but well-appointed, and the building's historical characteristics have been maintained. Rates include breakfast, which can be eaten on the lovely stone patio in nice weather.

For the consistency and standards of a dependable chain hotel, the Best Western JFK Hotel is a good option for those who have a car or are happy to take the bus; there is free on-site parking and a bus stop just two minutes away. Located in a safe area near the train station, this modern hotel offers airport transportation and a complimentary breakfast buffet with fresh Italian pastry.

Where to Stay on a Budget

View over the old town, Naples
View over the old town, Naples
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Despite its location just one block from Naples Harbor and within a 10-minute walk of the Castel dell'Ovo and Santa Lucia's ritzy Chiaia neighborhood, Hotel Rex manages to keep its rates low. The hotel is updated and stylish, with elegant common areas, and rates include breakfast. This is a perfect landing place for tourists who will be taking ferries to Capri, Procida, and Ischia.

The ibis Styles Napoli Garibaldi has clean, bright rooms that come with complimentary breakfast and bottled water. Located near the train station, it is convenient for taking day trips out of the city to Pompeii or a bus into the old town. There are several good restaurants near the hotel, as well as shopping.

The quiet Hotel Europeo & Flowers is a no-frills lodging that is in the heart of the old town near the university and just a block from San Domenico Maggiore. This unique hotel has bright, interesting murals in the lobby and hallways, and each room is individually decorated to give it a unique personality.

Where to Stay for Families

Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito
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Families will vacation in style and comfort at La Ciliegina Lifestyle Hotel, a boutique hotel where kids can be kids without disturbing other guests, thanks to soundproofed rooms. This four-star hotel provides five-star service and amenities that will keep everyone happy, including spacious rooms with Sky TV's international channels, tea and coffee supplies, marble baths, and linen bedsheets. The rooftop terrace has a hot tub and views of the nearby Castel Nuovo, as well as views of Mount Vesuvius across the harbor.

Just a two-minute walk from the Cavalleggeri d'Aosta Metro Station, Hotel Cristina is a fair distance from the main attractions but close to the zoo and other activities and entertainment that will help keep kids happy. For added convenience, there is also a supermarket and several restaurants nearby. The hotel has family rooms and is good value, with free parking and complimentary breakfast. It is also the city's premier green hotel, known for its energy-saving and eco-conscious efforts.

Where to Stay for Romance

Castel dell'Ovo and Mt. Vesuvius
Castel dell'Ovo and Mt. Vesuvius
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Naples' upscale Chiaia neighborhood is home to the Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri, a retreat that is simultaneously modern and classic. Everything about this property says elegance and sophistication, from the grand entrance and graceful murals to artwork in gilded frames and a covered courtyard. Just four blocks from the seafront, it is close to romantic waterside spots like Lungomare and convenient to excellent restaurants and dozens of boutiques.

For couples who want to be immersed in the city's rich history, the Hotel Piazza Bellini is housed in a 14th-century nobleman's residence in the heart of the old town, just a few blocks from the National Archaeological Museum. This restored palace features high-ceilinged rooms, some of which overlook the peaceful courtyard full of classic busts and sculptures. For a private balcony, where you can dine on room service and gaze across the water at Vesuvius, ask for a Terrace room.

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