Art Resort Galleria Umberto
Galleria Umberto I 83, Naples, Italy, 80132
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Expert review of Art Resort Galleria Umberto
The Galleria Umberto is a gorgeous 19th century glass-roofed arcade in central Naples that once provided shelter from the elements for the rich and famous making their way across to the San Carlo theatre. Today it's also the spectacular location for the four-star hotel Art Resort Galleria Umberto.
The hotel has only been open for a few years but has gone to great lengths to recreate the style of the period with exquisite furniture and antiques (and the essential modern addition of air conditioning and WiFi). You can’t fail to get excited about a stay here, from the moment you step into the old-fashioned lift, to when you step out on the 4th floor… assuming of course that you remembered a 10 cent coin to operate the 19th century lift. On my visit neither I nor my fellow lift-traveller could easily find a coin until, after much rummaging and giggling about how crazy the situation was, one was retrieved from the bottom of my handbag – apparently we could just have asked one of the ladies sitting in the booth directly opposite the lift (worth remembering unless you want to schlep the four flights of stairs).
Very central: close to piazza Plebiscito, the galleria opens on one side to Via Toledo (one of Naples’ most popular shopping streets), and the other to the San Carlo. The hotel is a short walk from the Royal Palace, a stone’s throw from the funicular that takes you up to Vomero and also close to the port (for ferries to the islands).
There are just 16 (sound-proofed) rooms and each is given the name of an artist (Van Gogh, Mirò etc) and is slightly different. But, as the entire hotel has been decorated in sympathy with the surrounding galleria, expect high ceilings, drapes, and plenty of gilt, marble, mirrors, and mosaics. Some of the beds are four-poster, and roomy bathrooms are equipped with showers and/or whirlpool baths, anti-mist mirrors and those all-important extras: fluffy robes and slippers, as well as a clutch of the usual goodies.
As for views, you’re on the fourth floor and a number of the rooms have views of the hill of San Martino, while others look onto the glorious Galleria Umberto, but it’s worth pointing out that a couple of the rooms, including one of the junior suites, have rather grim outlooks, so do check before booking.
There is a small area laid out with period furniture – ideal for having coffee – where you’ll be surrounded by gilt mirrors, wall sconces and chandeliers, as well as some quirkier additions, such as a collection of presepi (nativity scenes that are very popular in Neapolitan culture). There is also a small balcony terrace with a few tables that is for the use of all the guests and ideal for taking your evening aperitif, which is included in the price.
The breakfasts here are better than average. Continental in style, they include plenty of fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurt, as well as a selection of cheeses and hams with bread and croissants.
There is no restaurant, swimming pool or gym at the hotel.
The staff are thoughtful and there is a night porter. The usual bookings can be made as well as airport transfers and trips, such as sightseeing around Naples or a day trip to Capri. You can also hire a limousine, and, if you feel your fabulous surroundings demand it, you can hire a butler or a personal trainer.
Thanks to its location, this place is popular with tourists.
Prices are slightly reduced for single occupancy.
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- Galleria Umberto I 83, Naples, Italy, 80132
- Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed