Chiaia is a great shopping street and the hotel is slap bang in the middle of it but, as it's set off a courtyard, you can leave the hustle and bustle behind. You're also close to the San Carlo opera house, the Castel dell'Ovo and ten minutes' walk from the port.
Each of the rooms is different and takes its name from one of the former 'girls' who worked in the house adjacent (but could access the house via a little walkway, apparently). The style is elegant: particular antiques, heavy drapes, Regency-style brocades in deep reds, golds and emerald greens, and period furniture. Bathrooms are clean, modern and well-equipped.
The breakfast area is also the place where, at certain times of the year, there might be a poetry or literary reading the Chiaia hotel has always encouraged, and so attracted, Neapolitan artists.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is the usual buffet fare, but there is also always a plate of fresh babà (one of Naples's most famous and favourite desserts) laid out for guests.
The fact that Chiaia is always fully booked is a testament to how popular it has become (and the number of return visitors it gets). Service is warm, helpful and professional.
Who stays there
Business folk and tourists, literary and theatrical afficionados.
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Good value
- Great location
- No gym or restaurant