Decumani Hotel de Charme

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Address: Via San Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli, 15, Naples, 80134, Italy

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.1

18th century Neapolitan palace with 21st-century trimmings. A fabulous mid-budget option.

Once the residence of Cardinal Riario Sforza (the last Bishop of the Bourbon Kingdom of Naples), the 18th century palace fell into disrepair, but over the past years has been sensitively restored to reveal traditional maiolica tiles, painted ceilings and gilded stuccos – and the results are exquisite. On my first visit, the restoration wasn't quite complete but, as you can see, the final result is spectacular. 

Location
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Eating/drinking
4.1
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Leisure facilities
n/a
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Service
4.2
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Value for money
4.3
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Bedrooms
4.1
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Public areas
4.5
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Location

In the heart of Naples, in the university district, Decumani is a truly palatial place to bed down for the night. The entrance is a little tricky to find (from corso Umberto I, turn left onto via Mezzocannone and, at the square, right up via San Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli and look for the red banner) as the hotel is plump in the middle of Naples’ little streets, but the effort is well rewarded. There is a small lift tucked around the back of the stairs – you'll appreciate it if you've got heavy luggage as the hotel is two flights up.

Bedrooms

Sound-proofed rooms are spacious with high ceilings, parquet flooring, and pieces of original furniture from the period. Some of the rooms have the original rafters revealed. Brocade bed coverings and curtains are also in a style sympathetic with the period. En suite bathrooms are clean, modern and well-equipped with power showers and/or bathtubs (hydro-massage in the deluxe rooms). Free WiFi, satellite TV and Sky pay-per-view are also provided.

Public areas

The most spectacular part of the restoration of the palace is the Baroque-style hall with its painted ceilings, golden stuccos and mirrors. As of September 2010 plans were afoot to hold cultural events, such as jazz or classical music concerts and art exhibitions. There have already been a couple of poetry readings (Italian only, folks). A terrace area is due to open in May 2011.

Eating and drinking

A buffet breakfast is served in the Baroque hall where you’ll be surrounded by gilded stucco, enormous mirrors, period furniture and a piano.

Service

Staff are extremely helpful and professional. 

Who stays there

The central Naples location attracts business and leisure tourists, and the historical aspect of the hotel draws all those who fancy spending a night or two in a palace.

Price advice

Until 31 December 2010, Sunday night is free if you spend four nights (from Thursday) in the hotel. Three nights (from Friday) gets a discount of 50% on Sunday night's rate.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Live entertainment
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Great location
  • Stay in an old palace with all the mod cons
  • Slightly tricky to find
  • Surrounding area is a little shabby
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