With a superb location right on the seafront, the Excelsior is close to the port (and ferries to the islands). It's also a short hop to the San Carlo opera house, Royal Palace and the shops and restaurants of via Toledo.
All the rooms are different and the style is traditional but opulent: Regency-style wall coverings, Murano glass chandeliers, parquet flooring, club chairs and antique writing desks. The feel is one of sheer luxury: from the huge fluffy robes and slippers to the glorious linen sheets, abundance of soft pillows and firm mattresses. The bathrooms (marble everywhere) have a fabulous drench shower, and "extras" went the extra mile with a lovely body oil; there was even a little pot of lip balm by the bed.
This is a grand, grand hotel filled with antiques, and almost every surface is gilded, mirrored, and sumptously draped. The restaurant on the top floor has a fine reputation and the Casanova bar is a glamorous place to have an aperitif.
Eating and drinking
Chandeliers, heavily draped windows and mirrors set the scene for the breakfast of kings – an unbelievably long table carries everything from juices, cakes and pastries, fruits, charcuterie and hot food; and the coffee is really excellent which, for Naples, is saying something. Breakfast costs 24 euros. The rooftop restaurant, La Terrazza, has one of the best views in Naples, and the food is good too.
Casanova bar is a very chic place to take a coffee or an aperitif, while looking out to Vesuvius and contemplating life.
The Echia Club spa (of neighbour Hotel Vesuvio) costs 35 euros per day and that includes towels, robe, slippers and use of the pool, sauna and fitness area. You can use just one of these areas for 15 euros and there are various massages and treatments on offer. You can even have a personal training session but it will cost you another 65 euros. The hotel also has a cabin cruiser for trips around the bay and beyond.
As you'd expect at such a grand hotel, the service here is excellent. Airport pick-up can be arranged (86 euros) and the hotel can also organise trips around the bay in La Vesuvietta (a private boat).
Who stays there
Traditionally the rich and famous, politicians, actors and actresses, but these days the rates are so incredibly affordable that everyone can afford a taste of the high life.
It's worth paying the extra to get a sea view. Looking out onto Vesuvius in the morning is hard to beat. Breakfast costs 24 euros and WiFi costs 10 euros per day (3 euros for half an hour or 30 for your entire stay).
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Fabulous views
- Excellent service
- Five-star luxury
- The costly extras