Right on the Lungomare, along with some of Naples' grandest hotels, Parteno is well situated, with the lovely shops, bars and restaurants of buzzy Chiaia right behind. Some rooms have fabulous views over the sea (one has a couple of balconies, so you get two views). The Castel dell'Ovo is within walking distance. The Lungomare is a 23 euro taxi ride from Naples' Capodichino airport (that's a fixed tariff, so don't pay more).
All the rooms take the name of flowers that, if you take their first letter, spell Parteno: petunia and azalea through to orchidea. The azalea is my favourite as it's at the front of the hotel and has a double view of Naples: one straight ahead over the bay, and the other across to the Castel dell'Ovo. All the rooms have air con, are clean and brightly decorated, and bathrooms have walk-in showers and feature lovely tiles from Vietri.
The small and cosy breakfast area looks out over the bay.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is a simple affair but the Poseidone restaurant downstairs is owned by Parteno and half-board or full-board can be arranged.
The b&b itself doesn't have a spa (no surprise there) but you have free use of a local fitness centre (located in a church off Piazza dei Martiri) and get a 25 per cent discount on any treatments you have. The website for the gym is www.palestraeracles.com.
This is where Parteno comes into its own. A 24-hour concierge service is available and either Alessandro or his staff are just so helfpul and approachable, that you're bound to discover something you didn't know about the city. Breakfast (or dinner) can be served in your room. A chauffered pick-up from the airport can be arranged for 35 euros, which includes a welcome pack.
Who stays there
Savvy, independent, budget travellers, singles, couples.
There is plenty included in the price: Sky movies are all free, as is use of the computer (in the entrance area), even phone calls (but not to mobile phones). There is a little area where you can make yourself tea or coffee. You can also arrange half- or even full-board as the owners own the Poseidone restaurant just downstairs. If you're driving, parking costs 20 euros per day and laundry costs are extra.
- Backpackers / Students
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Good value
- Lovely views
- Great service
- Not all rooms have a sea view