Naples, or Napoli, as it’s better known in Italy, is ancient history and modern culture combined. It is situated in a region that has been inhabited for nearly 3,000 years, with relics of both Ancient Greek and Roman empires to be found around town, as well as a great wealth of beautiful architecture. When you combine this historical importance with the singular ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, it’s easy to see why trips to Naples are a real treat for the mind and soul. And epicureans are also well taken care of, with Naples being the home of pizza in its present form as well as many other internationally renowned Italian dishes.
Given the wealth of experience on offer in Naples, a good hotel can make all the difference, offering the perfect base from which to wage a successful trip. Thanks to its size and popularity with visitors, the long-standing demand for hotels means there are roughly 2,500 different hotels to choose from, across all budgets. The luxury and boutique hotels in Naples however are particularly exquisite, and some are among the best in Italy. After assessing the choice along a number of lines of enquiry, such as location, amenities, decor, and cleanliness and comfort, here is TravelMag’s top five luxury and boutique hotels in Naples.
From €334/ night
One thing is certain, Romeo Hotel will attempt to woo you with its rooftop swimming pool, modern spa and designer interiors. Romeo is one of the most facility-rich hotels in Naples, with the Michelin-starred Il Comandante restaurant, a ninth-storey lounge bar and terrace, and a huge spa, with hot tubs, sauna, gym and sensory showers, all free to guests. There’s even a cigar room and a games room with a billiards table. That’s all before you even reach your room, where you’ll find a comfortable extra-large bed, plenty of home comforts like bathrobes and slippers, and soundproofing and air conditioning for that extra privacy and relaxation.
From €316/ night
Enjoying one of the most commanding views of any luxury hotel in Naples, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio’s namesake volcano can be seen across the Gulf of Naples. The waterfront is just a minute from the hotel’s front door. During the summer months the rooftop cocktail bar and terrace offers an unrestricted view, while the indoor spa, pool and fitness centre combo let you exercise and relax in equal measure. A very highly rated breakfast is included in the price here. Rooms are simple, cosy and contain all the amenities to ensure a good stay, including a minibar and free toiletries.
From €208/ night
If you’re looking for the kind of old-world Italian charm and luxury that befits a Bond movie, the Grand Hotel Parker’s has perfected the tone since its opening in 1870. Think a leafy terrace with wrought iron railings, Roman goddess statues and a table adorned by a white tablecloth, looking out over the Gulf of Naples towards Capri and Vesuvius. Think large chandeliers, fine Italian upholstery and marble bathrooms. Grand Hotel Parker’s has all of this, with its rooms also containing parquet flooring, a small balcony (although lower priced rooms don’t have a sea view), and plenty of other amenities.
From €136/ night
Although the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale Napoli) and various other regal buildings are within easy walking distance of the Relais Della Porta, you’d be forgiven for thinking this boutique guest house was once a palace itself. That’s because it was. Built by Francesco Della Porta in 1546, the building is close to many of the main shopping streets, plazas and sights that make Naples so special. The rooms have been modernised, although many of the higher priced ones, like the Deluxe King Suite, have a thoroughly delightful carved and painted ceiling, making for one of the most unique and memorable stays anywhere in Italy.
From €144/ night
One of Napoli’s coolest boutique hotels is the excellent Artemisia Domus. Utilising a combination of modern design flourishes ranging from bare brick walls to colourful light fittings and original wooden ceiling beams, the rooms manage to pull off a rustic, urban and comfortable tone all at once. The rooms are also at the forefront of the hotel experience, with both a Smart TV allowing access to streaming content and a balcony with views out over the historic neighbourhood that includes the famed Piazza del Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara. The hotel also offers exceptional cleanliness and dozens of great features from the spa and gym to the free breakfasts.