The Best Resorts in Naples, Italy

While perhaps better known for its pizzerias and feisty locals, Naples is also an excellent city for a luxury hotel experience
While perhaps better known for its pizzerias and feisty locals, Naples is also an excellent city for a luxury hotel experience | Courtesy of Renaissance Naples Mediterraneo / Expedia
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21 December 2020

This southern Italian city on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius boasts opulent palazzi, one of the world’s most impressive opera houses and a staggering swag bag of castles and underground tunnels. Sure, Naples may be known for its fuss-free pizzerias and feisty locals, but it’s also the ultimate city for a luxury hotel experience with Michelin-star restaurants and opulent spas. Many of these places once housed royals and noblemen, after all – and today they stand ready to spoil you like a visiting king or queen.

Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli

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With over 800 years of history housing noble families, princes and dukes, it’s no wonder this hotel exudes a regal atmosphere. Don’t miss aperitivo hour in the courtyard – the impressive indoor garden regularly becomes the stage of fashion shows and parties, making it a popular local hangout. The suites are outfitted with marble floors and plush beds. If you long for some relaxation, unwind in the spa with its sauna and hammam, or take a dip in the pool.

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Romeo Hotel

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If antique Italian palaces with over-the-top Baroque decor aren’t exactly your style, you’ll be glad to discover this modern, minimalist five-star hotel with its smooth glass facade, designed by Japanese architectural firm, Kenzō Tange Associates. It features a fashionable rooftop pool bar and 79 luxury rooms overlooking the Gulf of Naples. The suites, clad in Macassar ebony and steel, boast Teuco whirlpool baths, Fontana Arte lighting and some even have outdoor Zen gardens, filled with succulents and bonsais. Fine-dining fans will be thrilled to discover the rooftop Michelin-star restaurant.

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San Francesco al Monte

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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Although living like a monk doesn’t sound exactly lavish, this five-star resort proves the tranquil atmosphere of a former monastery can create an ultimate feeling of understated luxury. You can visit the impressive chapel, pick out a bottle of wine from the cellar where convent residents used to store their food or stroll through the gardens like the friars once did – except now, the grounds also host an outdoor pool with sunbeds looking out over Mount Vesuvius.

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Eurostars Hotel Excelsior

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Walls clad in silk wallpaper, antique chandeliers hanging from the high ceilings, large bathrooms with in-laid marble, bright white sheets in silky-soft cotton and a dining hall with velvet chairs and a grand piano: this Neapolitan icon has everything you hope for in a classic luxury hotel. From their Dolce Vita Terrace, you can see the idyllic islands of Ischia and Capri – and the skilled staff are happy to organise day trips to either island.

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Grand Hotel Vesuvio

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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Founded in 1882, this hotel has received many celebrities and historical figures throughout the decades, from Humphrey Bogart to Claudia Schiffer. Guests have access to the elegant spa with stained-glass windows, as well as the fully equipped gym with an on-hand personal trainer. The sky lounge offers an unobstructed view of Castel Dell’Ovo and Mount Vesuvius. Rooms include velvet-clad bed frames, linen sheets and private hot tubs, while the common spaces flaunt antiques and artefacts that date back to the hotel’s inauguration, such as old record players and crystal chandeliers.

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  • Grand Hotel Parker's

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    In 1870, a British marine biologist saved this hotel from bankruptcy when he bought it from its previous owners and turned it into a select retreat for British high society. Still flaunting the grandeur of yesteryear (and the impeccable service to match), Parker’s has become a Neapolitan institution. Its sea-view suites sport panelled walls, marble-clad bathrooms and antique furniture, while its on-site Michelin-star restaurant strikes a modern note, with velvet curtains and bespoke marine-themed wallpaper.

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    Caruso Place

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    Epicureans who prefer a small, intimate guesthouse over an impersonal, multiple-level hotel will like this luxury hotel boasting two wellness suites that each include two extra-queen-size beds with memory-foam mattresses, a lounge and working area, and a very spacious bathroom with a whirlpool tub, wellness shower and chromotherapy lighting. Luxury services include a Neapolitan breakfast, aperitivo and wine tasting featuring local vineyards. Expert staff can also arrange in-room massages and wellness treatments, babysitter services and private city tours.

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    Renaissance Naples Mediterraneo

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    One for art enthusiasts, this luxury hotel features a large lobby and bar with modern sculptures and curved Art Deco couches, plus contemporary suites decorated with paintings and photography prints. Wellness warriors will love the panoramic hot tubs on the rooftop solarium, while sporty types can break a sweat in the gym, followed by a relaxing sauna session. Breakfast is served on the 11th-floor roof garden, with a view of the Gulf of Naples.

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    These recommendations were updated on December 21, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.