The capital of Campania, birthplace of pizza and largest city in Southern Italy, Naples is without a doubt one of the most fascinating places in the country. As Italy’s third-largest city, it is packed full of ancient churches, staggeringly large catacombs – and Pompeii is just a 25-minute drive away. Get ready to soak up the Neapolitan culture while staying at one of these top hotels.
Enjoy understated elegance at this centrally located property in Naples. Along with the usual hotel amenities, wifi, continental breakfast and coffee facilities, the hotel is also pet-friendly should you be vacationing with a furry friend. It’s conveniently only a few minutes walk from the most iconic thoroughfare in Naples, Spaccanapoli. Order traditional Neapolitan pizza at Gino Sorbillo and watch the world go by in this lively, atmospheric street.
Seascapes and sensual spa treatments await at this luxurious thermal spa in Ischia, with glittering sea views right across to Naples. Everything at this spa resort is geared towards relaxation. Sink into the natural thermal waters that bubble straight up into Mezzatorre’s balneotherapy and feel your stress melt away. Complete your wellness journey with a soak in the sea pool, followed by a Turkish bath and a relaxing dinner at the poolside restaurant.
Lovingly restored from its 18th-century origins, elegant Dante House boasts spacious rooms, handmade furnishings and beautifully frescoed ceilings. They are especially proud of their city view balconies that provide excellent people-watching opportunities over historic Piazza Dante. Breakfast is kind of a big deal here, with local pastries brought in, pulpy orange juice freshly squeezed, homemade yoghurt and dried fruit.
Treat yourself to a stay at this regal, 13th-century residence in the heart of Naples. The decor is exquisite with upscale modernity combined with a nostalgic nod to the aristocratic, 800-year history. Expect arched doorways alongside stylish, all-white decor and furnished terraces. The Italian breakfast buffet is pretty generous, though the best way to start your day is coffee and pastries in the low-key hotel garden.
Home to one of the best rooftop terraces in Naples, Santa Chiara is a central hotel with a relaxing atmosphere. Order a local wine from their curated wine cellar and listen to the sounds of dynamic city life below. Restful rooms consist of high ceilings and elegant, minimal design. You’ll be perfectly located for exploring the historic district with visitor favourites Castel dell’Ovo and Spaccanapoli nearby.
The oldest hotel in Naples has played host to several iconic writers including Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Virginia Woolf. Originally a manor house, you can still experience a sense of opulence with its bronze statues, marble lobby and glitzy chandeliers. In the summer, make sure to breakfast on the terrace of George’s restaurant for Instagrammable, panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples, whilst sipping a chilled spumante.
A five-star hotel on the Naples seafront, the 160-room Grand Hotel is a slice of vintage glamour with a marine feel. Many celebrity guests have stayed here over the years, including A-listers Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts. Wellness is a priority, with a kitted-out fitness centre, indoor pool and sauna. After a day of pampering, why not order an aperitif or three at the Sky Lounge Solarium on the 10th floor and enjoy the coastal views?
Found in the well-to-do Chiaia neighbourhood, five-star Britannique Hotel was originally built in 1870 and retains some traditional features alongside more contemporary elements. Begin your Neapolitan day with Italian coffee on the sophisticated rooftop bar and enjoy the buzzing city ambience below before you set out to explore. Chiaia’s designer stores, men’s tailoring and independent bookstores are right on your doorstep. After a busy day shopping, soak in their bubbling hot tubs, you’ve earned it!
Beside the Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità, you will find an artful B&B set in a monastery. Casa del Monacone is not just another hotel: it is a whole project which gives you the unique possibility to be a guest of the ancient convent in the middle of the historic colorful Rione Sanità. Originally built as a home to the monks, it was later converted with the help of a famous Neapolitan designer Riccardo Dalisi into six cosy rooms, a dining room, a kitchen and a terrace. Where spirituality meets modernity, take the chance to experience the real Naples.
If you also want to live in a fairytale-like atmosphere, all you have to do is discover Il Giardino Segreto in a restored mansion of the 17th century right in the heart of the city. Home to a peaceful private garden hidden behind the main building and run by the most welcoming hosts, this unexpected artistic oasis is special in every way.
Just a few steps from the pedestrian precinct of Via Toledo, in a cloister built in the 17th century, La Casaforte S.B. is the perfect haven for artists. It occupies a large private house, dedicated to the visual and performing arts. Think stark walls, large bright windows and modernist furnishings. It’s like staying in a contemporary New York gallery – where you can interact with the artists themselves. Just note, they don’t serve food, but there are plenty of eateries on its doorstep.
Surrounded by beautiful monuments and archaeological treasures, Civico 16 is ideally situated between Piazza Bellini and San Domenico Maggiore, giving you the opportunity to travel through the city’s past and present. Cheerful, brightly coloured rooms feature simple furnishings and air conditioning, plus there is a family room if you’re bringing the kids. Even so, you won’t be spending much time in your room – rather gorging on delicious pizza nearby.
In Paradiso, the third and final part of The Divine Comedy, we read about Dante’s journey through the nine spheres of Heaven to finally reach the Empyrean, the abode of God. Just like the great poet, find your way to Il Paradiso di Dante, a lovely B&B located quietly close to the historic centre. Although the poem was written in the 14th century, the four rooms dedicated to Mercury, Sun, Venus and Moon are furnished in modern style with soundproof walls and all the modern comforts to guarantee a pleasant stay.
Originally used by pilgrims and travellers from all over the world, this 15th-century building became home to a relaxing guesthouse. Featuring a terrace with panoramic city views, Buonanotte & Buongiorno is situated in the ideal position to enjoy all the sides of the city in a safe, refined and easy-to-reach area. The owners are on hand to provide useful information, and, more importantly, a delicious breakfast.
Occupying what used to be an expansive private apartment in an 18th-century building, this B&B is located near the Via Toledo and is a short walk from the Piazza del Gesù. Miseria e Nobiltà is named after the famous Italian comedy, and each room is named after a character in the movie. Book one of the four rooms and set off to explore the National Museum nearby, with excavations from Pompeii.