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Micalo

Naples, Italy

Designer bolthole in edgy Naples, close to the sea, furnished with creamy Trani limestone and decorated with vibrant local artwork

With its rich history of Baroque churches and sculptures, and its proximity to awe-inspiring Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, Naples makes a fantastic city break. However there aren't many truly stylish hotels. But hidden behind an unassuming facade of a traditional palazzo, Micalò is one of the city's coolest boltholes. An intimate guesthouse in the trendy Chiaia Riviera, it has design features in spades. Duplex bedrooms with soaring ceilings and tall French doors are furnished with white Trani limestone; above, reached via stone steps and steel balustrades, hover pristine bathrooms. Ex-pat Brit Michelle Lowe worked with an Italian architect to maximize space, creating a stylish haven from hot and hectic Naples: the pale stone and natural wood hues soothe both mind and body, and the overall effect is one of understated, grown-up style.

Three of the rooms have sea views, as does the cute Art Bar, Michelle's homage to Naples' budding modern art scene. With designer shops and excellent restaurants close by, it's a strong contender for a short city break dedicated to shopping and sampling Italian cuisine, or as part of a longer trip taking in the Amalfi coast.

Guest Ratings

Room:
83%
Food:
80%
Service:
93%
Value:
83%
Overall:
85%

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Highs

  • High quality finish throughout: it is clear that Michelle has poured heart and soul into this project
  • The little touches: Arran Aromatic toiletries, iPod docks, quality bedding and goodnight chocolates
  • Sophisticated rooms in an area where these are hard to come by, and an injection of cool through the funky art by young, local artists
  • Handily located next to the port for trips to the islands of Ischia and Capri, and easy access to public transport to visit the rest of the city

Lows

  • Look out for slabs of stone in the rooms and bathrooms which can graze careless ankles, whilst the stairs up to the bathrooms can be tricky to negotiate in the middle of the night
  • The lack of any outdoor space at all might niggle after a day or two, though you overlook the Villa Comunale park
  • Don't be put off by the tired exterior
  • In addition to nearby busy roads, there is (or was, when we visited) a metro station being constructed very close by

This contemporary guesthouse is a calm refuge from the city's sensory barrage...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailMicaloWith its rich history of Baroque churches and sculptures, and its proximity to awe-inspiring Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, Naples makes a fantastic city break. However there aren't many truly stylish hotels. But hidden behind an unassuming facade of a traditional palazzo, Micalň is one of the city's coolest boltholes. An intimate guesthouse in the trendy Chiaia Riviera, it has design features in spades. Duplex [r:SI039:bedrooms] with soaring ceilings and tall French doors are furnished with white Trani limestone; above, reached via stone steps and steel balustrades, hover pristine bathrooms. Ex-pat Brit Michelle Lowe worked with an Italian architect to maximize space, creating a stylish haven from hot and hectic Naples: the pale stone and natural wood hues soothe both mind and body, and the overall effect is one of understated, grown-up style. Three of the rooms have sea views, as does the cute Art Bar, Michelle's homage to Naples' budding modern art scene. With designer shops and excellent restaurants close by, it's a strong contender for a short city break dedicated to shopping and sampling Italian cuisine, or as part of a longer trip taking in the Amalfi coast.

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