Attico Partenopeo

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Reviewed by Laura Holt
An affordable B&B in the heart of Naples, with a sun-soaked roof terrace and views of the city’s hilltop castle
In the 15th century, the building housing this fifth-floor B&B was part of the Chiesa di Santa Brigida. Standing on Attico Partenopeo’s gorgeous roof terrace today, you can still see the church’s dusty-pink dome and the old-fashioned bronze bells, which chime on the hour, every hour. Beyond, the ornate glass roof of the Galleria Umberto shopping mall looms large; turn your head in the other direction and you can see Castel Sant’Elmo rising above the upscale Vomero neighbourhood.

Inside, the B&B is sleek and simple, with 8 great-value rooms that work for singles, couples and friends alike. Neapolitan owners Sergio and Stefania live in a nearby flat with their young children; Sergio is an architect, and his professional experience came in useful when the couple took over the property in 2012. But it’s Stefania’s personal touches that really make the space shine - a pair of Ikea chairs reupholstered with eye-catching Dedon fabrics; graphic art prints from San Francisco and Paris; framed love letters from her parents’ courtship. In short, if you want a stylish, fuss-free base in the very centre of this vibrant city, you've found your place.


  • Excellent value in a great location, just off Via Toledo (the main shopping street) and close to the port
  • The roof terrace brims with plants and beachy furniture - the perfect spot to while away a morning or evening
  • We loved the décor’s subtle mix of sea blues and breezy whites
  • Set on the fifth floor of a residential building, high above the city bustle
  • A tasty breakfast buffet, plus free afternoon cakes and pastries


  • Rooms and bathrooms are simple, with basic amenities, but this is reflected in the price
  • The lift is rather compact - tricky for those with children or lots of luggage
  • Though the owners are lovely, reception staff can be a little brusque
  • Breakfast is the only meal served, but there are countless restaurants nearby

Best time to go

Rolling down towards the Mediterranean, Naples has a glorious year-round climate. Summer typically stretches from March to October, and the weather only cools slightly from November to February. Visit in May for free events in the city’s museums, churches and squares as part of the month-long Maggio dei Monumenti festival.

Our top tips

Book ahead to dine at 2 renowned Neapolitan restaurants, both of which showcase the city’s cuisine. On Piazza Sannazzaro is pizzeria 50 Kalo, which adds more water to the traditional dough base to make it extra-light and fluffy. Over on Piazzetta di Porto, join smartly dressed locals at Baccalaria, where baccalà (salt cod) is imaginatively reworked.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 8
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Standard Room


Rooms are individually designed, but pastel shades, dark-wood parquet floors and traditional ceramic tiles pervade throughout. Sergio and Stefania have travelled the globe, bringing back art prints from Parisian markets and industrial-style lamps from Scandinavia. They have also taken standard pieces of furniture and reimagined them with jaunty new fabrics, which does wonders to warm the interiors. The B&B’s accessible prices are reflected in the amenities (hairdryers are fixed to the wall, bathrooms are small with showers only, and the Olivia toiletries come in refillable bottles), but you get everything you need for a few nights.

There are 3 categories - Single, Standard and Superior. The latter have balconies, and we’d recommend bagging one if you can. They face Castel Sant’Elmo, which looks particularly dramatic when illuminated at night - we loved sitting outside before dinner, watching the city lights fade and the crenelated monument come to life. Other rooms are smaller with no outside space, but they’re ideal if your budget’s tight. All except the Single Room can be set up with kingsize or twin beds.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


The stylish breakfast room is furnished with perspex Kartell chairs and a wall-ful of bookshelves, making for an engaging start to the day. Better still is the sunny terrace, where you can eat in the warmer months. The buffet spread is simple but tasty: start with syrupy-strong espresso coffee or Dammann Frères loose-leaf tea, then move on to natural yoghurt from Campania and seasonal jams from the Amalfi Coast, laid out alongside fruit and a daily homemade cake. There’s also fresh cheese from Pertosa - the perfect accompaniment to sliced bread, salami and tomatoes.

No other meals are served, but staff lay on afternoon cakes, pastries and sweets (a nice treat after a day out sightseeing), left on a sidetable for all to indulge. There are plenty of restaurants close by, too - upmarket favourites include Palazzo Petrucci on San Domenico Maggiore and La Stanza del Gusto on Via Costantinopoli. To taste the city’s famed local dish, head to historic pizza parlour Sorbillo, which has a seafront outpost on nearby Via Partenope.

Features include:

  • Afternoon cakes and pastries
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Take a stroll along bold and brassy Via Toledo, where you’ll find high-street shops galore. For smarter retail options, head to nearby Via Chiaia (also great for people watching)
  • Hop on the Augusteo funicular up to Vomero for close-up views of the Castel Sant’Elmo and panoramic vistas of the city spreading out below
  • Take a free art tour around the city’s metro stations, which have been revamped with installations by famous names. Nearby Toledo is one of the best examples, with works by William Kentridge and Robert Wilson
  • Join the locals on their sunset passeggiata along the seafront Via Partenope, and watch as the lights flicker on around the Bay of Naples
  • Stop for drinks at Piazza Bellini, home to literary café and bookshop Intramoenia, then head to Via Tribunali for some of the city’s best pizza parlours (di Matteo is favoured among locals)
  • Take the hydrofoil across to Capri, either for a day or for an overnight stay at the end of your trip

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Music and theatre
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting


Children of all ages are welcome, though the lift could be tricky for families with tots and buggies to negotiate. All Superior Rooms and one Standard Room have space for an extra pull-out bed (charged for), but be aware that this doesn’t leave much room for manoeuvre. Baby cots can be added to most rooms free of charge.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

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