“An affordable B&B in the heart of Naples, with a sun-soaked roof terrace and views of the city’s hilltop castle”
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.
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.
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.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available