“Designer bolthole in edgy Naples, close to the sea, furnished with creamy Trani limestone and decorated with vibrant local artwork”
Somewhat suprisingly, there are 8 rooms tucked inside, and the double height ceilings mean they all feel light and airy. Deluxe rooms overlook the courtyard of the palazzo and are quieter; Sea View Rooms rooms are brighter, with gorgeous views past the palms of the Villa Comunale park to the sparkling Mediterranean - on a clear day you can see Capri. These rooms do face the busy roads, but noise is minimised through clever blinds. However, if you are a light sleeper and want to avoid traffic noise completely, go for a Deluxe.
The rooms are duplex in design, with a kingsize bed downstairs and a large bathroom upstairs, overlooking the rooms through an internal window. There's also a Family Suite, with one double and one twin room (each with its own bathroom) communicating via a veranda. The Junior Suite has a small studio area, but we didn’t feel this was worth the extra cost.
Michelle's eye for design and her determination to use natural materials - from stone and marble to linen and wood - means that everything blends together perfectly. Top quality Italian bathroom fittings and a splash of local art adds sophistication. The main material used throughout the rooms is the creamy Trani stone from Puglia, whose polished surface helps reflect the light around the rooms.
Micalò has a funky little bar/dining room, the Art Bar, the only communal space in the hotel, where you take breakfast, coffee in the afternoon, or a cocktail in the evening. Its walls are lined with paintings and clever sculptures dotted around the room. There's a simple menu of Italian meals, conveniently available throughout the day until midnight, ranging from rocket and pear salad to aubergines and tomatoes baked with parmesan. Of course, there is always a good pasta dish on offer too.
Breakfast (included) is ordered from the menu, and starts with a coffee and a freshly squeezed juice, accompanied by some hot bread rolls, brioches or Italian doughnuts, and followed by scrambled eggs, pancakes with pancetta, fresh fruit or muesli. Additional breakfast items are available for a supplement.
There are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. Of course, Naples is famous for its pizza, and we visited an excellent pizzeria nearby, packed with Neapolitans: Ciro a Mergellina on Via Mergellina. Michelle and staff can direct you to many different places for lunch or dinner.
Though they are welcome, it's not really a place for children. The peaceful atmosphere, lack of any outdoor space and steep stairs in the room would make a stay with young children impossible and older children would probably need somewhere to let off a bit of steam too (though they could do so in the park opposite, which also has 2 playgrounds).
If you do want to take the chance, a cot or sofabed is available in the Junior Suite, or you can book the Family Suite for 2 adults + 2 children.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking