“Comfy bolthole in edgy Naples, close to the sea 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.
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 room. These overlook the courtyard of the palazzo and are quieter. 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 2-bedroom Family Suite - best for older kids. 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 well. Top quality Italian bathroom fittings and a splash of local art adds sophistication.
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.
The simple breakfast starts with a coffee and a cartons of juice, accompanied by a choice of breads, pastries, jams, boiled eggs, cereal, fresh fruit or muesli. You could also spend a sunny morning taking coffee and sweet pastries at a local cafe.
For other meals, 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 in-room staircases would make a stay with young children impossible. Older children would probably need somewhere to let off a bit of steam, too. That said, there is a park opposite, which has two playgrounds.
If you do want to take the chance, the Family Suite sleeps 2 adults + 2 children. It has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom (each with its own bathroom), communicating via a veranda. The Junior Suite can hold a baby cot or sofabed.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking