“Stylish seafront hotel with a cinematic theme and sweeping views over the Bay of Naples”
Each room is dedicated to a different movie star, with a plaque outside denoting who’s within. Apart from a suite named after Sophia Loren (who grew up in Naples), Italian actors are positioned at the back of the hotel, occupying the street-facing Comfort Rooms. At the front, international names look out over the bay from Superior Rooms and above. Muted colours prevail, offering a reprieve from the fussy nature of many Italian hotels. Monochrome murals above the double or twin beds depict Ingmar Bergman in Casablanca, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and more. Underfoot are rich parquet floors, and the cream-and-coffee scheme contrasts wonderfully with the blindingly blue sea outside. In the ensuites, bathrobes wait to swaddle you after hops in the swish Grohe showers or tubs.
All rooms are largely equal in size, but it’s definitely worth paying a little extra for a sea view and balcony - see Rates for details. Those on a romantic break should consider the Marilyn Junior Suite, which has a bright red in-room Jacuzzi. The Sophia Suite is slightly bigger than other categories, with a sitting area.
The ample buffet breakfast is spread out on a large table in the downstairs restaurant, L.U.I.S.E., until 11am; you can also have a selection delivered to your room - a real treat, especially if you have a balcony. Pile your plate with Italian pastries, pizzettas, cold hams, cheeses, tomatoes and toast, and order cooked options from the kitchen at no extra charge. We loved sitting outside on the terrace while we ate, watching joggers, dog-walkers and skaters pound the pavements.
For lunch and evening meals, the restaurant is popular with locals and guests alike. Let the friendly waiters help you choose a local Campania wine and dine on the likes of Caprese salad and lobster spaghetti bathed in a light pomodoro sauce. There are plenty of options for eating out, too - nearby 50 Kalo is the place to head for an extra-light and fluffy take on the Neapolitan art of pizza making. We also recommend trying another local speciality at Baccalaria, where portions of salt cod are worked into every dish.
The hotel isn’t overtly set up to cater for families, but children of all ages are welcome and - as is often the way in Italy - staff will lavish them with attention. The restaurant waiters are particularly friendly, and kids will love sitting down to eat as streams of Neapolitan children run past and LED-lit toys shoot into the air.
Most rooms can accommodate a baby cot (free) or extra bed (small charge). One Comfort Room is a designated 'family room' for up to 4 people, with a kitchenette (handy for preparing snacks and baby food), a sofabed and space for a rollaway bed.