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On the southern side of Italy, the port city of Naples is a popular vacation destination, oftentimes used as a base for those looking to explore Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, Capri, or the Amalfi Coast. But Naples itself has plenty to offer tourists, namely dozens of historic sites and museums like the Royal Palace of Naples, the Castel dell’Ovo, the National Archeological Museum, and the Duomo di Napoli.
When it comes to picking a place to stay, most visitors choose luxury hotels or B&Bs in the historic city center, where most of the attractions, nightlife, and famous Neapolitan pizza are concentrated, though some do prefer the quieter neighborhoods just outside the area. Here, we’re naming our favorite hotels in Naples to help you narrow down your selection, from Old World grande dames to super funky B&Bs perfect for all occasions, whether you’re traveling with your family, on a romantic getaway, or in town for business.
Best Overall: Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
One of Naples’ most treasured grande dames, the Eurostars Hotel Excelsior has an idyllic seafront location overlooking Mount Vesuvius and the Castel dell’Ovo, right on the Lungomare promenade. Built in 1908, the hotel retains its belle-époque glamour — think plenty of Carrera marble, luxe silk coverings, and elegant Murano chandeliers— but has the contemporary amenities travelers expect today, like free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Its 123 rooms and suites feature high ceilings and herringbone parquet floors with modern sofas and chairs. We recommend splurging on a sea-view room, ideally one with a private terrace, although the patio-facing rooms are delightfully quiet. While it doesn’t have a pool or a spa (yet), the hotel does have a gym as well as an indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant. You can grab a drink at the Over the Top bar, located above the restaurant’s terrace, for some of the most beautiful views in Naples. Plus, the hotel offers free breakfast for guests.
Best Budget: M99 Design Rooms
Though it’s in the heart of Naples’ historic center, the highly affordable M99 Design Rooms is a jarring juxtaposition from the old architecture of the city. The five individually-designed rooms, each with a full private bathroom and a balcony or terrace, riff on different themes: Urban (New York–inspired decor), Pop Art (catch works in the style of Warhol and Lichtenstein), Vintage (funky, colorful, and ’60s), Industrial (exposed brick with black, white, and red furnishings), and Hipster (vinyls on the wall, a giant moustache on the bed). There’s a shared living room and kitchen space — coffee, tea, and cereal are free, and guests can prepare their own meals. Plus, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout. As amenities end there, M99 Design Rooms is perfect for budget-minded travelers who will be spending the majority of their day out and about in Naples. For the price, you can’t beat this location as it's within walking distance of historic sites, the sea, and public transportation (bus and metro stops are only a three-minute walk away).
Best for Luxury: Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Named for the legendary Mount Vesuvius, located just across Naples Bay, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio has been a grande dame of the city since it opened in 1882, hosting royalty and celebrities over the course of its history. It has very much kept its Old World aesthetic, with marble floors, oriental rugs, heavy drapery, and Murano chandeliers — even more so than the neighboring Eurostars Excelsior Hotel. Its 167 warm rooms feature parquet floors, antique furniture, and gorgeous marble baths, though there are modern details like satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. There’s a rooftop restaurant and bar named after opera singer Enrico Caruso, a regular guest of the hotel and a native of Naples, as well as an elegant lobby bar and a second restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet. The hotel has a surprisingly modern spa and fitness center, too, with a small but beautiful indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and steam bath.
Best Boutique: Week-end a Napoli
Naples is dotted with boutique hotels, but none are better than Week-end a Napoli, housed in an Art Nouvea–style villa in the hilltop neighborhood of Vomero, a quiet but exclusive residential area west of the historic town center. There are six rooms that pack plenty of charm, with the real stunners being the multi-level suites, which feel like private apartments (there is a standalone two-bedroom Guest House you can stay in, too). Book the Pompeii Suite to get private plunge pool. Terracotta tiles, rust and olive furnishings, and artwork and antiques give these accommodations a very Italian vibe. A sprawling buffet breakfast is served in three breakfast rooms, and you can take a coffee in the quaint garden. One of the most enjoyable activities here is the cooking classes organized by the hotel’s owners and hosted in the hotel’s kitchen. The hotel can also arrange private tours around Naples with knowledgeable guides.
Best for Families: Vivi Napoli
Space is at a premium in Naples, which means traveling families might find it hard to squeeze everyone in. That’s not the case at Vivi Napoli, though. The apartment-style hotel has one- and two-bedroom suites that give everyone enough room to stretch out and relax. Decorated with bright colors and modern furnishings, the accommodations feature full kitchens with refrigerators, stoves, and ovens, which is great when the kids are tired and you want to make an easy home-cooked meal for dinner. There’s also a shared laundry facility — a great perk when you’re traveling with stain-prone children — as well as an elevator, so you don’t have to climb too many stairs with little tots or strollers. The location is top-notch, too, with plenty of historic churches and museums less than a 15-minute walk from the property, making it convenient to get around with little legs in tow. Vivi Napoli is also located within walking distance of the main train station, and there’s plenty of public parking if you’ve rented a car for the duration of your stay.
Best for Romance: Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli MGallery by Sofitel
For a romantic retreat in the city, book a stay at the Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli MGallery by Sofitel, located on the outskirts of the city center but within walking distance of all the major attractions. The hotel is located within a historic palace on a site that’s been home to the noble Caracciolo family for some 800 years. The current building was constructed in 1584 on the site of an older castle, some of whose architectural elements have remained visible. The hotel's 139 rooms vary greatly, so for the most luxurious stay, we recommend booking a room on the first floor — the coffered ceilings are incredibly high — or one of the suites. One of the most stunning features of the hotel is its quiet courtyard, but there are also great amenities like a spa with a sauna, hot tub, and Turkish bath, as well as a 24-hour gym. For dining, there’s the casual La Cucina, the sophisticated Nel Chiostro, and a bar and wine cellar.
Best for Nightlife: Hotel Piazza Bellini
While the Hotel Piazza Bellini itself isn’t known for its own nightlife (though there is a bar that serves wine into the night — this is Italy, after all), the Piazza Bellini neighborhood is, meaning that guests are surrounded by lively cafés and bars. The hotel is housed in an 18th-century palazzo with modern, design-forward interiors. Accommodations feature minimalist furnishings in a gray and white palette and range from standard rooms to airy lofts, some with terraces. There are also two funkier apartment-style accommodations with kitchens that are self-service; for a fee, you can indulge in hotel services like housekeeping and the breakfast buffet. There’s no formal restaurant on site, but guests receive 10 percent off at L’Etto next door. When you need a respite from bar-hopping around Piazza Bellini, there’s a quiet courtyard that’s the perfect place to sip an espresso, as well as a relaxing library-esque sitting area off the lobby.
Best B&B: ToledoStation Bed & Breakfast
Bed-and-breakfasts are one of the most popular accommodation options in Naples, and one of the foremost properties is ToledoStation. Located in the historic city center near the Saint Giacomo Palace, the Galleria Umberto, and the Teatro di San Carlo, this property has just six rooms, each with a city theme: Rio de Janeiro, London, New York, Singapore, Havana, and Buenos Aires are represented. Sure, the decor might be a little in-your-face — there’s a mural of Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Union Jack, and a red telephone booth in the London room, for instance, not to mention neon-lit bathrooms — but guests love the location and the great hospitality of the owners. Plus, pets are welcome here! Outside of the rooms, there’s a tiny lounge and kitchenette for guests to use with free coffee, tea, and snacks. (Wi-Fi is free, too.) Breakfast is either served in your room or at the café next door.
Best for Business: UNA Hotel Napoli
Conveniently located off the Piazza Garibaldi in the city center, just a five-minute walk from the main train station, the UNA Hotel Napoli is housed in a 19th-century historic building. The property is ideal for business travel, with four small but well-equipped meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi. The 89 accommodations are modern (yes, there’s air-conditioning and TV!), with light wood furniture and earthy green and rust palettes, and in some rooms, old stone walls from the original construction peek through. Breakfast is buffet-style and features delicious local pastries, while lunch and dinner are classic Neapolitan fare served in the rooftop restaurant, café, and bar. There’s no spa or pool here, but there is a small fitness center to get in your morning workout. Ultimately, it’s a great hotel for business, but the real allure is the location, which caters to the leisure side of the trip — many of Naples’ attractions are nearby.
Our writers spent 6 hours researching the most popular hotels in Naples, Italy. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 30 different hotels overall and read over 100 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.