The Hotel Piazza Bellini tells Naples’ story with a sense of entertaining and location. Inside the walls of a 16th Century Neapolitan palace in the pretty heart of Naples, this is the hotel that is not only your residence, it is your Napoli.
A lot more than just a location of contrasts, Naples is a city of harmonious anachronisms and oxymorons. Gritty elegance and roguish nobility mixed with piazza culture and modernity set inside crumbling walls – that is Naples.
Each and every corner you turn in Naples you discover one thing surprising, fascinating, worrying, or lovely. A palace, a slum, a pristine park, stone statue on a marble pedestal, a pedestrian precinct exactly where vehicles meticulously edge their way by way of crowds…
Quiet cafés down tiny side streets run parallel to thronged avenues of noisy bars and busy enotecas. And absolutely everyone is at peace with this.
It is this balance, these appositions that give Naples each its life and its previous. And the Hotel Piazza Bellini amplifies it with megaphonic finesse.
This 64-area contemporary hotel sits in the middle of the most historic element of Naples. Surrounded by bars, cafés and tiny restaurants, it is effectively positioned for guests to get in amongst the romance of this living city from the moment they leave the hotel.
Inside the Hotel Piazza Bellini
By way of safe gates and a grand archway, the entrance leads you by way of to a shady courtyard. On fine days, this courtyard acts as the hotel’s lobby and you can take breakfast right here in the morning.
Inside, the grandeur of this palace from the late 1500s is clear. Lofty ceilings and wide halls give way to winding corridors and staircases, and image windows that open up onto the courtyard and the city streets beneath.
The rooms, like the rest of the hotel, are a fantastic contrast to the building’s ancient and regal beginnings. Rather than a stuffy more than-egged décor you’d be tempted into following offered the history to this palace, the owners have been brave.
Vibrant colours, contemporary lines and minimalist furnishings give this hotel pretty young vibe, lively and exciting. You get the feeling of a entertaining outdoors-the-box boutique hotel like the QT Hotels.
Normal rooms are spacious – particularly for Europe – and with out as well a lot of frills. With a city like Naples waiting for you, there’s no need to have to devote as well considerably time in your area.
There are larger rooms obtainable – with terraces seeking out more than the city and also with a mezzanine providing much more space for households or for an ‘almost-suite’ really feel.
The vital factor to note is every area is very distinct in décor and layout. Quirky art adorns the walls and even the hotel’s street sign, developed by regional artist Alessandro Crocchia, has incorporated and poked entertaining at the ubiquitous graffiti you see all more than Naples.
On the doorstep of the Hotel Piazza Bellini
The Hotel Piazza Bellini is in the middle of the historic element of Naples, so there’s a wealth of factors to see and do on your doorstep. Right here are a handful of of them:
The hotel’s eponymous piazza – Piazza Vincenzo Bellini – across the street is very smaller. But subsequent to the tiny café there is a cordoned off archaeological dig of the ancient Greek city of Neapolis, which predated Roman habitation.
It is not considerably to appear at, but it shows how considerably there is to see actually on your doorstep wherever you go in Naples.
Like any significant city, Naples is residence to a lot of museums. Certainly, 1 of the closest metro stations to the Hotel Piazza Bellini is referred to as Museo!
And just after our trip to Pompeii, which you can study all about and watch our video on Pompeii right here, we located the Naples National Museum of Archaeology (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli) the most exciting – it is also suitable subsequent to Museo Station.
In this museum are the actual artefacts from Pompeii. Most of what you see in Pompeii are plaster casts to shield them from climate, theft and vandalism.
But there are also a lot of objects from Pompeii that you can only see right here, like the portraits of the individuals who lived in Pompeii. You can essentially see what the residents looked like. Is not that remarkable?
Apart from the wealth of artefacts from Pompeii, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli is a lovely creating and effectively worth going to.
Scattered all through the city, there are hundreds of tiny areas to quit for a beer or a spritz. But as is usually the way with Italy, if you discover a pretty touristy bar, appear a street back or to the subsequent piazza. You will probably discover a tiny spot exactly where it is just the locals and the vibe is so considerably much better.
As evening falls, creating your way back towards the Hotel Piazza Bellini, you will find out the complete of By means of Santa Maria di Constantinapoli is complete of tiny regional bars. But by morning, like magic, all sign of them will have disappeared.
Actually which means ‘Naples splitter’, Spaccanapoli is a narrow street that is stated to ‘split’ the oldest element of Naples in two.
Traditionally it ran practically from the grand fortified hilltop monastery and museum Di San Martino in the west of the city all the way to Garibaldi Station in the east.
These days it is believed to start out at Piazza Gesu Nuovo, which is a brief stroll from the Hotel Piazza Bellini. There’s also a cracking pizzeria there – the Pizzeria Fiume and its sister restaurant Annaré.
If you adhere to the Spaccanapoli east for a when, it gets busier and busier, and narrower and narrower. Sooner or later, it becomes ‘Christmas Street’, with hundreds of stalls promoting – of all factors – a big variety of dolls home accoutrements.
There are Christmas decorations right here as well as you’d count on, and also a host of at instances pretty strange souvenirs. It is worth the stroll just to see it all.
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It is clear to see that the Hotel Piazza Bellini feeds on its outstanding place and its youthful, entertaining character rather than relying on luxury or how a lot of stars it has. In truth, this hotel could have gone a couple of techniques with its theme.
The owners could have quickly rested on the laurels of the complete 1500s palace factor. They could have gone with a lavish, dark, aristocratic appear – and possibly created the hotel really feel much more up-market place.
As an alternative, the Hotel Piazza Bellini feels considerably much more welcoming. And this attitude is surely reflected in the friendly employees.
As for us, we surely weren’t expecting to discover one thing this contemporary in the pretty heart of historic Naples.