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Jan 27th, 2004, 07:57 PM
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I only went to the museum in Naples and it was wonderful. I have been in the train station several times and never had any kind of problem. However, I wouldn't choose to vacation there.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 12:21 AM
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As WTsays, I wouldn't vacation at the train station in Naples either. We stayed at the Albergo Sansevero in Spacanapoli.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 05:57 AM
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Many thanks to all of you who have sent a reply. Based on what has been said my friend and I have now booked our flights. So Naples here we come!

Now to find a decent hotel - any suggestions?
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Jan 28th, 2004, 06:06 AM
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I've only been to Naples once for a day and enjoyed it -- even its "grittiness".

This year we're flying into Naples from London and heading out to Ischia for five nights then on to other parts of Italy and France. Since we fly in at night, we originally booked one night right by the docks at Hotel Canada. But we've since decided to fly down a day earlier (well, the Easy Jet fares were cheaper on Thursday than on Friday). Now we'll be spending two nights there. This hotel is costing us 104 euro per night, with guaranteed sea view (and is right by the harbor). For what I call a budget hotel, it certainly looks nice.

See www.sea-hotels.com
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Jan 28th, 2004, 07:51 PM
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We have stayed at Hotel Jolly, a large Italian chain hotel. It is on the top floors of an office building, great views of waterfront and Sorrento coast. Convient location.
Last time we used Pinto Storey, a small hotel on the 5th floor of a building at Piazza Amadeo. Great location, subway, funiclare to Vomero and plent yof buses and taxis. Walking distance to many good restaurants and the best shopping area in Naples. Also a couple of clubs for nightlife.

I think you will enjoy Naples for what it gives you. Read up in a couple of guide books and search the web.

Buon viaggio!!!
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Jan 29th, 2004, 06:39 AM
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We stayed at the Albergo Sansevero, not far from the Archaeological Museum.
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Jan 29th, 2004, 08:37 AM
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What I wish I would have known before traveling to Napoli:

- The Capella Sansevero closes at 6 pm and is closed all day on Tuesdays.

- The Archeological Museum's English audioguide stinks.

- The rooms at Albergo Sansevero, although cheap, smell like sewer and are not very clean.

- Clothing & accessory shopping is less expensive in Napoli than Rome or Florence.

That said, I loved Napoli. My tips:

- Try to get an English guided tour of the Archeological Museum.

- Check out the Capella Sansevero.

- The Tightrope Internet Cafe on Pza Bellini is fantastic.

- Visit the museum BEFORE Pompei, buy one of those little plastic Pompei guidebooks in the gift shop. It will come in handy when you visit Pompei.

- Take the train from Napoli to Rome and spend a day or two there.
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Jan 30th, 2004, 04:16 AM
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Many thanks MizzEve useful tips!
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Jan 30th, 2004, 05:36 AM
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Hi MizzEve and Khad,

Subsequent to our stay at Albergo Sansevero we found a posts on various websites complaining about sewer smells in hotels throughout Italy. This seems to be a problem with old buildings.

The solution appears to be to call the desk and have them send someone to pour bleach down the drains.
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Jan 30th, 2004, 06:55 AM
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Unlike Ira, I haven't heard about sewer smells in Italian hotels. When I complained about the smell at Albergo Sansevero, they told me that they would "clean" the room. They did not clean the room and if they poured bleach somewhere, it did not fix the problem.

I liked the location of the hotel, but I wouldn't stay there again.
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