The south of Italy warms your heart and eases the mind, and Naples is no exception. As we headed towards the heart of Italian Cuisine and culture we were able to stop off at the upscale hotel and former monastery from the 1500s, Hotel San Francesco al Monte. Located directly above the city offering spectacular seafront views across this historic hotel taking in the Bay, The Sorrentine peninsula, and even the central square.
Just 1km from the National Archaeological Museum and a healthy walk (around 350 yards) to the historic, private cafe or coffeehouse, Caffè Gambrinus, San Francesco al Monte delivers an off-path location whilst still staying central and in walking distance to many tourist centres, landmarks, and pier.
Equipped with all you need from any luxury hotel; Hotel San Francesco al Monte offers a little bit more with its modern meets history. The refined rooms, some in former monks’ cells are fully kitted out with all modern essentials plus ensuite marble bathrooms with massaging showers with some Suites offering sitting areas and views of the Bay of Naples.
There is something very Magical about this city and Hotel San Francesco al Monte is nestled in the cities comforts. This vast but idealist hotel offers rooms over 7 floors, including the top floor pool with bar and seating, to its 3rdand 4thfloor terraces met at the end of long corridors, tiled hallways, and indoor chapel.
On the main terrace, you are able to enjoy the live music being played on the Grand piano as you dive into the breath-taking views over of the bay and the serving of true Neapolitan and Mediterranean dishes and wines. Breakfast is also served on the 4thfloor in buffet style, where you can order off the menu but at extra cost.
“The Third floor houses the cell where Giovan Giuseppe della Croce spent the last 12 years of his life. Remembered for the miracle of the apricots that grew around him even during the winter, he was beatified in 1789. That same year, his cell was turned into a votive chapel and, today, it is one of the most enchanting areas of the entire hotel.”
The 45 rooms all of which come with spectacular views encompass the transition between old and new. Large postal beds sit amidst wooden flooring, vast ceilings and window frames that echo the past whilst when you walk in and around this vast historic establishment, it stays in-keeping with its current and modern-day usage.
There is also the option of jumping in a cab or bus and heading down to some of the busy nightlife hangouts. Be aware if venturing out head to reception and grab some tourist information or map from the front desk who can advise the best places to see, dine and swim.
Room run for a great value for money from £90 in low season to £149 in peak summer months. Book Here.
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