Accomodation at the 2 places that we stayed at in Sorrento and Naples are to be highly recommended. I always look forward to an inviting place to rest overnight after a tiring day of travel and I was impressed with both these hotels. Both were reasonably priced and exceeded my expectations for a 3-star hotel.
Sorrento – Palazzo Abagnale Guest House
the double room
This new 3-star boutique hotel, is situated on Corsa Italia, the road leading from the train station to Piazza Tasso in the centre of town. It is only a 5 minute walk from the station, but do look out for the numbering of the shop houses along the road, as the entrance is just a door that can be easily missed (the reception is a floor above).
With only 11 rooms, this cosy guest house might remind you of a beautiful britannia hotel manchester or a deluxe boutique in Prague with its excellent service and friendly reception. Each of the 3 floors in this building has an interior theme, with the rooms on each floor decorated according to the theme of the floor. There is the pop art floor, black and white floor (where our rooms were), and light beige floor.
the twin room
(left) spacious room with modern deco; (right) sparkling black and white tiles of the bathroom (though the bathtub should have had a curtain to prevent water on the floor after a shower)
Naples – Hotel Piazza Bellini
The entrance of this hotel was not overly welcoming especially with the ongoing construction. Still a new hotel, there were 2 blocks at the time and we were placed in the block opposite the reception block which had only 3 rooms at that time. However, the interesting part of this hotel is its interior and the art paintings by a young local artist, Alessandro Cocchia, on the walls of the rooms and other parts of the hotel. Locationwise, this hotel is central to the main historical attractions.
the towering entrance door – tight security with guests having to be buzzed in by reception
the red interior of the twin room
(left) table corner and tv on rotatable stand; (right) extra bed at the entrance of the twin room, guess it acts as a triple room too
stick-on room door numbers
stick-ons along the corridor from the reception to the breakfast area
cold buffet breakfast included
paintings on the walls of the breakfast area
fists and spanners