Luxury Accomodation in Naples - Carten Napoli Luxury Rooms
Calata San Marco, 24
Port of Naples
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Centrally located in the Port of Naples is the hidden gem of Carten Napoli Luxury Rooms. We stayed here for one night on Saturday 19th January 2019, and what a fanstic stay we had! The hotel is advertised as a luxury boutique hotel and with only three rooms (at the moment - more on that later!) it is in the pefect location for those who are wanting to explore Naples from a central location.
Let me start on how to find this place. From the airport you can jump on the AliBus which is the shuttle between the airport, train station and the Port of Naples. You need to get off at the Port of Naples, approximately 15 minutes on the bus, and walk for around 2 minutes until you find Carten. It is located on the corner of the street and is sign posted at the front - however you can easily walk past. There is a resturant next door with outside seating. Once you've found that you'll be in the right place. I used google maps to navigate us straight to the entrance.
Carten is based in a shared block of offices and flats - very normal for Naples accmodation in the town centre. The only thing I would say is for anyone who has limited mobility, access to this place may be difficult. There is a lift, however there are another few smaller stairs to climb to the entrance of the hotel.
Upon arrival into reception, you will be greeted by a very friendly staff member, who makes every effort to speak English to you (great for us because we speak zero Italian!) and they will make you a gorgeous coffee and get to know you for a little bit. We explained that we were on an exploring trip and only in Naples for 24 hours. The lovely lady produced a map of Naples and gave us some really good recommendations about where to eat, what to see and in what order. We generally followed her advice and it all worked out fantastically.
The Rooms - What's Included?
We booked a standard room. What is included in this level of room is more than we have experienced before, and we have stayed in may hotels all across the world.
Firstly, the room was really modernised - a huge (and comfortable!!) king size bed, with mood lighting built into the wall behind, a very large wardrobe, great for people staying for longer than one night unlike ourselves, a TV mounted on the wall and a clean and generous bathroom complete with a rainfall shower and mood lighting in here too. Little touches like a candle in the bathroom, towels provided on the bed, water and softdrinks which are inclusive in the minibar. The biggest extra touch for me was the Wifi code which is just for that room only - all rooms and reception have their own Wifi to eliminate slow connection, and a netflix code! Perfect for us after a long day exploring!
The other rooms in the hotel include a superior and a deluxe suite - these are to die for! They both have views of the Castel Nuovo from a balcony plus a spa bath tub in the room! Amazing! If this room wasn't already booked when we booked, this would have been that bit more luxe for us.
The Carten is expanding - from April this year there are going to be two new suites, each of which will include all the extras from the existing deluxe suites but with a luxurious extra - a hammam. To us Brits, this is a sauna! This comes with room service too - the reception staff will even order you a traditional Napolese pizza direct to your room so you will not have to leave this luxurious suite - if you do not want to! How amazing is this. I'm so excited to see what this has to offer on our impending return to Naples. We were lucky enough to be shown the floor plans here they are below for your information:
Prices are to be confirmed - however you can book this accomodation via this link for the best prices:
The best part about this hotel is the staff. A specific mention to Filippo (the owner) and Francesca. Both of them could not do enough for us! I emailed in advance to seek permission for filming and taking photos and they were so accomodating and of course granted permission with pleasure. They organised a taxi for us to leave early the next morning and advised us to ask for fixed rate as to not get ripped off - this was great advice and the taxi was waiting for us and granted us a fixed fee off the meter. Perfect!
Both Filippo and Francesa spent around two hours chatting away with us at the bar area, allowing us to sample their recommendations on the drinks and exchanging stories about their life in Italy and ours in the UK. Francesca did very well to keep up and understand our Northern accents as well and the odd translation for Filippo whose English is not as strong, but still good. They are both very happy, welcoming and pleasant people and we learnt so much about Naples and Italy in general during our conversation. I can only hope that we taught them something interesting too!
The staff here completely go above and beyond for their guests, and no question is too small or to silly to them. They are very proud of the Carten Napoli and so they should be too.
The breakfast that is included is fantastic. They have a sweet and 'salted' option (to us brits, that's the bacon & egg job). We opted for a cheese omlette - the best I've ever tasted (Filippo if you are reading this what cheese did you use and is it available in the UK?!) and toast. The toast that came was what we know as a ham and cheese toastie - so plenty of food on offer. We had a blood orange juice and a coffee and, if we had more time, we would have opted for some fruit and maybe sampled some of the sweet on offer too. Unfortunately time was against us. Breakfast is served from 7am daily.
Overall, I would whole-heartedly recommend Carten Napoli Luxury Rooms as your hotel of choice if you are staying in Naples. Normally I could pick at least one flaw with a hotel, but not this one. Go and experience it for yourself. As for Naples as a city break - you cannot listen to the bad reputation that this place once had. I have another blog post coming shortly on our 24 hour experience in Naples which will explain fully why I believe Naples should be on your city break list this year.
Check out my 24 Hours In Naples Vlog below for a room tour of Carten Napoli (and to see what we got up to in Naples!)
Read my post on What We Ate In Naples (recommendations)