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After spending the better part of a day traveling from Greece to Italy, and having to detour and change flights in Venice of all places, I arrived at Naples Campodichino Airport at 10:30 in the evening. I took a bus that runs from the airport to Piazza Garibaldi (oh, and do remember to buy your ticket inside the terminal before you even get on the bus...an important introduction to public transport in Italy). The ride into the city isn’t long since it’s only 2km, however, the huge Piazza Garibaldia, where the hotel is located, might prove more of a challenge to navigate even late at night — don’t look for pedestrian crossings, and the traffic lights seem far and few in between.
As for the accommodation: although the building seems large and has two floors, the rooms are not much larger than a walk-in closet. Don’t attempt to stumble around in the dark at night to the bathroom - you’re likely to trip on one of the three steps that lead up to the bath area. Do ask for a room far away from any major construction on the side streets next to the hotel, something I didn’t bother with, but remained blessedly unaware of until the sound of persistent heavy drilling and shouting at 8 am told me that I had arrived in Naples.
The continental breakfast was one of the most meager I’ve encountered yet among continental breakfasts anywhere — thankfully, I was picked up less than hour later that morning by an Italian friend who whisked me away to a real café with the full works. Yet another reason why you must have friends on the road when you travel.
Considering this place only cost me a little over $50 and, now they’re asking around $73 as late as September, I’d say take the time to find a pleasant, safe part of Naples at the same cost. There are bed and breakfasts and small inns that are a much better introductions to southern Italy than Hotel Ideal.
From journal Naples, on the fly
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
June 29, 2004
However, the rooms are a decent size, clean and comfortable. There are a few rooms which share bathrooms, but most have en suite facilities. Beware Room 70 - the maid's closet is next to this room and you will be woken when she gets out her cleaning things and bedding - EARLY!
Breakfast is poor but typically Italian, served in a small room with only five tables - we missed it one morning because there were no spaces and we needed to be out for a train.
For a double room, the rack rate is 97 Euros, but we booked through an online bookings site (there are several sites offering discounts on this hotel, like www.hotelclub.net) and paid just 63 Euros per night including breakfast.
All rooms have colour TV and hairdryer.
The useful location compensates for the noise making this a reasonably priced hotel in a city with few hostels or real budget hotels.
From journal A week in Naples and around