Hotels by the Sea in Naples, Italy

by Patrick M. Lind
A view of the harbor in Naples.

A view of the harbor in Naples.

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Naple’s best seaside hotels are found in the city’s picturesque Santa Lucia district about one mile from the city's center. Travelers will find a few elegant hotels nestled along a large beach promenade near the famous Castel dell’Ovo, an ancient Roman castle situated on a peninsula at Naples' yacht harbor. Most of these seaside hotels emphasize unusual design and feature panoramic views over the Tyrrhenian Sea, and so they add the perfect "mise-en-scene" to your Naples vacation.

Grand Hotel Vesuvio

The Grand Hotel Vesuvio has hosted famous guests such as Humphrey Bogart, Giorgio Armani and Grace Kelly. The traditional Grand Hotel dates back to the late 19th century and has since been a symbol for Italian luxury. Guests choose their rooms according to style preferences from historic sophistication to modern sleek. To get the best panorama, ask for a suite with private balcony and sea views. For those looking for an extravagant retreat, the hotel’s special offers include extra services such as fresh flower bouquets, candle-lit dinners, champagne breakfasts and VIP treatment.

Hotel Excelsior Naples

Hotel Excelsior is situated in a historic building across from Castel dell’Ovo and the yacht harbor. Its classic facade opens to a gracious interior, where chandeliers, oriental rugs and marble floors set the mood. Mornings at the hotel start with a rich breakfast buffet or in-room breakfast enjoyed on a private balcony. Rooms with bay and sea views are available. The hotel's two on-site restaurants serve Mediterranean and international cuisine in a stunning setting on a sun terrace with a scenic ocean-view backdrop. Both restaurants have a dress code, so don’t forget to pack your evening dinner outfits.

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia Napoli

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia Napoli opens its doors in front of the jetties of the yacht harbor. This historic building has an interior reminiscent of the turn-of-century Belle Epoque style and lives up to the name Grand Hotel. The Partenope Suite with its terrace sits high above the bay and the Castel dell’Ovo and provides some the best sea vistas available in Naples. Guests enjoy the rich breakfast buffet and dine in an authentic Italian restaurant with garden patio and promenade seating.

Royal Continental Napoli Hotel

The modern complex of the Royal Continental Napoli Hotel with its many windows and blue sun awnings is located on the seafront boardwalk. It gives off the spirit of a seaside vacation, which is complemented by the rooftop sea water swimming-pool. The hotel's interior is light and airy with large panorama windows in a contemporary layout. All rooms come with private balconies, most of which look out to the bay. A lavish breakfast buffet with freshly baked pastries and breakfast rolls, cold cuts, Italian cheese and homemade jams is laid out on a panorama terrace every morning. At night, guests may dine at the ground-level restaurant with seafront promenade seating or at the 10th floor panorama terrace restaurant. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes cater to guests with special dietary requests.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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