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Hotel Excelsior 4.0

Naples, Province of Naples, Italy

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  • Classic Belle Epoque-era hotel built in 1908
  • Opulent public spaces with chandeliers, antiques, and marble floors
  • Fine-dining rooftop terrace restaurant with panoramic views
  • Location overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Castel dell'Ovo
  • Elegant rooms with plush beds, flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms
  • Some rooms have views of the bay, Capri, and Mount Vesuvius
  • Sophisticated piano bar and second fine-dining restaurant
  • On-site fitness room and business center
  • Small outdoor solarium/sun area with lounge chairs
  • Walking distance to Piazza del Plebiscito Square and the Royal Palace


  • Fee for parking
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Not great for families with children

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Built in 1908 and considered one of the classic hotels of Naples, the Hotel Excelsior is adorned with crystal chandeliers, antiques, and Italian marble floors in its sumptuous public spaces. A stay here is like stepping back in time to Belle Epoque-era Italy. Set in a prime position at the southern tip of Naples, the Excelsior overlooks the Castel dell'Ovo castle, Gulf of Naples, and Mount Vesuvius. The 121 rooms are elegant and understated, and some come with superb views of the water (though dated touches, like patterned bedspreads, are present). The prime gathering spot is the rooftop terrace restaurant, with fine Mediterranean cuisine and panoramic views.

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A classic Naples hotel with a vibrant social scene

Hotel Excelsior evokes early 20th-century Naples in its décor. The Italian marble lobby has Murano chandeliers, antique furniture, fine art, and tall glass vases filled with orchids and other exotic flowers. The hotel is a gathering spot for local society, the international jet set, and celebrities. Sophia Loren is said to be a regular in the rooftop terrace restaurant. Unobstructed views of the gulf, Capri, Sorrento, and Mount Vesuvius give the rooftop restaurant a romantic feel.


A prime waterfront promenade location, walking distance to Piazza del Plebiscito

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Hotel Excelsior is in a prime location overlooking the waterfront promenade on the Gulf of Naples. Right in front of the hotel is the marina, Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle), and the imposing Baroque fountain Fontana dell Immacolata. A 10-minute walk (750 meters) north brings guests to the area with Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, San Francesco di Paola church, and the San Carlo Opera Theatre. The Duomo of Naples is five kilometers (three miles) northeast, the National Archaeological Museum is six kilometers (four miles) north, and the Museo di Capodimonte is eight kilometers (five miles) north. If you're coming from Naples International Airport, the hotel is nine kilometers (5.5 miles) southwest.


Elegant and understated rooms, many with water views

The Excelsior has 121 spacious rooms on six floors. Although not overly luxurious, rooms are well appointed and come with antiques, fine furnishings, silks, big marble bathrooms, and plush beds with cotton linens (though dated patterned bedspreads are present). There's a solid array of amenities, including flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi (for a fee), minibars, and fruit baskets. Some rooms have balconies, and many of the rooms have superb views of some combination of the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the island of Capri, and the Sorrento coast.


Rooftop terrace restaurant with panoramic views

The highlight of the Hotel Excelsior is its rooftop terrace restaurant, serving Mediterranean and regional Italian cuisine and offering panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples. Also on-site are an elegant piano bar and a second fine-dining restaurant serving international cuisine. Guests can get a workout in the small fitness room with free weights and a few pieces of cardio equipment. The Excelsior also offers a business center and on-site parking (for a fee). Although the Excelsior doesn't have a pool, guests can use the indoor pool, sauna, and steam room (all for one fee) at its neighboring sister property the Grand Hotel Vesuvio. The Vesuvio also has a spa with massages and beauty treatments (all for a fee).

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Via Partenope 48, Lungomare Caracciolo, Naples 80121, Italy

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