Where to Stay in Naples, Italy 2024 ✔️ 6 Top Areas & Hotels

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Looking for where to stay in Naples, Italy?

You are in the right place, because I did a thorough research for you, and compared hundreds of areas and hotels, highlighting the 6 best areas for all tastes and budgets. Check out my hand-picked options of accommodations across the town!

The Old Town is the best area to stay in Naples because it’s where most of the tourist attractions are located. But don’t worry, I’ll also cover other places so that you can have a full picture of the very best area to stay in Naples for your travel preferences.

Since you’ll be staying in Italy’s 3rd largest city, make sure to book the accommodations quickly, so you can get the best deals!

Quick Picks for Your Stay

The best area is Old Town for its majestic architecture, catacombs, and stunning fountains.


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here’s a map that will give you a clear picture of the districts of Naples that I’ll be talking about in this post:

Colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Naples Italy
  1. Old Town: for first time visitors
  2. Chiaia: for luxury
  3. Vomero: for a peaceful stay
  4. Posillipo: for families
  5. Quartieri Spagnioli: for budget
  6. Central Station: for easy access

1. Old Town – where to stay in Naples for the first time

A view of the city of Naples with a mountain in the background.

Located on the east side of the city, the “Centro Storico” in Italian is the best place to stay in Naples for first time visitors. The Historical Center is also known as the “heart of Naples” and is the ULTIMATE open air museum!

Naples Old Town has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995.

In Naples historic center, you can enjoy the magic of the small cobbled streets with huge historic buildings overlooking the city. Seeing where the Italians hang their clothes will make you feel like you’ve landed in a chic Italian movie!

This well-preserved area has restaurants at every corner! Don’t miss enjoying an iconic Napolitan pizza at Gino e Toto Sorbillo or  L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele (where the famous Eat. Pray. Love movie was shot)

The Centro Storico has many attractions that you have to see like the Veiled Christ statue at Sansevero Chapel and the Church of Santa Chiara, as well as tons of Greco-Roman ancient ruins from the old city walls, as well as other baroque churches!

Overall, Centro Storico is the best area for a 1 night stay, and it’s also one of the safest areas in Naples!

Looking for more places to stay along the Amalfi Coast after Naples? Check out our post for all the best towns and hotels!

Luxury hotel
collage of 3 images with: bedroom, dining area and woman on Vespa near the statues

Hotel Piazza Bellini & Apartments is situated in a historical building dating from the 16th century, and it has rooms decorated with art pieces by a local Alessandro Cocchia. Luxury amenities and modern furnishings included!

Other accommodation options in Old Town

mid-range
A living room with yellow furniture and a chandelier.

One of the most highly-rated apartments in Naples featuring a large double bed and balcony with city view; central location but quiet surroundings

budget
A balcony or terrace at hotel salerno.

One of the best places to stay in Naples with an amazing view of the city, a lovely terrace, and charming baroque interior; within walking distance from most attractions

airbnb
A bedroom with green walls and a bed.

An affordable Airbnb with easy access to 2 metro stations, offers a great city view from the patio, and serves a delicious breakfast

Things to do in Old Town

2. Chiaia – best place in Napoli for a luxury stay

A view of a square with columns and a dome in Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, Italy.

This stylish seafront neighborhood is your top choice in Naples if you love high end shopping and treating yourself in the most expensive stores like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Armani. 

If you’re into unique, independent fashion boutiques owned by the local people in Naples, Italy, you’ll find tons of those, too!

I highly recommend you check out the Naples antique market in Chiaia, as looking around the antique shops is one of the best things you can do in the city!

Located a bit further away from the city center, this neighborhood is great if you don’t want to be right in the busy area, and it’s also known for the lovely views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. 

If the foodie in you is wondering about the best places to eat in Naples, then Chiaia will be your favorite spot! I recommend the Signora Bettola restaurant for the best pasta and laid-back atmosphere.

In this neighborhood you’ll find many attractions, like the Villa Communale, an 18th-century royal garden and the Naples Aquarium!

This area is home to the oldest castle in Naples dating from the 12th century! It’s a seafront castle called Castel dell’Ovo, and it’s a must-see in the city!

Chiaia has some of the best hotels in old historical buildings with huge rooms and unique sea views!

Luxury hotel
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A beautiful place to stay in Naples, Italy, that has the best views of the city! Spend a lovely night on the beautiful terrace drinking a glass of good wine for a perfect luxury stay. Plus, there’s a gorgeous rooftop bar you just can’t miss with a restaurant!

Other accommodation options in Chiaia

mid-range
A bed or beds in a room at hotel santa rosa.

Stay in Naples in this charming place in a central location with amazing spacious family rooms, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast served in the room

budget
A bedroom with a bed and a couch.

A great place to stay in Chiaia on a budget that is close to most attractions with elegant rooms

airbnb
A living room with a couch and dining table.

An affordable, friendly place that offers a convenient location, it has tons of natural light in the rooms and a lovely kitchen

Things to do in Chiaia

3. Vomero – nicest part of Naples Italy for a local experience

An old castle sits on top of a hill in Naples.

This hilly neighborhood located in the East part of the city is one of the best places to stay in Naples for seclusion, and it has the most amazing view of Napoli

With Chiaia and Quarter Spagnoli areas nearby, Vomero is perfect for those who crave a local, authentic experience and a secluded stay. 

You can take public transportation (metro or the funicular) to go up and down the hill, but going back to your accommodation after these close will require a good amount of climbing! 

If you’re looking for a safe area in Naples, Italy, then Vomero is definitely one of the best neighborhoods for you. 

What I love in particular about Vomero is that you don’t have any tour guides or big crowds so you get to see the town as it is, with lovely local people sipping their coffees and enjoying the dolce vita. 

There are also numerous tourist attractions like the historic market in the Rione Antignano area and the Castel Sant’Elmo built in the 1200s. I recommend reserving at least half a day just to look around it! 

Spend the rest of your days walking around Piazza Vanvitelli, eating some delicious street food, and visiting some of the coolest bars in the city like The Penny Black Pub.

Luxury hotel
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Have your delicious breakfast on the terrace and admire the garden views in this fantastic apartment. All rooms come with a kitchen featuring everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Other accommodation options in Vomero

mid-range
A living room with a blue couch and a coffee table.

Stay in Naples in this modern hotel that has a great location, unique spacious rooms, and a buffet breakfast

budget
A bedroom with wooden floors and wooden walls.

Spend a lovely time in Le Chambre that offers great rooms, a balcony, and is close to most attractions in Vomero

airbnb
A patio with a table and chairs and potted plants.

Friendly modern rooms in the Vomero area, great for budget travelers, also featuring a backyard and cozy furnishings

Things to do in Vomero

4. Posillipo – where to stay for families

A narrow street in Posillipo, Naples, Italy.

A great place to stay in Naples if you’re traveling with the whole crew and you also want to stay in one of the safest areas. Posillipo is located after Chiaia, further west along the coast, and it overlooks Capri. 

Although you can get around the area by public transport, I recommend renting a car so you can explore everything. 

You can even hit the beach and have a picnic with the family while you’re here or head for dinner in top-notch eateries. Tufo is one of the best compact restaurants with AMAZING, mouthwatering, homemade pasta! Just make sure to book your table in advance.

The main attraction in this area is the Posillipo Archaeological Park, which dates all the way back to Ancient Rome!

If the kids are in the mood to spend some time outdoors, you can take them to Virgiliano Park. There’s also a cute market in the city park from where you can buy souvenirs, and the little ones might find some cool toys that will always remind them of bella Napoli!

What’s nice about Posillipo is that you can combine sightseeing with cool activities like snorkeling or kayaking. La Gaiola island, one of the nearby islands, is a great place to see a protected archeological area under the sea with centuries-old ruins from the Roman period!

Don’t forget to visit Villa Rosebery, a gorgeous Presidential Residence along the coast of Naples!

Luxury hotel
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Have the most authentic Naples stay on water in this fully-equipped apartment (with a kitchen) right by the sea. Also featuring a terrace, free Wi-Fi, and non-smoking rooms. Children of all ages are welcome.

Other accommodation options in Posillipo

mid-range
A bedroom with a blue bed and white walls.

Stay in the city in this friendly hotel just a few minutes walk from Bagno Donn’Anna with family rooms and great sea views

budget
A patio with trees and potted plants.

Next time you visit Naples stay in this well preserved boutique B&B that has a children’s playground and superb breakfast

airbnb
A living room with a blue couch and a white table.

Stay in a budget-friendly tiny house close to most attractions that has a lovely room and a cute patio where the kids can play

Things to do in Posillipo

  • Watch the sunset from Parco Virgiliano
  • Take a trip to La Gaiola island
  • Visit the Palazzo Donn’Anna
  • Have a family picnic on the Bagno Elena beach
  • Admire the scenic views at Baia di Trentaremi

5. Quartieri Spagnoli – where to stay for budget travelers

A fountain in front of a large building in Quartieri Spagnoli, Naples.

If you’re wondering if you can stay in Naples on a budget, then the very roots of Naples, Quartieri Spagnioli (Spanish Quarters), is the right place. 

A short walk from the center of the town, you’ll find plenty of budget hotels and Airbnbs on the traditional Italian narrow streets, full of shops and bars, perfect for budget travelers! 

As for bars, I recommend the Cammarota Spritz for the ultimate affordable and chic Aperol Spritz tasting!

Out of all of the areas we’ve talked about, in the Spanish Quarter, the street food business is very hyped! 

You HAVE to try the pizza fritta (fried pizza) at any of the street food trucks, fried cuoppo (a cup of all things fried), and tripe (if you have the stomach for it!) 

In the Spanish Quarter, you can also visit the Toledo Metro Station, which is one of the most iconic stations in Europe! 

Grab your camera because there is so much street art in this neighborhood that you’ll stop at every corner to snap a pic for memories. 

If you’re staying in the southern part of Quartieri Spagnoli, then you’ll be just a leisurely stroll away from places like Piazza del Plebiscito (with the Royal Palace) and the Opera House. 

You’ll also be moments away from the port, and from there you can take a trip out to Ischia on the ferry, which is so much fun! To find out where to stay in Ischia, check out our post!

Luxury hotel
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Caruso Place Boutique and Wellness Suites is your ultimate destination for a luxury romantic getaway. The rooms are spacious and their interior design is very historic! The hotel also features a hot tub and is a 1 min walk from Piazza Plebiscito.

Other accommodation options in Quartieri Spagnoli

mid-range
A bed or beds in a room at a hotel.

Have a lovely time in this well-equipped Quartieri Spagnoli boutique property that has a private bathroom in each room and super clean rooms

budget
A balcony with a table and chairs overlooking a city.

Stay in one of Naples best guest houses featuring a large double bed, a private bathroom, a terrace, and a shared lounge

airbnb
A white bedroom with a clock on the wall.

An affordable apartment in the Quartieri Spagnoli area that has a spacious room, free Wi-Fi, and a kitchen

Things to do in Quartieri Spagnoli

6. Central Station – for easy access to other areas

A narrow alley in a Naples

Here’s one of the best places to sleep in Naples if you want to travel around and explore other towns, like the ancient city of Pompeii (check out this article for the best Pompeii tour ideas). 

This area is located within walking distance from Centro Storico! Also, if you’re looking to stay in Naples for just one night, then the Central Train Station area is perfect! You can get around easily and won’t waste time in traffic.

Besides the train station, you also have the Naples underground station here, Napoli Piazza Garibaldi, so you can easily visit other parts of the city (or take day trips) from the main train stations when you’re in the mood. 

I highly recommend having your Italian morning ritual (coffee and pastry) in Piazza Garibaldi. It’s so beautiful and you can just grab a coffee from one of the bars. Come here early before everyone gets ahead of you, and just enjoy the atmosphere before you start another day of sightseeing! 

Just take extra caution with your belongings, as the area around the main station is reported to have more thieves and pickpockets (much like in other European cities). 

Luxury hotel
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One of the best Naples luxury hotels that is very well equipped! The hotel offers a good buffet breakfast, a rooftop terrace with a bar, and its rooms are modern and spacious!

Other accommodation options in Central Station

mid-range
A patio with white furniture and a dome in the background.

One of the best hotels just a few minutes from the Main Station, featuring a restaurant, a bar, and family rooms

budget
A bedroom with yellow walls and a white bed.

A good B&B budget hotel in the city that has cozy rooms with large windows, free Wi-Fi, and a buffet breakfast

airbnb
A small apartment with a kitchen and a view of the city.

A well equipped budget apartment in the Central Station area with a panoramic view of the city and a balcony

Things to do in Central Station

  • Have coffee in the morning in Piazza Garibaldi
  • Take the train to Pompeii to see the tourist attractions
  • Have a pizza at Pizzeria De’ Figliole 
  • Admire the architecture in the Piazza del Mercato square
  • Walk around Porta Nolana
👑 Luxury price:€220
💵 Mid-range:€120
🛏️ Budget:€70
📍 Best area:Old Town
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Hotel Piazza Bellini
💵 Mid-range hotel:I Vicerè B&B Deluxe
👛 Best budget hotel:La Casa Sul Nilo

FAQs about where to stay in Naples

The castle and bridge in the background in Naples, near the port

🏡 Which area is best to stay in Naples?

The Old Town (Naples Historic Center) is the best neighborhood to stay in the city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can explore it at night and still enjoy the vibe and it has all the big landmarks and great hotels!

❓Where is safe to stay in Naples?

Most places are safe in Naples, especially the Historic Center area, Vomero, and Chiaia as they are upscale residential neighborhoods.

📅 How many days is best to stay in Naples?

I recommend you stay in Naples for at least 3 days if you wish to explore the city without rushing everywhere.

🗺️ Is it better to stay in Naples or Amalfi coast?

Amalfi coast is better for water sports and beaches, while Naples is more suitable for history buffs, shopping, museums, and a large city vibe.

🏖️ What is the best hotel in Naples on the beach?

La Stella dei Venti is one of the best hotels and the star of the show, situated within walking distance from the beach. It has the most amazing sea views, the rooms are chic, and the design is so unique!

👪 What is the most family-friendly hotel in Naples?

One of the best hotels in Naples for families is La Casa Sull’ Acqua, located in the Posillipo area. The kids are going to love that it’s so close to the beach and you have plenty of space in your rooms.

❌ What are some areas to avoid in Naples, Italy?

Forcella in the city center is an area known for organized crime. I wouldn’t recommend going there at night, especially if you’re alone. The same goes for the Scampia neighborhood – avoid it during your stay in Naples!

🏘️ Is Naples safe for tourists?

Naples is generally safe for tourists, but there is a small risk of petty theft and pickpocketing, just like every other big city! As long as you take the usual precautions and avoid walking alone at night, you will be fine.

🚶 Is Naples a walkable city?

Yes! Naples is totally walkable, and it’s relatively flat which is great if you prefer to explore the city on foot. In fact, it’s probably the best way to get around!

Conclusion

A view of the city of naples at dusk.

What a lovely Southern Italy adventure! I hope this article helped you decide where to stay in Naples during your next trip to the city. Enjoy the cobbled streets of the historic center, the street art, beautiful churches, street markets, and all the delicious food.

There are so many hotels to choose from, from luxury to budget, but here are my top 2 favorites. They’re both located in Naples historic center (Old Town). I highly recommend booking in advance here as they sell out super quickly!

Make sure you eat as much Napoli pizza as you can, get drunk on Italian wine, and enjoy exploring the cobbled streets of all the cool areas in Naples!

Do leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions for our fellow readers!

Arrivederci, 

Victoria


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