Naples, Italy never fails to impress and surprise its visitors. Its twisting streets are filled with historical, architectural, and artistic gems, as well as some of the best shopping in Italy and some of the best pizza in the world! Naples is a vibrant, chaotic city filled with unexpected beauty and elegant hotels and it’s well worth a visit for families of all ages.
But where to stay in this wonderful city to make the most of the experience? Do you want to be in the old town, tucked in amongst the winding, narrow streets? Or would you rather be beside the beach enjoying coastal views and wide promenades? Maybe you fancy a hilltop district with panoramic views all the way to Mount Vesuvius?
Whatever your family fancies, we’ve got something for you. From 5-star luxury hotels to hostels, monasteries to holiday homes, we’ve got some of the best accommodation for families in Naples for you and your family.
Ecumano Space (Historic Center)
The Historic Center of Naples is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in the city. Unmodernized and packed with character, it’s perfect for those wanting to soak up the Naples of bygone years. Enjoy the twisting narrow streets teeming with life and traditions, and explore the many historical, cultural, and archeological sites in the area.
If all the sightseeing isn’t enough exercise for you, stay at the 3-star Ecumana Space. This hotel is built for exercise lovers with multiple gyms, fitness classes, and a full-size swimming pool to wear out the kids. Accommodation is available in a choice of family rooms, including spacious maisonette apartments complete with a kitchenette. All rooms are soundproof and non-smoking, and childcare and babysitting services are available on site.
This hotel is only a few minute’s walk from some of Naples’s favorite attractions, such as the National Archaeological Museum and the Baroque masterpiece of San Gregorio Armeno church.
Address: Vico Pallonetto Santa Chiara 17/18, Naples Historic Centre, 80134 Naples, Italy
Best For: Fitness-loving families who want to stay in the heart of the old town.
Tric Trac Hostel – (Historic Center)
If you want a bed in the Historic Center on more of a budget, consider the Tric Trac Hostel. Spotlessly clean with modern minimalist rooms and cool communal areas, this is one of the best hostels in Naples. And it’s located in the heart of the Old Town, only a short walk to the Spanish Quarter.
Family rooms are available and come with a private bathroom. They can sleep four, but if your family’s a little bigger, larger dorm rooms are available. Entertainment is available for children in the form of board games, kids tv channels, and video games. For adults, there’s a bar and coffee house on-site, a communal kitchen to allow self-catering, and best of all, there’s a complimentary continental breakfast every day.
After fuelling up for the day, head out into Naples and find yourself only steps from some of Naples’s best sights and Piazzas.
Address: Piazza Santa Maria la Nova 14/15, Naples Historic Centre, 80134 Naples, Italy
Best For: A clean, modern, budget room close to all the historic sights.
The Romeo (Naples Port)
Naples is a little lacking in 5-star hotels and large resorts for families, luckily the ones they do have are pretty special. The Romeo is a beautiful, elegant hotel located right by the ferry port where guests can take trips to Sicily, Ischia, and Capri. Wonderful views of Naples Port and across the water can be enjoyed from the hotel’s rooftop terrace and swimming pool.
The hotel is packed with facilities for all the family. For children, there’s a pool, games room, billiards room, indoor playground, and garden. For adults, there’s a large, modern spa with kneipp path and sensory showers, full-service fitness rooms, a bar, and a choice of two restaurants, one of which is Michelin starred. In addition, the hotel offers childcare services, enabling you to enjoy the facilities at your leisure.
Rooms are exquisitely designed with ultra-luxurious touches and come in a range of family-friendly sizes sleeping up to 8 people. If you can, we recommend taking the suite with a private pool and zen garden to give your family all the extra space you could want.
Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo 45, Port of Naples, 80133 Naples, Italy
Best For: those families who love 5-star luxury hotels with beautiful Naples views.
Hostel of the Sun (Naples Port/University Area)
The Hostel of the Sun is located in Naples Port near the University Area, a neighborhood known for its vibrant, youthful atmosphere, budget-friendly accommodations, and quirky, eclectic shops.
This hostel is known for its colorful decor, friendly service, and knowledgeable staff who will be happy to help you negotiate the city. Private rooms go from twin to 5 people with a choice of a private or shared bathroom. There’s a communal kitchen and laundry room, a coffee house and bar on-site, and breakfast is provided.
For children, there’s a library of films, books, and board games, a games room with table football and darts, and bikes are available to hire available from reception. And if you want to make this a whole family vacation, pets are allowed to stay free of charge!
Address: Via Melisurgo 15, Port of Naples, 80133 Naples, Italy
Best For: a friendly, cheerful budget option in a youthful, vibrant area of the city.
Appartamento sul Teatro San Carlo (Plebiscito)
Plebiscito is not just one of the most exciting sightseeing districts in Naples but also one of the best places to stay for families. It is ideally located close to all the major landmarks and sights of the city, and it’s within walking distance (or a short drive) to the beach and the beautiful Villa Comunale de Napoli, gardens too.
This comfortable self-catered apartment has 3 bedrooms and can sleep 5 people in its high ceilinged, elegant rooms featuring frescoed ceilings. There is air conditioning, a spacious, fully functional kitchen, and quirky artistic touches to the decor. It offers beautiful city views from its balconies and sun terrace, but its real draw is its location. The Piazza Plebiscito is steps from the door with all its famous sights such as the San Carlo Theater and Royal Palace of Naples. The Galleria Umberto and Via Toledo shopping streets are within easy walking distance, and Mappatella Beach is only 1.6km from the door.
Best For: a self-catered option in a fantastic location.
Partenope Relais (Lungomare)
Lungomare is one of the best places to stay in Naples, especially for families with young children. While Naples is an exciting, vital city filled with sights and attractions, all that history and culture can be a bit much for little ones. So why not base yourselves in the more relaxed, beachfront zone of Lungomare? That way, you can enjoy the waterfront promenades, the beach, the beautiful french-style Napoli gardens, and then take day trips into the historic heart of the city.
The 4-star Partenope Relais is excellently located at one end of the famous Caracciolo waterfront promenade, just a 10-minute walk from Mappatella Beach. And in the other direction, a 15-minute walk takes you to the famous Piazza Plebiscito.
Family rooms are available, and some have stunning sea and promenade views. The rooms are all soundproof, non-smoking, air-conditioned, and decorated with massive old movie posters (that your children will be too young to recognize). The restaurant specializes in traditional Italian food and will provide children’s meals and cater to dietary requirements. Babysitting services are also available.
Address: Via Niccolò Tommaseo 1, Lungomare Caracciolo, 80121 Naples, Italy
Best For: families wanting a relaxed seaside hotel away from the madness of Naples city.
Caracciolo 13 (Lungomare)
If you’d rather have your own space try the Caracciolo 13 rooftop & suites. Apartments can accommodate families of up to 10 people and are fully equipped with everything you might need for your stay. But the real draw of these apartments is the view. Each apartment has a balcony with stunning city views, and the complex has a solarium and sun terrace with exceptional sea views.
Although these are self-catered apartments, guests enjoy the luxury of a reception desk and concierge as well as daily housekeeping services. The complex is located only a short walk along the Caracciolo promenade to Mappatella beach and the communal gardens of Napoli with their shady areas, water features, and sports courts.
Many restaurants are located nearby, including a cafe/bar just downstairs. The sights of Napoli, such as the Orvo Castle, National Archeological Museum, and Piazza Plebiscito are all less than 5km away.
Address: Via Francesco Caracciolo 13, Lungomare Caracciolo, 80122 Naples, Italy
Best For: beautiful self-catered apartments with stunning views
The Britannique Hotel (Chiaia)
Chiaia is one of Naples’s more exclusive neighborhoods, renowned for its refined boutiques, high-end restaurants, and elegant streets. It’s an excellent district for older children who might enjoy a little cafe culture and retail therapy. And for families with younger children, it’s one of the city’s safest, quietest, and most beautiful areas.
It’s also the best place to stay for high-end luxury. The Britannique by Hilton, with its 5-stars and reputation for excellence, is one of the most beautiful hotels for families in Naples. Located up the hill behind seafront Lungomare, The Britannique enjoys stunning panoramic views of the city, coastline, and the incomparable Mount Vesuvius. Enjoy these glorious views from the glass-walled Le Pavillon restaurant, from the elegant rooftop Macpherson’s restaurant, or from the bar with its sunset-facing terrace. Unfortunately, there is no pool, but older children may enjoy the spa and sauna facilities while younger ones can roam the outdoor space, terraces, and gardens. And if you have a 5-star pooch, bring them along as pets are welcome here!
Best For: 5-star views in a peaceful, elegant area perfect for shopping and strolling
Casa Tolentino (Vomero)
Another elegant neighborhood worth visiting is the artistic, historical Vomero. Like Chiaia, this area is affluent, high-end, built for shoppers and diners, but it also has a creative streak with several galleries and workshops on display. It’s located further up the hill than Chiaia, so the views are even more stunning.
It’s only a 10-minute walk down to the heart of the old town or to Piazza Plebiscito. But we would recommend taking the Montesanto Funicular back up to save your legs and give kids the fun of riding the inclined, uphill railway.
Casa Tolentino is located just a 3-minute walk from the nearest Funicular stop. This authentic guesthouse is renowned for its friendly welcome, knowledgeable staff, and community spirit. It is housed in a refurbished seventeenth-century monastery, and the walls enclose extensive grounds, including a children’s playground.
Guests love the sea and city views from the walls and rooftop and the serenity of the beautiful gardens.
Address: Gradini San Nicola da Tolentino 12, Vomero, 80135 Naples, Italy
Best For: a unique accommodation experience with beautiful outdoor space