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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Your Art Fix in Naples

New museums, galleries, and public projects are lending a contemporary edge to this southern Italian city.


1. Where to Stay

La Ciliegina is a boutique alternative to the city's larger hotels.  

Steam in a sauna with Himalayan pink salt bricks at the three-year-old Romeo Hotel (from $250), a design-oriented property that fuses eccentricity with luxury. Venture out of your sleek, ship’s cabin-styled guestroom to play a round of virtual golf, or treat yourself to caviar at the onyx Beluga bar.

Find a cozier alternative to the city’s international chains and large stand-alone properties at one-year-old La Ciliegina (from $200), whose fourteen cheerful rooms boast Hästens luxury beds, handmade Neapolitan furniture, and Carrara-marble bathrooms. Don’t pass up an aperitivo or Jacuzzi session on the rooftop overlooking medieval-era Castel Nuovo.

Imagine you’ve fallen into a Dr. Seuss book at Hotel Piazza Bellini (from $110), a fifteenth-century palazzo in the city’s historic center that’s been restored with plenty of modern whimsy. All 50 rooms feature Philippe Starck furniture, Artemide lamps, and playful wall drawings and cursive labels by young local artist Alessandro Cocchia. If you’re traveling as a family, ask for a bi-level, which costs just $27 more.

Published on Nov 17, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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