Hotel Del Real Orto Botanico: A Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Review

This hotel is located in a bustling part of Naples. There were so many stores, people milling past, and a lot of traffic that I almost missed spotting the entrance to the hotel. From the outside, the hotel looks very modest, but inside, it has a rather spartan elegance to it.

I spent four nights here and it was a nice change from the small, cramped room we shared in Pisa. This hotel was one of the three in which I had tour agency, Rome and Italy, make reservations for me.

From the outside, the hotel looks like it would be quite small, but I was surprised at just how spacious it was inside.

Elevators and stair lifts

The elevator was large enough to fit my wheelchair and two more people tucked in on the sides. For reference, my wheelchair is 43 inches long and 25.5 inches wide and I had a couple inches to spare on the width, but not on the length.

La Corte

The hotel has its own restaurant located on the main floor. They offer free continental breakfast that has everything you would expect.

I dined at La Corte almost every evening because the chef, Fabio, a very nice fellow, went out of his way to make me vegan dinners which were not listed on the menu. One evening, he made me a delicious creamy spinach pasta that makes me wish I had the recipe.

There is an alternative accessible entrance to the restaurant for wheelchair users because there are a few stairs that lead down. The accessible entrance is on the outside of the hotel a few doors down. The door always remained locked, so I had to ask the staff at the main desk to alert the restaurant staff to unlock the door over there. Once inside the restaurant, I used the stair lift to descend the rest of the way. It’s a bit of a circuitous route, but the building is an old one so it’s to be expected.

The Accessible Room

The accessible room is quite spacious considering it is a double room. It has three beds and plenty of space for wheelchair users to move around in. If you use a hoist as I do to transfer to bed, you’ll know that it can sometimes be difficult to find enough clearance under the bed for the legs of the hoist to fit. Luckily, that wasn’t the case for the beds in this hotel, everything worked out well.

If you’ve read my post about the hotel I stayed at in Venice, you’ll know that I had brought little platforms to put under each corner of the bed to raise it up a little. Unfortunately, I forgot to pack them, but I did get them delivered to me in Naples. I didn’t end up using them since the bed was high enough without them.

The bathroom is also a good size. There is a roll-in shower with a bench provided. However, I didn’t use the bench, as I rented one from Rome and Italy for the duration of my trip. The sink is also good for wheelchair users; I had enough space to roll right under.

Bar & Terrace

I found out after my stay that the hotel has a rooftop terrace. When I was checking in the front desk staff didn’t mention it; they didn’t say much of anything really. It could be that the terrace was not wheelchair accessible and that is why they did not mention it, but I’m not sure.

Location

There are many shops and restaurants surrounding the area of the hotel. I was told that the Archeologico Museo was a ten minute walk from the hotel, but it is actually a good 30-35 minute walk/roll over rough cobblestones that put some strain on my back. The museum is a treasure of ancient Roman artifacts and I ended up making the trek twice.

Final thoughts

Overall, I really liked this hotel. It is in a nice busy location, the restaurant is great, and the accessible room is very comfortable. I would definitely stay here again.

If you’d like to know how I got around Pompeii and Herculaneum as a wheelchair user, you can read that post >here<.

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