Charming International Hotel - Napoli Airport

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Yep, that is the name of it, the "Charming International Hotel," a three star hotel backed up against the Napoli Airport. Part of the Italy Hotel Club the place has a slighly ramped entrance and a well designed accesible room on the first floor. Right across from the room is a terrace with a view of the busy street.

The door to the accessible room is extra wide. Light switches are toggle and at mid chest for someone sitting in an adult wheelchair. The shower is roll-in although rather small. It has a grab bar but no fold-don shower bench. (It quickly rusts wheel bearings to shower in a wheelchair. I alwas carry two extra sets for situations like these.) The sink height is adjustable. The toilet functions as a combined bidet. It has a notch cut out of the front of the bowl wide enough for the hand-held shower on the wall which is within easy reach.

Internet access is free and the hotel staff is attentive. The concierge explained that his cousin who uses a wheelchair and travels has educated him. Bravo!

The Charming International Hotel serves our purposes well as a place to wash up and rest before the intercontinental endurance test begins at 6 AM tomorrow. It may serve well for the budget minded as a place to wash up and sleep off jet lag for a first night in the Naples area - but it is not convenient to the city for easy sightseeing.

The neighborhood is not inviting for an evening "passegiatta" but La Luciana pizza restaurant three doors to the left is a gem. It is a family run neigbrhood institution - kids & neighbors stopping in, pizza flying out the door for delivery via moped.

Thirty-one varieties of pizza show up one the wall menu - but I am sure you can order a custom creation. We had the house specialty - a "rolled pizza" with the local (water) buffalo milk mozzarela, arrugula, and local ham. The chewy crust comes out of the wood fired oven looking like a dalmation with black spots on white.

Three steps to get in but, like I said, plenty of neighbors around to flex some muscles and heft you in or out.

Mangia!

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