€13 per night
€13 per night
La Controra, Napoli, Italy

La Controra

Napoli (Naples), Italy - Piazzetta Trinita Alla Cesarea, 231
4.3   

5 Total reviews

  • Very safe environment
  • Delightfully clean
  • Well-located
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auberge très sympathique ! ... Un accueil sympathique.
Plein de gens de tous les pays du monde qui se saluent dans les couloirs ou la cuisine !
Chambre dortoir, ou double (on y accède en travesersant le dortoir).
Sanitaires propres.
Un peu bruyant (pas loin d'une ...

Description - Hostel

Deep down in Naples and its contadictions, La Controra is a monastery transformed into a flashpackers hostel.
Better than a Stargate: La Controra with its garden is a place where you can relax yet right in the middle of the bustling town around you.

La Controra's recently renewed rooms are decorated by art sculptures placed in the floor tiles featuring sea shells, Neapolitan coffee pots, garlic and chilli peppers, ex-voto and red coral horns (ethnic Neapolitan esoterica and good luck charms!).

Our lounge bar is used for contemporary art exhibitions and multimedia events. You would hardly find any from the staff singing Neapolitan melodies to entertain you: our guests make the difference while chillin' in our garden and on hammocks.

The space
  • Property type: Hostel
  • Guest rooms/units: 69
  • Year built: 1600
  • Renovated: 2006
  • Public classification: 5
Hostel accommodations

Lowest price available: €13

Double Handicap facility Mixed Dorm Quad Quad Mixed Ensuite Triple Private Ensuite Twin
  • Check-in: noon
  • Check-out: 11:00am

Hostel amenities

24-hr front desk BBQ area Bar/lounge Breakfast included Elevator/lift Gameroom Gardens Handicap access Laundry/valet service Linen included Live music Meeting facilities Multi-lingual staff No curfew Open 24 Hours Religious group assistance Taxi service Tour/sightseeing assistance Wireless internet

Room amenities

La Controra respected the original structure of the urban monastry it is, but put air conditioner in all rooms, which enjoy sheer hotel standards at hostel prices.

A/C climate control Air-conditioning Backpacker facilities Balconies Coffee/tea maker Ensuite Fax machine Fax service Handicap facilities Internet access Kitchenettes Lockers Maid service daily Microwave Non-smoking rooms Private bathroom Refrigerator Showers without bath Telephone Television Television (cable/satellite) VCR/DVD Video games


Neighborhood

The history of La Controra is closely linked to that of the nearby Church of Santa Maria del Rimedio (not used as a church nowadays). You can read about the complex in the book Stories of the beautiful, ancient and mysterious city of Naples (1792) by Carlo Celano, which refers to the Church of Santa Maria del Rimedio «.. as served by the Fathers of the Holy Trinity of Saint Mary of Mercede. The Church was built in the first years of the last century».
A century before Celano, Giovanni Battista Chiarini writes: «Next to the church there is a wonderful hunting lodge built by the Cardinal Belmosto, which was sold to the Fathers of the Holy Trinity of Saint Mary of Mercede, who turned the lodge into a convent. Here the air is perfect, and many people use it to cure their ills». Therefore, La Controra is part of the convent built at the beginning of the 18th century, in the zone of Trinità alla Cesarea. In the 17th century, the area had numerous aristocratic hunting lodges, later sold to religious orders due to increasing demand for convents and monasteries. These new orders were favoured by the Spanish colonial Government and the Church. Today, the roots of this areas architecture can be directly traced from this period, when so many convents, cloisters, and churches were built. At the beginning of the 18th century, this Belmosto property was overhauled and rebuilt into its current structure.
The order of the Fathers of the Holy Trinity of Saint Mary of Mercede, founded in 1198, imposes a strict monastic code of behaviour on its acolytes. This includes, among other things, offering hospitality to travellers, the poor and the sick. The monasterys guests were well looked after in a familiar and unthreatening environment. In its current metamorphosis as a hostel, it follows the same basic principles as the monastic order of old, but we are hardly a convent. In 1809, Napoleon Bonaparte suppressed the monastic orders: this was a turning point in the buildings history, because it was no longer used as a sanctuary. The complex became a group of private homes. And it was not until May 2006 that this historic complex became once again a place for world weary travellers to rest their feet amidst the chaos of Naples.


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Price details

€13 per night

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Location - Hostel

Piazzetta Trinita Alla Cesarea, 231
Napoli (Naples)
Napoli, Provincia di Napoli
Campania (Regione Campania)
Italy  80128

Latitude: 40.85205, Longitude: 14.24046

How to get there

Buy a Metronapoli ticket (at the yellow kiosks as well as tabbaconists (T) shops: the 3 euro day pass is a good deal).
La Controra is close to the Salvator Rosa metro stop on Line 1: if you come from Napoli Centrale train station, take metro Line 2 until Cavour station, then change to Line 1, Piscinola direction. Once in Salvator Rosa station, take escalators up and follow exit signs to Santa Croce. When you emerge, go down hill keeping on the left hand.
Piazzetta Trinità alla Cesarea is on the left: it is not the first alley you find (which is Vico San Mandato), it is the second alley, basically, a little stairway with a crumbling red-painted church at the top. Walk toward it - we are tucked just around the corner to the left.

You can also reach it by taking the R1 bus from Piazza Bovio. Coming from Capodichino Airport, the Alibus will take you to Piazza Municipio, close to Piazza Bovio, which you can also reach with the C57 bus.

Nearest airport: Capodichino Aeroport (7 km)