“La Chiaja art&relais” takes its name from the stretch of coast that it overlooks, called “La plaja” during the Spanish domination of the House of Bourbon in Naples.
As it also happened with the homonymous district (“Quartiere Chiaia”) in Naples, “plaja” was transformed by the Neapolitans into “chiaja”, which means beach. The Spanish cultural heritage is still very present in the city of Castellammare di Stabia, as seen in the Bourbon Palace on the Quisisana hill. At the same time, traces were also left in place names.
As a matter of fact, the “Rione Spiaggia”, where our hotel is located, still has the same name given to the district under the Bourbons in the early 19th century, when a group of fishermen settled in this stretch of coast. Their intent was to live closer to the sea, as this was and still is the main source of livelihood for many people in Castellammare.
The building still keeps in its walls and rooms the remains of the ancient village and stores the smells, the sounds and the breeze typical of this area and known to all those who have lived off the sea for over two centuries.