- Style Contemporary curator’s casa
- Setting Urban bayside with Vesuvian views
Looking out over the bustling docks of Naples, the Romeo Hotel is a modernist metal-and-glass creation packed with the impressive art collection of the eponymous owner. Expect a glimpse of the high life when you hobnob at this well-stocked boutique hotel – Michelin-rated cuisine, a stocked cigar room, extensive wine cellar – where designer-doused guests are often as striking as the Mount Vesuvius views.
Need to know
- Rooms 83, including 14 suites and 10 junior suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $274.11 (€200), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include a daily buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Spa, gym, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, flatscreen TV, Jacob Jensen and Bang & Olufsen telephones, the hotel’s own bath products.
- Poolside The small unheated pool on the ninth floor makes the most of the hotel’s urban coastal location: bathers can simultaneously oversee the dockworkers unloading crates at the port and gaze at distant Vesuvius or Capri. It’s outside on a terrace right next to the restaurant and bar, so grab a cocktail to sip while you lounge.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible on request (subject to availability and a charge). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Welcome. The Kids Garden playroom has a doll’s house and rocking horse. Babysitting is available at €25 an hour and a free crèche can be used 10am–8pm. However, the amount of expensive art on display might discourage all but the bravest parents.
- Also The glossy Dogana del Sale spa has a salt room, five treatment rooms, three Jacuzzis and two saunas (entrance to the spa costs €20 to guests). Golfers missing their greens find comfort in the virtual golf room, and there’s also a gym.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms All rooms are outfitted with Caprai fabrics, Don’do by Poltrona Frau chairs and locally made Tramontano leather goods, and many look out over the bay. For the best views, go for the Studio Corners: you’ll get the Amalfi Coast and Capri on your right as well as Vesuvius and the ships in the docks to the left. The Japanese Garden Suite has its own tranquil garden (and two bedrooms) as well as Oriental interiors: a grand kimono dominates one wall. The Wellness Suites are definitely not for gym-dodgers: each has its own mini gym with exercise bike and weights, and the decor wouldn’t look out of place in the pages of Men’s Health (think leather rugs).
- Packing tips Art, design and antiques buffs will want a notebook, camera or sketch pad to hand to record their favourite pieces from Mr Romeo’s collection. We loved the Edo-period Japanese armour in the sushi bar and the early 18th-century wooden model of Naples in the lobby.
- Also Cigar aficionados will appreciate the striking glass-walled Cigar Room. The main attraction (aside from the Davidoff humidors full of top-drawer cigars) is a Francesco Clemente painting created especially for the hotel.
Food and drink at Romeo Hotel
- Hotel restaurant On the top floor, Michelin-starred Il Comandante serves up an adventurous and regularly changing fine-dining menu, as well as some jaw-dropping views of the bay through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It also offers bar services. A Modern Med menu includes regional classics such as sliced beef tenderloin with summer vegetable stew or lemon-scented salt cod carpaccio with capers and salad greens. There are tasting menus for the indecisive. Romeo Sushi Bar (on the ground floor) serves tasty morsels at the downstairs counter or upstairs in Il Comandante. The Beluga Sky Bar serves great views, as well as a buffet breakfast, lunch and snacks.
- Dress code Italians aren’t known for being underdressed, and Il Comandante’s diners live up to their glamorous reputation. (They’re also likely to be far more tanned than you, and have much shinier hair.)
- Top table In Il Comandante, sitting beside the windows (or outside on the decking) provides the best bay views for watching the ships, but for a cosier meal there’s also a four-table room overlooking the higgledy-piggledy Naples skyline.
- Last orders Beluga Sky Bar serves breakfast, lunch and snacks 7am–8pm; ll Comandante serves dinner 8pm–midnight. Drinks are poured at the restaurant bar during opening hours.
- Room service Room service is available 24/7: order antipasti and sandwiches or hot dishes, like homemade ravioli or sea bass fillet.