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Hotel Highlights

  • Mr Romeo’s diverse art and antique collection (sourced from Christie’s)
  • Fancy, futuristic spa with space-age lighting
  • Stimulating bayside location with views of the location
  • Restaurant with a Michelin star

Overview

The imposing Romeo Hotel overlooks Naples' hectic docks but, inside, the impeccable art collection of owner Mr Romeo makes you feel like you’re wandering around a dazzling antique-stuffed home. This sleek glass and metal hotel and spa in the heart of one of Italy’s grittier cities has Michelin-starred gastronomy, an aficionado-approved cigar room and on-show wine cellar, and is frequented by a Gucci-clad clientele almost as gorgeous as the views of Vesuvius.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Romeo Hotel with us:

Free daily access for two to the spa (usually €20 a person)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Romeo Hotel

Advance purchase: reduced rate Advance purchase with breakfast Suite promotion Special long-stay rate: 10% off Early-bird

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

83, including 13 suites and 10 junior suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible on request (subject to availability and a charge). Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $327.93 (€245), 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.

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.

At the hotel

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

Food & Drink

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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.

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.

Smith Insider

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.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Bask in the spa’s salt room for a while: inhaling the mineral goodness of air infused with salt is an old Eastern European tradition that’s supposed to benefit your skin, lungs and all-round wellbeing. Then, it’s time explore Naples. Some historic churches are nearby: less than 15 minutes’ walk from Romeo Hotel is Gesù Nuovo on Via San Sebastiano (+39 081 557 8111), which dates back to 1470 and was originally a palace. Its Baroque architecture and ornate interior make it well worth a visit. (When visiting churches, covered shoulders are a must.)

It’s also a short walk from Romeo Hotel to the port, where you’ll find boats bound for Capri and Sorrento. Walk down Via Cristoforo Colombo to the SNAV ticket office (www.snav.it) to embark on your daytrip. For an insight into the volcanic forces that have shaped the region, a trip to the crater of Vesuvius is unmissable. Local guides lead walking tours, and bus excursions are run by Vesuvio Express (+39 081 739 3666).

Local restaurants

Naples has the finest pizza you’ll ever eat: the best is to be found along Via dei Tribunali, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel. There’s a host of pizzerias to pick from: some are pretty basic, but all will feature a lively local clientele devouring huge circles of bread with any topping imaginable for only €3 or €4. The service is speedy, too. Two of the best are Di Matteo, 94 via dei Tribunali (+39 081 455 262), and Sorbillo, 38 via dei Tribunali (+39 081 033 1009; www.sorbillo.eu).

Local bars

Brothers Antonio and Ciro Scognamillo transformed their parents’ wine cellar into the cosy and traditional Enoteca Belledonne, at 18 vico Belledonne a Chiaia (+39 081 403 162; www.enotecabelledonne.com).

Local cafés

At Gran Caffe Gambrinus, locals and visitors alike gather to sip coffee, nibble delicate pastries and enjoy the detailed Belle Epoque interior (+39 081 417 582; www.grancaffegambrinus.com).

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Urban bayside with Vesuvian views

Romeo Hotel

45 Via Cristoforo Colombo, Naples, Campania, 80133

Romeo Hotel overlooks the Port of Naples, and is a very short walk from the historic city centre.

Planes

Naples’ Capodichino Airport (www.gesac.it) is about 30 minutes away by car. Taxis are readily available for about €10.50. Capodichino is served by Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com), British Airways (www.ba.com) and Air France (www.airfrance.com), among others.

Trains

Napoli Centrale railway station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Taxis are plentiful outside the station and cost about €10.50. Napoli Centrale is served by Trenitalia national railways (www.trenitalia.com) and is also connected to Stazione di Napoli Piazza Garibaldi, which is part of the Naples Metro system (www.metro.na.it).

Automobiles

Valet parking at Romeo Hotel is available on-site at €36 a day. Naples is located on the north-to-south Austostrada del Sole; driving from Rome should take just over two hours. Amalfi can be reached by car in just under 90 minutes.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team prior to review and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this Italy boutique hotel and unpacked their souvenir bottles of limoncello, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Romeo Hotel in Naples……
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Romeo Hotel

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team prior to review and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this Italy boutique hotel and unpacked their souvenir bottles of limoncello, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Romeo Hotel in Naples…

Amid Naples’ graffiti-adorned streets, steps from the ships coming and going in the docks, is the conspicuously polished edifice of Romeo Hotel, which offers views of Vesuvius and Capri and attracts a crowd glitzy enough that the guests are almost as beautiful as the vistas. Inside, the owner’s extensive private collection of art and antiques will win the hearts of design fans, and with slick decor in every room (dark wood flooring, Caprai fabrics and Don’do by Poltrona Frau chairs), the hotel sets the stage for modern-day Romeos to woo their Juliets.

And, once they emerge from their suites, they’ll find all the luxuries they expect — a brand new spa, gastronomic delights and a peerlessly polite staff — as well as some enjoyable surprises, such as the fully stocked cigar room and unusual works of art around every corner. It’s an enticing rendezvous for star-cross’d lovers…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Romeo Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the room and hotel spa.

Don’t expect

Il Comandante Restaurant could be better.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the food, staff, room, pool, ambience, decor, everything!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the free spa for two hours, a swimming pool on the roof terrace, and breakfast.

Don’t expect

The espresso machine in the room didn't work.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The welcome was excellent, helpful and in good English! The receptionist showed us to our room and explained almost everything (including the stylish shower controls – necessary!) The room was gorgeous, with beautiful dark wood floors and furniture. The bed was huge, comfortable and silent. The view was lovely, though from the fifth floor,you get also quite a good view of the port buildings in front of the hotel. Vesuvius was of course dominating the distance. The food in the top floor restaurant (Il Comandante) was fantastic; we had the regional tasting menu which was the cheapest (a relative term) of the three tasting menus. First-class food, though quite pricey. The €50 voucher from Mr and Mrs Smith came in useful at the spa where Mrs H had a pedicure. The hotel is full of quirky modern art which all works really well. The rooftop pool is not for swimming: it is really for lounging in, being tiny, and having several fun bubbly water jet things. On a hot day, if you weren't out and about, you could cool off here, though it is a small area and could easily get busy.

Don’t expect

These are hardly criticisms, but the bedside light controls were many and it was not always obvious what they did! The toilet light is switched by a proximity sensor, and is on a timer, so there's no discreet slipping off to the loo during the night. The lights go on whether you want them or not, and stay on for a couple of minutes. The basin did not appear to have any "plug" option; the water was plentiful, but flowed out of the back of the sink with nothing to stop it. Splashing the face has to be done from the tap, not a sinkful.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel itself is über cool with a very impressive lobby/lounge filled with lots of eclectic furniture and art pieces. A great alternative to lounging by the pool when it got too hot. We received a complimentary room upgrade, which always helps! We loved the ultra-modern Italian decor: sleek wood panelling and frosted glass. If you like your gadgets, you'll love the high-tech lighting system. Unfortunately, we didn't make use of the complimentary spa voucher but the spa itself looked amazing and after a long day walking around the city, a nice massage would've been perfect. The staff were incredibly helpful as well and gave us great ideas for things to do in Naples.

Don’t expect

We were very excited about our 'bay view' room upgrade but the view itself was not very appealing. Naples port is not the most attractive sight but that's not really the hotel's fault –if daylight and views are important to you, this is not the best option. The shower/wc was a maze of frosted glass, which felt very glamourous but left little to the imagination. We thought the toilet could've been in a separate sound-proof enclosure.

Rating: 9/10 stars