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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

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.

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)

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

83, including 14 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 $299.18 (€273), 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 usually include a daily buffet breakfast (€32 a guest).

Also

There's a well-equipped gym too.

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 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 Romeo Bay View Suites: 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 Garden & Pool Suite has its own tranquil garden and outdoor whirlpool tub, and the Romeo Skyline Suite is your own personal spa, with a private sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

Poolside

The small pool (heated from October to May) 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.

Spa

Guests can chill out in the Dogana del Sale spa for €20 a person. This high-gloss, neon-flecked space has a salt room, three Jacuzzis, two saunas and eight treatment rooms for massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs, and mani-pedis. Post-pampering, relax in a chromotherapy-lit 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

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.

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 and 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. A Modern Med menu includes regional classics such as egg 65° with smoked mozzarella, potatoes foam and truffle or grilled scampi with smoked buffalo milk and puffed corn. There are tasting menus for the indecisive. Romeo Bar (on the ground floor) serves coffee, harder drinks and tasty morsels until late. The Romeo Pool Bar serves great views, as well as a buffet breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Hotel Bar

Romeo Pool Bar on the ninth floor has awe-inspiring views to gaze at while sipping a cocktail. When it closes at 8pm move the party downstairs to Romeo Bar, where drinks flow till midnight.

Last orders

Romeo Pool Bar Bar serves breakfast, lunch and snacks 7am–8pm; ll Comandante serves dinner 7.30pm–10.30pm or dine at Romeo Bar 7pm–11pm, drinks till midnight.

Room service

Room service is available 24/7: order antipasti and sandwiches or hot dishes, like home-made 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 €26 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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Romeo Hotel 45 Via Cristoforo Colombo Naples 80133 Naples Italy

Anonymous review

Rating: 10/10 stars
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 have to say about Romeo Hotel in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Excellent and an easy location to visit Capri.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The spa and the view from the restaurant

Don’t expect

A low profile laid back atmosphere

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on with 2 chidren

We loved

The location , the spa, breakfast and reception/concierge service

Don’t expect

Turn down service seemed too early to me, or was sometimes missing. I didn't like the decoration at all (too dark and heavy style for me).

Rating: 5/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is very High tech, we had the perfect room if you go you must stay in the room with the hot tube and private garden. When you walked outside to the garden it was like an escape you had no idea you where in the middle of a city, it helped make the vacation.

Don’t expect

Don't expect great drinks. I found the bar overpriced, but the mini bar in the room was priced at the price, go figure.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel staff, the spa services, the location right next to the ferry dock, and the level of service.

Don’t expect

A large swimming pool.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The clean new decor. Staff were great. Very close in walking distance to what Naples has to offer.

Don’t expect

Views of anything other than a port. The prettier views are around the corner a little further up the road.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooftop plunge pool, the spa and the breakfast!

Don’t expect

To be in the scenic area of town. The surrounding area could be better.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location to the port is perfect if you are on your way to/from one of the boats.

Don’t expect

A Spa or resort type of accommodation.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is very contemporary, clean comfortable, excellent breakfast.

Don’t expect

The location could be better.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Fantastic breakfast, fantastic room and lovely plunge pool with Jacuzzi.

Don’t expect

View from restaurant at top is amazing, less so view from room (ferry terminal). Hard to change that thoough…

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service and services available were impeccable.

Don’t expect

Breakfast was a little bit on the spartan side. It could have had more generous options.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

A little bit of peace and the comforts of home amidst the craziness of central Rome.

Don’t expect

Sound proofing could be better. My mother was disturbed at night and early morning by noise.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Hotel was very central, next to port and very close to shops and restaurants

Don’t expect

I could only fault one thing and that was the bath robes in the room were too heavy!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Spectacular hotel, room and restaurant. Would definitely stay here again if in Naples.

Don’t expect

What could be better? Naples.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on No

We loved

We liked the restaurant, the spa and the room. The pool was small but nice and refreshing after a city tour during the day. We also had very friendly and helpful staff.

Don’t expect

We found the reception area was way too full of unmatching things!

Rating: 9/10 stars