Fantastic views of Mt. Vesuvius and the glittering harbor
Innovative Italian dishes served at the Michelin-starred Il Comandante restaurant
Authentic five-star service, from the concierge to the spa therapists
Ferries to Capri depart twice an hour from two ports opposite the hotel
WiFi is free
What To Know
A city tax of approximately $7 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
The hotel has babysitting services and a playroom but it’s better suited to couples and business travelers
Once the city center, the surrounding area is now a little unloved; don’t be put off by the grime and graffiti, the history the place still shines through
Parking on site
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Sassy hotel in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvious with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a sushi bar and a rooftop pool
In the foreboding shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Naples is a bustling Mediterranean metropolis, gateway to Pompeii and birthplace of the pizza. The Romeo Hotel perches on the edge of the city’s historic heart, but old-fashioned it is not. Sleek, sparse design, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a glam sushi bar make this a most modern setting from which to explore the jewels of the Amalfi Coast. Entering the sliding doors, your eyes will adjust from the bright Italian sunshine to a dimly lit enclave of dark wood and marble. Highly polished angular surfaces reflect red, blue and purple lights and the Macassar Ebony floors are offset by white-leather sofas and contemporary artworks by Neapolitan artists from the owner's private collection. In contrast, 14th-century console tables dot the lobby and surround an intricate wooden model of 18th-century Naples.
Bed and Bath
Vast beds give way to dark wood walls and floors, accented with cashmere throws and curtains the color of sand and sea. Rooms have an open-plan layout with a textured glass panel separating the bedroom from the bathroom. They're all extremely hi-tech and a concierge will give you the lowdown on how to use the complicated series of light switches and the automated shower (it soon becomes clear that this is as essential as it is attentive). Minimal decoration means the sleek iPod docking stations, Bang & Olufson telephones and low-hung lights become focal points in the elegantly sparse rooms. Unless you're distracted by the view of course; many rooms look out across the Bay of Naples to Capri. A Nespresso machine is a welcome addition, ideal for a morning jolt of espresso.
Designed for paddling and posing rather than swimming, the outdoor pool on the ninth-floor terrace nevertheless provides a reprieve from the heat and stunning views across the lively port (cool down with a refreshing negroni from the Beluga Sky Bar). When your stomach rumbles, you need only stroll across the lobby to the sushi bar (when the Romeo was refurbished in 2008 by Japanese architecture firm Tange Associates, it took its Asian influence to heart). If you’re looking for more substantial fare, the Michelin-starred Il Comandante serves innovative Italian dishes; linger over chef Salvatore Bianco’s seven-course tasting menu as the sky turns from blue to orange to black over the bay. Post-dinner, shoot some pool or spin some tunes on the vintage jukebox in the lobby-level lounge, or practice your swing in the virtual golf room in the basement.
In the Area
Piazza del Plebiscito, flanked by the Royal Palace and one of the city's many cathedrals, the Church of San Francesco di Paola, is a short stroll from the hotel. Stop for an espresso and a sfogliatella (a cream-filled pastry native to Naples) at Caffè Gambrinus. Opened in 1860, the cafe features ornate vaulted ceilings and Murano-glass chandeliers. During the Belle Époque era, its literary salon was frequented by the likes of Oscar Wilde and Jean-Paul Sartre. From here, you’re a few metro stops from the National Archeological Museum, which holds an impressive collection of artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum. For the real deal, the hotel will happily arrange a driver to take you to the ancient site on a day trip. Upon your return, head out to sample Naples’ signature dish - wood-fired pizza. Try one of the many restaurants on Via Tribunali, where charming pizzerias with quality, inexpensive fare are a dime a dozen.