It can be tricky to find, down a little medieval sidestreet near the cathedral, but most cab drivers will know it.
It’s true that the rooms struggle to keep up with the glamour of the common areas, but are still slick and contemporary, using red, green and orange velvet, splashy contemporary artworks and huge quarzite-tiled bathrooms. Some rooms overlook the Plaça Sant Felip Neri, the most atmospheric of the medieval quarter’s squares, which is used as a playground by the adjacent primary school and can be a little rowdy by day, but is charming by night, when the hotel serves cocktails outside.
Entrance to the hotel is through tall wooden doors and a grand and ancient lobby, where original features, such as the Gothic stone staircase, contrast with oversized modern paintings. There's a small seating area known as the 'library', where guests have use of a computer and, of course, books. On the roof there's a terrace for sunbathing. No pool, but there is a shower and towels are provided.
Eating and drinking
The Neri restaurant has recently changed chef so I'll be back to comment once I've seen what he can do, but the restaurant is a point of pride for the hotel, so is worth checking out. It is not, however, cheap. Have a pre-dinner drink outside on the lovely little plaça.
Service can be variable but most staff are well-informed and keen to help.
Who stays there
It's a favourite with honeymooners for obvious reasons. You won't see too many businessmen here.
Breakfast is not included and is a fairly hefty 21 euros. Know that at the Neri you're paying for sumptuous design in a gorgeous building, while the prices might indicate five-star facilities.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
Pros & Cons
- Creatively decorated
- Intimate feel
- No gym or pool