The area immediately surrounding the hotel is a little down-at-heel but there are plans to spruce it up and even pedestrianise the port. This being Naples it’s unlikely to happen in a New York minute, so caution should be exercised when returning to the hotel late at night, or you could just take advantage of the car service that the hotel provides (price depends on distance) or get a taxi (a trip to nearby Chiaia should cost around 6/7 euros).
A big plus to the location is the proximity to the port for ferries to whisk you to the islands – Capri, Ischia, Procida – or along the Amalfi Coast.
Sound-proofed rooms are beautifully appointed with everything you could want – firm beds, lovely linen sheets and a powerful shower – and a few things you hadn’t thought of, such as a Nespresso machine and a lighting system that comes on (at floor level so as not to disturb your sleep-mate) when you step out of bed; though neither would appeal to a restless sleeper. Even the pens have a little Swarovski crystal embedded in the end.
The entrance to the Romeo is pretty impressive (some say OTT): as well as the water sculpture there are works of art and beautiful antiques wherever your gaze falls. The halls are decorated with a mix of contemporary photography and classic pieces of sculpture. The spacious spa area (recently moved from its position on the ninth to the lower ground floor) has a separate entrance, which means it can be used by members of the public.
Eating and drinking
Both the popular sushi bar, Zero, on the ground floor and first-class fine-dining restaurant, Il Comandante, are open to the public. Il Comandante, usually located on the top floor with views over Naples, can currently be found on the ground floor while the 10th floor is being refurbished (along with the ninth). The food is exceptional, thanks to chef Andrea Aprea (previously of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck and Rossellini's in Ravello) and is slated to be achieving a Michelin star in 2011. The hotel also boasts one of the biggest and best cellars in any hotel in Italy.
Thankfully, when the spa moved downstairs, the rooftop pool stayed put, and has wonderful views over the coast and Vesuvius. The spa has an impressive selection of weights, Power Plates, Jacuzzi, rain showers and, apparently, there will be three or four pools. The ninth floor is being refurbished to accommodate a banqueting/events room and is expected to reopen winter 2011. There’s also a cigar room.
Excellent. Warm and friendly as well as genuinely helpful.
Who stays there
Businessmen, jetsetters, romantic couples, gym addicts, the well-heeled.
There are some excellent special deals in low season.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Sporty types
- Celebrity spotting
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Excellent dining and facilities
- State-of-the-art spa facilities
- Good location for the ferries
- Electronic gadgets might exercise a less-techy brain
- Bad location for wandering late at night