Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 08 July 2011

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romeo1If you’re looking for a place to stay in Naples, we’ve found a stunning hotel with a designer cigar room, city-view swimming and enough artwork to rival the Sistine Chapel. If you’re planning a trip to Naples, you love being surrounded by modern art, and you can think of nothing better than kicking back in a designer smoking room after a hard days exploring, then we may have found your dream hotel.

Overlooking the yacht-filled bays of the culture-rich city, the Romeo Hotel is a glass-fronted, neon-lit giant towering above the winding Italian streets, ornate balconies and crumbling terracotta-paintwork of Naples. A celebration of the city’s diversity, the hotel fuses the colourful history of Naples with contemporary design and sophisticated living. Think Neopolitan ice-cream, Reni’s painted cherubs and Italian Opera meets luxury yachts, post-modern art and hip cafe-bars ,and you’ll be somewhere near to understanding the thinking behind this concept-driven hotel.  A perfect fusion of Naples past and present, its impressionistic indoor waterfalls, flickering pyramid-shaped lighting and bubbling, city-view pool provide an elegant, pastel-coloured hub from which to enjoy the rich culture, long history and traditional cuisine of the city.

But with an array of luxurious features from the Davidoff-inspired smoking room to the indulgent relaxation spa, you might find it hard to tear yourself away...

The Cigar Room: Smoke, Art and Mirrors

Romeo Hotel’s glass-walled cigar room may well be the only place in the world you can smoke in front of an original Francesco Clemente. The Italian painter - who now lives in New York and bagged a cameo role in 90s film Good Will Hunting - created the masterpiece exclusively for the Romeo hotel. It’s a predominantly charcoal and ochre-coloured abstract canvas designed to complement the dark, glossy walls and tall glass facias. The swirling paint strokes, lingering smoke, and shining glass surfaces create a surreal, reflective maze of shapes and colours - a truly conceptual smoker’s sanctuary.


And the famous Italian artist isn’t the only revered designer to leave an imprint on this cigar haven. Don Davidoff himself joined the collaboration of artists and architects to help design the cigar room’s unique totem-shaped humidors. The ebony sculptures provide the perfect humidity for the hotel’s wide range of hand-rolled cigars, which are regularly alternated according to the time of day and the selection of accompanying chocolates and liquors.

Flying Fish Caviar and Sake Cocktails

Naples has generated some of the world’s most famous dishes, including the much-loved Italian classic, the Margherita pizza. In true Neopolitan style, the hotel’s Il Commandante restaraunt serves up traditional gourmet cuisine, from the infamous pizzas to creative, city-inspired dishes such as beer and honey pork on spicy turnip tops, and potato paccheri - a pasta dish with red prawns, ricotta cheese foam and flying fish caviar.


If you need a change from Italian cuisine, there’s also an authentic Japanese sushi bar that serves up a special range of Sake cocktails, as well as a sky bar where you can grab a classic club sandwich, a glass of local vino, and enjoy the view of the harbour with its white, floating yachts and tiny twinkling lights.

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