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Friday, 08 July 2011

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Virtual Golf and Tropical Showers

Yet another fabulous feature tucked within the luxury hotel is the state-of-the-art spa where you can treat yourself to a session in the infrared sauna: a cutting-edge hot cabin with a long list of health benefits and walls of Himalayan pink salt. And to cool off afterwards the spa includes a ‘tropical rain’ shower for the ultimate in exotic bathing experiences.

If you’re heading to Naples for a business meeting, the hotel also has an extremely impressive selection of conference rooms from sofa-filled bars where you can kick off a breakfast meeting with fresh orange juice and croissants, to space-age, cinema-style theatres with high-tech screens and an array of broadcast equipment.

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The rooftop pool’s another reason you’ll be putting off those day trips - the spectacular view of the city and the bubbling water make for a luxurious dip at any time of day. And if you fancy some gentle exercise without having to get wet, the hotel also has an entire room dedicated to virtual golf. It comes with a 5-metre screen and your own personal instructor, plus it’s indoors, so you’ll never have to worry about getting rained off!

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Room to Relax

When it comes to bedding down for the night, this hotel has got something to suit every taste. There’s everything from city-view rooms with Nespresso coffee makers to bay-view suites with Bang and Olufsen television sets. If you want to embrace your spiritual side, there is a selection of Wellness suites which come with leather excersize mats, Pilates balls and pristine, white Philip Starck bathtubs. Or, if you prefer something more Oriental, there’s a Feng-Shui designed Japanese garden suite with antique Eastern ornaments, a Sony Vaio computer and an all-essential iPod dock.

Reflection in the Design

Fabulous artwork and unique concepts are at the heart of this well-thought-out hotel. Creating a purposeful contrast between old and new, the stunning and unusual surroundings are a reflection of the ever-changing city. Scattered around the hotel are contemporary art-works commissioned from local Neopolitan artists including Sergio Fermariello, Mario Schifano, Lello Esposito and Gregorio Botto. Eight Neopolitan photographers were also asked to create a collection of images for the hotel which illustrate the diverse faces and languages of Naples past to present. These photographs adorn the walls of Romeo Hotel’s simple, elegant studios and suites, reminding guests that their stay in the hotel is part of a wider journey of discovery in the city.

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To highlight the vibrant history of Naples, the bathrooms are decorated with a selection of vintage images chosen from the historic Alinari Photography Archives, which contain work by the oldest photographic firm in Florence. Rare, antique furnishings are also scattered throughout the hotel, from 14th century console tables to Edo period Japanese armour. And there’s also an 18th century wooden model of Naples, as well as intricate wall-carvings rescued from the Palazzo Lauro area of the city.

Elite designers were also brought in to create everything from the furniture to the knives and forks. The leather items in the bedroom have all been designed by Tramontano, the embroidered linen by Caprai and the porcelain objects and fabrics by Hermes. The ‘Il Comandante’ restaraunt even has flatware designed by Wilfried Moll that was once on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, as well as silver serving pieces designed by Andree Putman. They’ve also bought in porcelain by JL Coquet and TV sets from Bang and Olufsen, while the hotel itself was conceived by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, who won the Pritzker Prize for his work back in 1987.




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