The Italian city of Naples has unveiled its first Design Hotel. The five-star Romeo property is situated on the waterfront, close to Piazza Municipio and the port.
The opening of the Romeo is a key milestone in the planned redevelopment of the area over the next two years, which will see the old Customs House become a food and retail outlet and the waterfront itself improved.
The new hotel retains the shell of the old building on the site, formerly the headquarters of a shipping company, with a new glass facade and interior. Japan-based design agency Studio Kenzo Tange Associates wanted to contrast the modern glass-based design with the more classic architecture of the area, blending Japanese and Italian themes.
The 12-floor property has 85 rooms and suites, as well as a music lounge, sushi bar, cigar room and roof garden. On the ninth floor is the spa and gym, with treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a Turkish bath and an outdoor infinity pool. Il Comandante restaurant, serving regional cuisine, is on the tenth floor, with views of Vesuvius and Capri.
Business facilities include five meeting rooms for up to 170 people and a 24-hour business centre. Wifi internet access is available throughout the building.
The Sanctum Hotel in London has also recently joined the Design Hotels portfolio (see online news February 28).
For more information visit romeohotel.it.
Report by Sara Turner