By Tatiana Makarevich
As grand as its namesake city, the Hotel de Rome, part of Rocco Forte Hotels, is a majestic monument to luxury, as fit for an ancient emperor as a modern-day VIP.
The 1889 building, which housed the Dresdner bank till 1945, retains rich interiors but which are anything but vault-like. Towering ceilings, marble floors and gilt accents bring the building’s stately history into sharp focus.
The glamour extends to the 146 newly renovated rooms, including 37 suites. Flooded with natural light and offering breathtaking vistas of Berlin, the accommodations have been updated with all feasible contemporary comforts, including an integrated entertainment system that encompasses flat-screen televisions, DVD players, iPod docking stations and Internet access. But more tangible rewards are to be found in the sumptuous baths, where glass-walled shower cabins, limestone washstands and beautiful mosaic decorations are as elegant and ethereal as a Roman bathhouse. The suites are also ideal for entertaining, with spacious living and dining areas, walk-in cupboards, dressing rooms and a separate guest bath. After all, regents do like to throw parties.
The Spa de Rome, a gorgeous composition of black marble, brings the opulence of ancient Rome to life. Housed in the former bank’s jewel vault, the spa features a swimming pool flecked with gold, a Finnish sauna and a beautifying menu that specializes in nourishing Hawaiian, Ayurvedic and classic Western therapies performed in six magnificent treatment rooms.
After a relaxing and rejuvenating at the spa, guests can feast like monarchs at the on-site Parioli restaurant, with a Mediterranean-focused menu that showcases fresh ingredients and supremely satiating dishes like Atlantic-lobster with caramelized olives and cream of orange; and cantaloupe, lemon and redcurrant sorbets. Caesar would be pleased.