Historic Significance - Hotel de Rome and Hotel de Russie
|August 29th 2006 - Rocco Forte Hotels’ latest property, Hotel de Rome,
opens in Berlin on 1 October 2006 and is not to be muddled with the collection’s
Hotel de Russie in Rome. While the names may well cause confusion,
Rocco Forte Hotels’ ethos dictated that the names be used because they
are both of historic significance.
Rocco Forte’s Berlin hotel takes its name from a luxury property called the Grand Hotel de Rome, which opened in the late 19th century close to the Bebelplatz where the new Hotel de Rome is located. The original 200-room property was built in 1875 by Adolf Mühling, who included the most modern equipment of the time, such as central heating, marble bathrooms and a hydraulic lift, and the hotel rapidly became the most prominent hotel in Berlin, renowned for its high standards of service. By the end of the 19th century, it had become the main meeting place for the German aristocracy and for major social events. Following the death of Adolf Mühling's son in 1910, the hotel was demolished and replaced by an office building.
The Hotel de Russie in Rome was named after the Hotel de Russie et des Iles Britanniques, which was visited throughout the early 19th century and early 20th century by Brits during their Grand Tour of Europe and, later, by exiles of the October Revolution. The hotel was then turned into offices and for 60 years served as the offices for RAI, Italian Radio and Television. Today, re-imagined and restored by Rocco Forte Hotels, it is once again known as Hotel de Russie.
As the German Capital’s newest and most spectacular property, Hotel de Rome will offer its guests the same level of breathtaking luxury as its legendary sister, Hotel de Russie. However, located in the Bebelplatz, just moments from the Brandenburg gate and with its story firmly rooted in the city’s history, the Hotel de Rome will be very much a Berlin hotel.
The building itself has strong national and municipal links, having formerly served as the Head Office of the Dresdner Bank. By refurbishing this historic site, the Hotel de Rome maintains its individual, local feel, whilst providing guests with all the luxuries and amenities of a Rocco Forte hotel.
Within the building’s historic C19th walls, and working under the guidance
of Rocco Forte’s Director of Design Olga Polizzi, Tommaso Ziffer has created
a beautiful and unique interior. Skilfully and sympathetically integrating
the old bank’s more idiosyncratic features, the hotel is a fusion of contemporary
chic and old-world Teutonic grandeur. Architectural features have
been carefully restored and in some cases reconsidered for more unusual
usages: the bank’s jewel vault now houses the spa’s 20-metre swimming pool
and comes complete with tiles that reflect the light thus re-creating the
sparkle of real gems.
Hotel de Rome will have 146 beautifully designed bedrooms and suites; each bedroom will be fitted with discreetly concealed state of the art technology, including flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations in all the suites.
All the hotel’s bathrooms will have separate walk-in showers and gorgeously designed limestone vanity tops, glass panelling and mosaic floors. The spacious and elegant suites will all have their own dining areas, walk-in wardrobes, dressing areas and separate guest washrooms.
For the business traveller, the Hotel de Rome offers six large meeting rooms as well as an enormous light filled ballroom, each equipped with every modern convenience. For those seeking a little relaxation, the hotel’s spa will include several treatment rooms, offering a wide-range of massages, facials and body treatments, as well as the swimming pool and high-tech gym. The restaurant will open out to the building’s inner courtyard to take advantage of the warmer weather and the hotel’s bar features enviable views over the Bebelplatz.
|Also See:||Elena Bruno Appointed General Manager of Hotel de Russie in Rome and Evelina Conti Named Director of Sales & Marketing / October 2005|
|Rocco Forte Hotels Starts Construction on Two Luxury Hotels in Frankfurt and Berlin / February 2004|