Rocco Forte opens hotel in Berlin

It is not just a shared dedication to providing a luxury five-star service that
unites the Rocco Forte Hotels collection; the buildings themselves have a natural
affinity with one another.  For in their past incarnations, a few unscrupulous
visitors to Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Rome in Berlin, which was previously the
headquarters of the Dresdner Bank, may well have ended up in Rocco Forte’s Hotel
Amigo in Brussels, which is housed in the city’s former prison!

Current guests have no cause for concern.  Hotel de Rome, which opened yesterday (12
October), Hotel Amigo and all of the Rocco Forte hotels offer a breathtaking level
of luxury and service in the most stylish surroundings.  Within Hotel de Rome’s
historic 19th century walls, designer Tommaso Ziffer, who also decorated Rocco
Forte’s Hotel de Russie, 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. 

Hotel de Rome is located on the Bebelplatz, at the very heart of Berlin, surrounded
by the city’s most dynamic and elegant cultural institutions.  Flanked by the
Staatsoper unter den Linden and the Humboldt University Library, and only moments
from the Brandenburg Gate, the hotel’s guests are perfectly placed to explore all
the excitement of the German capital.

Hotel de Rome has 146 beautifully designed bedrooms and suites; each bedroom is
fitted with discreetly concealed state of the art technology, including flat screen
televisions, with iPod docking stations being available on request in all the
suites. 

The hotel’s bathrooms have separate walk-in showers and gorgeously designed
limestone vanity tops, glass panelling and mosaic floors.  The spacious and elegant
suites all have their own dining areas, walk-in wardrobes, dressing areas and
separate guest washrooms. 

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Hotel de Rome’s Italian restaurant, opens out to the building’s inner courtyard
during the warmer months and the Bebelbar features enviable views over its namesake,
the Bebelplatz. 

For the business traveller, the Hotel de Rome offers six large meeting rooms, as
well as a stunning light filled ballroom, all of which are equipped with every
modern convenience. 

For those seeking a little relaxation, the hotel’s spa on the lower ground floor
includes several treatment rooms, offering a wide-range of massages, facials and
body treatments, as well as a high-tech gym.  Those tempted by the treasures of the
old bank’s jewel vault may be a little disappointed to find that the diamonds have
long since departed, but the room now houses its own little gem - a magnificent 20
metre swimming pool!

The opening of Hotel de Rome in Berlin confirms Rocco Forte Hotels as the leading
luxury hotel operator in Europe, with a total of 11 properties in operation, more
than any of its competitors.
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