Hotel De Rome, Berlin, Germany
A short walk from the central boulevard of Unter den Linden is Hotel de Rome, in a building that was once the head office of the Dresdner Bank. Designers Tommaso Ziffer and Olga Polizzi have respected the rich history of the building, maintaining its architectural splendour while adding a contemporary twist.
Highlights include the hotel’s indoor pool, which is housed in the original bank vault, an impressive ballroom with double-height ceiling and glazed roof and four historic suites (with high ceilings and wood-panelled walls) which were once the offices of the bank directors. Enjoy Italian-Mediterranean cuisine alfresco on the restaurant terrace, drink in the vibrant bar overlooking Bebelplatz and admire the spectacular view from the rooftop terrace.
Location and Transfers
Hotel de Rome is centrally located in Mitte, the heart of historic Berlin, opposite the Humboldt University and next to the “Staatsoper unter den Linden” Opera House.
Berlin Schönefeld Airport is 21 km away, a 45 minute drive from the hotel.
Classic Rooms – these rooms on the first floor measure 36-38 sqm and have stuccowork ceilings up to 5m high. They look out onto St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the Französische Strasse or into one of the tranquil inner courtyards. Some of the rooms have high ceilings and a free-standing bath as well as a walk-in wardrobe
Deluxe Rooms – the 32 lavishly appointed Deluxe rooms on the historical first floor measure 38-42 sqm with stuccowork ceilings up to 5m high. The rooms look out on St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the Französische Strasse or into one of the tranquil inner courtyards. Generously-sized cupboards, some of which are walk-in, provide you with sufficient storage space even for a longer stay
Superior Deluxe Rooms – in addition to their generous proportions (38-42 sqm), the 14 Superior Deluxe rooms provide fantastic views of some of the historic sights of Berlin, including the impressive Bebelplatz. A number of them also have balconies
Junior Suites – the 25 Junior suites, which measure 50-55 sqm, have separate seating areas to provide you with the extra space you need during your stay. Some even have separate dressing areas and walk-in cupboards, as well as small balconies or terraces. The suites are situated so that they provide views either of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the Französische Strasse, or overlook the tranquil inner courtyards or the magnificent Bebelplatz
Classic Suites – the four Classic suites measure 60-65 sqm. Three have separate living and sleeping areas, balconies with furniture and walk-in cupboards, providing you with a wonderfully spacious home from home. The suites are situated so that they provide views either of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the Französische Strasse, or overlook the magnificent Bebelplatz
Deluxe Suites – the building that now houses the Hotel de Rome was formerly the Dresdner Bank and the Opera suite used to be the office of the bank manager Eugen Gutman – a truly historical home from home. This breathtaking suite, measuring a generous 65 sqm, has a large living/bedroom with original Art Nouveau-style oak panelling and the large, luxurious bathroom, with a view of the Bebelplatz, is clad in Carrara marble. The Behren suite on the first floor was formerly one of the bank manager’s offices and has magnificent views of the imposing Bebelplatz. The suite, measuring nearly 65 sq m, has a separate living room and bedroom. The walls are covered with the original mahogany veneer and the luxurious bathroom, with decorative sandstone mosaic, has a walk-in shower and separate bathtub, bidet, underfloor heating and an individually adjustable loudspeaker system. The Behren suite can be used in combination with the Opera suite via a connecting door
Executive Suites – the three Executive suites measuring 75 sqm, have separate living and sleeping areas, dressing rooms and guest toilets. Each has its own exclusive small terrace or balcony overlooking the Französische Strasse or St. Hedwig’s Cathedral. These suites are located on the top floor (fifth floor) of the hotel
Historic Suites – the Renaissance suite (measuring nearly 80-90 sqm) was formerly one of the conference rooms of the bank. The walls and ceiling of the separate living room are completely covered by sumptuous, stylistically exceptional, original oak panelling. The luxurious bathroom, with decorative sandstone mosaic, has a walk-in shower and separate bathtub, bidet, underfloor heating and individually adjustable loudspeaker system.
Also formerly a manager’s office on the first floor, the Humboldt suite (approximately 90 sqm) directly overlooks the Bebelplatz. Its large living room boasts a magnificent oak-coffered ceiling dating from 1889, the year the bank was built. The ceiling of the bedroom, separated by tall, leathered-clad doors, retains the original beams. Additional features include a dining table seating four, a separate guest toilet and the option of combining the suite with a small Junior suite by means of a connecting door
Bebel Suite – the generous 120 sqm Bebel suite is the largest suite at the Hotel de Rome and has an imposing balcony overlooking the historic Bebelplatz that extends the full width of the suite and can be accessed from the living room and the bedroom. The extensive living room with its contemporary furnishings opens onto a separate dining room with attached kitchen (separate entrance). The bedroom has parquet flooring and a large separate dressing room furnished with a gorgeous marble bath. It is also possible to add a second bedroom via a connecting door. Guests in this suite are provided with top-class security arrangements, including bullet-proof glazing and a video access monitoring system
Parioli – the Parioli Mediterranean restaurant has an impressively elegant design in warm beige and brown tones with golden accents, reminiscent of the building’s former use as a bank. A special highlight is the restaurant’s terrace within a picturesque courtyard, which offers a wonderful atmosphere for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the summer months. Jörg Behrend has been head chef at the Parioli since April 2009. He specialises in concentrating and reducing dishes to the essentials, using a combination of high-quality ingredients, perfect preparation and intense aromas
Bebel Bar & Velvet Room – for night owls and day dreamers, after work drinks or an evening out: In one of Berlin’s top hotel bars, bartender Massimo Destefanis and his team mix house specialty avant-garde cocktails, individually prepared for each guest, always bursting with flavour and always temptingly different
Opera Court – at the turn of the century it was the lobby of a former bank building; now you can sit in the beautiful Opera Court as if in a living room under the gilt-edged skylights of the five metre high stucco ceiling. Inspired by afternoon tea at the Rocco Forte Hotels’ Brown’s in London, here too you can relax in the peace and quiet and enjoy the classic British teatime in the winter months from 2 to 6 pm daily
Roof Top Terrace – Hotel de Rome’s stunning roof-top terrace offers a fantastic and impressive view across the rooftops of Berlin’s historic city centre. The State Opera House on Unter den Linden, St. Hedwigs Cathedral, Berlin Cathedral, the Television Tower and other city landmarks appear to be in touching distance. Comfortable Dedon furniture make this the perfect al fresco lounge. Coffee, frappées & milkshakes and a separate cocktail menu with innovative Champagne, vodka and fruit based drinks complete the picture
Facilities and Activities
Sauna & Steam Bath
Indoor Swimming Pool