Rocco Forte Hotel De Rome
What We Love
- Hotel holds court around Bebelplatz, near Humboldt University, the State Opera and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral
- Rocco Forte’s characteristically spectacular contemporary design within a classical structure
- Rooftop terrace for coffee and cocktails looking out onto the square
What To Know
- WiFi access comes with a fee
- Spa features six treatment rooms and an indoor pool open year-round
- Pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designer Tommaso Ziffer worked with architects Auket + Heese and Rocco Forte’s Olga Polizzi to put a stunning contemporary twist on the classical former Dresdner Bank, which was built in 1889. The result: An enchanting enclave of 146 high-ceilinged rooms and four historic suites inside the old bank execs’ offices, complete with original wood paneling. The spa is housed within the old jewel vault, transformed from 400 safety deposit boxes into an indoor pool, six treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art workout room and a Finnish sauna. Food and drink options focus on natural Mediterranean ingredients served at Parioli, the Bebel Bar and up on the roof.
In the Area
Once you’ve soaked up the views of surrounding Bebelplatz, venture out to explore the classical architecture of Humboldt University, take in a performance at the State Opera or duck into St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic archbishop in Berlin. Beyond the square, many of the city’s things to see sit nearby, including Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and Museum Island at the end of scenic Unten den Linden boulevard. The hotel offers a number of VIP tours including Prussian palaces, Marlene Dietrich and the Golden Twenties, Jewish Berlin and communism in East Berlin.
How to Get There
Our wonderful two-night stay at the Hotel de Rome started before we even arrived. Our inquiry email about a possible upgrade and a late check-out was answered very quickly. And sure enough just as promised in the email, when we checked-in, Michelle, the charming and very helpful lady at reception had been informed and offered us a junior suite for a reasonable surcharge. Michelle then answered our questions about the history and the hotel with additional details from a nice colleague: it had been built and used a bank for many years and then after reunification also as a movie theatre. As many of the original elements were maintained during extensive renovation into a hotel as possible. We were able to share our experience of Villa Kennedy and The Balmoral as well as hear about the newest hotel of the Rocco Forte group to open in Shanghai.
Since the room wasn’t yet ready - we’d arrived before noon - Michelle invited us to have a drink in the bar where we relaxed and enjoyed the elegant interior with contemporary artwork after admiring an exhibition of photos of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the lobby. From an intimate part of the bar we had a direct view of Bebelplatz. Michelle’s charm was matched by the gentleman working in the bar. He not only brought us a delicious cappuccino and the specialty hot chocolate (frothy milk with a selection of white and dark chocolate tablets to mix in) but also a very tasty selection of pastries and hot breakfast items. Such a royal welcome made us feel really special.
Later that day we had the chance to enjoy our very comfortable junior suite with a superb mattress, enough room to unwind, very high ceilings from the original building combined with a modern marble-tiled bath and shower.
The very good introduction to the hotel was matched by the quality of the restaurant, where we feasted on our first evening and which deserves a separate review.
We managed to roam the rest of the hotel from the spa and pool in the basement all the way to the terrace with a wonderful view of Berlin-Mitte on our leisurely Sunday there with the late check-out as the best going away present possible. While we usually experience conference weekends (we were in Berlin for business) as tiring, instead of leaving Berlin weary, we left relaxed - thanks to our stay at Hotel de Rome, where the superb service matches the noble surroundings.
Had a two night stay in one of the spacious and gorgeous suites with Bebelplatz view.
Breakfast service very efficient. On Sundays extended bfst until 2pm-what a great idea! Allover great service and experience-thank you!
You can see how great and sophisticated the hotel is as soon as you enter and see the lobby, it’s just breathtaking. The room is spacious and very modern, the breakfast really tasty and with a huge choice. We also had the chance to enjoy the swimming pool and it was amazing.