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
We stayed here for 4 nights on our first trip to Berlin as a family. The staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful and the concierge did a great job of choosing and booking restaurants for us. Breakfast was superb and we loved the roof terrace for drinks and music - although the service was quite slow and food choice limited. Unlike other reviews we loved our rooms and we had free WiFi and complimentary water throughout our stay.
One big problem was the pool. We picked this hotel over others as we wanted to be able to swim daily with the kids after sightseeing. The booking was made months in advance but we were not warned that the pool would be out of service for the majority of August. Had we known we would have booked another hotel. When it was raised, the manager sent a polite note and chocolates to apologise and say they could provide a voucher for fitness first down the road! We would never have booked a 5 star hotel without a pool for our summer trip and had no interest in having to visit a local gym.
If it wasn’t for the pool, this hotel would receive a 5 star review as the location is also great, but to not give us advanced notice of a planned pool closure isn’t really acceptable given it’s the major facility provided by the hotel.
So check the pool is open before you go!
We visited this ‘luxury hotel’ for three nights in August to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It seems ridiculous that any hotel in Berlin would choose to undertake its annual routine service of the pool / sauna at the height of the tourist season. The subterranean ‘luxury spa’ in the original jewel vault of the old bank of Dresden was a unique selling point. Very disappointing that these facilities have not been available for several weeks, including during August.
Quite apart from the facilities or lack of, I cannot see how any hotel can claim 5 stars when there is no complimentary water /kettle provided in the rooms and extremely limited free WiFi (first day only).
As other reviewers have said the service is variable both at breakfast and on the terrace bar. We weren’t in a hurry so we’re able to wait, but again for the customer this doesn’t feel like ‘5 star’ service.
Having said that the historic building is beautiful, as was the bedroom and luxurious bathroom (which was scrupulously clean). The location is the main reason we chose this hotel, despite the mixed reviews on here, and the location is perfect.
We had very low expectations of the service because of the poor reviews on here, so we were prepared for it, but we definitely would not return. The 5 stars advertised are not delivered at this hotel, and we would prefer to get what we have paid for in terms of premium rates / premium quality. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is definitely not the case here.
This hotel is absolutely fabulous and atmospheric.
Big and clean rooms, the bed was very relaxing and although I was stayed in the 1st floor, no external noise interrupted my sleep.
Breakfast is excellent, I'd prefer more cheese choices. I stayed with black coffee which was as strong as it should be for the morning.
It would be nice if there was a coffee room in the room and a cold - welcome bottle of water.
The pool was under maintenance, something that was not mentioned on booking.com. Hotel's staff provided some alternative for a pool which is near to the hotel.
Restaurant provides really quality food with fresh Italian ingredients. Fried calamari was real tasty but there is no need for the sweet-sour sauce which is not something Mediterranean, it would be nicer to get a small bowl of mixed fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil on the side. Ravioli was magnificent so it was the Caprese salad.
Owners have done a very nice job at this hotel. Personnel very friendly and helpful. Will visit again for sure.