This unusual hotel was converted from a fomer bank into American architect Adam Tihany’s creative vision of Dante’s Diving Comedy, or, in more simple terms, heaven and hell. The luxury Aleph Roma hotel can be found in the historic center of Rome, between Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini, fifty meters from the Barberini subway station and just a few minutes on foot from the Spanish Steps.
Entering into the red vortex that is the lobby, guests are immediately greeted by caged marble lion statues and two gigantic samurai warriors. On the upper floors hell dominates, with the restaurant and bar fittingly kitted out in black and red. The restaurant is called ‘sin’ and everything is red, even the menus. Take an aperitif in the Angelo luxury Lounge Bar and you find yourself surrounded by white geometry, like a cloud in a fiery sky.
Guest rooms are newly renovated, and a thoughtful break from the main theme with a blend of contemporary high-end Italian interior design and a more idiosyncratic Thirties and Forties feel. Comfort is key, appointments are rich, and the earth tones and monochromes are soothing after the sensory overload of the trip through hell. Black-and-white photos of Roman street scenes decorate the walls, and bring the whole experience back to earth. There are 96 rooms, including thirty-three Deluxe rooms, four Junior Suites and two Executive Suites with large terraces. Details include Murano Liberty glassware and Art Déco furnishing.
On the lower floors step into the spectacular paradisiacal SPA where heavenly notes of tranquil blue dominate, not least in the Turkish bath and two swimming pools. Cosmetic and thermal-therapeutic treatments are also available.