Under new ownership, the Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton was recently renovated to bring out its classical 1930s design in a more tasteful motif than the formerly over-the-top decor. The Aleph is now a pinnacle of luxurious design in Rome, with classical architecture and Cipollino marble throughout the former bank headquarters. High-tech amenities, a wellness and fitness center, rooftop pool and indoor sauna and pool make this one of Rome's true offerings for a full-service vacation.
After the renovation, the Aleph lost its somewhat daunting design for more welcoming rooms in calm gray and white colors that complement the marble floors. Scalloped ceilings provide an illusion of grandeur in the already high ceilings, and giant mirrors hanging over the desks make the rooms appear even more spacious. With all new plush beds and pillows, you're guaranteed to have a restful slumber. Comfortable modern furniture, a pillow menu, an interactive TV, work desk, safe, and Nespresso machine complete the homey setting. Most of the rooms lookout onto the quiet courtyard, providing the ultimate in rest and privacy. If money is no object, book the Barberini Suite for your own 80 square meter private terrace looking out onto the rooftops of the city. With a velvet chaise lounge, orchid glass lamp and mirrored stacked coffee table, you'll feel like you're in Gatsby's pied-a-terre.
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Included bathrobes and slippers provide the ultimate for room lounging. The walk-in shower and oversized rainfall shower head offers the perfect relaxation after a long day. A full assortment of luxury toiletries offer anything you'd need to lather up and moisturize. Gigantic backlit mirrors are ideal for putting on makeup and the heated towel racks are a nice touch.
1930s glamour is on full display in the lobby, which sparkles with original green Cipollino marble. A black marble check-in desk is backlit with cut-out frosted glass in a setting that is both classic and futuristic at once. A waiting area is filled with white silk baroque furniture on top of more white marble.
The rooftop pool is a wonderful place to catch some sun during the summer months on one of their numerous padded deck chairs. Complete with a shoulder jet stream and seated jet flows, the lounging pool doubles as a spa water circuit. The modern roof provides lots of privacy while still giving an excellent view out onto the city. The oversized lounge beds and pool chairs also have on-call hookah service.
The spa is the highlight of the hotel. Lit throughout in sultry colors, an enclosed pool offers hydrotherapy to relax sore muscles and a sauna is the perfect place to unwind. A full menu of treatments are available using top-of-the-line ELEMIS products.
Enter through the original armored bank vault door to find a state-of-the-art gym with the latest Technogym equipment. Bright-blue-lit ceiling panels and yellow floor lights create a faux-daytime energy in the basement room. Flat-screen TVs will keep you motivated throughout your workout.
Around the clock room service provides another reason to stay-in. Restaurant 1930 takes a creative spin on local dishes and offers a surprisingly fresh lunch buffet. The rooftop restaurant Sky Blu offers another relaxing setting to dine outdoors.
The Aleph is walking distance to some of Rome's greatest sites, and is a mere 1-minute walk to the Barberini metro station. Taxis are plentiful here as well.
Restaurants in this neighborhood cater to tourists, with lots of inflated fees added to the bill, so plan accordingly. One standout includes Ristorante Moma (1-minute walk), with a menu full of creative dishes in a modernistic setting and a friendly waitstaff. Il Piccolo Mondo (6-minute walk) offers incredibly fresh food in an intimate setting. Reservations are necessary.
One of the best spots for people-watching in Rome is the famed Harry's Bar (6-minute walk). Patrons pay for the privilege, however, as it will also be one of the most expensive drinks you'll have in the Eternal City. The Albert (6-minute walk) is a traditional Scottish pub with heavy and tasty bar food.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Aleph is now one of the top spa and business hotels in the city. While absolutely stunning in its design, paying tribute to the Art Deco period, what really stands out is the attentive service here. Catered to luxury travelers from around the globe, the Aleph is used to fulfilling bizarre requests and making your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. Whether traveling on business or with the family, their wide option of rooms will fulfill your needs and more. And the spa and pool is even more reason to stay in after a long day of sightseeing.