The lobby of a 19th century bank is now the lobby of Berlin's exclusive Hotel de Rome
Natural daylight lights up the hotel's main lounge, the Opera Court
The absolute European glamour of Hotel de Rome's Bebel Bar
Classic modern design for classic modern cuisine at Paroli
The former bank boardroom is now the historic Renaissance Suite
One of our favorite hotel ballrooms ever — the White Ballroom
Hotel de Rome
The former home of the Dresdner Bank's Berlin headquarters, this 19th century architectural treasure illustrates the perfect intersection of old and new.
Nothing beats a bank turned hotel. There are grand lobbies with heavy pillars, whether structurally required or not, dramatic ceiling heights, monumental stairways, and of course, stone. Lots of stone.
The Hotel de Rome, a Rocco Forte hotel, takes its name from a prestigious 18th century inn that occupied the site. In the late 19th century a bank building was commissioned by Dresdner Bank for its Berlin headquarters. The 3-story building, designed by German architect Ernst Ludwig Heim, was completed in 1889 and reflected the richness of the Italian Renaissance. In 1910 some attractive modifications were made including a grand granite and marble staircase, glazed tiles, and ornate iron railings. A dramatic 2-story ballroom was created that is today the hotel’s magnificent White Ballroom. This space features a fine mosaic terrazzo floor and ornate plasterwork on walls and ceiling.
In 1945 most of Dresdner Bank’s branches were seized and closed during the Soviet occupation. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the building served as offices for East German government administrators, after which it stood empty for over a decade. In 2003 a section of the Dresdner Bank building was restored and in 2006 opened as the Hotel de Rome. The hotel project team included Italian interior designer Tommaso Zifer and Rocco Forte’s Olga Polizzi, who summed it up perfectly, “What’s old stays old, what’s new is new”. Indeed.
Hotel de Rome offers 146 guest rooms including 37 suites. One of the featured historic suites occupies the former conference room of the bank. This suite has many unique details such as full-height oak paneled walls and coffered wood ceilings.
The Paroli Restaurant offers progressive Mediterranean cuisine created by Chef Jorg Berhend with his signature artistic presentation. The Bebel Bar and Velvet Room provide a glamorous cosmopolitan setting by day or by night. The bank’s original main lobby is now the Opera Court and the perfect location for casual meetings and afternoon high tea.
The White Ballroom is the featured event space at Hotel de Rome. It offers a stunning historic backdrop for both meetings and social occasions. The essentially all-white space can be transformed via creative lighting and event decor. There are 5 additional meeting rooms, each with natural daylight and state-of-the-art communications technology.
The original vault of Dresdner Bank has been creatively converted into a full-sized swimming pool.
Images courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by Hotel de Rome
Hotel de Rome, A Rocco Forte Hotel
10117 Berlin, Germany