Written on 19th March 2018

Elizabeth Unique Hotel - A new haunt in historical Rome

Nestled discretely amongst the golden cobbled streets and time-worn terracotta hues of Rome’s historic city center, Elizabeth Unique Hotel is opening with grandeur worthy of the locale.  Located minutes from the Spanish Steps by foot, in a restored 17th-century palazzo, the 33-room property is at once an homage to Roman classicism and the masters of yesteryear, yet a firm contemporary imprint reveals a snapshot of modern-day Rome. Here, a centuries old townhouse of dramatic scale boasts wide-arched hallways, hand crafted workmanship, stand-out service, and an art collection curated by a neighbourhood gallery.

Hailing from five generations of construction, the Curatella family at the helm of the transformation have brought an eye for quality building practices and immaculate materials. A brick and mortar ode to a beloved family member, Elizabeth Unique Hotel’s meticulous restoration is the work of the celebrated Rome-based architectural studio, Marincola. Traditional yet contemporary, the wood-shuttered Palazzo Pulieri Ginetti occupies 1600sqm, spaciously spread over three floors. Accessed on the quiet side street of Colonnette, an impressive double-height entrance whisks guests into a secluded environment via elevator or staircase to a refined lobby and library area. Public spaces are intimate and characterized by neoclassical elements such as ample white marble, neutral tones, fireplaces. Modern furnishings and lighting have been designed by studio Marincola and tailor-made by Arredo Design.

The 33 guest rooms range from 20 to 40sqm, many offering views over the picturesque Via del Corso. Most room categories are defined by arched walls, created in lacquered wooden boiseries—a modern reference to the full arch concept of Roman building traditions. The key visual feature in most of the guestrooms comes courtesy of a stunning custom wallpaper mounted on the walls which frame the beds. A replica of antique prints, the black and white sceneries depict typical Roman countryside imagery, an evocation of the ‘grand tours’ of eras past. Light, natural oakwood floors, custom draperies, steel canopy beds or dramatic velvet headboards, and gold details combine to create a distinguished stay steeped in past and present. Bathrooms are outfitted in marble, with some suite categories boasting the added perk of a private sauna. Amenities are by Italian perfumery house, Laura Tonatto.

Located on the first floor of the hotel, the 40-seat Bacharach & Bistrot is an homage to the distinguished American composer Burt Bacharach. Elegant and loungey, sage green banquets and bar stools provide splashes of color, contrasting the white and grey-veined marble floors, salvia green chairs, and a bar framed by walnut wood paneling. On offer, one of Rome’s preeminent breakfasts until 2:30pm. Guests can expect a painstakingly sourced à la carte menu of international classics paired alongside regional specialties. An in-house pastry chef insures a plentiful stock of fresh-baked goods day-round which provide the backbone for gourmet Italian sandwiches. A carefully selected wine list by renowned wine expert Luca Maroni (from I migliori vini italiani) means some of Italy’s finest vintages best enjoyed bar-side or on the open-air terrace that sits raised in a protected inner courtyard. This urban garden space is made of earthy materials like wood and stone, where wafts of jasmine set the tone for a heady Roman experience.

A meaningful partnership with the neighborhood gallery Russo means an elevated approach to the hotel’s artistic expression. Carefully curated, site-specific artwork has transformed the hallways and guest rooms into private exhibition spaces of modern-day Italian artists. This cue is an indication of Elizabeth Unique Hotel’s overall emphasis on a culturally-rooted experience whereby a Cultural Manager (and art historian) will also be available to aid travellers in seeking out their definitive Roman getaway by providing less commonly known background and kid-friendly virtual tours that reconstruct Roman ruins how they actually looked like in the past.

Source: Design Hotels